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Russia Boosts Mediterranean Flotilla as U.S. Weighs Syria Strike

Russia is sending three more ships to the east Mediterranean to bolster its fleet there as a U.S. Senate panel will consider President Barack Obama’s request for authority to conduct a military strike on Syria.

Russia is sending two destroyers, including the Nastoichivy, the flagship of the Baltic Fleet, and the Moskva missile cruiser to the region, Interfax reported today, citing an unidentified Navy official. That follows last week’s dispatch of a reconnaissance ship to the eastern Mediterranean, four days after the deployment of an anti-submarine ship and a missile cruiser to the area, which were reported by Interfax.

The buildup is raising the stakes as the U.S. prepares for possible action against Syria, sending warships and submarines to the east Mediterranean armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote today on a resolution that supports the use of force by the U.S. military.

“Russia is sending a strong signal that the conflict surrounding Syria touches on its interests, to ensure that international law is upheld and there is no bypassing the UN Security Council,” Ivan Safranchuk, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry’s Institute of Contemporary International Studies in Moscow, said by phone.

 

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Amid Syria tensions, Russia sends more warships to Mediterranean

Amid Syria tensions, Russia sends more warships to Mediterranean

Interfax: Russia to beef up presence over “well-known” crisis; navy says deployment is unrelated to developments in Syria. MOSCOW – Russia will send two ships to the east Mediterranean to strengthen its naval presence because of the “well-known situation” there, Interfax news agency said on Thursday referring to the Syria crisis. The agency quoted a source in the armed forces’… Read more →

Syria looks set to face a military onslaught as British media report that warplanes and transport jets are being deployed at the UK’s airbase in Cyprus. The spot is just a hundred kilometres from the Syrian coastline and is expected to become a launch-point for a US-led campaign against the Assad government. RT’s Lucy Kafanov joins the studio with the details. READ MOREhttp://on.rt.com/0y7zjp

World War 3? Russia and China step up warning over strike

World War 3? Russia and China step up warning over strike

Russia and China have stepped up their warnings against military intervention in Syria, with Moscow saying any such action would have “catastrophic consequences” for the region. The US and its allies are considering launching strikes on Syria in response to deadly attacks last week. The US said there was “undeniable” proof of a chemical attack, on Monday. UN chemical weapons… Read more →

Centcom has inaugurated its Forward Command center in Jordan. It is linked to Israeli, Jordanian and Saudi Air Force HQ, ready for a decision by President Barack Obama to impose a no-fly zone over Syria.

Russia Today: Putin's Weapon in the War of Images

Russia Today: Putin’s Weapon in the War of Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has created an anti-CNN for Western audiences with the international satellite news network Russia Today. With its recipe of smart propaganda, sex appeal and unlimited cash, it is outperforming its peers worldwide. The political evening program often kicks off with a mixture of chaos and tabloid news. Abby Martin, the American host working for the Kremlin,… Read more →

The House of Representatives passed a $598.3 billion defense spending bill Wednesday, while rejecting an amendment to the bill that would have challenged the National Security Agency’s collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, in a debate that clashed privacy rights against the fight to thwart terror.

The defense spending bill passed 315 to 109. The amendment was voted down 217-205 on an issue that created unusual political coalitions in Washington, with libertarian-leaning conservatives and liberal Democrats pressing for the change against the Obama administration, the Republican establishment and Congress’ national security experts.

94 Republicans and 111 Democrats voted for the amendment, while 134 Republicans and 83 Democrats voted no.

The showdown vote marked the first chance for lawmakers to take a stand on the secret surveillance program since former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden leaked classified documents last month that spelled out the monumental scope of the government’s activities.

It is unlikely to be the final word on government intrusion to defend the nation and Americans’ civil liberties.

 

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Tensions are high as NSA leaker Edward Snowden officially submitted application for temporary asylum in Russia on Tuesday. After Russian and international human rights advocates and lawyers met with Snowden at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Friday, the US said it was disappointed in Russia for considering the whistleblowers asylum. During a daily press briefing State Department spokeswoman, Jen Psaki was given a thorough grilling on the Snowden affair by journalists, including AP’s Matthew Lee and CNN’s Elise Labott and was left lost for words at almost every turn.

FEMA Signs “Exchange” Deal With Russian Government

FEMA Signs “Exchange” Deal With Russian Government

Following outrage and controversy last year over the Obama administration’s unprecedented decision to invite Russian troops for terror drills on U.S. soil, the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is now under fire for signing more agreements to “cooperate” with Vladimir Putin’s Russian “Emergencies Ministry” (EMERCOM) in a wide array of fields. Among the controversial deals outlined in an official Russian press… Read more →

Snowden Releases Statement, Rips Obama on Human Rights

Snowden Releases Statement, Rips Obama on Human Rights

Wikileaks released this statement today from Edward Snowden. In the letter, Snowden rips Obama for rejecting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, revoking his passport, and claims Obama is afraid of a constitutional government and informed public.   One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the… Read more →