Daily Archives: April 16, 2014

Soyuz-U rocket with Egyptian satellite – EgyptSat-2- launched from Kazakhstan

The 1,050 kg satellite is intended for high-resolution Earth remote sensing for the benefit of agricultural, geological and environmental studies

MOSCOW, April 16. ITAR-TASS.

A Soyuz-U rocket carrying an Egyptian communication satellite, EgyptSat-2, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, April 16.

The satellite is scheduled to separate from the rocket at 20:28 Moscow time (GMT+4), the Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) said.

The 1,050 kg satellite is intended for high-resolution Earth remote sensing for the benefit of agricultural, geological and environmental studies.

The first such satellite was launched on April 17, 2007 from Baikonur but contact with it was lost in 2011. Egyptian specialists said back then that it was a pilot spacecraft built to operate for three years. The new satellite is designed to work for 11 years. It was made by Russia’s Energia Space Corporation.

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Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be held on April 17 at 12 pm

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The annual special Direct Line with Vladimir Putin will be broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii radio stations on April 17, 2014 at 12 pm Moscow time.

In line with tradition, the President will answer questions from Russians regarding public and political affairs and the socioeconomic life of the nation, as well as international affairs.

As in previous years, Vladimir Putin will answer questions not only from the studio audience, but also from people around the country, with whom the President will communicate via video linkup set up in various Russian cities. People can also call or text the call centre. For the first time this year people will also be able to send in short video messages. Questions to the President can also be posted on the special website http://www.moskva-putinu.ru. Questions are welcome during the entire week leading up to the broadcast.

Vladimir Putin will answer the most interesting and relevant questions selected from those sent to the call centre and the website.

The call centre began its operation at 12 pm Moscow time on April 10, and will take calls until the end of the live session. Calls can be made from any part of Russia to the following toll-free number: 8-800-200-4040. Calls from both mobile phones and landlines are free of charge. Residents of Crimea and Sevastopol can now call a special toll-free number: +7-495-539-2442.

Questions to the President can also be posted online in the Ask a Question page on the website http://www.moskva-putinu.ru, or москва-путину.рф. For the first time ever this year people can send in short video-files using the same website or a special mobile application.

Mobile text messages can be sent free of charge to the number 0-40-40 from telephone numbers issued by Russian mobile operators. Questions should be written in Russian and contain no more than 70 characters.

via President of Russia.

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Ukrainian military open fire on militia in Kramatorsk, three injured

Ukrainian servicemen opened fire on the militia in Kramatorsk, three were wounded, told supporters of federalization to RIA Novosti.

According to them, in the area of Pchekino in Kramatorsk militia tried to break the car convoy of several BMD that was going to the airfield, which was held since the evening by the Ukrainian military. They wedged into the column and blocked the way to the closing machine.

Ukrainian military opened fire. One militia was wounded in the shoulder and two were wounded in the legs. The car managed to go through towards the airfield. The victims hae received medical help.

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الجزائر- الانتخابات الرئاسيه غدا والمؤشرات تدل على فوز ساحق لبوتفليقه

Abdelmalek Sellal delivers his speech during a rally meeting in Annaba

فرضت الحكومة الجزائرية، إجراءات أمنية مشددة، على الطرق الرئيسية والمدن الكبرى، لتأمين الانتخابات الرئاسية، المقررة غدا الخميس وضاعفت القيادات الأمنية، نقاط التفتيش على الطرقات، ومداخل المدن، بمقدار عشرة آلاف حاجز إضافي، مابين متنقل وثابت

ولتأمين هذا الحدث، كلفت قوات الأمن اكثر من 180 ألف رجل شرطة بالحضور في 4600 مركز انتخابي و25 ألف مكتب اقتراع عبر ولايات الجزائر الثمانية والأربعين

وعشية إجراء الانتخابات الرئاسية في الجزائر، أكدت مصادر من داخل حملة المرشح عبد العزيز بوتفليقة أن النتائج الأولية للاقتراع ستبدأ بالظهور ابتداء من الساعة العاشرة من مساء الخميس بتوقيت غرينتش، أي بعد ساعة من إغلاق مكاتب الاقتراع

