La Russie et la Chine: scène géostratégique
Voici les plus importantes nouvelles en provenance de la Russie et de la Chine. C'est n'est pas parce qu'on en entend peu parler qu'il ne se passe rien. On assiste en fait à une deuxième course à l'armement, une nouvelle guerre froide.
China’s politically sensitive trade surplus for 2007 soared to a record $262.2 billion (£133.4 billion), a figure that is likely to fuel European and US pressure on Beijing to allow its currency to strengthen.
The Chinese government understands that it must stay absolutely current in space weapons technology, and there isn't one thing that the
THIS IS NUTS!
When you blow something up here on the ground, gravity quickly pulls the pieces back down to the ground. The dust settles, and everything is over.
But in orbit, destroying a satellite does not really destroy it. It converts a single large object that can be tracked by radar traveling in a predictable path into thousands of smaller objects too small to be tracked with radar flying off in random directions. While some fragments will de-orbit, many will simply shift to new orbits of their own, running the risk of colliding with other spacecraft. Should that happen, yet more debris will get spun off into new orbits, creating a cascade effect of orbiting satellite destroying orbiting satellite destroying orbiting satellite.
The Fed's decision to cut interest rates again is likely to send the dollar tumbling to historic new lows, leading one financial analyst to predict that China's fury at the devaluation of its huge dollar reserves will provoke them into giving the U.S. government a terse ultimatum - let us invade Taiwan unopposed or we'll dump the dollar and bring about economic chaos.
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii invented a clever camera that shot three black and wh8ite negatives through red, green, and blue filters in rapid succession. While there was no way to create a color photographic print at the time, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii developed a triple projector that would project the three transparent plates through red, green, and blue filters to reconstruct the color view.
Modern technology now allows those century old color photographs to be reconstructed, and a full-color peek into
The post about the 100 year old Russian color photos prompted a flood of link suggestions. Here is one.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a 2500-year-old advanced civilization at the bottom of
"We had 10 years after the Cold War to build a
The IEA declared on Tuesday that
Russia has decided that the United States is weak enough, now it has most of military and equipment bogged down in the Middle East, to not put up much of a fight over who owns what in the the Arctic Circle, so it has decided to announce a plan to annex an astounding 460,000 square miles of international territory. That's equal to the land mass of
Anti-Russia hawks are now pushing to bring
Are these vital
And please remember one thing: the only people who 'win' a cold war are the weapons manufacturers and dealers.
The missile, with a range of about 7,000 miles (11,000 kms), is said to be immune to any current and future
So let me get this straight: the
Russia's military chief of staff said Saturday that Moscow could use nuclear weapons in preventive strikes in case of a major threat, the latest aggressive remarks from increasingly assertive Russian authorities.
"You know, like threatening to attack our friends in
Say, what's that bright lig[NO CARRIER]
Russia knows precisely why the US is insisting on having missile defense shields in Poland the Czech Republic, and it has absolutely nothing to do with
To great extent, the American people have no idea of the reckless policy that is being carried out in their name. The gravity of the proposed Missile Defense system has been virtually ignored by the media and
Putin will not allow the system to be deployed even if he has to remove it through force of arms. It is a direct threat to
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Sunday that the United States, in order to calm Moscow's concerns over a proposed missile-defense system in Europe, would promise not to turn on elements of it until Iran had demonstrated it had a missile capable of reaching Europe.
So THIS is the "quid pro quo" on the missiles in
What kind of complete nincompoops does Sec Def Gates believe his Russian counterparts are?
And if I were one of Gate's counterparts, I would be insulted that the
The Russians understand completely at whom those missiles will be aimed.
This is guaranteed to sour already rough relations between the
The warning from Russian ambassador Dmitri Rogosin came in reaction to statements by Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski on Friday concerning military agreements with the
Russian diplomats are no fools; they know precisely at what country these missiles will be aimed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he was ready to target missiles at former Warsaw Pact countries, including neighbouring Ukraine, if they join NATO or host Western military facilities.
