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NATO protesters clash with Chicago police

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2012

Photo by twitter user @NastiaChurkina

Photo by twitter user @NastiaChurkina

Protesters have clashed with police as thousands of activists took part in an anti-NATO demonstration in Chicago, where the military bloc’s summit kicked off on Sunday. At least 60 people have been arrested.

The clashes occurred as the demonstrators were trying to push their way through a police line to the site of the meeting. Protesters threw plastic bottles and paint balloons at police which used batons against them. At least 12 people were injured. Prior to the incident, the march was largely peaceful.

Police estimated the crowd on Sunday at 2,500 to 3,000, though it appeared that much more turned out in the streets of the city to voice their opposition to NATO’s costly and deadly wars.

Iraq and Afghanistan veterans also took part in the march throwing their medals towards the convention center where the delegates are meeting. They said the medals they were given do not represent the wars they were fighting.

Many of the demonstrators who joined the march on Saturday are OWS activists who are outraged with income inequality in the US. Read the rest of this entry »

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From G8 to NATO: ‘Russia and China may be on the same side’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 20, 2012

With Putin opting not to attend the ongoing G8 summit at Camp David and Obama passing on an upcoming APEC summit in Vladivostok, much has been made of the bilateral snub. But Russian expert Martin McCauley told RT critics have missed the plot.

As President Obama greeted leaders of seven other major world economies for a working dinner at the start of the G8 summit Friday night, President Putin was not among them. The Russian president said domestic affairs and cabinet appointments had led him to send Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in his place.

With  the summit concluding on Saturday, Obama will immediately return to his hometown of Chicago for a NATO summit this Sunday.

Obama likewise announced he would miss the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting this September, since it closely tails the Democratic National Convention; a peak time in his reelection bid.

However, with both leaders set to meet on the sidelines of a G20 summit set to be held in Mexico next month, Martin McCauley, Russia expert from the University of London, told RT critics were too quick to dismiss the leaders’ domestic concerns.

He also said one key player was conspicuously absent at both the G8 and NATO summit, making the G20 a much more fitting format for both Moscow and Washington to hammer out their mutual concerns:  China.

RT: Do you think Putin’s refusal to attend would have been a shock to the US? Read the rest of this entry »

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Man on Moon & Mars landing: Russia space plans unveiled

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 13, 2012

Russian probes will visit Mars, Jupiter and Venus, while Russian cosmonauts will set foot on the surface of the Moon – all by 2030. At least according to the plans of the country’s space agency.

Space Development Strategies up to 2030, the official blueprint that for the country’s space industry in the coming years, was submitted to the government by the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) last week, Kommersant reports.

And it makes for a breathtaking – some might say fantastical – read.

By 2020, the long-gestating and as yet untested Angara rocket will become the chief means of launching Russian loads, replacing the trusted Soyuz and Proton, which have been in use since the mid-1960s. The new rocket will be headed by a new piloted spaceship carrying six astronauts, instead of the current three. No concrete project for such a spaceship currently exists.

The launches will be made from the brand-new Vostochny cosmodrome in the east of Russia, decreasing dependence on the outdated Baikonur facility, which is located outside of country’s borders in Kazakhstan and has to be rented. Construction on the $20 billion facility began last year, and is scheduled to wrap up in 2018. Read the rest of this entry »

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Assad must go, no foreign forces in Syria: UNSC draft

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 31, 2012

The UN draft resolution on Syria calls for President Assad to hand power over to his deputy and clarifies that no foreign forces will be deployed to the country, the Associated Press reports.

The resolution also demands the Syrian government put “an end to all human rights violations and attacks against those exercising their rights to freedom of expression.”

But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow has no intentions of telling President Assad to step down.

“Russian politics is not to ask someone to resign,” he told Australia’s ABC TV channel. “Regime change is not our profession,” the minister added.

He also rejected out of hand any accusation that Russia unconditionally supports the Syrian leader. “We are not President Assad’s friends or allies,” he stressed. Lavrov made it clear earlier on Tuesday that Assad’s continuing tenure as president is not a precondition for a settlement in Syria.

Western diplomacy is making another attempt to use the UN as a tool to promote its foreign policy agenda, drafting a new and ambiguous resolution on Syria which sets out a roadmap to topple President Bashar Assad.

The resolution fails to take account of the positions of countries like Russia and China, which have presented a united front opposing regime change in Damascus.

Moscow says the new resolution contains a threat to “adopt further measures if Syria does not comply with the terms of the resolution,” opening the door to a Libya-style foreign intervention in the conflict-torn Middle Eastern country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Exclusive TV series hosted by Julian Assange to premiere on RT in March

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 25, 2012

Cyberspace’s most famous activist, Julian Assange, is launching his own talkshow, to be broadcast on RT. The program, written and hosted by the founder of whistle-blowing site Wikileaks, will focus on his favorite topic: controversy.

The show, arguably the most anticipated news series of 2012, will feature ten “iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders” – people Assange can clearly identify with, being a rather controversial figure himself. The 40-year-old Australian media and internet entrepreneur will get to talk about the issues of the day with those he believes will shape “the world tomorrow.”

