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“Ukrainian Spider-Man” Uses Stalinist Tower In Daring Anti-Putin Protest

An urban free-climber who calls himself “Mustang Wanted” has admitted to a very creative form of protest vandalism. A little over a week ago, Mustang Wanted (who is based out of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev) visited Moscow to make a political statement. In the early morning hours of Wednesday, August 20th, he scaled the Kotelnicheskaya Embankment, one of Moscow’s most iconic Stalin-era skyscrapers. At the top of the building is a massive Soviet star emblazoned with the hammer and sickle (a symbol which

U.S. Announces Plans to Send Tanks and Troops to Eastern Europe

Following reports earlier this week of over 1,000 Russian troops and more than 100 Russian tanks crossing over into Ukraine, the U.S. has announced plans to send American tanks and troops to participate in military drills alongside the United States’ NATO allies. About 600 troops from the 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (also known as the “Iron Horse brigade”) will deploy from their base in Fort Hood, Texas in October. But unlike the 173rd Airborne Brigade troops that they are replacing (on

Russian Army Wives Demand Answers About Their Incognito Husbands

Yesterday, the U.S. State Department confirmed that over 1,000 Russian troops and armored vehicles had crossed the border into Ukraine and engaged in the fighting there. Despite satellite imagery released by NATO showing the Russian forces, Russian President Vladimir Putin is still denying that the troops and weaponry are of Russian origin. Now, even people within Russia want some answers. Yesterday, several dozen mothers and wives gathered outside of a Russian military base in Kostroma, about 200 miles north of Moscow. The women

1,000 Russian Troops Have Crossed Into Ukraine, Along With Tanks and Heavy Armor

For the past week or so, there have been a number of reports coming out about Russian troop movements across the Ukrainian border. Finally, earlier today, officials from the U.S. State Department confirmed that around 1,000 Russian troops (as well as other heavy weaponry) had crossed over the border to join pro-Russian rebels in southeastern Ukraine. U.S. officials said that Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers fought alongside these pro-Russian rebels in two skirmishes with Ukrainian government forces today: one in the rebel-held city of Donetsk, and

How Global Politics Is Crippling the World’s Response to the Growing Islamic State

The Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) is the most serious terrorist threat to come out of the Middle East in recent memory. The extremist state has a population of 8 million Syrians and Iraqis under its control, and has established its own military, police force, court system and (most worryingly) a massive self-sustaining black market economy. This isn’t some group of crazies hiding in the mountains. The Islamic State (IS) is highly sophisticated, preferring to capture important infrastructure like the Mosul Dam and

Two More Mysterious Giant Holes Emerge In Siberia (Pictures)

About two weeks ago, I reported on a giant crater that appeared on the Yamal peninsula in Siberia. Well, while scientists are still trying to figure out what caused this first crater, two more have been discovered in Siberia. Crater of Antipayuta This crater was alo discovered on the Yamal peninsula, near the village of Antipayuta (a few hundred miles from the first crater). It measures 50 feet in diameter. Mikhail Lapsui is a deputy of the regional parliament in the

NASA’s Opportunity Rover Just Set the Off-World Driving Distance Record

NASA’s Opportunity rover landed on the surface of Mars in January of 2004. As of Sunday (July 26), the Opportunity rover had driven a total distance of 25 miles (40 kilometers). Opportunity took the top spot in total off-world distance traveled by surpassing Russia’s Lunokhod 2 lunar rover, which traveled a total distance of 39 kilometers across the surface of the moon between January and May of 1973. The Russian rover helped to bring about a golden age of space exploration in the

Intercepted Phone Calls Show Russia Directing Separatists to Seize MH17′s Black Boxes

The Ukrainian government has released recordings of alleged phone calls between pro-Russian separatists discussing the fate of Malaysian Flight MH17′s black boxes. Ukrainian security officials released the tapes on Sunday, claiming that they proved Russia had directed the separatists to find and hide the black boxes. The call is between Alexander Khodakovsky, leader of the Vostok (East) battalion of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine and one of his men (“Oleksiy”) at the crash site. You can listen to the conversations

The Russian Government Just Edited the Wikipedia Page for the Plane Shot Down In Ukraine

On Thursday, Malaysian flight MH17,  headed to Amsterdam from Kuala Lampur, was shot down by a surface to air missile over Ukraine. All 298 of the passengers were killed. As information started to come out, it became apparent that the missile that took the plane down came from an area controlled by pro-Russian separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine. These pro-Russian groups refused to recognize the new government in Kiev after the Ukrainian revolution and have established strongholds in a number

A Mysterious Giant Crater Just Opened Up At the “End of the World” (Video)

Yamal is a peninsula in northern Siberia. In the language of the peninsula’s indigenous inhabitants, the Nenets, Yamal means “end of the world”. This past week, aerial images of the peninsula posted to YouTube showed a giant, 80m wide crater. Check out the footage below: Authorities from Yamal have organized a team of scientists from Russia’s Center for the Study of the Arctic, the Cryosphere Institute of the Academy of Sciences and Russia’s Emergencies Ministry to investigate. At first glance, it just

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