I have been compiling various notes and insights for an upcoming article on my thoughts regarding the Ukraine Crisis. In the meantime, I have updated the Radar Room to encapsulate some of the thoughts and things that we should be keeping an eye on as this situation unfolds. Please pray that the Lord will give me wisdom as I pull additional information together and consider various ramifications. Maranatha.
Abbas also reiterated his position on Friday that the capital of a future Palestinian state will be east Jerusalem in its entirety, rather than just a portion. He added that if negotiations fail, he will encourage popular resistance as a pathway to peace, according to Israel Radio.
China, often a Russian ally in blocking Western moves in the U.N. Security Council, was more cautious, saying that economic sanctions were not the best way to solve the crisis and avoiding comment on the legality of a Crimean referendum on secession.
...a move that could increase pressure on Qatar whose backing for the group has sparked a row with fellow Gulf monarchies. ...The army-backed government in Cairo designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December....
...reparing a formal request for Gulf mediation under the leadership of Saudi Arabia, in order to back Cairo’s stance vis-à-vis the ongoing conflict with Ethiopia about the Renaissance Dam. The mediation request comes as part of a basket of escalatory measures adopted by Egypt in January, following the breakdown of technical negotiations among the Egyptian, Sudanese and Ethiopian water resources ministers.
"[The bill] would offer the president and government opportunities to defend our sovereignty from threats," state news agency RIA quoted Andrei Klishas, the bill's author and head of the constitutional legislation committee in the upper house of parliament, as saying.
...pulled the anti-submarine vessel Ochakov out of a naval junkyard and sank it in the straits that connect the Black Sea with a body of water known as Donuzlav lake. He said the act was intended to prevent Ukrainian navy ships from leaving a nearby base and going to sea.
The Executive Order concerns individuals who have sought to undermine the Ukrainian government, including "persons who have asserted governmental authority in the Crimean region without the authorization of the Government of Ukraine." Those individuals, Obama declared, "constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States ..."
03/06/2014, shtfplan.com, by Mac Slavo
...a massive scramble is on for all 7.62 as Russia has reportedly halted all exports to the US of Russian made ammunition.
Bill 52 defined killing by lethal injection as “health care” in order to avoid the Criminal Code protections from euthanasia.
As far as we know there is no conection between these two events or the asteroid 2014 EC, which is flying past Earth today. They are probably random meteoroids of the type that strike Earth's atmosphere every night.
...The 28-nation EU condemned Russian actions in Crimea as illegal, voiced support for Ukraine's territorial integrity but took only minor steps suspending talks with Moscow on visas and a new investment pact while warning of tougher steps ...a referendum on the status would take place on March 16. All state property would be "nationalized", the Russian ruble adopted and Ukrainian troops treated as occupiers and forced to surrender or leave...
...delivered the opening invocation in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, praying "to Buddha and all" and suggesting that purity of thought will guide humanity's actions.
Editor: False teachers are more accepted in our governmental seats...
The accident, one of the deadliest cases of friendly fire in the war's history... Just last week, the Afghan president, who has refused to sign a security pact with the U.S. before he leaves office next month, told The Washington Post that "Afghans died in a war that's not ours." He added an unfriendly message to Washington, which we think he'd reiterate today : "To the U.S. government, give them my anger, my extreme anger."
...the United States ordered an asset freeze and visa bans against those involved in Russia's military intervention in the Ukrainian region. ...and said additional steps, such as sanctions were possible.
A space rock named 2014 EC (discovered March 5th, 2014, estimated 13-45 feet-wide) will give Earth a close shave on March 6th. This is the second asteroid that has flown between the Earth and moon in consecutive days.
03/05/2014, theeconomiccollapseblog.com, By Michael Snyder
Not only does it mean that the U.S. is essentially powerless to do anything about the situation in Ukraine, it also means that Russia and China are starting to understand how much economic leverage that they really have. ...If China and the rest of the world abandoned Russia over Ukraine, that would be one thing. But that is not happening at all. In fact, China has chosen to publicly stand with Russia on this issue.
03/05/2014, zerohedge.com, by Tyler Durden
So first US orchestrates the Kiev overthrow, and now the new "leaders" of Ukraine are allegedly found to have fired against their own people - the same provocation they subsequently used to run Yanukovich out of the country and install a pro-Western puppet government.
Editor: The US (and EU) is behind the criminal actions that overthrew the legitimate Ukrainian government; Russia knows this; China knows this. America is about to experience some serious humble pie in the days ahead - and Russia and China will be globally seen as the good guys for dishing it out. The world is sick and tired of America hypocrisy acting as the world's police, meddling in other's business. The threat to dump our bonds and crash our economy is a real threat that Putin (and China) are both fully ready to carry out.
After little sleep and a heavy patient load, LeRoy Carhart sent another abortion patient to the hospital yesterday (March 4, 2014) for treatment of apparently life-threatening complications.
The United Nations special envoy to Ukraine ended his mission abruptly on Wednesday and agreed to leave the country after a standoff with armed men who blocked his car in the Crimea, ITV news reports.
