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Shock, heartbreak for U.S. parents adopting Russian kids
Dec. 29, 2012 - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that bans Americans from adopting Russian children.
The law ignores the needs of thousands of orphaned children in Russia. The measure is actually retaliation for a U.S. human rights law
that bars entry to Russians accused of involvement in the death of anti-corruption lawyer Sergei Magnitsky and other alleged
- Putin has defended the Russian law by saying his country should care for its own children. But critics including child rights
advocates say it is an unfair move that uses orphans as pawns in an unrelated dispute.
- Source: Reuters
A new Cold War
Sept. 23,2012 - Lt. Gen Ion Mihai Pacepa is the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West.
He explains that the anti-American fervor in the Islamic world was purposely stimulated by the old Soviet Union, and is now reaching
its full divisive potential. He says,
The Soviets produced literature that portrayed the United States as a war-mongering, Zionist country financed by Jewish money. Pacepa added
that Andropov made the point that one billion adversaries could cause far greater damage than could a mere 150 million.
- "In 1972, I had a breakfast with then-KGB chairman Yury Andropov in Moscow. The Kremlin, he told me, had decided to transform Arab
anti-Semitism into an anti-American doctrine for the whole Muslim world."
- Source: -Ion Mihai Pacepa - WND
New Cold War emerging between U.S., Russia
Aug. 27, 2012 - The United States and Russia have opposite positions on Syria. The U.S. apparently wants Syrian President
Bashar Assad to be deposed, but to the Russian and even Chinese governments, this is seen as an undesirable outcome. They say it will
open the way for control in Syria by a more radical Sunni Salafist form of Islam and al-Qaida. Russia has a strategic naval base at
the Syrian port of Tartous.
Russia also sees that Iran will be weakened if Syria's Bashar is deposed.
- Because Moscow also supports Tehran, it may be on a collision course with Washington over geostrategic concerns that a weakened Iran would
pose for it.
- Source: F. Michael Maloof - WND
Putin harks back to Cold War 20 years on
Dec. 9, 2011 - Exactly 20 years after the fall of the USSR Russian President Vladimir Putin said that
the U.S. is trying to disturb their election process.
Recently relations between the two countries has also suffered by differences of opinion on the issue of missile
- In one of his most bitter tirades against Washington in years, Putin accused US Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton of providing the "signal" for the unusually large protests contesting the validity of Sunday's elections.
- Source:Asia One
FBI breaks up alleged Russian spy ring in deep cover
Jun. 29, 2010 - Ten people have been arrested on charges of spying or money laundering. The suspects are characterized as a "long term, deep cover" network of Russian agents. They spent years adopting American identities and gathering information about nuclear weapons, the gold market, and personnel changes at the CIA.
The FBI claims that the group was sent by the Russian intelligence service to live in the US under false names.
- The FBI alleges that the accused spies were able to get close to a scientist working with "bunker-buster" nuclear bombs and a New York financier with powerful political ties. But the intercepts do not suggest they were successful at uncovering valuable information.
- Source: The Guardian - UK
11th suspect arrested in alleged Russian spy ring - Xinhuane
- Russia plays down US spy arrests - BBC
- Arrests of alleged spies: 'Cold War never ended' - WTOP News Radio
- The Dismantling of a Suspected Russian Intelligence Operation - Stratfor
Russian warships to dock in Havana
Dec. 16, 2008 - The Russian destroyer Admiral Chabanenko and two support ships docked in Cuba this week, following their visit to Venezuela.
- It will be the first visit by Russian warships to the communist-led island since the 1991 Soviet collapse.
- Source: Miami Herald
Russian leader visits Venezuela in show of defiance
Nov. 26, 2008 -Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Venezuela today. It was the first visit by a Russian head of state to the South American country. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez welcomed him, and together they signed a nuclear energy deal.
- The nuclear deal coincides with joint Russian-Venezuelan naval exercises about to begin in the Caribbean, which Washington dismissed as insignificant.
- Source: AFP
US and Russia scrap nuclear pact after Moscow agrees to send warships to Venezuela
Sept. 9, 2008 - The US responded quickly to a Russian announcement that they would send a nuclear cruiser and other warships and planes to the Caribbean for joint exercises with Venezuela. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice countered by announcing that the US will not go forward at this time with an exchange of nuclear technology with Russia.
- "We make this decision with regret," Miss Rice said in a statement. "Unfortunately, given the current environment, the time is not right for this agreement."
- Source:Telegraph - UK
Russian General Criticizes US Black Sea Presence
Aug. 26, 2008 - The U.S. Navy destroyer U.S.S. McFaul was the first of three U.S. ships to arrive at Georgia's Black Sea port of Batumi. The ship brought baby food and bottled water. Of equal importance, the ship's presence encourages Georgians in their struggle against Russia.
