Eww, that didn't quite come out like I wanted. To be clear: Quest for wealth good, but on your own dime.
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It almost has to crash after being inflated by pumping $85 billion into the market a month... Our tax money going to prop up others' quest for wealth.
I don't think that's right.
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On Wall Street, a sharp drop due to fears of the increased tension between the US and Russia.
And Putin says "The country in whose airspace this happened bears responsibility for it."
I'll call him a jerk and think other terms for a donkey.
And I guess 23 Americans died. Collateral damage.
Ukrainian government now under much more pressure to remove the separatists by force. There's a better chance that they secure meaningful military support (including weapons) from the U.S. and nonmilitary from the EU.
But the Russians will deny any involvement and demand protection of the Russians on the ground. Likelihood of escalation has just increased significantly.
The State Department made mention earlier this week of a "deployment site" in southwest Russia, accusing Russia of continuing to "accumulate significant amounts of equipment" there and saying it had roughly doubled the number of tanks, armored vehicles, and rocket launchers at the location.
Furthermore, the State Department claims Kremlin officials are allowing troops from the "Donetsk Peoples’ Republic" to establish a recruiting office in Moscow.
The plane crash will likely sink U.S.-Russian relations, which had already been at their worst since the Cold War, to a new modern
The conflict in Ukraine has escalated significantly with the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying nearly 300 people.
• Ukraine's new government, led by President Petro Poroshenko, will feel more intensified pressure to conduct military operations to push back pro-Russian separatists in southeastern regions of Ukraine.
• More countries could get involved, and in a broader scope. There could be a new push by the Ukrainian government to get military support from the U.S., which has so far resisted, as well as more nonmilitary aid from the European Union.
• During the months-long conflict, Russia has long asserted its right to intervene on behalf of Russian-speaking citizens. The Pentagon said Wednesday that Russia was again building up its forces along the volatile Russia-Ukraine border.
G7 agrees new sanctions on Russia as observers held in Ukraine
Reuters By Thomas Grove 39 minutes ago
Oil prices moved higher Thursday as heightened tensions in Ukraine overcame concerns about record US commercial crude inventories.
New York's West Texas Intermediate for delivery in June, settled 50 cents higher at $101.94 a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for June jumped $1.22 to close at $110.33 a barrel in London.
Russia's foreign currency ratings were cut on Friday by the credit ratings agency Standard & Poor to one notch above "junk" status.
The agency warned that further downgrades were possible if the West imposed tighter sanctions against Moscow.
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have seized a bus carrying international military observers, Ukraine's interior ministry says.
Ukraine's interior ministry said armed separatists had seized seven representatives from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as five Ukrainian army personnel and a bus driver.
The German foreign ministry confirmed 13 people had been detained.
Wish we had a Reagan rather than an Obama in the WH.
The West may believe that its moderate sanctions, rhetoric and military posturing will deter Russia - simply watch and wait and Russia will come back into line.
However, some Kremlinologists suggest President Vladimir Putin is trying to forge a greater Russia based on an anti-Western, semi-mystical philosophy.
If the "do nothing" gamble fails, the knock-on effects could be felt around the world. Leaders of less illustrious states than Russia could feel emboldened to seize a piece of land they have always hankered after, Crimea-style secession rebellions could mushroom, threatening stability and economic development. As for international law and the current international edifice, it has already had a blow to the core - another one could bring it down.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow had been "forced to react" after Ukrainian "commandos" moved on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk.
President Vladimir Putin had earlier warned Ukraine of "consequences".
Pro-Russian separatists are occupying key buildings in a dozen eastern towns, defying the central government.
Mr Shoigu was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying: "We are forced to react to such a development of the situation."
Moscow has tens of thousands of troops along its side of the border.
Ukraine's acting President, Olexander Turchynov, called on Russia to pull back its troops from the border and end what he called its "blackmail", adding that Kiev would not yield to "Russian-backed terrorists".
Russian Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said last week that Russia could launch a dispute at the world trade body to challenge U.S. sanctions.
Russia's document cited U.S. executive orders on March 6, 17 and 20 and said it had serious concern about their substance and practical implementation.
"The measures provided for in the Executive orders are incompatible with the obligations of the United States under the GATS," it said, referring to the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services.
It listed several ways in which the U.S. sanctions broke the GATS rules, including by barring a Russian bank from establishing a commercial presence in the United States and prohibiting its cross-border supply of services and payments.
Although it joined the WTO less than two years ago, Russia has already become embroiled in trade disputes with the European Union and Japan, and a flurry of threats and warnings suggest that more cases could soon follow.