In his own words, the world-famous Wikileaks founder is “a pioneer of a more just world and a victim of political repression” which is why he promises to deliver a new type of television. Many are already wondering whether it will be as explosive as the biggest mass disclosure of secret documents in US history, also orchestrated by Assange and his team. Read the rest of this entry »

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Moscow faces biggest protest in years (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 11, 2011

The biggest opposition rally in recent Russian history has taken place in the capital. The protest against the results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election has drawn an estimated turnout of between 25,000 and 40,000.

The rally has been held on Bolotnaya Square, in Central Moscow, on December 10 between 2 pm and 6 pm.

Earlier the Interior Ministry reported around 25,000 people gathered at the scene.  However opposition leaders claim up to 40,000 on the square.

Before the rally police have blocked access to the squares adjacent to the Kremlin and have restricted entry to Red Square. Read the rest of this entry »

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30,000: Moscow faces biggest protest in years

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 10, 2011

The biggest opposition rally in recent Russian history is taking place in the capital. The protest against the results of Russia’s December 4 parliamentary election is expected to draw a turnout of as many as 30,000.

The rally is being held on Bolotnaya Square, in Central Moscow, on December 10 between 2 pm and 6 pm.

According to Interior Ministry estimates, around 15,000 people have already gathered at the scene.

Police are blocking access to the squares adjacent to the Kremlin and have restricted entry to Red Square from Revolution Square.

Security is being stepped up with police trucks and Interior Ministry troops being moved closer to the scene.

Moscow officials had previously provided protestors with a permit for a 300-strong meeting on Revolution Square, not far from the Kremlin’s walls. But as tens of thousands signed up for the event on social networks, the rally’s organizers agreed to the city’s suggestion that the rally be staged on Bolotnaya Square, which can hold a larger crowd.  And is only about 2 kilometers away from the initial location. Read the rest of this entry »

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Merkel gives EU the FU

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 2, 2011

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged for “a Fiscal Union with strict rules” to address the root causes of the “Europe’s widening financial crisis.” Though she said the process will take years.

Germany and France, which are the key players of the eurozone, are pushing forward the idea of creating a Fiscal Union which would include all 17 eurozone states or even all members of the EU. It would bring more centralization of power, more control over state budgets, and more importantly over their debts.

“The European crisis will not be solved in one fell swoop,” said Merkel to the lower house of the German parliament on Friday. “There are no quick and easy solutions.”

She compared the process of solving the debt crisis to the marathon runners saying that “the one who starts fastest isn’t necessarily the most successful. It is the one who is aware of what is involved in running the full distance.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Martian curse: Russian probe may crash in populated area

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2011

Russian scientists are struggling to get the country’s first interplanetary mission in 15 years back on track. Should they fail, the probe that was due to head to the Martian moon Phobos may well turn into the “most toxic falling satellite ever.”

Following a successful launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the subsequent separation of the Phobos-Grunt probe from its booster rocket on Wednesday morning, its own engine failed to generate two impulses which were necessary to direct the spacecraft onto a path to Mars. As a consequence, the probe became stuck in a low transitory orbit above Earth.

Before scientists from Russia’s space agency Roscosmos could solve the problem and “reboot” the mission, they would have to find out what exactly has caused the failure. Some say a problem with the probe’s software is the likely culprit, while others speculate that the worst-case scenario – a problem with the hardware – is also possible.

Most issues with the software could potentially be fixed remotely. One of the theories put forward suggests that a problem could have occurred with the navigation system. When launched, spacecraft initially use the sun as the main reference point for navigation, switching later to the stars. Therefore, it is thought the probe could have failed to position itself relative to the constellations.

Should that be the case, specialists say, they could try to upload a software package to the probe, and if everything goes fine, the entire mission could still be put back on track, with a minor delay of a few days. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘EU’s actions could lead to revolutions in Greece and Portugal’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 16, 2011

The expanded bailout fund will not help if Italy or Spain is dragged into the economic crisis, and the austerity packages are driving Greece and Portugal to revolutions, warned British European Parliament member Nigel Farage.

“They are having austerity packages pushed upon them, which is forcing them into downward deflation, which in my opinion could lead to revolution in Greece and possibly in Portugal, too,” Farage told RT. “What we are doing is stupid, and very, very dangerous indeed.”

“If Italy goes down, they would need a couple of trillion to bail it out,” he said. “And what it the point of bailing these countries out anyway? Are these bailouts helping people in Greece or Portugal? No, they’re not!”

“What they are actually doing,” he continued, “is giving money to these countries to give back to our banks, who over-lent to them in the first place. I mean, the whole thing is mad. What these countries trapped inside this economic prison called the Eurozone need is to devalue.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Bin London: city hotbed for terrorist recruitment

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2011

Wikileaks files reveal that at least 35 Guantanamo detainees had been trained for terrorism in London mosques.

Britain has become a hotbed for terrorism, with extremist preachers and masterminds freely able to operate there. The news has come to light in the latest WikiLeak.

The secret files reveal that at least 35 Guantanamo detainees had been trained for terrorism in London mosques and suggest that an alleged al-Qaeda bomber worked as an informer for British intelligence.

Eighteen of these detainees that have reportedly come out of Britain were from abroad, 17 others were either British nationals or, the document said, they were asylum seekers from Arab countries who then filtered into the UK and received their training in London.

Most notably in the documents, Finsbury Park mosque was cited as an “attack planning propaganda production base,” and this was no news to the US military officials who drafted these documents. The mosque had been known as a very powerful training ground for many of those prisoners for quite a while. Read the rest of this entry »

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