The official, speaking to Reuters, said there were “no agreements” in a Wednesday meeting between Sergey Lavrov and Secretary of State John Kerry, and there never will be without direct Ukrainian government involvement and absolute buy-in.”
The new policy strikes a compromise, allowing the generic versions of Plan Be to be sold over-the-counter as long as the product includes a warning that it is intended for "women 17 years of age or older.” There is no requirement for proof of age, however.
A similar situation has existed for years in breakaway parts of Georgia, where Russian troops have occupied northern regions of the country since 2008 while Western threats have dissipated. ...“We must place crippling sanctions on Russian high-ranking officials, state-owned banks and commercial enterprises, and key individuals behind the Russian intervention...”
The Department of Homeland Security verbally informed Home School Legal Defense Association that the Romeike family is being granted indefinite deferred action status. The Department told HSLDA that this meant the order of removal would not be acted on and that the Romeikes could stay.
Ukraine's telecommunications system has come under attack, with equipment installed in Russian-controlled Crimea used to interfere with the mobile phones of members of parliament, the head of Ukraine's SBU security service said on Tuesday.
...Obama spoke at Powell Elementary School in Washington, D.C., today and had some harsh words for Russian President Vladimir Putin. But the backdrop was anything but serious.
Editor: Do not be lulled into thinking these figureheads are incompetent or oblivious to their apparent foolishness. With my background in PR, I can assure you this was arranged and presented deliberately in this format for public consumption. The main actor may not have been fully aware of it, but the director was. Presentation is everything... American leadership is deliberately being made to look the fool. The danger most people make is that they assume the actors are mentally challenged, when in fact, that is what the director wants you to think. There is great logic in using illogic - if used cleverly. When you see a gaffe such as this, do not make a dismissal statement like: "What a moron..."; instead, ask the question "Why?" and "To what end?"
The same day the company came clean about its losses, a second bitcoin firm, Poloniex, also admitted that 12.3% of its reserves had been stolen by hackers. Poloniex is a bitcoin exchange, and the company has committed to operating at a fractional reserve until it can replenish the losses itself.
Editor: Stay away from Bitcoins.
...An adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that authorities would issue general advice to dump US government bonds in the event of Russian companies and individuals being targeted by sanctions over events in Ukraine. ...A high-ranking Kremlin source was quick to distance his office from Glazyev’s remarks, however, insisting to RIA Novosti that they represented only his personal position. Glazyev was just expressing his views as an academic, and not as a presidential adviser, the Kremlin insider said....
Editor: Statement by proxy?
"As always in such situations, provoked by rash and irresponsible actions by Washington, we stress: This is not our choice," he added.
Editor: This would probably include dumping of Treasury bonds and other financial devices to crash the dollar (or hurt a lot financially) - if not some form out outright humiliation.
In his address to a gathering of the pro-Israel lobby, Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a nation-state of the Jewish people. ...The demand has already been rejected by the Palestinians and the Arab world, Abu Rudeineh said, and Netanyahu's insistence on repeating it is designed to sabotage the American peace efforts. He added that the Palestinian position is clear and is based on the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem.
It is referred to as the SS-25 Sickle by NATO ...A US official said that Russia had notified Washington of the missile test in advance. "We have been notified of this test earlier this week. It's not unexpected,"
Editor: Earlier this week is still early; this was done deliberately to coincide with the Ukraine crisis. Russia is showing off...
Other countries should take China's sovereignty claims seriously if they truly care about regional peace and security, she said, singling out the United States by name. Her remarks came amid festering disputes between China and its neighbors over the control of islands and sea lanes in surrounding oceans.
A crippling stoppage by bus drivers last week has just ended but postal workers in many parts of the country remain on strike. Doctors, pharmacists, steel and textile workers have all carried out industrial action in recent days.
...all of the PLA Navy’s three gigantic Type 071 Amphibious Transport Dock vessels were deployed last week in a large naval exercise in the tense South China Sea, simulating in full an island-taking assault.
Vitaly Churkin told a Security Council meeting Mr Yanukovych wrote to Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Saturday. ...In another development, the Pentagon said is was putting on hold all military-to-military engagements between the US and Russia. These include exercises, bilateral meetings, port visits and planning conferences. ...Mr Churkin reiterated Moscow's view that Mr Yanukovych is Ukraine's legitimate leader, not interim President Olexander Turchynov.
What we are seeing in Belgium is more accurately termed ‘incremental extension’, the steady intentional escalation of numbers with a gradual widening of the categories of patients to be included.
...the capacity of European leaders to react decisively has been hampered by the dependence of much of the European Union on Russian oil and gas. Any economic stand-off could derail Europe’s fragile economic recovery.
The Russian Central Bank was reported to have sold up to $10bn (£6bn) of reserves to support the rouble, according to Reuters news agency. The Russian Central Bank said last month that its international reserves totalled $493.4bn as of 21 February.
Editor: Seems a good excuse to start divesting dollars... But, I doubt Putin is worried about their fiat currency: The red flags the West ignored about Putin’s Russia - "Putin has been stocking up on gold bullion for years. In five years he has doubled Russia’s bullion reserves to just over a thousand tons, one of the largest holdings in the world, valued at $44 billion."
