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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 15, 2014

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15 April 14 at 22:10

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – April 6, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 21, 2014

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21 March 14 at 22:15

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – March 18, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca Ukraine Update – 070035UTC Feb 14

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6 March 14 at 19:38

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MILNEWS.ca Ukrainian Update – 022115UTC Mar 14

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  • “…. Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya added that Kiev had appealed to the US-led NATO military alliance “with a request to consider all options to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”Defence Minister Igor Tenyukh had earlier told Ukraine’s first new cabinet session that Russia had already sent 30 armoured personnel carriers and 6,000 additional troops into Crimea to help pro-Kremlin militia gain broader independence from the new pro-EU leaders in Kiev ….”
  • “Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is ruling out western military intervention to force Russia to pull its troops out of Ukraine.  But he’s not ruling out further sanctions, including expelling Russia’s ambassador to Canada.  “I don’t think there’s anyone talking about western military intervention, none of our friends or allies,” Baird said Sunday in an interview with Global’s West Block.  “What we are doing is working together to say in no uncertain terms that this is completely unacceptable and to condemn (it) in (sic)  Baird’s own language was harsh. He called the invasion of Russian troops “old Soviet-style” aggression and dismissed Russian arguments that it needs to protect its Black Sea naval fleet, which is based in Sevastopol on Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula, and the Russian-speaking population in that region.  “There is absolutely no justification whatsoever,” Baird said ….”
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia Sunday that it is in danger of expulsion from the G8 group of industrialized nations and could be hit with trade sanctions and asset freezes unless it withdraws its military forces to their bases.  In a series of appearances on U.S. Sunday morning news shows, Kerry said the world’s leading industrialized nations are suspending plans for the upcoming G8 meeting in Sochi, Russia, in retaliation for Russia’s “incredible act of aggression” against the Ukraine.  Russian President Vladimir Putin “is going to lose on the international stage, Russia is going to lose, the Russian people are going to lose, and he’s going to lose all of the glow that came out of the Olympics, his $60 billion extravaganza,” Kerry said on NBC’s Meet the Press.  Kerry said trade sanctions could severely damage Russia’s fragile economy.  “There’s a unified view by all of the foreign ministers I talked with yesterday – all of the G8 and more – that they’re simply going to isolate Russia; that they’re not going to engage with Russia in a normal business-as-usual manner … The ruble is already going down and feeling the impact of this,” he said.  Other retaliatory actions could include denial of visas for Russians traveling to Europe and North America and the freezing of bank accounts ….”
  • From Russia’s Info-machine:  “Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of the United States Barack Obama on the American side’s initiativeThe two presidents discussed in detail various aspects of the extraordinary situation in Ukraine.  In reply to Mr Obama’s concern over the possibility of the use of Russian armed forces on the territory of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin drew his attention to the provocative and criminal actions on the part of ultranationalists who are in fact being supported by the current authorities in Kiev.  The Russian President spoke of a real threat to the lives and health of Russian citizens and the many compatriots who are currently on Ukrainian territory. Vladimir Putin stressed that in case of any further spread of violence to Eastern Ukraine and Crimea, Russia retains the right to protect its interests and the Russian-speaking population of those areas.”
  • More  “Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.  Vladimir Putin noted that in case of any escalation of violence against the Russian-speaking population of the eastern regions of Ukraine and Crimea, Russia would not be able to stay away and would resort to whatever measures are necessary in compliance with international law.  Both parties stressed the need to prevent further exacerbation of the crisis in Ukraine.”
  • Even more  “Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with President of France Francois Hollande on the French side’s initiative.  At the request of Francois Hollande, Vladimir Putin shared his assessment of the situation in Ukraine, stressing that there exists a real threat to the lives of Russian citizens and our compatriotsThe two presidents exchanged views on possible ways of resolving the situation in Ukraine and agreed to continue contacts.”
  • MOAR“As per prior agreement, Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel.  In response to Ms Merkel’s concern regarding the developments in Crimea and Ukraine as a whole, Vladimir Putin drew the Federal Chancellor’s attention to the unrelenting threat of violence by ultra-nationalist forces, endangering the lives and legitimate interests of Russian citizens and the entire Russian-speaking population. It was stressed that the measures being taken by Russia correspond fully to the extraordinary current situation.  Mr Putin and Ms Merkel agreed to continue consultations both in the bilateral format (through the two nations’ Foreign Ministries) and multilaterally to promote the stabilization of the situation in Ukraine.”
  • Since I’m going offline for the next few days, feel free to check in here for links to help you keep track of whazzup in Ukraine.

