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Forum: Middle East 1 Day Ago
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Posted By Firn
Hamas seen in isolation is of course disavantaged...

Hamas seen in isolation is of course disavantaged in important ways compared to DPRK famous tunneling years:

a) Far less economic ressources then the isolated and poor state DPRK
b) A...
Forum: Europe 1 Day Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
@outlaw: There is no doubt that the Ukrainian...

@outlaw: There is no doubt that the Ukrainian forces have recently liberated a considerable amount of territory and more importantly people. A very rough guess of mine estimates that the population...
Forum: Europe 2 Days Ago
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Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
It seems that all the large population centers of...

It seems that all the large population centers of the Lysychansk hub, along the Seversky Donets have been liberated (http://www.nrcu.gov.ua/en/148/571646/). Over 240.000 lived pre-war in the two...
Forum: Middle East 2 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 889
Posted By Firn
As I said before I had no time to follow this...

As I said before I had no time to follow this tragic, bloody conflict, however I have taken a look at a 'novelty' - the attack tunnels of Hamas.*

Increasingly physically isolated by Israel and...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 10,501
Posted By Firn
Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks...

Russian Billionaires in ‘Horror’ as Putin Risks Isolation (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-20/russian-billionaires-in-horror-as-putin-risks-isolation.html)

It sounds a bit alarmistic, but...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
Just a couple of words about the diplomatic moves...

Just a couple of words about the diplomatic moves in this conflict, especially the EU countries.

Italy's government has certainly been the most openly 'filorusso' of the big countries, while...
Forum: Middle East 3 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 889
Posted By Firn
I won't comment on conflict as I had no time to...

I won't comment on conflict as I had no time to inform myself, but it looking back it is, as often, hard to determine where the current one began. Lots of small incremental steps and some bigger...
Forum: Europe 3 Days Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
A snapshot of the current situation through the...

A snapshot of the current situation through the usual fog of war. It is a pretty rough guide, but the Ukrainian forces have certainly made progress in the last weeks and days. At least an area with a...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
I was thinking about that too and I wondered...

I was thinking about that too and I wondered before how the targets were acquired and so far none of the civilian planes shot down. 'Outsider' help doesn't of course have to be limited to the weapons...
Forum: Intelligence 6 Days Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,933
Posted By Firn
Quite a presentation, I don't think I will work...

Quite a presentation, I don't think I will work through that.

The amount of digital material flowing out of war zones through various by many entities is indeed vast and varied. Without getting...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
Good dinner, I wanted to suggest that split. Good...

Good dinner, I wanted to suggest that split. Good to see it done already.

Russia Is Firing Missiles at Ukraine as the U.S. slaps additional sanction...
Forum: Europe 6 Days Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
Good point. So far it seems that only TELAR...

Good point. So far it seems that only TELAR (transporter erector launcher and radar ) vehicles of the Buk were seen in seperatist country. This begs the following questions:

1) Were only TELAR...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
So far all points that the (Pro)-Russians did it....

So far all points that the (Pro)-Russians did it. We will see.

The airlines and European air traffic control didn't react quickly enough to the latest SAM strikes against high-flying Ukrainian...
Forum: Intelligence 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 1,933
Posted By Firn
The flood of open-source data and information,...

The flood of open-source data and information, reporting and propaganda streaming out of Eastern Ukraine did enable outsiders to get surprisingly quickly a good understanding or what might have...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
Combining the open-source clues and facts it...

Combining the open-source clues and facts it seems virtually certain that the Russian-led seperatists are responsible for the death of almost 300 civilians from all-around the world. The big question...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
IIRC the Ukrainians did move SAM towards the...

IIRC the Ukrainians did move SAM towards the Russian border to be prepared against Russian strikes, but I don't have the source ready. In any case the airplane cam from Amsterdam, flying from Poland...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
So more and more points towards the...

So more and more points towards the Russian-supported seperatists. Social media and the need to deliver speedy propaganda cuts of course both ways.

That the plane came from Amsterdam further...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
As far as I can tell the seperatist statement...

As far as I can tell the seperatist statement about the downed Ukrainian plane supposedly came through VKontakte at 16:50 (local time?) by Girkin, the so-called defence minister of Donetsk. Maybe...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 228
Views: 3,627
Posted By Firn
Today a Malaysian airlines Boing 777...

Today a Malaysian airlines Boing 777 (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-28354787) crashed in seperatist-controlled Ukrainian territory. RIP to the victims, a terrible, terrible tragedy for the friends...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
Coming from a rather large shopping Russian tour...

Coming from a rather large shopping Russian tour (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TxiaVZ7mDuA), driving into Ukrainian land...(Added YouTube clip has been removed by owner)

Wasn't there something...
Forum: Futurists & Theorists 1 Week Ago
Replies: 66
Views: 11,689
Posted By Firn
Un anno sull'altipiano...

Un anno sull'altipiano (http://www.amazon.it/Un-anno-sullaltipiano-Emilio-Lussu/dp/8806219170/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405270073&sr=1-1&keywords=lussu+un+anno+sull%27altipiano) ( A year on the...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
A more recent map, the Ukrainian cyrillic script...

A more recent map, the Ukrainian cyrillic script shouldn't pose much of a problem.

http://www.rnbo.gov.ua/files/2014/RNBO_map_11_07.jpg

As I have written before the Lysychansk hub with a normal...
Forum: Europe 1 Week Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
More abductions, torture seen in separatist-held...

More abductions, torture seen in separatist-held eastern Ukraine is an article (http://www.kyivpost.com/content/ukraine/more-abductions-torture-seen-in-separatist-held-eastern-ukraine-355674.html)...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1,818
Views: 92,873
Posted By Firn
I agree. A key to understand the current crisis...

I agree. A key to understand the current crisis is that the personal goals of Putin and Russia aren't necessarily the same, to put it midly. This is true even if there is no doubt that for now, after...
Forum: Europe 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 136
Views: 10,501
Posted By Firn
Aid Elusive, Crimea Farms Face Hurdles...

Aid Elusive, Crimea Farms Face Hurdles (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/08/world/europe/aid-elusive-crimea-farms-face-hurdles.html?_r=0)

A rather in-depth look at the problems faced by the Crimean...
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