I have been compiling various notes and insights for an upcoming article on my thoughts regarding the Ukraine Crisis. In the meantime, I have updated the Radar Room to encapsulate some of the thoughts and things that we should be keeping an eye on as this situation unfolds. Please pray that the Lord will give me wisdom as I pull additional information together and consider various ramifications. Maranatha.
Saudi Arabia has threatened to blockade neighbouring Qatar by air, land and sea unless Doha cuts ties with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, closes global channel al-Jazeera, and expels local branches of the US Brookings Institution and Rand Corporation think tanks.
Unconfirmed news reports claim the Russian Navy is deploying land-based ‘Bastion’ anti-ship missile systems as a response to the recent U.S. move entering two naval vessels to the Black Sea. ...ystanders recorded the movement of Bastion anti-ship launcher complex on the streets Crimea. The K-300P Bastion-P employs P-800 Yakhont (SS-N-26) anti-ship cruise missile hypersonic anti-ship missiles carried on mobile transporter-erector-launchers (TEL) is a Russian. The missiles are used as mobile coastal defence systems, having an effective range of 300 km.
Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine that was once part of Russia and is a vital base for the Russian Navy. Here are key moments in the operation.
Editor: A good set of maps of the current situation...
03/10/2014, informedchristians.com, by Mike Adams
While investigators are baffled, the mainstream media isn't telling you the whole story, either. So I've assembled this collection of facts that should raise serious questions in the minds of anyone following this situation.
Editor: This is not a normal vehicle incident...
...demonstrating the wariness within the military over the scale of problems facing the country. ...could face a public backlash if his administration fails in a country that since 2011 has already risen up in massive protests against two presidents. ...the upcoming election, which is expected to be held by the end of April.
...fed up with stores that regularly run out of provisions as simple and crucial as toilet paper -- despite the nation's vast oil wealth. ...For more than a month, demonstrators have complained about chronic shortages of food staples such as bread, sugar, milk and butter.
Libya has been trying to rebuild its army since Gaddafi's overthrow, but analysts say it is not yet a match for battle-hardened militias that fought in the eight-month uprising. ...Western powers worry Libya will slide into deeper instability or even break apart.
...Menon’s statement about Russia’s legitimate interests in Ukraine made it the first major nation to publicly lean toward Russia. ...Indian officials have told Telegraph India that, in the newspaper’s words, Delhi is “convinced that the West’s tacit support for a series of attempted coups against democratically elected governments — in Egypt, Thailand and now Ukraine — has only weakened democratic roots in these countries.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s defiant response to the toppling of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has further reinforced Assad’s conviction that he can continue to count on Russia’s unwavering support against the armed rebellion challenging his rule ...“They see Russia as a major current and future partner in the region, because in their perspective, the U.S. is retreating,” he said.
Security sources said two were killed in street battles with the police in the Cairo district of Alf Maskin and a third in the capital's Abbaseya. Protesters fired weapons and hurled petrol bombs at police who responded with tear gas, they said.
Sunnis and Shiites from Lebanon are streaming into Syria to take up arms on opposite sides of a fierce battle over a rebel stronghold — a fight that has effectively erased the border between the two countries and underlined how Lebanon is being sucked into the civil war next door.
The United States wants Abbas to make the concession as part of efforts to reach a "framework agreement" and extend the talks aimed at settling the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinian Authority’s mission to the United Nations last week filed an official complaint over a growing Jewish presence on and claims to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. ... took special exception to the Israeli Knesset’s recent discussions about fully extending Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount
The Washington state dam where inspectors found a 65-foot-long crack last week has fixed itself and is now safe, utility officials said Wednesday.
The ever-decreasing number of abortion clinics continues its decline with the announcement of the closing of abortion clinics in Texas, Florida, and California.
China's foreign minister says his country will vigorously defend its sovereignty, declaring there is "no room for compromise" with Japan over territory or history. ...Ships and aircraft from both countries regularly patrol waters around the contested territory and have occasionally come close to armed clashes.
Saudi Arabia and Qatar are supporting militant groups in Iraq and have effectively declared war on the country, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said as nationwide violence left 15 dead Saturday. ...In the interview, Maliki also accused Saudi Arabia of supporting global terrorism, both inside the Arab world and in other countries.
Editor: Watch this region get stirred up...
