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Pro-Russian forces in Ukraine turn on each
other with rebel militia arresting rival groups
and removing their flags from check-points

Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson, Steph Cockroft

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 5/30/2014 2:52:46 AM

Clashes have escalated in eastern Ukraine after dozens of rebel fighters surrounded and stormed the separatist headquarters in Donetsk, in the most serious case of insurgent infighting seen so far. Pro-Russian forces from the Vostok Battalion broke through the regional government building and demanded activists from the so-called People´s Republic of Donetsk - which was set up in April - leave the premises. The insurgents then arrested members of the rival group, before removing their flags from check-points in the area. The standoff was allegedly started amid reports of looting from a supermarket near the airport, which the Vostok Battalion allege was

      


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Pro-Russian forces in Ukraine turn on each
other with rebel militia arresting rival groups
and removing their flags from check-points
Daily Mail [UK], by Simon Tomlinson, Steph Cockroft    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/30/2014 2:52:46 AM     Post Reply
Clashes have escalated in eastern Ukraine after dozens of rebel fighters surrounded and stormed the separatist headquarters in Donetsk, in the most serious case of insurgent infighting seen so far. Pro-Russian forces from the Vostok Battalion broke through the regional government building and demanded activists from the so-called People´s Republic of Donetsk - which was set up in April - leave the premises. The insurgents then arrested members of the rival group, before removing their flags from check-points in the area. The standoff was allegedly started amid reports of looting from a supermarket near the airport, which the Vostok Battalion allege was

   

 

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´YES OR NO?´ Jay Carney refuses to
say if Obama has ´confidence´ in VA
secretary amid mounting resignation
demands over wait-list scandal
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/30/2014 2:17:01 AM     Post Reply
In a tense standoff with an increasingly impatient White House press corps, President Obama´s chief spokesman refused to answer a yes-or-no question about whether the president still has ´confidence´ in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki. [Snip] And he calmly offered a contradictory set of guidelines about actions the VA and the White House should take in response to the brewing veterans´ health care scandal. ´This is very important,´ Carney said just minutes into his briefing on Thursday. ´The VA should not and must not wait for the current investigation of VA operations to conclude before taking steps to improve care.´

Dick Cheney blasts Obama for
´stupid´ Afghanistan withdrawal:
´A very, very weak president – the
weakest I have seen in my lifetime´
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/29/2014 12:18:33 PM     Post Reply
President Barack Obama is the ´weakest´ U.S. president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, according to former Vice President Dick Cheney. Speaking Wednesday night on Fox News, the 73-year-old Republican said the rest of the world--especially in the Middle East--has lost respect for the United States under Obama´s leadership. ´I think the perception around the world is increasingly negative, Sean´ he told host Sean Hannity, ´but I think the main focus is on our president.´ [Snip] Foreign powers ´all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president,´ he

US economy goes into reverse
as fears grow over recovery
Telegraph [UK], by Katherine Rushton    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/29/2014 11:22:21 AM     Post Reply
The American economy went into reverse in the first three months of the year, new figures reveal, stoking fears that the US recovery is still much more fragile than hoped. Officials had thought that US Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by the miserly equivalent of 0.1pc a year in the first quarter, but revised figures released on Thursday showed it had actually shrunk by the annual equivalent of 1pc--the first time it has reversed in three years. The contraction marks a startling change from the previous two quarters, when the economy grew at the annual equivalents of 2.6pc and 4.1pc respectively.

Sgt. Daniel Somers put a bullet in his
head, leaving a chilling note damning the
scandal-hit VA for failing to treat his PTSD.
Here, his parents expose the abject failure*
Daily Mail [UK], by Laura Collins    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/29/2014 11:15:05 AM     Post Reply
Daniel Somers was 21-years-old when he was mortally wounded in Iraq. He died a decade later on American soil, just yards from his home in Arizona. [Snip] With one shot he ended his life and began his final mission. He left behind a suicide letter, devastating in its eloquence. He said that the government had ‘turned around and abandoned’ him and described physical and mental suffering so great that suicide was, ‘a mercy killing.’ ‘Is it any wonder,’ he asked, ‘That the latest figures show 22 veterans killing themselves each day?’ Today, speaking to MailOnline from their home in San Diego,

