Food Price Spike – Russia Bans Grain Exports

From Ft.Com The prices of everyday staples such as bread, flour and beer are set to rise sharply after Russia imposed a ban on grain exports, triggering panic in commodities markets and sending wheat prices to their highest since the 2007-08 global food crisis. The move, which caught traders and food producers by surprise, pushed the price of wheat to its highest in two years and evoked memories of the last time the then Soviet Union Continue Reading

Demographic Shift Could Rapidly Change Our World Over Next 40 Years

From AOL News.Com A day before Arizona's tough new immigration law was scheduled to take effect, a nonpartisan research group reported that population growth in developed countries like the U.S. has "essentially peaked" and that what little growth remains will mostly come from immigration from developing countries. The Population Research Bureau said in a report released today that the rate of increase over the next four decades "depends Continue Reading

Putin’s War on Israel

From Front Page Mag.Com Now that another Middle East war seems imminent, concerns are growing about the new powerful weapons that are available to Palestinian terrorists. It appears to be virtually unknown that these weapons are being steadily supplied by Putin’s Russia. In the present atmosphere of the everlasting “reset” of relations between the U.S. and Russia, it is not difficult for the Kremlin to camouflage its arming of terrorists. Continue Reading

Fear of return to Soviet-era as FSB given power to prosecute ‘thought crimes’

From Telegraph.Co.UK The Russian security service has been given extended powers to act against people for so-called "thought crime" under a new law which opponents say marks a return to Soviet-era policing. The bill, criticised by rights groups, would allow the Federal Security Service (FSB) to issue official warnings to individuals whose actions are deemed to be creating the conditions for crime. Rights groups say the bill would Continue Reading

Russia plans return to world stage with pro-Islamic policies

From YNet News.Com Russian President Dmitry Medvedev visited Syria this week and met with Hamas politburo Khaled Mashaal. On Wednesday, he even stated that Hamas should be included in the Middle East peace process, despite Israel's firm stand against the Islamist movement. Is Russia taking a pro-Islamic side in one of the most explosive regions in the world? A former Israeli ambassador to Russia explains that Moscow is seeking to Continue Reading

Russia Wants to Build Nuclear Plants in Syria

From Israel National News.Com Russia, which is helping Iran build nuclear plants, now wants to add Syria to its list of investments in atomic energy while the US enlists support for the idea of making Middle East free of nuclear weapons. Israel is the only country in the region that is thought to have nuclear weapon capability, but Syria is suspected of having tried to build a nuclear warhead. U.S. President Barack Obama last week Continue Reading

Russian Pairing: Putin and Medvedev

From KHouse.Org RUSSIAN PAIRING: PUTIN AND MEDVEDEV Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation has been guided by three presidents: Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and now, Dmitry Medvedev. The United States has always kept a concerned eye on the democratic development of Russia, with its far-reaching role as a world leader, its former Cold War tension with the US, its immense oil reserves and their role in the world Continue Reading

Syrian Naval Port Significantly Boosts Russia’s Operational Capability In The Region

From World Tribune.Com Officials said the navies of Russia and Syria were enhancing cooperation over the last year. They said Moscow was modernizing naval facilities in Syria's port of Latakia and Tartous to accommodate Russian Navy warships. "I am certain that we will witness new and significant progress in our bilateral cooperation in the near future," Russian ambassador to Syria, Sergei Kirpichenko, said. On April 14, Kirpichenko Continue Reading

Warship deal would allow Moscow to invade any former Soviet Republic within hours

From EU Observer Georgia on Thursday warned Europe against a proposed French sale of warships to Russia, as it would allow Moscow to invade any former Soviet republic "within hours," echoing concerns raised by Baltic leaders that the deal is in breach of an EU code on arms trade. During a visit to London, President Mikheil Saakashvili said that the warship sale was "very risky" and would "reward" Russia's continued military presence in Continue Reading

Russia Adopts Nuclear First Strike Military Doctrine

From President Dmitry Medvedev has signed the country’s new military doctrine which allows preventive nuclear strikes against potential aggressors. ''The President informed the members of Russia's Security Council yesterday that he has approved two documents - the military doctrine and the Fundamentals of the state policy on nuclear deterrence until 2020,'' presidential press secretary Natalia Timakova said. ''Military Continue Reading