وقالت تلك المصادر إن التقنيات الإلكترونية للفرز وحساب الأصوات ستسمح بمعرفة الاتجاه العام، وربما النتائج في وقت قياسي، قبل أن تعلن وزارة الداخلية عن نتائجها الرسمية فجر الجمعة

في المقابل، أكدت حملة المرشح علي بن فليس، رئيس الوزرءا السابق، أنها ستكون على بينة من النتائج مباشرة بعد إغلاق مكاتب التصويت، بفضل أكثر من 50 ألف مراقب موزعين على كل مكاتب الاقتراع عبر ولايات البلاد

وفي هذا السياق، نفت وزارة الداخلية الجزائرية تصريحات منسوبة لوزير الداخلية الطيب بلعيز يتحدث فيها عن منع الصحفيين من دخول مكاتب التصويت، وقالت إن هذه المعلومات لا أساس لها من الصحة

من جهة أخرى، اتفق المرشح بن فليس، ورئيس حزب الجبهة الوطنية الجزائرية، موسى تواتي، ورئيس حزب عهد 54، علي فوزي رباعين، على العمل معاً من أجل مراقبة عملية الاقتراع وشدد المرشحون الثلاثة على تنسيق العمل وتبادل المعلومات قبل وأثناء وبعد انتهاء عملية التصويت، إلى مراقبة عملية الفرز وتسليم محضر النتائج في كل مركز اقتراع

وجدد بن فليس التهديد بأنه لن يسكت فى حالة عدم فوزه وأنه سيدعو مناصريه إلى الخروج إلى الشارع واللجوء إلى الفوضى , وتزامنت تصريحات بن فليس مع تحذير جديد من قيادة الجيش التي أعلنت أنها لن تسمح بالإخلال بالسير الجيد للانتخابات وتعكير صفو وأمن الشعب الجزائري حسب تعبير نائب وزير الدفاع الفريق قايد صالح

لا يواجه بوتفليقة تحديا يذكر من المرشحين المنافسين له رغم غيابه حيث انه في حكم المؤكد أن يفوز بوتقليقة أحد المناضلين في حرب الاستقلال بجولة رابعة بعد أن قاد البلاد على مدى 15 عاما. ويؤكد أنصار بوتقليقة أنه يمكنه الحفاظ على استقرار الجزائر. وينسب له الفضل في إنهاء الحرب الأهلية التي شـــــهدتها الــــبلاد في التسعينات بـــــين الدولة والمسلحين الاسلاميين. والتي أزهقت أرواح 200 ألف شخص 

وصدت الجزائر اضطرابات ما بسمى بالربيع العربي التى شهدتها تونس ومصر وليبيا وسوريا ومؤامرات التقسيم الجديده للعالم العربى منذ 2011 بفضل الميل للاستقرار في الأساس , وحد من أي قلاقل احتياطياتها التي تراكمت من صادرات النفط والغاز وبلغت 200 مليار دولار وكذلك انفاق الدولة على البرامج الاجتماعية والقروض والاسكان والحد من البطاله

بوتفليقة سيصوت شخصيا في الانتخابات الرئاسية يوم غد – RT Arabic.

حنون تحاكم بن فليس قبل الخميس.

بوتفليقة يرد على تهديد بن فليس للجزائريين . – منتديات الجلفة لكل الجزائريين و العرب.

اخر الأخبار – بن فليس يهدّد المسؤولين.. “حافظوا على أبنائكم”.

جريدة الرياض : الجزائر: بن فليس يهدد بإشعال الشارع حال حصول تزوير في الانتخابات.

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Transdniestrian authorities ask Putin to initiate recognition of republic’s independence

A decision is based on the results of the last referendum in Transdniestria, where the vast majority of the region’s residents voted for independence and annexation to Russia

TIRASPOL, April 16

Transdniestrian authorities ask Russia to recognize the breakaway republic as a sovereign independent state.

The treatment was accepted by the Supreme Council of Transdniestrian State Duma and addressed to the Russian Federation Council and the President of Russia, the press service of the legislature said.