- The deputy chief of Russia's general staff suggested the arrival of the McFaul and other U.S. and NATO ships would increase tensions.
- Source: Chicago Sun-Times (Story no longer online)
Rice Signs Missile Defense Deal With Poland
Aug. 20, 2008 - An agreement has been signed to place an American missile defense base in Poland.
The deal was signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski.
- The deal has sparked threats from Russia that Poland is making itself vulnerable to attack — even a nuclear one. Along with Russia's rhetoric, the agreement has further strained Moscow's ties with the West in the wake of its fighting with U.S. ally Georgia.
- Source: Fox
- Rice: Russia May Be Attempting to Rebuild Soviet Union - Israel National News
- Fear of new Mid East 'Cold War' as Syria strengthens military alliance with Russia - TimesOnline - UK
Russia Invading Georgia Heralds Return of Cold War
Aug. 12, 2008 - According to Russian scholar Michael McFaul of Stanford University, the Russian invasion of Georgia is, “a signal to everyone that Russia is back — and Russia is going to try and dominate this region of the world.”
- What seemed at first to be minor clashes in tiny, faraway places that most Americans never heard of now has think tanks buzzing, with scholars and pundits alike resurrecting such iconic terms as “Cold War” ...
- Source: NewsMax
Russian bombers 'buzzed' US aircraft carrier
Feb. 12, 2008 - One Russian Tupolev 95 bomber buzzed the USS Nimitz twice on Saturday. It flew over the carrier at an altitude of just 600m. A second bomber circled nearby.
- Four F/A-18 fighter planes were sent to intercept them when they breached an 800km perimeter. Two stayed with the Tupolev circling at altitude about 80km from the Nimitz while two followed the other bomber as it approached the carrier.
- Source: Herald Sun - Australia
Moscow Telegraphs New Cold War
Mar. 10, 2006 - Last week General Vladimir Vasilenko, The head of the Russian Defense Ministry's Research Institute, shocked U.S. and European military experts by saying that Russia is considering scrapping the INF Treaty (negotiated between President Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987) and redeploying its SS-18 Satan missiles. These missiles were deployed in the 1970's and 1980's to target European cities with multiple nuclear warheads that can be independently targeted.
- Ariel Cohen, senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank, thinks one possible reason could be that Russia's leaders are contemplating taking a longer-term global position increasingly different from those of both the United States and the European Union.
- Source: Jack Kinsella
Mystery over new Russian weapon
Mar. 31, 2004 - Russian sources endorse President Vladimir Putin's earlier claim that they have developed a "hypersonic flying vehicle" that was able to maneuver between space and the earth's atmosphere. This missile would be able to penetrate any missile defense system that the U.S. plans to build.
- Source:CNN (Story no longer online)
Signs of strength in Russia's navy
- June 15, 2001 - The introduction of two new nuclear submarines surprised Western intelligence, and signals the will of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, to help Russia emerge once again as an important naval power.
- In the wake of former FBI agent Robert Hanssen's arrest, the U.S. Navy is investigating whether Russian espionage efforts could have compromised U.S. submarine secrets. The Russian navy apparently has garnered significant technology that will enable it to make future submarines quieter and harder to detect. This technology probably has come from Russian espionage that has penetrated the U.S. submarine program, according to intelligence sources.
- Source: WorldNetDaily - Stratfor Intelligence
Russia is not the enemy, the Cold War is over - Bush
- June 14, 2001 - In his upcoming meeting with Russian President Putin, George W. Bush plans to stress that the Cold War is over.
- "The mentality that gripped our two nations during the Cold War must end," Bush told a press conference after his first EU-US summit, the third day of a five-day five-nation European tour. "Russia ought not to fear Europe, but ought to welcome an expanded Europe beyond its borders," Bush said. "My vision of Europe is a large vision, of more countries, more free trade, and one which welcomes Russia and the Ukraine."
- Source Weekend News Today - from AFP (Story no longer online)
Global space race heats up
- May 23, 2001 - See the summary in our "Wars and Rumors of Wars" section.
- An independent military space force is planned to begin June 1 in Russia to combine all Russian military space programs and commercial space ventures.
- Source: WorldNetDaily- From Stratfor Global Intelligence Update
Back to Bad Old Days
- Apr. 26, 2001 - By Konstantin Preobrazhensky
- The writer, a retired KGB lieutenant colonel, laments the loss of the one television outlet in Russia that was not controlled by the state.
He is also concerned that the average citizen does not dare to stand up against the situation. He concludes they say they don't have enough information to form an opinion, and at this rate, they never will.
- The death of NTV has transformed Russia into a qualitatively different state.
The Western world simply cannot continue treating this new Russia as if it
were the same country that it was just a few weeks ago. It only makes sense
now to relate to Russia with the same suspicion and caution with which the
West treated the Soviet Union.
