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Germany still burying Eastern Front dead from WWII

By hnn

Germany will open its last big war cemetery in Russia on Saturday, marking the culmination of a huge effort to recover Wehrmacht soldiers killed on its Eastern Front in World War II.

By the end of this year, the German war graves commission will have found and reburied a total of 800,000 soldiers in Eastern Europe and Russia since 1992, when the former Eastern bloc countries began helping Germany retrieve the remains of missing soldiers following the end of the Cold War.

On Saturday, German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière will hold a speech at the inauguration of the new war cemetery at the town of Dukhovschina, near the city of Smolensk in western Russia…..

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Harris Tweed was Cold War ‘uniform’ for CIA

By hnn

WHILE British secret agents of the 1970s were portrayed on TV in tight blue jeans, shirts with huge collars, ludicrous wide ties and brown cardigans – a la The Professionals – their real-life equivalents on the other side of the Atlantic opted for … Harris Tweed.

The American hero behind the Iran hostage rescue featured in the film Argo has revealed the fashion style of CIA agents during the Cold War as he was honoured for services to the famous Scots cloth.

Tony Mendez was played in the Best Picture of the Year Oscar-winner by Ben Affleck, whose Harris Tweed jacket is giving the fabric its highest-profile Hollywood exposure in years.

Former agent Mendez, speaking in New York, confirmed that the movie reflected reality and that Harris Tweed had been “part of what every agent wore” during his time in the service…..

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Putin says Snowden Safe in Russia – Latest News Briefs – Israel National News

By Dave Robbins

Bloomberg reports President Vladimir Putin warned the U.S. that Russia won’t yield to pressure to hand over Edward Snowden, while insisting he won’t allow the fugitive American to poison ties between the former Cold War foes. Read More: Putin says Snowden Safe in Russia – Latest News Briefs – Israel National News.

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US surveillance becomes election issue in Germany

Allegations of widespread U.S. data surveillance have created turbulence for Angela Merkel on what looked like a smooth cruise to a third term as German chancellor, even though it remains to be seen whether the flap will threaten her seriously.

Merkel’s center-left opponents have seized on disclosures of National Security Agency surveillance programs by leaker Edward Snowden to assert that she hasn’t been doing enough to confront Washington and protect Germans’ personal data — and to cast doubt on officials’ assertions that they didn’t know of the programs.

The opposition apparently hopes that the issue will breathe life into a so-far stumbling and gaffe-prone campaign for Sept. 22 parliamentary elections. A healthy economy, low unemployment and perceptions that Merkel has managed Europe’s debt crisis well have bolstered the chancellor.

Merkel’s center-left challenger, Peer Steinbrueck, is suggesting that the government turned a blind eye to violations of Germans’ rights and that Merkel violated her oath of office, in which she swore to “keep damage from” her people.

The government, opposition Green party leader Juergen Trittin said, is acting “like the famous three monkeys: hear no evil, speak no evil and definitely see no evil.”

His party called for Germany to take in Snowden. Merkel’s government, like many others, rejected his asylum request.

Protecting personal data is generally a more sensitive issue in Europe than in the U.S. — and particularly in Germany, not least because of memories of surveillance and repression by communist East Germany’s secret police, the Stasi, and the Nazis’ Gestapo.

When President Barack Obama visited Berlin June 19, Merkel offered cautious public criticism, saying that a “balance” between national security and data protection must be ensured.

Then, the German weekly Der Spiegel reported that the U.S. bugged European Union offices — prompting officials to say that if true, that would be unacceptable, especially since the Cold War is over. Germany hosted major NSA sites during the Cold War.

Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, dispatched her interior minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, to Washington last week to discuss the spying issue. There, he conferred with Attorney General Eric Holder and had an unscheduled meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.

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US commander says China ties 'collegial'

The United States’ top naval commander in Asia described military relations with China as “collegial” and rejected Cold War comparisons, urging “methodical and thoughtful” diplomacy in the region.

Vice Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the Japan-based US 7th Fleet and in Sydney for bilateral exercises, said maritime security was an increasingly important issue in the Indo-Pacific region as both trade and militarisation boomed.

