NATO WOULD LOSE A WAR TO RUSSIA WITHIN 36 TO 60 HOURS


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First, NATO and Kiev signed a letter of intent in February for cooperation between their special operations forces. Two months later American ambassador and current NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow said it was time to bring the Ukrainian military “in line with NATO standards.” Barely one week later, though, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO ruled out NATO expansion for the “next several years.”

These muddled messages only cause confusion, provoking Russia while potentially false hope for Ukraine. For that reason, it’s time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table. Here’s why.

First, NATO possesses almost no ability to defend Ukraine. Russia has 270,000 troops and 700 jet fighters positioned on Ukraine’s southern and western borders. And as Russia demonstrated in 2015 when it sent 150,000 troops to surround Ukraine, Moscow can quickly mobilize its military in the event of a conflict.

http://www.infowars.com/nato-would-lose-a-war-to-russia-within-36-to-60-hours/

War zone via smartphone: the Syria mobile film festival


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Since 2011, conflict has raged in Syria. And since then, thousands of locals have recorded it on their smartphones. Such firsthand footage has become a powerful expression of freedom against the regime.

Tonight marks the opening of the Syria mobile film festival in Berlin, showcasing 11 documentary shorts shot by 12 Syrian film-makers.

Its founder is Amer Matar, a 29-year-old author, journalist and documentary film-maker now exiled in Germany, arrested twice in 2011 for his work organising peace demonstrations.

“It’s important to show what life is like inside Syria right now. It’s important to document the daily life, the daily shootings,” Matar says. That the conflict dominates the cinema produced is inevitable. “Most of the films revolve in the world of war, whether it’s death, injury or exile, and the effect of war in Syria.”

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/apr/08/syrian-mobile-film-festival-berlin-films-shot-on-smartphones?CMP=twt_gu

Renewed Kurdish conflict angers Turks, overshadows election


People gather outside of a damaged building after clashes between Turkish security forces and members of YDG-H in Silvan Clinging to his brother’s coffin, draped in the red Turkish flag, Lieutenant Colonel Mehmet Alkan’s outburst was a rare public show of defiance from a serving officer as Turkish jets bombard Kurdish militants.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/27/us-turkey-politics-polarisation-insight-idUSKCN0QW20P20150827

UKRAINE RUSSIA CONFLICT: UKRAINIANS GETTING LETHAL WEAPONS FROM POLAND AND ITALY, PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS CLAIM


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“The Ukrainian military have been using mortar, anti-personnel and anti-tank mines made in Italy and Poland, as well as those of origins unknown to us,” Brovko told the Russian news agency Tass. He also said other foreign ammunition was discovered during clearing of debris at the same airport.

http://www.infowars.com/ukraine-russia-conflict-ukrainians-getting-lethal-weapons-from-poland-and-italy-pro-russian-rebels-claim/