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Kaliningrad: European fears over Russian missiles
Dec. 17, 2013 - After years of complaint about the U.S. European missile shield, and a revision that President Barak Obama had hoped would
relieve the pressure, Russia has now stationed nuclear-capable missiles in the territory of Kalingrad. The move is unsettling to all of Europe, but
especially Lithuania and Poland.
The US insists that the missile shield is not aimed at Russia but designed to defend Europe from attack from "rogue states" - assumed to include Iran.
- Source: BBC
- Russia plans new ICBM to replace Cold War 'Satan' missile - Yahoo
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Russian news agency RIA Novosti closed down
Dec. 9, 2013 -
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has abolished the country's state-owned news agency RIA Novosti... In a surprise decree published on the Kremlin's
website on Monday, Mr. Putin announced it would be replaced by a news agency called Russia Today.
The Voice of Russia radio station was also closed immediately.
BBC's News analyst Daniel Sanford said that the change silences the news organization that offered the most balanced coverage of Russian affairs,
and installs a pro-Kremlin service that will report government propaganda.
- Source: BBC
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Senior General: US in Greatest Danger Since 1930s
Nov. 22, 2013 - Senior military analyst Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney told reporters that the the US in the most dangerous situation it has been in
since the 1930s just prior to World War II. Here is a summary of his warnings:
- The US is not prepared for an Iranian "Electromagnetic Pulse" attack.
- Iran's nuclear program may not be curtailed by the current Geneva conference.
- The US has alienated its long-time ally Egypt, so they have signed a $4 billion arms deal with Russia designed to let Egypt attain parity with the Israelis.
- By alienating Egypt the peace treaty with Israel may fail, and our country could lose access to the Suez canal and the privilege of military flights over Egypt.
- Our actions toward Egypt favors the Muslim Brotherhood.
- Our actions toward Syria has legitimized President Assad and acknowledged Russian hegemony in the Middle East.
- We are disarming the US military.
- Source: Israel National News
Russia and Egypt in key Cairo talks
Nov. 14, 2013 - Russian foreign and defense ministers are engaged in talks with their Egyptian counterparts in Cairo. An arms deal that is
being discussed could be worth $2 billion. Relations between Cairo and Moscow have been strained for decades. Recently the US has decided to cut defense
aid to Egypt over the issue of the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. However, Egypt's Foreign Minister, Nabil Fahmy, said that he was not looking for
a "substitute for anyone". The Egyptian Al-Wafd newspaper called the meeting "historic".
The flagship of Russia's Pacific Naval Fleet, the cruiser Varyag, is on a six-day visit to Alexandria - the first Russian warship to visit Egypt since 1992.
- Source: BBC
Egypt's message to the US: We've got Russia - CS Monitor
- Putin Called Saudi King, Next US Ally Lost? - Israel National News
The World's Most Powerful People 2013
Oct. 30, 2013 -
This year the votes for the World’s Most Powerful went to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He climbs one spot ahead of U.S. President Barack
Obama, who held the title in 2012.
- Source: Forbes
New report says Iran can have nuclear bomb in a month
Oct. 24, 2013 - The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS)in Washington D.C., a nuclear non-proliferation think tank,
issued a report warning that Iran could be only about one month away from the ability to have a nuclear weapon. They say this is because of
the installation of new centrifuges in the Fordo and Natanz plants, and advanced IR-2machines at Natanz.
- Source: Times of Israel
Kissinger Predicts Nuclear War with Iran - Jewish Press
- Video- Kissinger at Wall Street Journal conference - YouTube
This Israeli Gas Field Could Radically Reshape Politics in the Middle East
Oct. 21, 2013 - Israel has two newly-discovered natural gas fields. It has been estimated that these sources could generate up
to $60 billion over the span of 20-years.
Natural gas from the Tamar reservoir began flowing into Israel earlier this year, and Israel is likely to begin extracting from the larger
Leviathan field in a few years.
These natural gas resources eliminate one of Israel's military and economic weaknesses: the lack of indigenous energy resources. However, their
new status will likely complicate regional tensions between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel and Lebanon, and the conflict between Cyprus and
- Source: Policy Mic
Report: Putin to travel to Iran for nuclear strategy talks
Sept. 15, 2013 - On the heels of his successful scheme to avert a U.S. missile strike on Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin
has been invited by Iranian President Hassan Rowhanito visit Iran in the near future. He will presumably help them develop a strategy for
their continued nuclear development program.
Putin, seen by Iran’s clerical establishment as a strong opponent to America and the West . . . was approached by Iran to protect the
Islamic regime in the face of continued pressure by the West over its illicit nuclear program.
- Source: Daily Caller
Putin to visit Iran for first time in six years. Historic trip will raise renewed interest in the “Gog & Magog” prophecies - Joel Rosenberg's Blog
1 in 3 Americans Link Syrian Conflict to Bible's End-Time Prophecy, Survey Finds - Christian Post
Shocking number say End Times have arrived - WND
What the Press Isn't Telling You About Syria - Christian Post
Could Syria ignite World War 3? That's the terrifying question as the hatred between two Muslim ideologies sucks in the world's superpowers - Daily Mail
Russia to supply S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran
Sept. 11, 2013 - The Russian newspaper Kommersant reports that Russia's president Vladimir Putin has approved the sale
of S-300 aircraft missiles to Iran.
