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Reader Selected News Items added to the Cafe Sidebar

Our ‘News RSS’ page allows our commentators to search, read, and add selected news links. At this time we have two volunteers, Franz and Windspotter who spend part of each day locating interesting and relevant news stories and then providing the links in the ‘News RSS’. The 10 latest news items are now being display in the sidebar of the ‘Cafe’. The news link feature is available to all to

Two additional Moderators are needed

We recently lost two of our moderators. Pamela flew off to Vladivostok to learn Russian and maybe stay for a few years. Karin left in early January to tend to her personal affairs. We now are in need of coverage from 11pm GMT to 4am GMT. We also could use a part time moderator to cover occasional holes in our coverage. The key requirement for a moderator is the ability

CrossTalk: Donald and Vladimir

Nov 18, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to improve relations with Russia. The Russian President Vladimir Putin tells us he agrees. What does it mean to have better relations and will the American foreign policy establishment allow this to happen? CrossTalking with Daniel McAdams, an Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and Andrew Langer, a President of the Institute for Liberty. Follow Scott

Comment software has been rolled back to old version

Tonight we experienced 5 hours outage when no one was able to enter comments. Even the mods were locked out of the system. This is the second time we have experienced this problem, the other time was for a much shorter time period. Then about 9am GMT everything started working again. Have not yet identified the problem, but the only change that has been made recently is the ‘new comment’

Battle of fake Cossacks vs Navalny Liberals in several tweets, by Scott

A brief excursion into how the “opposition” in Russia makes fake “news,”  and political statements based on fake “news.” Alexey Navalny is a leader of so called “Anti-Corruption Foundation,” allegedly, the Western governments funded neo-liberal NGO organization. Recently, a documentary was released alleging that A. Navalny has been an MI-6 agent for over  a decade.   Tuesday May 17th, 2016 Navalny’s tweet: In Anapa airport group of dressed up clowns

A Donetsk People’s Republic Spetsnaz GRU officer speaks

Okay, this guy is not from the famous (and hyper secretive) Russian “Spetsnaz GRU”.  But he is from the DPR’s equivalent and he most likely has had his training with the Russian GRU.  Also, having met many Spetsnaz operators in the past, I can tell you that he is rather typical and representative of many of them.  So when I saw this interview, I asked my friend and brother in

Ukraine SITREP Wednesday March 4th, 2015

As of today the situation in the Ukraine is deceptively calm.  If the Novorussians have completed the withdrawal of their heavy weapons, the junta forces by all accounts did not: they did withdraw some, but most if it was not so much a case of withdrawal as a case of relocation and even rotation of forces.  The OSCE knows about it, but there is nothing which they can do.  Furthermore,

Ali Khamenei: Nuclear weapons sinful, West fears a developed and independent Iran (English subtitles)

By Sayed 7asan In these extracts, Sayed Ali Khamenei reveals the real reasons behind the Western persecution against Iran on the nuclear issue. It is useful to recall them at a time when in spite of Netanyahu’s raving, a deal seems closer than ever, especially as Iran’s voice is rarely heard.  The hostility to Iran is actually due to the fact that it is a sovereign country which, since the

Beyond the ninth circle of hell: what changes are waiting for the Ukrainian society after the war

By Ivan Lisan for Odnako Source: За девятым кругом ада: какие перемены ждут украинское общество после войны   Translated from Russian by Alexander   The civil war in Ukraine is like a huge meat grinder. The hands that turn the screw conveyor kill dozens of people every day and destroy thousands of people’s lives. However, any war will sooner or later come to an end, and the wounds on the

Western sanctions broke the old economic model. Perhaps, for the better?

By Alexei Polukhin Source: Западные санкции сломали старую экономическую модель. Может, и к лучшему? Translated by Eugene   Russia has become a two-time holder of “junk” or, put it milder, speculative sovereign rating after Moody’s — the second member of the global “big three” of rating agencies – followed Standard & Poor’s in revising the credit standing of our country. While in the first instance the reaction of the Russian

East Mediterranean – Waters starting to warm up and not because of the spring

by Kakaouskia   Some worrying events happened in the Aegean the past couple of days. Turkey has issued a unilateral NOTAM reserving large swathe of the Aegean, including large part of the Hellenic FIR for military exercises with live fire from 01/03/2015 to 31/12/2015. This effectively cut the Aegean in half, but most importantly it included part of Limnos, a Greek island in north Aegean. So in effect, Turkey has

Cyprus – Russia agreements: Testing the waters

by Kakaouskia It is with great surprise that I read the other day that Cyprus and Russia have signed an agreement on allowing the use of Cyprus ports by Russian Navy vessels. Not more so than the fact that this agreement was signed by a president which two years ago spoke openly on applying for entry into Partnership for Peace. First, let us take a look at what was signed.

Good news out of Russia – even the “non-system” opposition refuses to blame the Kremlin

Honestly, I never thought the day would come where I would have anything good to say about the Russian “liberal” or “democratic” “non-system” opposition but apparently this day has come today. To my surprise, all the leaders of this opposition have so far made very moderate and reasonable statement and all those which I have heard have apparently dismissed the notion that the Kremlin was behind the murder. Now this

Nemtsov murder: Putin warned about exactly this type of “false flag” two years ago

Already in February 2012 (two years ago!) Putin was warning Russians about exactly the kind of false flag which we just saw happening with the murder of Nemtsov.  See for yourself: Note: the Russian word “provocatsiia” is often translated as “provocation” which is not incorrect as long as you are aware that in Russian “provocation” can mean “false flag”, as it does in this context.  Putin is clearly warning about

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