They explained that this decision based on the results of the last referendum in Transdniestria, where the vast majority of the region’s residents voted for independence and annexation to Russia. This is not the first call to Moscow authorities for recognition, but now the reason to come back to this issue was the Crimea re-unification with Russia.

“Transdniestria does not legally different from the Crimea, and the process of reunification with Russia should be held on the Crimean scenario,” said the lawmaker Vyacheslav Tobuh.

It is assumed that on Thursday a delegation of MPs led by Sseaker Michael Burle will go to Moscow, where they plan to meet with the speaker of the State Duma Sergei Naryshkin.

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Breaking news – NATO to intensify Baltic & Med. patrols due to Ukraine crisis – Rasmussen

NATO is strengthening its military presence in the Baltic and Mediterranean due to the escalation of the Ukrainian crisis. The organization is to deploy ships and intensified aerial patrols in the region.

At a meeting of the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council in Brussels, NATO approved a number of measures to strengthen security in Eastern Europe in connection with the growing crisis in Ukraine.

“Our defense plans will be revised and strengthened,” said Anders Rasmussen, Secretary General of NATO, to press in Brussels.

He added that NATO had not yet reached a decision about the possible deployment of troops in Eastern Europe.

“Today we agreed on a number of measures that can be implemented quickly. But more work needs to be done,” said Rasmussen.

Elaborating on the measures that are to be taken, Rasmussen said that air policing aircraft will fly more sorties over the Baltic region and NATO ships would be deployed in the Baltic Sea and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Crucial railway in Ukraine’s Donetsk region blocked by unknown people

Changes have been made in the routes of long-distance and commuter trains, unidentified individuals blocked the railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka

Soldiers seen near a railway in Kramatorsk

Soldiers seen near a railway in Kramatorsk

KIEV, April 16.

A new element may have appeared in the standoff between the population of Ukraine’s eastern regions and the forces loyal to the central government, as unknown people blocked a crucial railway between the city of Kramatorsk and the town of Druzhkovka on Wednesday, the Donetsk Railway Department press service says.

“In the wake of an unauthorized blocking of the railway between the stations of Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka by unidentified individuals, changes have been made in the routes of long-distance and commuter trains, which are diverted to a different line until the unauthorized blocking is lifted,” the press service said.

A total of twenty-six long-distance passenger trains and twenty-eight commuter trains traverse the line between Kramatorsk and Druzhkovka daily.

The line provides a railway link between the heavily industrialized and densely populated southeast of the Donetsk region and the city of Kharkov. It also links the area to Lozovaya, one of the biggest railway junctions in Southeast Ukraine.

ITAR-TASS

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Russian Defense Ministry suspends handover of armaments and military hardware to Ukraine

Redislocation of armaments and military hardware from Crimea to Ukraine

MOSCOW, – Russia’s Defense Ministry has suspended handover of armaments and military hardware to Ukraine from Crimea to prevent the munitions and equipment from being used against civilians in the east and south-east of the country, Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said.

“I would like to recall that Russia complies with its international liabilities and under the Paris Charter, the Helsinki Act and UN and OSCE resolutions it has pledged to avoid supplying or display restraint regarding arms supplies to hot spots,” he said.

Antonov explained that the term “hot spot” was very appropriate to describe the current situation in Ukraine’s east and southeast.

So far Russia has returned to Ukraine 389 pieces of military equipment, including eight helicopters and three naval vessels, Antonov said.

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Germany’s economic associations alarmed over situation in Ukraine

The German economy fears immediate sanctions against Russia, which may lead to “severe economic consequences in eastern Ukraine

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BERLIN, April 16. ITAR-TASS.

Germany’s leading economic associations fear the consequences of the events in Ukraine, says Germany’s largest business and finance daily, Handelsblatt.

Executive director of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations Rainer Lindner “has warned in this connection against imposing economic sanctions on Russia”, the paper reports.

“Latest developments in Ukraine’s east are alarming,” Lindner told Handelsblatt Online. “The German economy fears immediate sanctions against Russia”, which may lead to “severe economic consequences in eastern Ukraine”.

The expert said it was not possible currently to estimate damage from possible sanctions given that “their art and scope are not clear”. But German enterprises could already feel the negative impact of the current tense situation, he said.