The Russian-manufactured anti-aircraft batteries have been a source of concern to Israeli officials who fear that their enemies’ possession
of them could have adverse strategic consequences.
- Source: Jerusalem Post
Russia and Iran Warn Against Intervention in Syria
Aug. 28, 2013 - Russian President Vladimir Putin called British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday to try to convince him that
the Syrian government did not use chemical weapons against its own citizens.
Alexander Lukashevich warned in a statement the same day that military intervention in Syria without a U.N. Security Council resolution would
have “catastrophic consequences.”
Meanwhile, Iran's Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told U.N. officials, “The use of military means [against Syria] will have
serious consequences not only for Syria but for the entire region,”
- Source: TIME
With interest in Gog & Magog prophecies growing, Muslim scholar writes analysis from Islamic perspective.
July 15, 2013 - Author and conference speaker Joel Rosenberg shares information about a Islamic book that proposes the scenario that
Gog is the “Anglo-American alliance” and Magog is Russia. Of course the war is against Israel. It is a free ebook published in 2009. The author
is Imran N. Hosein, and the title is "An Islamic View of Gog and Mogog." Rosenberg says that the author and bemoans the fact that not enough Muslim
leaders are focused on this issue.
- Source: Joel Rosenberg
Ex-spy chief: How KGB created modern Islamic jihad
July 10, 2013 - A book, and now a DVD movie, named "Disinformation" explains how modern Islamic terrorism began. Pacepa and his
co-author, historian and law professor Ronald Rychlak, explain that the hate-filled rhetoric and terrorist activities that are so prominent
in today's world were were virtually invented during the Soviet era to turn Muslims against Israel and the United States.
In fact, says Lt. Gen. Ion Mihai Pacepa, former head of Romania’s foreign intelligence and top adviser to dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, inflaming
Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism and promoting terrorism were high on the KGB’s to-do list for many years.
In the late 1960s, KGB head Yuri Andropov devised the scheme of turning the rest of the world against the U.S. by reviving anti-Semitism.
The U.S. would stand with Israel and this would convince the European leftists and the Islamic world that America was dominated by Jews. Terrorism
was seen as a better method of getting people's attention than conventional warfare.
- Source: WND
Egyptian military ousts Morsi, suspends constitution
July 3, 2013 - Egyptian Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced that President Mohammed Morsi had been ousted and replaced by the chief justice of the
constitutional court as the interim head of state. Furthermore, Egypt's constitution has been temporarily suspended and new elections are to be held.
Millions of anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square and around the country immediately erupted in cheers at the news, setting off fireworks
and shouting "God is great" and "Long live Egypt."
- Source: Fox News
President Morsi overthrown in Egypt - Morsi reportedly being held with top aides at a military facility after army suspends constitution
- Al Jazeera
Statement by President Barack Obama on Egypt - White House
Apparent Egyptian Military Coup Puts Obama in Bind on Aid - TIME
- Egypt and the End Times - Ron's Blog
- Russia, Turkey criticize Egyptian democracy - Times of Israel
U.S. senator sees damaged relations with Russia over Snowden
Jun. 23, 2013 -
Democratic U.S. Senator Charles Schumer charged on Sunday that Russian President Vladimir Putin likely knew and approved of fugitive Edward
Snowden's flight from Hong Kong to Russia and that it will "have serious consequences" in the U.S.- Russian relationship.
It is believed that Snowden will eventually leave Moscow and go to Venezuela via Cuba.
- Source: Chicago Tribune
Putin offers to put Russian troops on the Golan Heights to serve as UN peacekeepers. Prophetic significance?
Jun. 8, ,2013 - Now that Austria has decided to withdraw its peacekeeping force from the Golan Heights, Russia is offering to put
their troops in the area. This could be a precursor to the developments of the Ezekiel 38 and 39 war of Gog and Magog.
- Source: Joel Rosenberg
Historian: Obama helping resurrect Ottoman Empire?
May 30, 2013 - Historian Robert E. Kaplan's article titled “The U.S. Helps Reconstruct the Ottoman Empire,” explains that
Germany is evidently supporting a grand plan by Turkey to restore the Ottoman Empire, which was dismantled at the end of WWI. The
empire had controlled much of southeast Europe, Western Asia and North Africa for more than six centuries.
- Kaplan points to Obama’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the ultimate victor in the “Arab Spring”; the U.S. backing of radical Islamic
“rebel” groups in Libya with ties to al-Qaida; and current support for similarly constituted radical Islamic “rebel” groups in Syria.
- Source: WND
Israel Strongly Warns Russia Against Giving Syria Missiles
May 29, 2013 - Russia has promised to provide Syria with their advanced S-300 long-range air defense missile systems. They would
not say whether or not they have already sent some of the weapons to Israel, but Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon says they have
not yet sent any of them.
