Oleksandr Turchynov said in some cases units are cooperating with pro-Russian gunmen who have seized scores of government buildings and taken people hostage.
US rapid reaction forces arrive in the Baltics as NATO saber rattling increases ~ link ~ NATO rapid reaction standing maritime forces have arrived in the Baltic Sea amid the escalation of tensions between the United States and Russia over the crisis in Ukraine. The deployment of NATO forces is part of the military alliance’s bid to strengthen its presence in Eastern Europe.
Meanwhile, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe (DSACEUR) General Sir Adrian Bradshaw and senior Estonian military officials discussed military preparedness measures during their Wednesday meeting in the Estonian capital, Tallinn.
Kiev coup junta: Ukraine military on full combat alert ~ link ~ Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov says the country’s military is on full combat alert against a possible invasion by Russian troops massed on the border. Turchynov made the comments on Wednesday during a ministerial meeting in the capital, Kiev.
Death toll for Homs, Syria terrorist attack: 100 ~ link ~
The death toll from separate terrorist attacks in the Syrian city of Homs has reached 100, with most of the victims being civilians, reports say.The new figure updates an earlier death toll from the car bombings and mortar fire on April 29.
The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for the deaths.
EU states strike lucrative military contracts with China ~ link ~ Europe is powering the military rise of China, approving multi-million dollar deals for the transfer of weapons and dual-use technology – despite an arms embargo stemming from the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, AFP reveals.
China is the world’s second largest military spender and the fastest growing military market, with Beijing setting aside $132 billion in defense spending. While they are yet to touch the US’ massive $495.6 billion defense budget, China recently announced they would increase military spending by 12.2 percent for 2014.
Meanwhile, Gazprom sends the Ukraine a new invoice ~ link ~ As the day of the IMF's release of funds to Ukraine draws near - solving all their problems with yet more debt, we are told to believe - Russia's Gazprom has gently reminded the Ukrainian government that it owes them... $3.49 billion! and its due the 7th day of May!
Russia's UN Ambassador: Kiev did nothing to fulfill Geneva agreement ~ link ~ Kiev did not take any steps towards fulfilling the Geneva agreements set during four-party talks between Russia, Ukraine, the EU, and the US on April 17, Russia’s envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin said, adding that the West did not help either.
“Nothing has been done on behalf of Kiev’s authorities to implement the Geneva document. Our Western colleagues, primarily the Americans – who now have an unprecedented influence over Kiev – could not or did not want to convince Kiev to fulfill its obligations under the Geneva agreement,” Churkin said during the UN Security Council meeting in New York on Tuesday.
Here's a Chart you won't see on CNBC ~ link ~ "Record corporate cash"..."Record corporate cash"... "Record corporate cash" That pretty much covers most of the conversation on prime time financial media and TV stations when discussing corporate balance sheets.
There is, however, one big problem with that mantra. As Zero Hedge first showed in January with "Corporations Have Record Cash: They Also Have Record-er Debt, As Net Leverage Soars 15% Above Its 2008 Peak" companies indeed have tons of cash. What isn't discussed is where that cash came from. The answer: debt. Because while companies have record cash, they have recorder-er debt.
If it wasn't for Obamacare, Q1 GDP WOULD BE NEGATIVE ~ link ~ Here is a shocker: for all the damnation Obamacare, which according to poll after poll is loathed by a majority of the US population, has gotten if it wasn't for the (government-mandated) spending surge resulting from Obamacare, which resulted in the biggest jump in Healthcare Services spending in the past quarter in history and added 1.1% to GDP real Q1 GDP (in chained 2009 dollars), which rose only $4.3 billion sequentially to $15,947 billion, would have been a negative 1.0%!
5 Stunning Facts about American's prison system you haven't heard ~ link ~ Good One! Stirling
We’ve done several exposés on the prison system in America, including The Prison System Runs Amok, Expands at Frightening Pace (Sept 6, 2012) and Selling the American Dream is the Biggest Market of All (Sept. 30, 2013), but there’s still much more to be said about this topic. America’s massive prison system is creating a long list of unintended consequences, some of which will effect all of us in the coming years. To help explain just how bad things have gotten, we’ve compiled this list of the most stunning facts and statistics on the America’s prison system today.