1 January 2014 & 2 January 2014
New Year's Day is the birthday of my late Grandmother Mamie Alexander, who was born on January 1, 1880. She was a wonderful lady who once gave me a book on the wild west. She was a child during the end years of the American 'Wild West' period. May God rest her kind soul. Tim Earl of Stirling
What few in the West outside a handful of military experts grasp however, is that the US project to install so-called Ballistic Missile Defense missiles and special radar in Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey and Bulgaria is the most provocative act of Washington to the very existence of Russia and risks putting the world on a hair-trigger to a nuclear war.
In Spain and Greece the situation is particularly drastic with over half of people under 25 out of a job. Both countries also rely heavily on Brussels for financial help - with Athens looking at the prospect of a third bailout deal. Across the region, people are weary of austerity cuts, and we've seen plenty of public discontent and mass protests. Covering the Eurozone crisis throughout the year has been RT's man in Berlin, Peter Oliver.
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The passengers, about 50 scientists, academics and journalists, have been trapped on the vessel in thick pack ice off the coast of Antarctica since Christmas Day.