Russia will respond if its interests in Ukraine are attacked, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said, drawing a parallel with the 2008 Georgian war.
Russia's foreign ministry repeated its call for Ukraine to withdraw military units from the country's east. (A demand for Ukraine to withdraw troops from an area in it's own country??)
Most representatives of Jewish and Crimean Tatar communities feel that a pro-European Ukraine would give them a greater chance of security than Russia.
"I am not afraid of Pravy Sektor. I am afraid of Russia," says Asya Kreimer, who like most Jews here, is also a Russian-speaker.
"It feels like the end of the life as we knew it," she says. "Leaflets are just a small part of it: what matters is that Russia is trying to stir trouble. They have invented a new type of genocide, a new form of war. From the outside it may seem like it's okay because thankfully there haven't been many deaths or much violence. But Russia is killing our statehood, our nation."
In 1940s Stalin deported the entire Muslim Tatar population of Crimea to Central Asia.
In the 1980s many of them returned to Crimea but last month, as Russian troops occupied military bases across the region, unidentified young men armed with sticks went around ethnically mixed neighbourhoods, marking the gates of the houses of Crimean Tatars with crosses.
"This is exactly what Stalin's police did days before we were put on trains and deported to Central Asia," said Rustam Kadyrov, a Crimean Tatar resident of the town of Bakhchysarai, whose house was among those marked.
Since the start of the Ukrainian crisis, the Pentagon has sent 12 F-16 fighter jets and their support teams to Poland.
Hagel said the planes would stay there until the end of the year, as he called on other European NATO members to contribute reinforcements.
Since the end of the Cold War, NATO has balked at setting up bases in members states that once belonged to the Soviet bloc, in an effort to avoid angering Russia.
Washington (AFP) - Poland's defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO's presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring Ukraine, The Washington Post reported.
He added that US ground troops would also likely be sent to the Baltic states, under the push to increase NATO's presence in Central and Eastern Europe.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby meanwhile said a range of measures were being considered to bolster air, maritime and ground readiness in Europe.
Said Hagel, "there may be some new opportunities for rotational-basis forces."
More effects of Crimea:
At the diplomatic level NATO has suspended all practical co-operation with Russia. In practical terms this means that a joint counter-narcotics training operation for Afghanistan will end after the current session expires. Nato will look to carry on the work without the Russians.
A programme to supply spare parts and training for Russian-built helicopters supplied to the Afghan forces will also end.
What effect will that have? Who can say.
Moscow has also signalled a determination to apply the same approach to other parts of Europe where ethnic Russians may reside, particularly the Trans-Dniester region in the former Soviet republic of Moldova, and in the Baltic states.
Most of the Russians there have already been issued with Russian passports or identity documents, precisely in order to strengthen Moscow's claim to speak on their behalf.
The purpose of this grand strategy is clear: to tear apart the territorial status quo created in Europe when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a status quo which, as President Putin has repeatedly observed, Russia considers both unjust and unsustainable.
That does not need to be achieved by occupying and reabsorbing former Soviet republics. It could just as easily be accomplished by undermining key countries from within.
Russia's demands for the creation of a federal Ukraine are very sweeping. They include a proposal that Ukraine's regions will have a say not only over local affairs, but also over "Ukraine's foreign policy direction" - a more polite Russian way of saying that the ethnic Russians inside Ukraine will be able to block the country's pro-Western orientation.
And, if this strategy does not work, Moscow can resort to the simple expedient of encouraging ethnic Russians in Ukraine to declare their separation and even secession from the Ukrainian state. As President Putin sees it, he now has in his hands the instruments to undermine Ukraine without actually firing a single shot.
Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych calls Russia's annexation of Crimea "a tragedy" and says he hopes it will one day rejoin Ukraine.
Mr Yanukovych, now in Russia, said he would try to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to return Crimea to Ukraine.
Good luck with that.
NASA suspends contact with Russia over Ukraine crisis
Citing Russia’s ongoing violations of Ukraine’s sovereign and territorial integrity, NASA told its officials today that the agency is suspending all contact with Russian government representatives. In an internal NASA memorandum obtained by The Verge, the agency said that the suspension includes travel to Russia, teleconferences, and visits by Russian government officials to NASA facilities. NASA is even suspending the exchange of emails with Russian officials.
Ongoing International Space Station activities are exempt from this suspension, however, as are meetings with other countries held outside of Russia that include the participation of Russian officials. The directives come directly from Michael O'Brien, the agency associate administrator for International and Interagency Relations.
The US Air Force has sent 10 F-15 jets to help Nato boost its military presence in the Baltic states
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