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Watch “Did Putin Just Expose Obama’s Bio Labs?” on YouTube

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Russian Embassy to Bosnia accuses US of wanting to genetically destroy Russians


Psychic Edgar Cayce predicted Putin would save world from WW3


Venezuelas Chavez draws closer to Moscow – Yahoo! News

Venezuelas Chavez draws closer to Moscow – Yahoo! News.

BARVIKHA, Russia (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez cemented a closer alliance with Russia on Thursday, recognizing two pro-Russian rebel regions of Georgia as independent and securing arms supplies and loans in return.

Chavez’s move to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a rare diplomatic success for Russia, which has tried for over a year to persuade its allies to follow its lead and treat the two small regions as sovereign. Only Nicaragua had agreed so far.

Venezuela from today is joining in the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Chavez told President Dmitry Medvedev through a translator at the Russian leader’s residence outside Moscow.

Caracas would start the process of establishing diplomatic relations with them soon, he added.

The rest of the world views the two regions, which threw off Georgian rule in the early 1990s and have run their own affairs since, as an integral part of Georgia. The issue has become a key sticking point in relations between the West and Russia.

President Dmitry Medvedev thanked Chavez, who is visiting Moscow, for his support. Shortly afterwards he said Russia would supply tanks and other weapons sought by Venezuela.

“We will supply Venezuela the weapons that Venezuela asks for,” Medvedev said after their talks.

“Why not tanks? Without question, we have good tanks. If our friends want our tanks, we will deliver them.”

No details were given of the arms deal but Russia’s state RIA news agency quoted a military source as saying Venezuela would buy 100 tanks for $500 million. The two sides also announced plans for a joint bank with capital of $4 billion to finance their projects.

Venezuela wants to beef up its weaponry to resist what Chavez terms U.S. imperialism in Latin America. Tension has also been rising with neighboring Colombia, a close U.S. ally and historic rival of Venezuela.

Venezuela and Colombia came close to war last year and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has accused Chavez of supporting FARC Marxist rebels fighting Bogota. Venezuela objects to Colombia allowing the United States to use its military bases for anti-drug operations.

Latin American diplomats in Moscow were concerned by the potential impact of the arms deal on regional security.

“If the tanks are something Russia is sending for immediate dispatch, this will destabilize the region,” one diplomat said. “If it is an order which has to be manufactured and delivered over coming years, then it is more of a political act.”

The recognition of sovereignty is also controversial — especially with South Ossetia because the small region is located close to the Georgian capital Tbilisi, has a population in the low tens of thousands and survives on Russian aid.

Generous Kremlin military and financial support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia has soured relations with Georgia and provoked Western condemnation. Tbilisi argues that Moscow’s actions amount to a de facto annexation of the territories.

“This recognition — bought by Russia with money and weapons — bears no relation to the will of the Venezuelan people,” Georgia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

“With this decision, the Venezuelan dictator legitimizes the ethnic cleansing that took place,” it said, referring to Tbilisi’s claims that Russia turned a blind eye to armed militias it said looted Georgian villages in last year’s war.


Russian commentators saw the move as a breakthrough for Moscow, which has so far failed to persuade any of its former Soviet allies to follow its lead on Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

“Russian diplomacy will interpret this as a big diplomatic victory,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of the magazine Russia in Global Affairs.

Chavez later held talks with powerful Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who praised his decision on the recognition of Georgia’s breakaway regions.

“Without any doubt, it confirms the independent nature of Venezuela‘s foreign policy,” Putin said.

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and a consortium of Russian energy companies also signed an agreement to create a joint venture to develop a block in the Orinoco oil belt, Russian news agencies reported.

Venezuela says the Orinoco belt has the largest hydrocarbon reserves in the world, though the oil is extra heavy. Russia says PDVSA and the Russian consortium will need to jointly invest $30 billion in the Junin 6 oil field.

Cooperation between Russia, the world’s No. 2 oil exporter, and OPEC member Venezuela has been dismissed by the United States as mostly talk but is watched with concern by Colombia.

(Additional reporting by Conor Sweeney and Vladimir Soldatkin in Moscow and Margarita Antidze and Matt Robinson in Tbilisi, writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Stott; Editing by Charles Dick)

Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies – WSJ.com

WASHINGTON — Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials.

The spies came from China, Russia and other countries, these officials said, and were believed to be on a mission to navigate the U.S. electrical system and its controls. The intruders haven’t sought to damage the power grid or other key infrastructure, but officials warned they could try during a crisis or war.

“The Chinese have attempted to map our infrastructure, such as the electrical grid,” said a senior intelligence official. “So have the Russians.”

The espionage appeared pervasive across the U.S. and doesn’t target a particular company or region, said a former Department of Homeland Security official. “There are intrusions, and they are growing,” the former official said, referring to electrical systems. “There were a lot last year.”