...into who was behind the deaths of dozens of people in Kiev last month in attacks by snipers, saying the truth could no longer be "covered up". ...In the audio of the February 26 call, whose authenticity was confirmed by Estonia, Paet told Ashton he was informed in Kiev that "they were the same snipers killing people from both sides."
Editor: Russia knows who is behind the killings, and it will be show that they are correct, and that the US and EU have backed the criminal elements behind the coup. This is being played so that Russia will end up with the apparent moral superiority...
Nevertheless Dmitry Peskov ridiculed Western demands for direct talks between the Kremlin and the new Kiev government, claiming that the loss of credibility involved “puts a smile on our face”. ... Earlier, Gazprom, Russia’s state-owned energy giant, said it would start to reduce deliveries to Kiev, a move that would disrupt supplies to Europe. Gazprom said Ukraine had failed to make payments on its £1.2 billion debts. Ukraine is one of the main transit routes for the continent’s gas...
Dozens of military trucks transporting heavily armed soldiers rumbled over Crimea’s rutted roads Saturday as Russia reinforced its armed presence on the disputed peninsula in the Black Sea. Moscow’s foreign minister ruled out any dialogue with Ukraine’s new authorities, whom he dismissed as the puppets of extremists. ... witnesses had reported seeing amphibious military ships unloading around 200 military vehicles in eastern Crimea on Friday night after apparently having crossed the Straits of Kerch, which separates Crimea from Russian territory.
... traders on the streets of Moscow were running out of foreign currency. "There were enormous queues yesterday after Putin announced there might be war with Ukraine," said Benjamin, who was working at an exchange point
...are often described as entitled, coddled, and whiny, most notably by people who are not Millennials. Whether the previous labels are fair or rubbish is up for debate, but a study by the Pew Research Center has added a new list of adjectives for the Millennial generation: godless, politically independent, distrustful, broke, and optimistic.
Abbas also reiterated his position on Friday that the capital of a future Palestinian state will be east Jerusalem in its entirety, rather than just a portion. He added that if negotiations fail, he will encourage popular resistance as a pathway to peace, according to Israel Radio.
China, often a Russian ally in blocking Western moves in the U.N. Security Council, was more cautious, saying that economic sanctions were not the best way to solve the crisis and avoiding comment on the legality of a Crimean referendum on secession.
...a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. ...The army-backed government in Cairo designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December....
...reparing a formal request for Gulf mediation under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, in order to back Cairo’s stance vis-à-vis the ongoing conflict with Ethiopia about the Renaissance Dam. The mediation request comes as part of a basket of escalatory measures adopted by Egypt in January, following the breakdown of technical negotiations among the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian water resources ministers.
"[The bill] would offer the president and government opportunities to defend our sovereignty from threats," state news agency RIA quoted Andrei Klishas, the bill's author and head of the constitutional legislation committee in the upper house of parliament, as saying.
...pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.
The Executive Order concerns individuals who have sought to undermine the Ukrainian government, including "persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine." Those individuals, Obama declared, "constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States ..."
03/06/2014, shtfplan.com, by Mac Slavo
...a massive scramble is on for all 7.62 as Russia has reportedly halted all exports to the US of Russian made ammunition.
Bill 52 defined killing by lethal injection as “health care” in order to avoid the Criminal Code protections from euthanasia.
As far as we know there is no conection between these two events or the asteroid 2014 EC, which is flying past Earth today. They are probably random meteoroids of the type that strike Earth's atmosphere every night.
...The 28-nation EU condemned Russian actions in Crimea as illegal, voiced support for Ukraine's territorial integrity but took only minor steps suspending talks with Moscow on visas and a new investment pact while warning of tougher steps ...a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. All state property would be "nationalized", the Russian ruble adopted and Ukrainian troops treated as occupiers and forced to surrender or leave...
...delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions.
Editor: False teachers are more accepted in our governmental seats...
The accident, one of the deadliest cases of friendly fire in the war's history... Just last week, the Afghan president, who has refused to sign a security pact with the U.S. before he leaves office next month, told The Washington Post that "Afghans died in a war that's not ours." He added an unfriendly message to Washington, which we think he'd reiterate today : "To the U.S. government, give them my anger, my extreme anger."
...the United States ordered an asset freeze and visa bans against those involved in Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region. ...and said additional steps, such as sanctions were possible.
A space rock named 2014 EC (discovered March 5th, 2014, estimated 13-45 feet-wide) will give Earth a close shave on March 6th. This is the second asteroid that has flown between the Earth and moon in consecutive days.