Putin is no fool, and understands precisely what is going on here.
"We are certain that the geographical expansion of NATO cannot be justified by security concerns,"
Sergei Lavrov told a news conference in
This would certainly explain
President Vladimir Putin has criticised the
Putin and his officials are no fools: they know precisely why the
The Varyag, a Russian Slava-class missile cruiser dubbed 'the killer of aircraft carriers,' has started a series of live-firing exercises in the Pacific for the first time since a recent overhaul, a fleet spokesman said Monday.
I just hope some folks in
The big question is, should we and/or
There is a message being sent to both the
I'm not really certain, however, that anyone in Washinton or Brussells is listening.
The operation is the first large-scale Russian Navy exercise in the
Putin appears to be sending a monumentally un-subtle message to
Note that final paragraph: "All the warships and aircraft involved are carrying full combat ammunition loads, the Navy said."
Twelve Russian strategic bombers are taking part in military exercises above the
Putin could have been a partner; instead, this administration, which appears to be pathologically incapable of finding anything approximating a sane foreign policy with a flashlight and both hands, turned him into an adversary.
Russia is set to drastically increase its number of strategic aviation patrol flights over the world's oceans to 20
"We will be making 20-30 flights a month, not two or three, as was the case until recently," Col. Gen. Alexander Zelin said.
In picking up the pace of these patrol missions,
Russia on Monday test-launched a new intercontinental ballistic missile, part of a system that can outperform any anti-missile system likely to be deployed, according to the officer in charge of missile forces.
I don;t know what the Russians are doing, but here is what I would do to foil an anti-missile system.
Make the re-entry vehicles slightly heavier on one side than the other. This will cause them to slip sideways while flying through the atmosphere and by rotating the RV around the long axis, it's path can be steered, much as the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo capsules were controlled during re-entry.
This system will turn a simple and predictable ballistic path through the atmosphere into a random "squiggle" in the sky that will be all but impossible to intercept.
`How can one be such a shining example of democracy at home and a frightening monster abroad?'' Putin said in an interview with French newspaper Le Monde transmitted live to journalists in
Unfortunately, we're not doing such a great job at being "...a shining example of democracy at home" either.
Right now, it's as though the
Yeee-H"aw! The cold war's on again, baby!" - official White Horse Souse.
Russia's Kosovo negotiator, Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, declined to give any details about the steps, but said a recognition of Kosovo's independence by the West would lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the province.
When asked if
This could get very ugly for the Kosovars, and might be a flashpoint for military action by
Putin has many enemies, mostly among the Oligarchs whom he has stripped of their holdings and run out of the country. Naturally, these men, most of whom are Jewish, fled to
with as much money as they could carry, and from there, they plot to regain their power. Israel
Have you noticed that the
Media has begun non-stop Russia-bashing? US
Do you really want a war with
Israel would love nothing better than to have the US and Russia destroy each other, leaving Israel with its nuclear arsenal to dominate the Middle East, and with that oil as leverage, Europe as well.
Head of the Russian Federal Service for Military and Technical Cooperation, Mikhail Dmitriyev arrived in
Moscow and Washington have agreed a deal in principle over the supply of Russian weaponry to the Afghan army in its fight against the Taliban insurgency, senior diplomats announced in a statement Friday.
Given the history of both
“We keep an eye on certain indicators, some of which we’ve seen already,” such as a resumption of long-range reconnaissance flights, “arms sales to nation- states that [the United States] has differences with,” and indications that Russia is becoming involved with border conflicts in Georgia and Azerbaijan, he said.
Here comes the demonization of
This is precisely the tack this administration takes when it identifies another country (read:
Then comes the "justification" for the taking of those resources, no matter the price in blood and money.
I'd almost be willing to bet that we see a return of the draft in the not too distant future.
Spies, lies, and "conspiracy theories" – what's behind the
I am starting to wonder if whatever was supposed to follow the cable cutting was called off because of all the attention?