- Source: Russia Today - from The Moscow Times (Story no longer online)
Moscow threatens 'a new Cold War'
- Mar. 31, 2001 - The Voice of Russia World Service, the official broadcasting service of the Russian government, says that the Bush government is using a double standard-- striving to improve relations between the U.S. and Russia, while actually achieving a position of superiority.
They complain about how serious we consider the Hanssen spy case, and the reception of a representative of Chechnya separatists by a high-ranking U.S. State Department official.
- "A double standard approach may
lead Russian-U.S. relations to a deadlock
from which there is only one way -- a new Cold
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Analysis: Echoes of the Cold War
- Mar. 22, 2001 - In the wake of the arrest of high level CIA agent Robert Philip Hanssen for selling vital secrets to Russia, the Bush administration has expelled 50 Russian diplomats who are suspected of being intelligence officers.
- According to the New
York Times, the FBI
has become frustrated
by the expansion of
activities. There was a decline after the
collapse of the Soviet Union, but numbers are
now believed to be back at near Cold War
- Source: BBC
- See also:Russia hits back over 'spies' - BBC
- and: While we were sleeping - Commentary by Hal Lindsey
Russia relying on arms-sales diplomacy
- Mar. 8, 2001 - Jon Dougherty reports that Russian arms sales are being used to reinvigorate old Cold War alliances and make new friends
These countries include China, India, Iran, Libya and North Vietnam
- Worse, Moscow is increasingly willing to sell
sophisticated weaponry to countries that have
been historically opposed to the U.S. or could
become peer competitors to Washington in the
- Source: WorldNetDaily
Why Is Russia Still Up To Its Cold War Tricks?
- Feb. 21, 2001 - Hal Lindsey explains that Russia's new president apparently wants to return to the old cold war rhetoric and activities.
In the light of the news that a high official in the FBI has been a spy for Russia for the past 15 years, tensions between the U.S. and Russia are very high.
- Vladimir Putin [is] very much a child of the Old School. Putin was himself a former KGB spy who went into mothballs with the rest of the Soviet espionage apparatus at the end of the Cold War.
- Source: Hal Lindsey Oracle (Story no longer online)
Veteran FBI agent charged with espionage
- Feb. 20, 2001 - Robert Philip Hanssen, a 27 year veteran of the FBI, with the highest security clearance, has been arrested for suspicion of spying for Russia for the past 15 years!
- Source: CNN
More Opposition To Iraq Air Strikes...
- Feb. 20, 2001
- Duma to Urge Putin to Lift Iraq Sanctions - Russia Today (Story no longer online)
Is this how World War III begins?
- Oct. 14, 2000 - The explosive situation in Israel and the rest of the Mid-east matches the scenarios of the prophets about Jerusalem and it's profound effect on the rest of the world.
- Source:WorldNetDaily - Joseph Farah, Editor and CEO (Story no longer online)
Russian missile scandal prompts Hill 'outrage'
- Aug. 22, 2000 - A congressional investigation has been requested regarding the failure of the Clinton administration to purchase Russian missiles when they were offered. The Navy has released documents showing that a 1995 offer from Russia to purchase their advanced SS-N-22 ("Sunburn") supersonic cruise missles was declined. This is the most effective anti-ship missile in the world, and one against which we have no effective defense.
Sunburn missiles are also employed by the Chinese on their new Sovremenny-class destroyer is equipped with eight of the nuclear-tipped Russian anti-ship missiles. The missile can have a nuclear warhead equal to over 200,000 tons of TNT.
- "The Sunburn combines a Mach 2.5 speed with a
very low-level flight pattern that uses violent
end maneuvers to throw off defenses. After
detecting the Sunburn, the U.S. Navy Phalanx
point defense system may have only 2.5 seconds
to calculate a fire solution -- not enough time
before the devastating impact of a 750-lb.
- Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
Missile defense test fails
- July 8, 2000 - In a disappointing third attempt, a new missile defense test failed to intercept its target.
Today's test was counted on to determine whether President Clinton
proceeds with a plan to begin development of a $60 billion national missile
defense that administration officials contend is crucial to defend against
missile attacks from countries like North Korea, Iran and Iraq.
- Source: Capital Hill Blue (Story no longer online)
Putin seen deploying nuke sub to counter U.S. in Gulf
- April 27, 2000 - The Russian Military Press agency said that President Vladimir Putin is considering deploying a nuclear-powered submarine and a reconnaissance vessel in the Gulf. The purpose of the action would be to stop the U.S. from seizing Russian tankers suspected of smuggling Iraqi oil in violation of United Nations sanctions.