03/05/2014, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
Not only does it mean that the U.S. is essentially powerless to do anything about the situation in Ukraine, it also means that Russia and China are starting to understand how much economic leverage that they really have. ...If China and the rest of the world abandoned Russia over Ukraine, that would be one thing. But that is not happening at all. In fact, China has chosen to publicly stand with Russia on this issue.
03/05/2014, zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden
So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new "leaders" of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people - the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government.
Editor: The US (and EU) is behind the criminal actions that overthrew the legitimate Ukrainian government; Russia knows this; China knows this. America is about to experience some serious humble pie in the days ahead - and Russia and China will be globally seen as the good guys for dishing it out. The world is sick and tired of America hypocrisy acting as the world's police, meddling in other's business. The threat to dump our bonds and crash our economy is a real threat that Putin (and China) are both fully ready to carry out.
After little sleep and a heavy patient load, LeRoy Carhart sent another abortion patient to the hospital yesterday (March 4, 2014) for treatment of apparently life-threatening complications.
The United Nations special envoy to Ukraine ended his mission abruptly on Wednesday and agreed to leave the country after a standoff with armed men who blocked his car in the Crimea, ITV news reports.
The official, speaking to Reuters, said there were “no agreements” in a Wednesday meeting between Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, and there never will be without direct Ukrainian government involvement and absolute buy-in.”
The new policy strikes a compromise, allowing the generic versions of Plan Be to be sold over-the-counter as long as the product includes a warning that it is intended for "women 17 years of age or older.” There is no requirement for proof of age, however.
A similar situation has existed for years in breakaway parts of Georgia, where Russian troops have occupied northern regions of the country since 2008 while Western threats have dissipated. ...“We must place crippling sanctions on Russian high-ranking officials, state-owned banks and commercial enterprises, and key individuals behind the Russian intervention...”
The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. The Department told HSLDA that this meant the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes could stay.
Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine's SBU security service said on Tuesday.
...Obama spoke at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., today and had some harsh words for Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the backdrop was anything but serious.
Editor: Do not be lulled into thinking these figureheads are incompetent or oblivious to their apparent foolishness. With my background in PR, I can assure you this was arranged and presented deliberately in this format for public consumption. The main actor may not have been fully aware of it, but the director was. Presentation is everything... American leadership is deliberately being made to look the fool. The danger most people make is that they assume the actors are mentally challenged, when in fact, that is what the director wants you to think. There is great logic in using illogic - if used cleverly. When you see a gaffe such as this, do not make a dismissal statement like: "What a moron..."; instead, ask the question "Why?" and "To what end?"
The same day the company came clean about its losses, a second bitcoin firm, Poloniex, also admitted that 12.3% of its reserves had been stolen by hackers. Poloniex is a bitcoin exchange, and the company has committed to operating at a fractional reserve until it can replenish the losses itself.
Editor: Stay away from Bitcoins.
...An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that authorities would issue general advice to dump US government bonds in the event of Russian companies and individuals being targeted by sanctions over events in Ukraine. ...A high-ranking Kremlin source was quick to distance his office from Glazyev’s remarks, however, insisting to RIA Novosti that they represented only his personal position. Glazyev was just expressing his views as an academic, and not as a presidential adviser, the Kremlin insider said....
Editor: Statement by proxy?
"As always in such situations, provoked by rash and irresponsible actions by Washington, we stress: This is not our choice," he added.
Editor: This would probably include dumping of Treasury bonds and other financial devices to crash the dollar (or hurt a lot financially) - if not some form out outright humiliation.
In his address to a gathering of the pro-Israel lobby, Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. ...The demand has already been rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab world, Abu Rudeineh said, and Netanyahu's insistence on repeating it is designed to sabotage the American peace efforts. He added that the Palestinian position is clear and is based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.
It is referred to as the SS-25 Sickle by NATO ...A US official said that Russia had notified Washington of the missile test in advance. "We have been notified of this test earlier this week. It's not unexpected,"
Editor: Earlier this week is still early; this was done deliberately to coincide with the Ukraine crisis. Russia is showing off...
Other countries should take China's sovereignty claims seriously if they truly care about regional peace and security, she said, singling out the United States by name. Her remarks came amid festering disputes between China and its neighbors over the control of islands and sea lanes in surrounding oceans.
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