After initially winning asylum before an immigration judge, they lost at every step of the legal process and now have no more legal options in the United States. ...The case doesn’t have implications for homeschoolers in the United States, but makes clear that U.S. immigration authorities don't consider homeschooling a fundamental human right that merits asylum.
Brent and U.S. crude oil rallied more than $2 per barrel to multi-month highs on Monday, lifted by rising tension in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour. Russia is the world’s biggest oil producer...
Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had "broadly coinciding points of view" on the situation there, according to a ministry statement. ...The crisis has had a huge knock-on effect on global stock markets, with Moscow's stock exchange plunging as much as 10% on Monday morning.
[Discovered 2 days ago. Expected around March 5. Expected to pass .9 Lunar Distance from Earth, although there is a high probability of variation in the path. Around 95ft in size.]
depth=17.0km (10.6mi) Related - "All were measured between 5 and 5.6 on the Richter scale, and took place over a period of around seven hours."
Editor: Related - Four Moderate Earthquakes Recorded Off Chilean Coast
...no tsunami was expected.
Earlier this week, an engineer noticed a slight irregular “bowing” above the spillway gates near where cars can drive across the dam. ...through the Hanford Reach area.
Editor: This is worth keeping an eye on, especially because of the Hanford Research area downstream. Two factors could easily make this situation much worse: minor earthquake in the area/zone, and heavy spring melt off. Due to the type of dam, the Wanapum Dam does not have a large reservoir, but a sudden burst of water could affect and overload the downstream Priests Rapid Dam.
The Defence Ministry was ordered to stage a call-up of reserves - theoretically all men up to 40 in a country with universal male conscription, though Ukraine would struggle to find extra guns or uniforms for significant numbers of them. ...So far, the Western response has been largely symbolic. Obama and others suspended preparations for a G8 summit in Sochi ...Kiev said its troops were encircled in at least three places. It pulled its coast guard vessels out of Crimean ports. Ukraine said its naval fleet's 10 ships were still in Sevastopol and remained loyal to Kiev.
Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews held a mass prayer in Jerusalem on Sunday in protest at a bill that would cut their community's military exemptions and end a tradition upheld since Israel's foundation. ...Israeli media estimated that between 250,000 to 400,000 attended.
The US has warned Moscow may be ejected from the G8 for its actions. ...Mr Aksyonov announced he had given orders to Ukrainian naval forces on the peninsula to disregard any orders from the "self-proclaimed" authorities in Kiev. ...Several Ukrainian army bases were surrounded by Russian troops on Sunday but there were no reports of clashes despite the refusal of Ukrainian soldiers to open their gates.
Editor: Related - Crimea forms its own fleet as Ukraine Navy chief sides with region
...were reported in Oklahoma from Saturday to early Sunday.
Extensive diversity and complexity of tectonic regimes characterizes the perimeter of the Caribbean plate, involving no fewer than four major plates (North America, South America, Nazca, and Cocos).
AR1991 is rapidly growing, almost doubling its number of dark cores since yesterday. ...The rapid evolution of the sunspot could destabilize the field, making an eruption more likely. NOAA forecasters estimate a 70% chance of M-class flares and a 30% chance of X-flares on March 2nd.
Editor: AR1990, the large duration sunspot is almost earth-centered now, with AR1991 become fully earth-centered over the next two days.
Ukrainian Navy flagship Hetman Sahaidachny has reportedly refused orders from Kiev and defected to the Russian side, a Russian senator has claimed in an interview with Ivestia Daily.
In addition to asking for NATO’s protection, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andrei Deshchitsa urged the trans-Atlantic military alliance to aid it in securing nuclear facilities based in Ukraine, local news agency UNN reported.
Lithuania's FM Linkevicius has said Russia's decision to deploy forces in Ukraine means "Nato, art. 4 becomes valid," referring to article 4 of the Nato treaty. The article says Nato members must meet for consultations if "the territorial integrity, political independence or security of any of the parties is threatened."
In Brussels, NATO ambassadors were scheduled to meet Sunday afternoon. "NATO allies continue to coordinate closely," Rasmussen said.
...has only a token force in the autonomous region — a lightly armed brigade of about 3,500 people, equipped with artillery and light weapons but none of the country’s advanced battle tanks ...The forces also have only one air squadron of SU-27 fighters deployed at the air base near Belbek. ...Ukraine’s small naval fleet, which was originally part of the Black Sea Fleet, had been boxed in by Russian warships.
Putin’s motion loosely refers to the “territory of Ukraine” rather than specifically to Crimea, raising the possibility that Moscow could use military force in other Russian-speaking provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, where many oppose the new authorities in Kiev. Pro-Russian protests were reported in the eastern cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Luhansk and the southern port of Odessa.
Russian troops have moved into Crimea in what Moscow is calling a mission to “protect Black Sea Fleet’s positions” but which the Ukrainian government has denounced as an “armed intervention.”
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