“Economic power is being converted to military power in many parts of the region, which may increase the temptation to use coercion or force in an attempt to resolve differences between nations,” he said in a speech to the Lowy Institute foreign policy think-tank.

“The rising of the seas and the opening of the (Arctic’s) Northern Passage will bring new security challenges that must be dealt with as well,” he added, speaking of global warming’s impact in the region.

Swift said he was “very encouraged by the pace” of military connections in the region amid escalating tensions over issues including the South China Sea.

China claims nearly all of the sea, rejecting competing claims to parts of it by the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia and Taiwan.

Some of the claimants have expressed concern at Beijing’s increasingly assertive military and diplomatic tactics to stress its control.

US President Barack Obama warned China last week against using force or intimidation in its maritime disputes and urged a peaceful resolution.

Swift said his focus was on inclusive military operations, seeking “to the maximum extent possible multilateral exercises”, adding he had had “very collegial exchanges with PLAN (Chinese navy) ships throughout the region, and really throughout the world”.

“We need to be methodical and thoughtful about the process by which we pull the relationships together,” he said.

“In the past I think there’s been a rush to achieve a form of success without fully understanding what success is, especially in the context of the parties that are coming together.”

Swift said he believed military collaboration with China was “bringing us closer” to a naval understanding similar to that which existed between the US and the Soviet Union to prevent conflict at sea during the Cold War.

But he distanced himself from comparisons with the 40-year US-Soviet standoff, saying there were “very, very different circumstances”, starting with the fact that the 7th Fleet was as large as the entire Chinese navy.

“We have much more in common than we do have in competition with China,” Swift added.

“The Cold War was really a competition between governments, competition between our militaries, who was the strongest was the question of the day. I just don’t see that in today’s maritime environment.”

Swift said he was “heartened” by the role of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the region and welcomed discussions about whether its mandate should extend beyond economic issues.

“The instability that is resident within the South China Sea is really ringed by all those countries that are participants in ASEAN, so its relevance is much higher than what it was even four or five years ago,” he said.

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Panama stops N.Korean ship over missile material

Panama stopped a North Korean vessel that President Ricardo Martinelli said had sailed from Cuba and tried to illegally sneak suspected sophisticated missile material through the Panama Canal.

“The world needs to sit up and take note: you cannot go around shipping undeclared weapons of war through the Panama Canal,” Martinelli said, noting that the ship had been inspected to rule out drugs and was found to have other cargo of greater concern.

“We had suspected this ship, which was coming from Cuba and headed to North Korea, might have drugs aboard so it was brought into port for search and inspection,” on the Atlantic coast of the country, the president said on Radio Panama on Monday.

“When we started to unload the shipment of sugar we located containers that we believe to be sophisticated missile equipment, and that is not allowed,” Martinelli stressed, describing a dramatic scene in which he said the ship’s captain tried to kill himself.

“The captain has tried to commit suicide, and the crew also rioted,” when police moved in, Martinelli said. “So we are holding this vessel for further investigation.”

Cuba is the only one-party Communist regime in the Americas, and a rare ally of also-isolated Pyongyang.

China is the main ally of North Korea, which defiantly carried out its third nuclear weapons test in February and threatened to attack the United States, in language that was shrill even by the standards of the reclusive communist state.

Cuba’s coast lies just 90 miles from the United States’ southeastern flank.

Back in 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war at the height of the Cold War.

US and Soviet leaders had a 13-day political and military standoff in October 1962 over the installation of nuclear-armed Soviet missiles on Cuban soil.

In the end disaster was avoided when Washington agreed to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s offer to remove the missiles in exchange for a US pledge not to invade Cuba.

Then president John F. Kennedy also secretly agreed to remove US missiles from Turkey

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Russia wants to exchange spies jailed in Germany

Moscow wants to exchange a married couple of Russian spies jailed this month in Germany for at least one convict jailed in Russia on charges of spying for the West, a report said Monday.

Russia’s Kommersant newspaper said that the Russian secret services wanted to bring the pair — known only by their code names Andreas and Heidrun Anschlag — back home to Russia after decades as “sleepers” in Germany.

In a Cold War-style exchange, Moscow would simultaneously hand over to the West at least one spy convicted of passing secrets to Berlin or its allies, the paper said.