“The committee… is still against economic sanctions and calls for a diplomatic solution, though it will certainly accept the decision of politicians,” Lindner added.

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Washington drives the world to war

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The CIA director was sent to Kiev to launch a military suppression of the Russian separatists in the eastern and southern portions of Ukraine, former Russian territories for the most part that were foolishly attached to the Ukraine in the early years of Soviet rule.

Washington‘s plan to grab Ukraine overlooked that the Russian and Russian-speaking parts of Ukraine were not likely to go along with their insertion into the EU and NATO while submitting to the persecution of Russian speaking peoples. Washington has lost Crimea, from which Washington intended to eject Russia from its Black Sea naval base. Instead of admitting that its plan for grabbing Ukraine has gone amiss, Washington is unable to admit a mistake and, therefore, is pushing the crisis to more dangerous levels.

If Ukraine dissolves into secession with the former Russian territories reverting to Russia, Washington will be embarrassed that the result of its coup in Kiev was to restore the Russian provinces of Ukraine to Russia. To avoid this embarrassment, Washington is pushing the crisis toward war.

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The CIA director instructed Washington’s hand-picked stooge government in Kiev to apply to the United Nations for help in repelling “terrorists” who with alleged Russian help are allegedly attacking Ukraine. In Washington’s vocabulary, self-determination is a sign of Russian interference. As the UN is essentially a Washington-financed organization, Washington will get what it wants.

The Russian government has already made it completely clear some weeks ago that the use of violence against protesters in eastern and southern Ukraine would compel the Russian government to send in the Russian army to protect Russians, just as Russia had to do in South Ossetia when Washington instructed its Georgian puppet ruler to attack Russian peacekeeping troops and Russian residents of South Ossetia.

Washington knows that the Russian government cannot stand aside while one of Washington’s puppet states attacks Russians. Yet, Washington is pushing the crisis to war.

The danger for Russia is that the Russian government will rely on diplomacy, international organizations, international cooperation, and on the common sense and self-interest of German politicians and politicians in other of Washington’s European puppet states.

For Russia this could be a fatal mistake. There is no good will in Washington, only mendacity. Russian delay provides Washington with time to build up forces on Russia’s borders and in the Black Sea and to demonize Russia with propaganda and whip up the US population into a war frenzy. The latter is already occurring.

Kerry has made it clear to Lavrov that Washington is not listening to Russia. As Washington pays well, Washington’s European puppets are also not listening to Russia. Money is more important to European politicians than humanity’s survival.

In my opinion, Washington does not want the Ukraine matters settled in a diplomatic and reasonable way. It might be the case that Russia’s best move is immediately to occupy the Russian territories of Ukraine and re-absorb the territories into Russia from whence they came. This should be done before the US and its NATO puppets are prepared for war. It is more difficult for Washington to start a war when the objects of the war have already been lost. Russia will be demonized with endless propaganda from Washington whether or not Russia re-absorbs its traditional territories. If Russia allows these territories to be suppressed by Washington, the prestige and authority of the Russian government will collapse. Perhaps that is what Washington is counting on.

If Putin’s government stands aside while Russian Ukraine is suppressed, Putin’s prestige will plummet, and Washington will finish off the Russian government by putting into action its many hundreds of Washington-financed NGOs that the Russian government has so foolishly tolerated. Russia is riven with Washington’s Fifth columns.

In my opinion, the Russian and Chinese governments have made serious strategic mistakes by remaining within the US dollar-based international payments system. The BRICS and any others with a brain should instantly desert the dollar system, which is a mechanism for US imperialism. The countries of the BRICS should immediately create their own separate payments system and their own exclusive communications/Internet system.

Russia and China have stupidly made these strategic mistakes, because reeling from communist failures and oppressions, they naively assumed that Washington was pure, that Washington was committed to its propagandistic self-description as the upholder of law, justice, mercy,and human rights.

In fact, Washington, the “exceptional, indispensable country,” is committed to its hegemony over the world. Russia, China, and Iran are in the way of Washington’s hegemony and are targeted for attack.

The attack on Russia is mounting.

Paul Craig Roberts –  www.paulcraigroberts.org

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