How worried are you that a cyberattack could damage U.S. infrastructure?Many of the intrusions were detected not by the companies in charge of the infrastructure but by U.S. intelligence agencies, officials said. Intelligence officials worry about cyber attackers taking control of electrical facilities, a nuclear power plant or financial networks via the Internet.

Authorities investigating the intrusions have found software tools left behind that could be used to destroy infrastructure components, the senior intelligence official said. He added, “If we go to war with them, they will try to turn them on.”

Officials said water, sewage and other infrastructure systems also were at risk.

“Over the past several years, we have seen cyberattacks against critical infrastructures abroad, and many of our own infrastructures are as vulnerable as their foreign counterparts,” Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair recently told lawmakers. “A number of nations, including Russia and China, can disrupt elements of the U.S. information infrastructure.”

Officials cautioned that the motivation of the cyberspies wasn’t well understood, and they don’t see an immediate danger. China, for example, has little incentive to disrupt the U.S. economy because it relies on American consumers and holds U.S. government debt.

But protecting the electrical grid and other infrastructure is a key part of the Obama administration’s cybersecurity review, which is to be completed next week. Under the Bush administration, Congress approved $17 billion in secret funds to protect government networks, according to people familiar with the budget. The Obama administration is weighing whether to expand the program to address vulnerabilities in private computer networks, which would cost billions of dollars more. A senior Pentagon official said Tuesday the Pentagon has spent $100 million in the past six months repairing cyber damage.

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Analysts say N. Korean rocket not a total failure

They knew it was coming, why didn’t they take it out on the launch pad.  When it was in the air, why didn’t they knock it down?  Why are we cutting defense spending in the US when we have rouge countries like this developing weapons of mass destruction?  We are developing new spending programs to the tune of trillions of dollars, yet, we cut defense spending?  Go figure!


By JAE-SOON CHANG, Associated Press Writer Jae-soon Chang, Associated Press Writer

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea’s rocket may have fallen into the sea, but military experts cautioned Monday against calling it a complete failure, noting that it traveled twice as far as any missile the country has launched.

Although the distance was still far short of showing North Korea could reach U.S. territory, it rattled the North’s neighbors and countries around the globe, with the U.S. and its allies pushing for quick punishment at an emergency U.N. Security Council meeting held hours after liftoff.

The launch, which demonstrated progress, is a particularly worrying development for a belligerent country that says it has nuclear weapons and once threatened to turn Seoul into a “sea of fire.”

President Barack Obama, faced with his first global security crisis, called for an international response and condemned North Korea for threatening the peace and stability of nations “near and far” with what Pyongyang claimed was a satellite launch and its neighbors suspect was a test of a long-range missile technology.

“North Korea broke the rules, once again, by testing a rocket that could be used for long-range missiles,” Obama said in Prague. “This provocation underscores the need for action, not just … in the U.N. Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons.”

Council members met for three hours Sunday but failed to release even a customary preliminary statement of condemnation — evidence of the challenges in agreeing on some kind of punishment. China, the North’s closest ally, and Russia hold veto power and could water down any response.

The 15-member Security Council did not schedule a meeting on North Korea on Monday, but China and Russia along with the other veto-wielding permanent members — the United States, Britain and France — and Japan were expected to discuss the missile launch on Monday afternoon, council diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., told CBS television Monday that the U.S. was calling for a Security Council resolution that would be binding under international law, so North Korea’s leaders understand “they can’t act with impunity.”

Diplomats privy to the closed-door talks say China, Russia, Libya and Vietnam were concerned about further alienating and destabilizing North Korea.

“Our position is that all countries concerned should show restraint and refrain from taking actions that might lead to increased tensions,” Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yesui said.

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Trade Barriers Could Threaten Global Economy – washingtonpost.com

Trade Barriers Could Threaten Global Economy – washingtonpost.com.

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Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 18, 2009; Page D01


At least 17 of the 20 major nations that vowed at a November summit to avoid protectionist steps that could spark a global trade war have violated that promise, with countries from Russia to the United States to China enacting measures aimed at limiting the flow of imported goods, according to a World Bank report unveiled yesterday.

The report underscores a “worrying” trend toward protectionism as countries rush to shield their ailing domestic industries during the global economic crisis. It comes one day after Mexico vowed to slap new restrictions on 90 U.S. products. That action is being taken in retaliation against Washington for canceling a program that allowed Mexican truck drivers the right to transport goods across the United States, illustrating the tit-for-tat responses that experts fear could grow in coming months.

The report comes ahead of an April 2 summit in London in which the heads of state from those 20 industrialized and developing economies will seek to shape a coordinated response to the economic crisis. Their inability to keep their November promises is another indication of how difficult it will be to implement any agreement reached next month on a global scale.

Protectionist measures may also sharply worsen the collapse of global trade, which the World Bank said is facing its steepest decline in 80 years as global demand dries up.