“The process of consultations (with Germany) on a possible exchange was started only recently, after their conviction” on July 2, a Russian security source told the paper.

“We will get our guys out of there,” the source added.

Another source told the paper that Moscow had waited until after the trial was over to seek the exchange, in case the legal process shed further light on how their cover had been blown.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied to the paper that any exchange had been discussed at talks in June between President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The man known as Andreas Anschlag was jailed for six and a half years and Heidrun Anschlag for five and a half years by the higher regional court in the southwestern city of Stuttgart.

The pair were planted in the former West Germany from 1988 by the Soviet Union’s KGB secret service and later worked for its successor the SVR, the court heard.

Kommersant said that the jailed couple’s lawyer Horst-Dieter Petschke confirmed that the swap was expected and told the paper that the exchange could “happen at any moment”.

It said that possible candidates to be freed in Russia in such an exchange included Andrei Dumenkov, who was jailed in 2006 for 12 years for seeking to hand Germany data on Russian missile designs.

Another name citied is Valery Mikhailov, a former colonel in the Russian security service who was jailed in 2012 for 18 years for spying for the United States.

Such spy exchanges, familiar from the Cold War era and John le Carre novels, already have a precedent in post-Soviet Russian history.

In 2010, Russia and the United States agreed a sensational spy swap of 10 Russian “sleeper” agents caught in the United States for four men convicted in Russia of spying for the West.

The 10 Russian spies — including the glamourous female agent Anna Chapman — were brought back to Moscow and subsequently personally welcomed by Putin.

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US foe Cuba sends condolences for marathon attack

Cuba is condemning the deadly attack on the Boston marathon and reiterated its rejection of all forms of terrorism, yet another small expression of goodwill between the traditional Cold War enemies.

Foreign Ministry official Josefina Vidal expressed “the most heartfelt condolences of the people and government of Cuba to the people and government of the United States, particularly those directly affected by this tragedy.”

Vidal said Cuba “rejects and condemns unequivocally all acts of terrorism, in any place, under any circumstance, and with whatever motivation.”

While the two countries have been at odds for half a century, Cuba has expressed solidarity in the past, most recently when a U.S. ambassador was killed in Libya.

Washington must soon decide whether to keep Cuba on a list of state sponsors of terrorism.

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Review: 'Doctor Who' Hunts for Red October in 'Cold War'

By Carol Pinchefsky, Contributor

Egads, I disliked last week’s episode of Doctor Who, “The Rings of Akhaten.” There was an overlong musical number in an incomprehensible alien language. There was a planet-sized jack-o-lantern who shrivels under the power of infinite potential (seriously). There was a…nope, I can’t think of anything worse than a planet that sucks emotions. Fortunately, this week’s episode, “Cold War,” is markedly better. Although it’s not the best episode, it brings enough Who-ishness to blot out the pumpkin-faced planet from my mind.

From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolpinchefsky/2013/04/13/review-doctor-who-hunts-for-red-october-in-cold-war/

Former New Jersey home of Russian spies on the market

A northern New Jersey home on the market features four bedrooms, an updated kitchen and a slice of Russian spy history.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s selling a Montclair home whose previous owners were arrested in 2010 by the FBI as members of a Russian spy ring.

Authorities say the home’s former occupants went by the aliases Richard and Cynthia Murphy and were members of a group of deep-cover Russian operatives who had been living in the U.S. for years under the guise of leading seemingly normal lives.

The ring was shut down in June 2010 after a decade-long counterintelligence probe that led to the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

The home has an unfinished basement and a $444,900 list price with Fast Track Real Estate Co., of nearby Waldwick.

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Former NJ home of Russian spies on the market

A northern New Jersey home on the market features four bedrooms, an updated kitchen and a slice of Russian spy history.

The U.S. Marshals Service says it’s selling a Montclair home whose previous owners were arrested in 2010 by the FBI as members of a Russian spy ring.

Authorities say the home’s former occupants went by the aliases Richard and Cynthia Murphy and were members of a group of deep-cover Russian operatives who had been living in the U.S. for years under the guise of leading seemingly normal lives.

The ring was shut down in June 2010 after a decade-long counterintelligence probe that led to the biggest spy swap since the Cold War.

