Moscow’s blackmail and blackout – Washington Times

These diplomats may soon be eating their words. Last month, Gazprom’s deputy chief executive officer, Alexander Medvedev, announced that the Russian behemoth plans to supply 10 percent of U.S. natural-gas needs by 2025. This could be realized, he said, with the development of liquefied natural-gas facilities for Russia’s gargantuan Arctic fields: Shtokman and Yamal. Gazprom’s share in the U.S. market now stands at about 0.5 percent, a proportion that could be made up quickly by domestic or Canadian reserves should it be cut off. But a 10 percent share could not be made up in a timely fashion, and could present Kremlin decision-makers with significant leverage over Washington.

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Moscow’s blackmail and blackout – Washington Times

India rising, and flexing military muscles

As its military capacity swells, India’s potential to project its growing military might in the Indian Ocean – a region of great strategic importance to Australia – could be relatively unimpeded.

Deba Ranjan Mohanty, a strategic analyst at Delhi’s Observer Research Foundation, says that by about 2025 India is likely to have three to four aircraft carrier battle groups, a fleet of nuclear submarines, an air force with 35 squadrons and sophisticated land-based weapon systems to go with its huge army.

‘‘There is no doubt that India will be a comprehensive military power in the region,’’ he said. ‘‘The larger aspiration is to play a constructive role in the global arena.’’

India rising, and flexing military muscles

Russian Nuclear Bunkers Back in Business : WCJB

Thanks, to North Korea’s recent antics, Russia is planning to reactivate the 266 shelters which surround the Eastern city of Vladivostok.

With rockets flying just a few hundred kilometers away, Russian officials find it necessary to keep these shelters operational.

Vladivostok has more bunkers than any other city in the country, but only half are judged to be of use if a nuclear strike would occur. One of the shelters was reserved for top officials and used to boast oak doors and expensive furniture.

Russian Bunkers Back in Business : WCJB

Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program –

The U.S. Defense Department wants to accelerate by three years the deployment of a 30,000-pound bunker-buster bomb, a request that reflects growing unease over nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea.

Comptroller Robert Hale, in a formal request to the four congressional defense committees earlier this month, asked permission to shift about $68 million in the Pentagon’s budget to this program to ensure the first four bombs could be mounted on stealthy B-2 bombers by July 2010.

Pentagon, Eyeing Iran, Wants to Rush 30,000-Pound Bomb Program –

Iran sends warships into Gulf of Aden –

The naval units will replace an earlier flotilla dispatched by Tehran several weeks ago, ostensibly to help an international naval task force led by the United States to combat piracy off the coast of lawless Somalia.

However, the Iranian move followed the Israeli navy’s deployment of one of its three German-built Dolphin-class submarines, believed to be capable of firing nuclear-armed cruise missiles, and two Saar 5-class missile corvettes from the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea in June and July.

Iran sends warships into Gulf of Aden –

Russia acts against ‘false’ history | BBC NEWS

What is worrying Russia? Why is the country convinced that it is the victim of a campaign to make it look bad?

President Dmitry Medvedev recently announced the setting up of a commission to counter the falsification of history. He said this was becoming increasingly “severe, evil, and aggressive”.

“This is absolute poppycock,” says Robert Service, professor of Russian History at Oxford University. “History is all about argument. There is no absolute historical truth about anything big in history.”

BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia acts against ‘false’ history

Why Mexican crystal meth is America’s problem | GlobalPost

U.S. police have known for several years that the cartels were gaining strength in the meth trade, taking over a business that used to be run by American biker gangs that cooked up crystal in buckets and bath tubs.

But a recent series of raids by the Mexican military revealed that the cartel meth factories have become even bigger and more sophisticated than previously thought.

Busted in June, the factory in the clearing near this unwieldy Mexican city is estimated to have produced 40 metric tons of meth, worth some $1.4 billion on American streets, in just two months before it was shut down — making it the largest operation of its kind to be exposed in the continent.

Why Mexican crystal meth is America’s problem | GlobalPost

Russia Military Forum in English

There is a fairly new forum that you might be interested in. It’s called the Russian Military Forum, and it’s in English. It looks like it’s run by Russians. I’m guessing that if you want a lively debate about military issues then you might want to check it out.

Here’s the link:

I regularly beat up Russia for all the problems it has like a crumbling military and a demographic implosion. However, they still have enough nuclear weapons to obliterate America. So one must be careful concerning Russia and NOT underestimate it. Unfortunately, many in America DO underestimate Russia.

I think this forum is trying to show the good side of the Russian military to the English speaking world. Of course both the Russia political and military leaders enjoy sticking their collective thumbs in the eye of America, but if you ignore that how bad can it be? I guess we can find out the rest of the story at this forum.

I should tell you that starting a forum is very difficult. One needs people and posts before people will show interest. But how do you initially get those people? Why not help them out and give them hell at the same time by signing up for this forum. You can do some commenting or post a couple of articles.

Russia in NATO? Not anytime soon: experts

A suggestion that Moscow can become a member of a military alliance is a ‘tease’ and a ‘joke’, Chinese analysts said Thursday.

US Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon said on Tuesday that Washington is not ruling out Russian membership in NATO. Gordon said the alliance should be open to European democracies, the Associated Press reported.

Russia in NATO? Not anytime soon: experts