His comments are being interpreted as a rare implied threat to Russia. He fears that possession of the S-300s would upset the balance of power in
the region. It is also conceivable that the weapons could be controlled by Hezbollah.
- "And I hope that they will not be sent,"
he said. But "if God forbid they do reach Syria, we will know what to do."
- Source: NewsMax
Report: Russia Cancels S-300 Deal with Syria - Israel National News
Disputes over arms for Syria cloud U.S.-Russian peace drive - Yahoo
- Update 5/30/13 - Assad: First Russian missile shipment now in Syria - Prophecy Central - Syria Section
Israel Fear for Natural Gas Fields as Syria Set to Receive Russian Missiles
May 24, 2013 - Russia is sending supersonic anti-ship missiles to Syria. Israelis are concerned that Hezbollah forces from
Lebanon could obtain the advanced weapons,, threatening the development of its newly-discovered offshore natural gas fields [Tamar and Leviathan].
- The development of the two giant fields over the next few years is expected to not only supply Israel with enough gas to meet
its own energy needs, but also turn the Jewish state into an energy exporter.
- Source: OilPrice.com
Russian warships enter Mediterranean Sea
May 17, 2013 - As part of a new naval task force in the Mediterranean Sea, Russia has deployed an anti-submarine ship, a frigate, and
rescue tugs. A destroyer, amphibious warfare ships, and a tanker will be added to the group, and Russian Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov
said that nuclear submarines may also be added in the future. Russia has a naval base in Tartous, Syria. but these new ships will be docked in
- The Russian navy maintained a squadron of 30-50 ships in the region from 1967 until 1992 as part of its Cold War with the United States.
- Source: Times of Israel
Russia Sends More Advanced Missiles to Aid Assad in Syria - NY Times
Russia slammed by US for sending anti-ship missiles to Syria - Fox
Analyst: Russia prepping military to fight U.S.
Mar. 20, 2013 - Since a reset of Russian military policy in 2010, Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to recreate a post-Soviet
empire by incorporating the former Soviet republics into a Eurasian Union, a duty-free zone that could rival the European Union.
- Russia’s defense and foreign policies now reflect that Russia is surrounded by enemies led by the U.S. Moscow is
concerned that the U.S. and its NATO allies will invade Russia at any time.
- Source: WND
Moscow affirms ties with Iranian radicals
Mar. 3, 2013 - Nikolai Levichev, Deputy Speaker of the Russian Duma, pleged that Russia would draw even closer to Tehran as
the West threatens to increase sanctions against Iran's nuclear program.
Russia is also a supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
- The Kremlin built Iran’s first nuclear reactor at Bushehr and has some 1,500 technicians on site, which would presumably preclude any
military action against the facility without serious international repercussions.
- Source: WND
Hezbollah, Russia condemn Israeli airstrike inside Syria
Jan. 31, 2013 - There are conflicting reports about claims that Israel executed air strikes yesterday against a target on
the border between Syria and Lebanon. First unoficial reports said the target was a convoy of anti-aircraft missiles on its way to
Lebanon or a military facility involved in chemical weapons production.
Israel and the U.S. have made no official comment. Either scenario was a possibility, but Anthony Cordesman, a senior analyst at
the Center for Strategic and International Studies, warned that Syria may simply be blaming Israel for the loss of a facility
that had fallen to rebels or been destroyed by other means. They questioned whether Israel would actually attack a site where chemical
weapons were stored.
Hezbollah condemned the airstrike as “barbaric aggression.” They are supporters of the Syrian government.
- The Associated Press reported. Russia, Syria’s chief patron, said the strike would constitute “unprovoked attacks on
targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the U.N. Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the
motives to justify it.”
- Source: Washington Post
Syria and Iran threaten to retaliate against Israel for air raid near Damascus - Fox
Iran threatens ‘grave consequences’ for Israel after Syria strike - Times of Israel
US official: Israel notified us about Syria attack - Times of Israel
Syria warns of 'surprise' response to Israeli strike - Jerusalem Post
- Khamenei aide: Attack on Syria is an attack on Iran - Jerusalem Post
Syria’s Assad is defiant in rare speech
Jan. 7, 2013 - Weary, but determined to continue his effort to crush the uprising against his rule, Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad proposed a period of “transition,” in which a new government would be formed, a national pact would be drafted and a referendum
would be held.
Meanwhile the U.N. claims that at least 60,000 lives have been lost in the conflict, his army is losing ground, and his closest
allies are concerned about the outcome of the struggle.
- He put the onus of responsibility for the plan on Western powers, which he said must end their support for the opposition
before the implementation of a cease-fire and the convening of a national conference to chart reforms.
- Source: Washington Post
Syria conflict: Iran backs Assad speech – live blog - The Guardian
'Russian ships gathering off Syria to deter West' - Jerusalem Post
Israel to build fence along Syrian border amid fears of violent spillover - CNN
Pope calls for end to Syria slaughter - ABC
US says Syria's Assad 'detached from reality' - Chanel 4 News
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