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(WORLD) Chávez in Russia for Military Spending Spree…

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www.hacer.org__hugo_chavez_0609-730118Venezuela recognizes breakaway republics ahead of arms deal talks

(Newser Summary) – Hugo Chávez arrived in Moscow today, where the Venezuelan president is reportedly ready for an arms “shopping spree.” Chávez is ready to buy at least 100 tanks for $500 million, reports the Times of London, and a Kremlin aide said Venezuela may get loans for helicopters, submarines, and other military hardware. Chávez began his charm offensive today by recognizing as sovereign states South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two pro-Russian republics at the heart of last year’s war with Georgia.

Since 2005 Venezuela has signed $4.4 billion in arms contracts with Russia. Last year Moscow gave a $1 billion loan to buy military equipment to the Latin American nation, which the Russians call a “counterweight to US influence.” Chávez is holding talks today with Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin in the latest phase of his European tour; earlier he made a surprise visit to the Venice Film Festival.

Jason Farago

Sources: Times (UK), Reuters

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September 10, 2009 at 9:23 am

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(MILITARY) Pentagon Steps Up Hunt for Missing WWII Soldiers…

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Source: Newser

www.genproj.com__pentagon_logo(Newser Summary) – After years of searching for missing US soldiers in the jungles of Southeast Asia, the military’s POW/MIA Accounting Command has intensified the hunt for the 74,000 WWII troops still unaccounted for, reports the New York Times. Searching for the nearly-65-year-old remains is a race against time, however, as historians and eye witnesses die.

Some $55 million of the Pentagon’s annual half trillion dollars budget goes into the search for US soldiers, which identifies more than 70 of the missing each year. At that rate, however, it will take 500 years to find all of the 35,000 of those classified as potentially “recoverable.” Many thousands of the total 84,000 Americans missing from all the nation’s previous wars were lost at sea.

Mat Probasco

Source: New York Times

 

 

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September 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

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(READ): Pentagon Grades Reporters’ War Coverage…

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Source: Stars and Stripes/Newser

us military(Newser Summary) – With a view to trying to influence coverage of the war in Afghanistan, the Pentagon is grading journalists’ work, the Stars and Stripes reports. The military newspaper says it has documents that counter official denials of the practice, with coverage rated as “positive,” “neutral,” or “negative.” The documents also contain advice on how to “neutralize” reporters seen to have a less-than-positive slant.

The Pentagon has farmed out the analysis of reporters from some of America’s top newspapers to a controversial Washington public-relations firm; the Rendon Group denies it keeps a “ranking of reporters.” Fumes one servicemember: “It’s troubling that the military is contracting a private PR firm, paid with US taxpayer dollars, to profile individual reporters. It shows utter contempt for the Constitution, which we in the service pledge our lives to defend.”

W. McCahill

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August 28, 2009 at 10:05 am

Posted in Blogs, Military, WAR

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