The home has an unfinished basement and a $444,900 list price with Fast Track Real Estate Co., of nearby Waldwick.

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Remembering Margaret Thatcher

By Michael Reagan

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Margaret Thatcher, who served as prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990, is most famous for teaming up with my father Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II to peacefully end the Cold War and bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union.

But at home, the “Iron Lady’s” intellect, political will, and love of freedom and capitalism also saved Britain from its long, slow death by socialism.

Prime Minister Thatcher freed up Britain’s economy by deregulating business, privatizing government-owned industries, and breaking the back of the powerful unions that were smothering her country to death.

Not that The New York Times can bring itself to give Lady Thatcher much credit for any of this in its coverage of her death from a stroke on Monday at age 87.

Paul Krugman, the pathetic Times’ in-house apologist for the serial failures of the Obama Economy, dug out some arcane data that he said raises doubts that Thatcher’s pro-capitalist policies actually did anything to turn around Britain’s economy.

Meanwhile, a so-called news article in the Times on Wednesday about the debate over Thatcher’s legacy in the British Parliament is the latest example of how the Paper of Record’s liberal bias is always at work.

Two Times writers — John F. Burns and Alan Cowell — said, “The Thatcher era is generally recalled as a time when a capitalist revolution crushed labor unions, decimated staid industries that had once formed the nation’s economic base, and inaugurated a period of robust economic growth that sanctified a generation’s acquisitiveness.”

No bias there, right?

I think Burns and Cowell spent more time describing what nasty things Thatcher’s left-wing critics in the Labor Party had to say about her than mentioning her triumphs.

But Lady Thatcher doesn’t need the support of The New York Times or Hollywood to make it into the history books. Her accomplishments on the world stage will speak for themselves forever.

I’ll never forget meeting Lady Thatcher several times in London and in the United States. But my greatest memory of her occurred in 2004 when, despite being very ill, she attended my father’s funeral at the Reagan Library.

The morning after the funeral, as I was eating at the hotel with my family, I greeted Lady Thatcher when she came in for breakfast.

“Oh, Michael,” she said in that great accent of hers. “Think of how much we could have accomplished if your father had been elected in 1976, not 1980.”

Lady Thatcher,” I said with the greatest respect, “I think God chooses the time for many of the things that happen in the world. And 1976 wasn’t that time; 1980 in fact was.”

“Why would you say that?” she said.

“Simply because I look at 1976 and I say, ‘Where was Margaret Thatcher? Where was Pope John Paul II? Where was Lech Walesa and Helmut Kohl and Mikhail Gorbachev?’ In 1976, none of you were in positions of power to do anything.

“But 1980 was the right time,” I said to Lady Thatcher.

“You were prime minister. Pope John Paul was pope. And you had

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Reagan, Thatcher Forged A Close, Lasting Bond

By Breaking News

WASHINGTON — Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, two self-assured and firm-speaking conservatives, joined forces in the early 1980s and drastically changed the economic and political landscapes in both of their countries.

Their calls for more-austere government and lower taxes still resonate with conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic. And their side-by-side standing up to Soviet communism is credited by those of all political stripes as hastening the end of the Cold War.

Thatcher died Monday in London of a stroke at 87.

The British prime minister and the American president had the kind of personal bond that is extremely rare at such high levels of power.

She was the first and last White House State Dinner guest during Reagan’s eight-year presidency. And when he died in 2004, at 93 after suffering for years with Alzheimer’s disease, a frail Thatcher attended his state funeral.

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World mourns Thatcher, 'a great Briton'

Global leaders expressed praise and admiration Monday for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as news spread of her death. Today’s British leader, David Cameron, summed up the consensus from friend and foe alike that the Iron Lady was “a great Briton.”

“As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds,” Cameron said in Madrid as he cut short a trip to Spain and canceled a visit to France to return home to lead funeral preparations for the longtime leader of his Conservative Party.

“The real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country,” Cameron said, “and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.”

As flags across the United Kingdom were lowered to half mast, Buckingham Palace said Queen Elizabeth II would send a private message of sympathy to the Thatcher family.

Across Europe and the world, leaders lauded Thatcher for her steely determination to modernize Britain’s industrial landscape — even at the cost of violent strikes and riots — and to stand beside the United States as the west triumphed in the Cold War versus the Soviet Union.