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2 March 14 at 16:15

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 28, 2014

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28 February 14 at 19:00

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 25, 2014

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  • Please do what you can to spread the message that folks who are having a tough time don’t have to suffer alone – #sendupthecount – more here on Facebook and here at milnet.ca (Disclosure:  I’m a moderator at Milnet.ca)
  • Ukraine (1)  Canada is encouraging Ukrainians to reject “the past” as they form a new government after weeks of turmoil and deadly violence, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper.  In a clear indication of where his Conservative government’s support lies in the midst of the Ukrainian crisis, Harper joined other western leaders Tuesday in reaching out to Ukraine’s yet-to-be formed transitional government, announcing that a high-level delegation would meet with the new leadership in Kyiv.  Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird was to depart Wednesday with a group of parliamentarians and Ukrainian Canadians bound for the capital, the epicentre of political unrest that has rocked Ukraine for months ….” – more from the PMO here, from the PMO about talking to the UK’s PM about Ukraine here, from the Foreign Affairs Info-machine here, from the media on the latest in the Ukrainian situation here and here, from Twitter here, and from Ukrainian and Russian media (list o’ links) here
  • Ukraine (2)  A less than completely fulsome denial from Russia’s ambassador to Canada  “Despite worries from several quarters about Russian military intervention in Ukraine, that is not about to happen, the Russian ambassador to Canada said Tuesday.  Also, while Georgy Mamedov chose not to directly chastise Liberal leader Justin Trudeau for his ill-considered joke about the possibility of Russian involvement in Ukraine, the ambassador did suggest that Trudeau was being irresponsible by floating such a rumour.  “You certainly don’t expect me, after 11 years here, to get involved in your politics,” Mamedov said during a media conference at the embassy.  “So I will only repeat what I said: Whoever discusses rumours about Russian military intervention in Ukraine is committing an insult to the intellect of the Canadian public, full stop.  “Whoever, whatever shape or form, political attribution, I don’t care. This is our position ….”  “
  • Back here at home, this from the Army’s Info-machine  “Canadian Armed Forces personnel completed a computer-assisted exercise in Petawawa today which will help prepare them for potential future missions in the event of an order from the Government of Canada.  Exercise UNIFIED RESOLVE (UR 14) began on February 11th included members from 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group (2 CMBG) as well as members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. Ex UR 14’s objective was to test the overall planning, command and control capabilities of two task forces in anticipation of the largest Canadian Army readiness exercise of the year, Exercise MAPLE RESOLVE 2014, which is scheduled for later this spring in Wainwright, Alberta ….”
  • From the Navy’s Info-machine  “The busy seaport of Manila was HMCS Regina’s third port of call during her Operation ARTEMIS deployment and it provided a welcome five day break for the ship’s company from operations at sea. In between some well deserved rest and relaxation ashore, a number of HMCS Regina’s sailors participated in community outreach activities that were designed to improve the lives of some of the city’s poorest citizens ….”
  • More from the RC Navy  “Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Regina completed her last set of mission specific training and achieved high readiness in the Pacific Ocean waters east of Guam on January 22, 2014. This was the culmination of months of preparations for their deployment to the Op ARTEMIS Joint Operations Area (JOA) ….”
  • From the Info-machine (three weeks after the fact)  “On January 30, 2014, Sapphire satellite, the main element of the Canadian Space Surveillance System and Canada’s first dedicated operational military satellite, achieved full operational capability (FOC).  Built for the Department of National Defence (DND) by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the Sapphire satellite was originally successfully launched in February 2013 from Sriharikota, India.  Brigadier-General R.R. Pitre, Director General Space, formally recognized the achievement by signing the FOC certificate at 22 Wing North Bay.  “To date, Sapphire has performed exceedingly well – surpassing many of its expected peak performance levels,” said BGen Pitre.  “This excellent performance has more than proven the value of Sapphire not only to Canada and DND but also to the US Space Surveillance Network.” ….”
  • Afghanistan  Academic commentary  “Since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban in 2001, NATO has provided extensive security and development assistance to Afghanistan. While NATO is slated to withdraw from Afghanistan later this year, the international community must stay involved in the development and conflict mitigation processes there following NATO’s withdrawal later this year. This is the final test of the success or failure of the work that NATO has done in the country since 2001 ….”
  • Way Up North  From the RCAF Info-machine  “Canadian Forces Station Alert, located on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island, is the perfect place to study the effects of round-the-clock darkness on sleep habits and circadian rhythms. From mid-October to late February the sun does not rise above the horizon at this most northerly, permanently inhabited location in the world, and total darkness lasts from the end of October to mid-February.  On January 14, 2014, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) personnel arrived at CFS Alert – during the 24-hour darkness period – to gather data for their Arctic Circadian Rhythm Sleep Study.  Thirteen Canadian Armed Forces members volunteered to participate in the three-week study. The participants were required to wear an ActiGraph watch and record data about their sleep habits in a log book every day for the duration of the study. They also had to participate in two 24-hour melatonin data collection sessions ….” - more from the early days of the research here (bullet #5)
  • Roxanne James, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Scarborough Centre, released a statement following a community roundtable today:  “Our Government is keeping our streets and communities safe. Part of that work includes engaging leaders from various communities across Canada in an ongoing dialogue on public safety issues and hearing about their concerns.  Today, I spoke with the Muslim communities from the Greater Toronto area and Southern Ontario, in order to examine a number of issues of importance related to community safety, including national security. Community input and engagement are key to our efforts to strengthen national security. These communities have shown a great willingness to work with law enforcement and desire to take an active role in keeping their community safe.  Without the support of Canada’s many diverse communities, our Government cannot fully accomplish our goals of building resilience against all threats to public safety, and providing support for our youth, the leaders of tomorrow ….” “
  • “The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement today regarding the 69th anniversary of the end of Canadian participation in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War ….”

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25 February 14 at 19:45

MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 23, 2014

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MILNEWS.ca News Highlights – February 3, 2014

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