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What is Russia Up To? (Monday the 8th of June, 2009)

Hello, – It is Monday the 8th of June, 2009!

I was drinking my morning cup of coffee and thinking about what Russia is up to. It has been awhile since I have done one of these. Russia is always up to something and sometimes that something is good and sometimes not so good. It really counts on your veiwpoint…

Lets see what Russia is up to?

The big news in Russia is that Ukraine gathered the money and got the May gas bill paid ($648.8 million). That helps with keeping the gas going but it does not solve the issue of filling the underground storage tanks to insure uninterrupted supplies to Europe for the winter. Russia just takes one step at a time with Ukraine…

While the Kremlin keeps the pressure on about Ukraine and the gas situation. The Victory of Russia’s girls at the French Tennis Open this weekend pushed Svetlana Kuznetsova back into the top five of the WTA rankings where she joins two other Russians girls. This is hot news in Russia as the Russian girls destroyed the competition at the French Open…

While Russia was playing tennis all weekend and winning, the Ex Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev made a statement that said, the United States needs to carry out far-reaching reforms if it is to successfully meet modern social, economic and environmental challenges. Other words – Gorbachev says that the U.S.A. needs to have its own perestroika… (Go Gorby!)

While Gorby is expressing his feelings of love for the U.S. the Orthodox Church in Russia was celebrating Pentecost, one of the main Christian feasts also called “the fiftieth day,” for 50 days after Easter if the Easter day is counted…

While Pentecost was celebrated lets talk about a global issue!

Global military spending totaled $1.464 trillion last year, a real-term increase of 45% from a decade ago and 4% rise year-on-year, a prominent political think tank said on Monday. The figures were published in the SIPRI Yearbook 2009, released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute on Monday. (Link)

Has any one really stopped to think about what this paragraph is saying?

Now how about this statement: “According to SIPRI estimates, there are around 8,400 operational nuclear warheads in the world, and almost 2,000 of these can be launched within minutes.”

That’s several short minutes to the end of the Earth…

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