The Real Problem with Liberals:
They´re Lower down the Evolutionary Scale
Breitbart London [UK], by James Delingpole    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/29/2014 10:51:52 AM     Post Reply
On this week´s Radio Free Delingpole podcast I discuss with Peter Foster of Canada´s Financial Post an issue which has long puzzled me: the liberal-left´s extraordinary capacity for cognitive dissonance. Or, if you want to put it more bluntly, for epic self-delusion. I´m thinking, for example, of Ed Miliband´s proposals to introduce rent controls, despite copious historical evidence that this measure always and inevitably has exactly the opposite effect of the one intended: creating more housing scarcity; hurting the poor. I would include in the same category several of the measures introduced by the Cameron administration: the 0.7 percent of GDP

   

 

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´Veterans died! Get us the answers!´:
Republicans boil over as Veterans
Affairs officials answer subpoenas
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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/29/2014 12:39:53 AM     Post Reply
Sparks flew during a rare late-night hearing before the House Veterans Affairs Committee, as visibly upset Republicans raked VA officials over the coals while the ink was still wet on a scathing inspector general report condemning the agency´s deadly failures. Tennessee Republican Rep. Phil Roe, a physician and veteran of the Army Medical Corps, summed up the mood on Capitol Hill when he addressed Dr. Thomas Lynch, the VA´s assistant deputy undersecretary for health. Noting that the three officials at the witness table are well-paid but presided over a system that ignored the needs of cash-strapped veterans who are locked

Whistleblower says Texas VA is run
like a ´crime syndicate´ as wait times
averaged 115 DAYS and Republicans
push for private-care vouchers
Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 5:15:09 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration´s Veterans Affairs Department scandal deepened on Wednesday, with a whistle-blower from a Texas VA hospital saying the health system is run like ´an organized crime syndicate´ and a preliminary inspector general report declaring that veterans in Phoenix waited an average of 115 days to be seen by a doctor. [Snip] And the new interim inspector general report found that at least 1,700 veterans were denied spots on official waiting lists in Phoenix alone. And 84 percent of them waited longer than the 14-day limit that´s etched into published VA guidelines.

European fascism has returned? It never
went away and it probably never will
Telegraph [UK], by Tim Stanley    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 8:03:49 AM     Post Reply
We used to kid ourselves by saying, “It couldn’t happen here”. Fascism in 21st century Europe was surely dead--rendered null and void by memories of World War II, greater wealth, multiculturalism, growing tolerance and our faith in social progress. Yet, last week a significant number of Europeans voted for far-Right movements that bear comparison with 1930s fascism. The Front National in France (25 percent), Golden Dawn in Greece (10 percent), the Danish People’s Party in Denmark (27 percent), Party for Freedom in the Netherlands (12 percent), Freedom Party in Austria (20 percent), and Jobbik in Hungary (15 percent). Members of

Americans in Libya told to ´depart
immediately´ amid new calls for
attacks against U.S. citizens
Daily Mail [UK], by Associated Press & Daily Mail Reporter    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:19:46 AM     Post Reply
The State Department recommended Tuesday that Americans leave Libya immediately and warned U.S. citizens against any travel to the North African country. The department also said that due to security concerns and limited staffing it was only able to offer limited emergency services to U.S. citizens there. There was no move yet to evacuate diplomats from the embassy. The warning happened the same day Libya´s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maites was targeted in an attack on his compound, and the leader of Islamic extremist group Ansar al-Shariah warned the U.S. against backing a renegade general.

Obama´s egg-timer strategy risks
undermining Afghan gains
Telegraph [UK], by Rob Crilly    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:07:11 AM     Post Reply
There was nothing surprising about Barack Obama´s Rose Garden announcement that 9800 American troops will stay in Afghanistan after the end of combat operations this year. That is the figure that has long floated around among senior Nato commanders inside the country. More surprising is that they won´t be staying long. The number seems to be just one stop along the drawdown de-escalator, before all troops are out in 2016. With the Taliban still capable of launching spectaculars in the capital Kabul and al-Qaeda running a shadow army it seems as if political considerations have been put ahead of Afghanistan´s needs.

   

 

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Any failures in Iraq and Afghanistan
are due to political incompetence,
not flawed strategy
Telegraph [UK], by Con Coughlin    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 5/28/2014 7:02:31 AM     Post Reply
The conclusions reached in "Wars in Peace", a publication by the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), which claims to offer an audit of Britain´s military campaigns since the end of the Cold War, makes for depressing reading, particularly its damning conclusion that the estimated £29 billion spent on the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in "strategic failure" and have had the effect of increasing Islamist-inspired terrorism. I have not yet had the opportunity to read the publication itself in full, but if the press reports of its contents are accurate then I profoundly disagree with the conclusions that



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