- Source: World Tribune (Story no longer online)
Russia toughens nuclear stance
- Apr. 21, 2000 - Russia's security council has adopted a tough policy on the use of nuclear first strike options.
- According to the Kremlin,
the document states that
"the Russian federation
envisages the possibility of
using all forces and means
at its disposal, including
nuclear weapons, where all
other means to settle the
crisis have been exhausted or have proven ineffective".
- Source: BBC
Russia ratifies Start II
- Apr. 14, 2000 - The Russian Parliament voted overwhelmingly to ratify the Start II Treaty which would cut the number of nuclear weapons in half by 2007. However, they warned that if the U.S. continues to develop a defense system the treaty could be nullified.
China threatens to nuke America
- Mar. 4, 2000 - A recently declassified doucment from China indicates that they expect war with the U.S., and plan to wear us down with a Viet Nam type war until anti-war forces in the U.S. will force us to give up. Nuclear strikes might be used to procuce the high number of casualties which would be required to accomplish this goal.
- Source: WorldNetDaily -Charles Smith (Story no longer online)
China threatens U.S. with nuclear war
- Feb. 29, 2000 - In the article, Beijing warns US of Taiwan war threat, reporter David Rennie writes:
- A war over Taiwan could be another Vietnam, said a Chinese military
strategist, but with the added risk of "extreme long-range" strikes - a threat
presumably intended to include the cities of the western US, which are within
range of China's nuclear missiles.
- Source:Electronic Telegraph (Story no longer online)
Clinton Fund-raiser Responsible For Selling China Biological Weapons Equipment
- Feb. 25, 2000 - An Insight Magaine article details the story that Clinton friend and fund-raiser Charles Trie has admitted to the FBI that he conducted a business deal that gave Red China equipment capable of producing deadly
US China tension mounts
- Feb. 24, 2000 - Yesterday Senate leaders warned that China's threats against Taiwan may halt the process toward permanent Normal Trade Relations (NTR) between the US and China.
China has been trying for 14 years to gain entrance to the World Trade Organization (WTO), but must first establish normal trade relations with all member countries. Difficulties have also been encountered in talks between China and the EU.
- Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhu Bangzao
said China strongly opposed such comments,
saying Taiwan was purely an internal matter
for the Beijing government.
- Source: BBC
Beijing document reveals plans for war over Taiwan
- Feb. 20, 2000 - Der Spiegel magazine claims that China is ready to engage in war and even nuclear conflict with the US should fighting break out over Taiwan.
- Source: The Age (Story no longer online)
China, Russia team up on deadly new missile
- Jan. 7, 1999 - China continues its military buildup by purchasing a variety of ships and weapons from Russia. Now they plan to enter a joint venture to co-produce a deadly new supersonic cruise missile, the Zvezda Kh-31P mod-2, designed specifically to attack U.S. Navy Aegis warships and U.S. Army Patriot radar batteries.
- Source:WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
China's newest secret weapon
- Nov. 30, 1999 - By Charles Smith
- Stealth missile could nuke U.S. cities without warning, says defense expert
- The Chinese already have, or are very likely to aquire the Russian "Yahont" missile " according to Richard D. Fisher, a defense analyst working for Rep. Chris Cox, R-Calif. These missiles could be launched from submarines, and could deliver nuclear strikes to U.S. cities before being detected by radar.
- Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
U.S. eyes China first-strike threat
- Nov. 10, 1999 - By Charles Smith
- In a new book, "Red Dragon Rising," co-author, William Triplett, says China will deploy nuclear-tipped missiles on two Russian-built Sovremenny-class destroyers, which are warships "designed to start a nuclear war." Each ship has eight nuclear-tipped, Russian-made Moskit anti-ship missiles which are armed with nuclear warheads equal to over 120,000 tons of TNT -- six times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima at the end of World War II. The ship has no ability to hide. It would only be useful as a first-strike vehicle which would launch it's deadly cargo and then die.
- Source:WorldNetDaily (Story no longer online)
Russia issues missile warning to U.S.
- Oct. 26, 1999 - Russian military leaders try to discourage U.S. development of an anti-ballistic missile system by saying that if we proceed, they will build enough missiles to overpower our defenses.
Source: Virtual News / UPI
US tests new missile killer
- Oct. 3, 1999 - In a successful test over the Pacific Ocean, an orbiting "star wars" type anti-missile device destroyed an unarmed Minuteman missile in a brilliant flash of light. The Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, developed by the Raytheon Corp, could be operational by 2005.
Source: BBC News
U.S. intelligence report outlines missile threat
- Sept. 9, 1999 - According to a report from the CIA and other governmental agencies, Russia still poses the greatest nuclear threat to the U.S. with North Korea and China rising as potential dangers as well. Within 15 years both Iran and Iraq will probably also be capable of striking the United States.
- Source: Excite News (Story no longer on line.)
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