In Poland, Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski said his country should erect a statue of the British leader. In a tweet he praised Thatcher as “a fearless champion of liberty, stood up for captive nations, helped free world win the Cold War.”

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who ousted the Conservatives from power seven years after Thatcher’s resignation, conceded that Thatcher had been right to challenge labor union power — the traditional bedrock for Blair’s own Labour Party.

“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast,” said Blair, who credited Thatcher with being “immensely supportive” despite their opposing views on many issues.

“You could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life,” Blair said.

Discordant notes came from Northern Ireland and Argentina, where Thatcher’s reputation for unbending determination received early tests — when breaking an Irish Republican Army prison hunger strike in 1981, then leading Britain into a 1982 war to reclaim the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders.

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Statement from the President on the Passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher

By The White House

With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend. As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best. And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and extend freedom’s promise.

Here in America, many of us will never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan, reminding the world that we are not simply carried along by the currents of history—we can shape them with moral conviction, unyielding courage and iron will. Michelle and I send our thoughts to the Thatcher family and all the British people as we carry on the work to which she dedicated her life—free peoples standing together, determined to write our own destiny.

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The Soviet Way Of War And The Failure Of Ballistic Missile Defense

By Mark Adomanis, Contributor Over at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Pavel Podvig has a very interesting post about the mythology of missile defense and how it has wrongly been credited with ending the Cold War. The post covers a lot of ground (rather than block quoting half of it I’d simply encourage everyone to read it in full) but there are a few particular points I’d like to focus on. …read more

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It's WW III and Big Brains are Working on Small Things

By Dave Chase, Contributor

There have been a few moments in history when the fate of country and mankind tipped in the balance. World War II and the Cold War, for example, demanded that the biggest brains put their prodigious smarts toward a common cause. Jim Clifton, the Chairman of Gallup, makes a strong case that we’re in World War III in his book The Coming Jobs War. Just as the previous wars impacted which countries would lead the world in prosperity, the “war” we are in will have an incredible impact if one is on the winning end. …read more

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Berlin's airport project delays shame Germans

Rabbits scamper over quiet runways. Only the call of a crow disturbs the silence around a gleaming, empty terminal that should be humming with the din of thousands of passengers.

Willy Brandt International Airport, named for Germany‘s famed Cold War leader, was supposed to have been up and running in late 2011, a sign of Berlin‘s transformation from Cold War confrontation line to world class capital of Europe‘s economic powerhouse. Instead it has become a symbol of how, even for this technological titan, things can go horribly wrong.

After four publicly announced delays, officials acknowledged the airport won’t be ready by the latest target: October 2013. To spare themselves further embarrassment, officials have refused to set a new opening date.

The saga of Berlin‘s new airport has turned into a national joke and a source of humiliation for a people renowned for being on time. Yet it is just highest profile in a string of big-ticket projects — including a concert hall in Hamburg, railway tunnels in Munich and Leipzig, a subway line in Cologne and a Stuttgart underground train station — that have been plagued by huge cost overruns and delays.

The airport fiasco presents a staggering picture of incompetence.

German media have tracked down a list of tens of thousands of technical problems. Among them: Officials can’t even figure out how to turn the lights off. Thousands of light bulbs illuminate the gigantic main terminal and unused parking lots around the clock, a massive energy and cost drain that appears to be the result of a computer system that’s so sophisticated it’s almost impossible to operate.

Every day, an empty commuter train rolls to the unfinished airport over an eight-kilometer-long (five-mile) stretch to keep the newly-laid tracks from getting rusty, another example of gross inefficiency. Meanwhile, hundreds of freshly planted trees had to be chopped down because a company delivered the wrong type of linden trees; several escalators need to be rebuilt because they were too short; and dozen of tiles were already broken before a single airport passenger ever stepped on them.

The airport itself points to problems with the fire safety system as the immediate cause of the delays: The fire safety system incorporates some 75,000 sprinklers, but computer programming glitches mean it’s not clear whether all of these sprinklers would spray enough water during a fire. And the system’s underground vent system, designed to suck away smoke, isn’t working. Here, again, …read more

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