Eying an opportunity to stick it to Vladimir Putin, hawkish Republicans, and Democrats from energy-rich states are pushing the administration to loosen exports of natural gas for shipment to Ukraine and other countries dependent on Russia. Currently exports of natural gas are limited to countries that are free trade partners with U.S., but lawmakers see an opportunity for domestic energy producers to benefit, as well as put pressure on Russia.
Natural gas had an extreme run-up recently as cold weather boosted demand, however the commodity has cooled off in the last couple weeks. David Lutz of Stifel Nicolaus has been following the trade for years, and despite arguably bullish talk coming out from Washington recently, he doesn’t see the clean burning fuel taking off in the short term. “We’re starting to see as we move closer and closer towards the spring” that nat gas is weakening price-wise, he says in the attached video. “Nat gas [was] down for the month of February, lost 30% in the past week, and the reason why? They’ve shifted from March deliveries to April deliveries.”
so if they can deliver more to Europe, there will be less available, so the prices don't necessarily have to go down with a third
SORM came to light recently during the Sochi Olympic Games where reports claimed that “all communications” were monitored. SORM differs from the US lawful intercept system, as once the FSB receives approval for access to a target’s communications they are able to unilaterally tap into the system without provider awareness.
Further, SORM is also lawfully used to target opposition parties within Russia. According to the World Policy Institute, on November 12, 2012, Russia’s Supreme Court upheld the right of authorities to eavesdrop on the opposition.
- SORM-1 intercepts telephone traffic (including both landline (analog) and mobile networks).
- SORM-2 targets internet traffic (including VoIP calls).
- SORM-3 has the ability to target all forms of communication providing long-term storage of all information and data on subscribers, including actual recordings and locations.
Former Soviet States (Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Ukraine) have installed SORM-standard equipment. According to research by Wired Magazine, Ukraine’s SORM is more advanced as the SBU (Ukraine’s Security Service) has the ability to interrupt a target’s communications.
In April 2011, Iskratel – which provides Ukraine’s sole telephone company Ukrtelekom with broadband equipment – announced its SORM device was tested successfully under the new requirements and had been approved by the SBU.
Analyzing SORM manufacturers within Recorded Future identified equipment suppliers including Juniper Networks (US), Cisco Systems (US), Huawei (China) and Alcatel-Lucent (France).
what did you think
that they would be nice sitting ducks waiting to be blown up
not without a fight it seems
if you decide to do it that way so you are not violating any other borders
from the Youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=scSRgQfktq8
there is no end yet
the real end game is not for Euromaiden now but for the country as a whole
ridiculuous slow and pacific
while it should re-assuring and affirmative
strange you would think that they would be happy that another dictator has fallen
strange you would think that they would be happy that the people are organizing new elections and setting up a new more transparant and free democratic society
but no, they just repeat the Soviet propaganda with some Anonymous or conspiracy new world order sauce on it
some already had questions about the origins or the infiltrations in the group because they hardly attacked Russia, hardly sought to leak Russian documents or databases and hardly ever criticized Russia (Assange worked for the Soviet Propaganda tv Russia today)
so it is not because they source, online twitter or whatever says that they are anonymous or antisec or whatever and against every american that they are credible or not manipulated
so when you look at Oprussia and you see that the big Anonymous groups are sitting aside concentrating on Israel you wonder why
you are only credible if you attack every dictatorship or limitation of freedoms
wherever whenever why-ever
and Anonymous today is proving that it is losing its credibility very fast this way
think they are really in another world
because this is the basis for trust that the weapons control agreements work
without controls those agreements are just worth nothing
"Russia also warned that it may block American inspections of its nuclear arsenal as authorized by arms controls treaties.
“We are ready to take this step in response to the announcement by the Pentagon about stopping cooperation between the defence institutions of Russia and the United States,” a statement said.
you see why this is important for Russia
there were only 3000 protestors
makes you wonder that there aren't enough police man and so on to stop 1000 man from storming a public building and taking it over
well can expect army to go there and take things over - it is next to the frontier so the army should be on the move
already proven so many times that the EU is like setting 50 governors of the US together and asking them to decide together about anything without a federal level to take the big decisions
maybe this conflict will show that we need a real elected European President with a real elected European parliament that can elect a democratic European government or approve it (us style)
if these arms wouldn't have been destroyed you wouldn't have seen those miserable lines of old cars and too many men for too few weapons passing by
in some comments you read that the new government in Kiev is bewildered by the state of the military
but that is understandable the old government never thought that Russia would invade them - they were already there
this means a lot to the borderstates of Russia - especially those who also participated in this program and it means that NATO will now have a greater role to play in the re-arming of those armies (just to make it clear that this won't be a walk-over)