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Center for Alternative Medicine Ohio

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Jun 132016


Guy G. DeAngelis N.D., Ph.D.

614-284-2626info@centeralternativemedicine.comCenter for Alternative Medicine Naturopathic and Integrative Medicine

Dr. Guy G. DeAngelis is a naturopathic doctor whose practice is dedicated to helping individuals lead healthy, vibrant lives. He lives the naturopathic tenet of doctor as teacher every day by educatingpatients about the root causes of their health challenges and instructingthem in ways they can support their bodys own innatehealing abilities to return them to wellness.

Sincere and caring, Dr. Guy offers each patient unhurried one-on-one attention taking time to get to know the person as well as the health concern. His recommendations for therapies and lifestyle modifications are carefully developed to specifically meet each individuals needs. His practice is distinguished from many by his interest and research in evidence-based natural therapies.

In addition to a doctorate in naturopathic medicine, he also holds a doctorate in Philosophy and actively participates in continuing education to expand his skills in alternative medicine modalities.

A member of the American Naturopathic Medical Association, and registered healer of the International Natural Healers Association (INHA), International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB), International Association of Sound Therapy (IAST), Health Keepers Alliance (HKA), American Association of Nutritional Consultants(AANC).

Anne Marie Meshanko, M.A.614-354-4245 Soul StepsReiki Master Teacher & Healer

I teach workshops and seminars and also work personally and intuitively with individuals respecting each persons space and unique journey. Each of us can heal ourselves as we walk in our own footsteps creating our own realityalways conscious that other energies do interact with ours (positively or negatively) depending on the degree of our coherence and consciousness.

Twenty + years of intuitive experience and exploration, writing, studying, interactive teaching, lecturing, and working with physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional transformation.

MA in TheologyUniversity of Dayton,Reiki Masterteacher/practitioner, Cranial-sacral training

Teach at wellness centers, write articles for publication, appear on TV, speak at retreats, work in several states while maintaining a working space for Quantum Transformation and Reiki in Columbus, Ohio. Study life through the eyes of my five children and grandchildren – my greatest teachers.

Karen M Kiener 614-214-1791

New Leaf Healthy Lifestyles, LLC. Certified Health Coach

Karen Kiener is a Certified Health Coach who provides encouraging coaching and workshops for people who want to live healthier lives. She “walks the talk” of a healthy lifestyle and can share with you her own story of improved health, energy, and wellbeing.

Prior to health coaching, Karen followed a path many others have in gaining a B.A. in Communication and working in marketing and sales. Her experience in work environments ranging from small business to Fortune 500 corporations means she has personal knowledge of the work-life balance challenges so many people struggle with today in trying to lead a healthy life.

Karen chose to train for her health coaching certification with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute because their curriculum addresses all aspects of wellness, not just nutrition, and it’s backed by science.

On her own journey to living a healthier life Karen found she loved sharing in the joy and excitement of friends who’d also made healthy changes. That’s what led her to health coaching – she found a genuine love for helping others discover that living a healthy lifestyle can be enjoyable and life-changing.

Contact Karen today. You absolutely can make lasting changes to achieve a long, healthy and happy life for many years to come.

Amy Buenning is trained and has experience in Swedish relaxation massage, pregnancy massage, Neuro-Muscular therapy, Myofascial Release, and Reflexology. She has worked with people from all walks of life – from professional athletes to children!

Her energy work consists of a combination of Reiki, Therapeutic touch, Qi balance, Intuitive reading, and Acupressure based on the specific needs of the client.

If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Amy’s Place at the Center for Alternative Medicine, 614-537-8438,

Janine came to energetic medicine through a friend who found it to be the only thing to bring her relief from a chronic and debilitating illness. Having traveled the world and encountered a wide range of medical practices she was curious to learn more. Little did Janine know that she was about to embark upon a learning journey that would change her life.

First as a client, and now as a practitioner Janine Beaudette, CBT, has come to appreciate the deeply transformative nature of energy work. As a consequence, Janine has dedicated her life to becoming the most able, professional and compassionate practitioner that she can be.

It is Janines goal to remain at the forefront of this growing discipline, and in so doing provide the highest standards of care.


Ed Mack, RMT 614-702-7004

After a heart procedure in 2003, Ed witnessed his heart monitor indicate that his vital signs had flat lined. What followed was a near death experience and a trip to Heaven. Not permitted to remain on the Other Side as he wished, Ed was escorted back to his hospital bed by two Saints. Thus began his amazing spiritual journey.

Soon after, Ed discovered that he had received talents that he was unaware of prior to his NDE. Exploring Reiki, he became a Reiki Master Teacher in 2005.

Ed began pursuing metaphysical interests, becoming skilled in guided meditations, past life regressions, and empathetic listening.

Having worked as an engineer for 34 years in the underground mining industry, Ed understands the range of emotions resulting from a stressful life, career, and the toll that it takes on your health. Eventually he learned how to relax, release, and renew. He discovered numerous spiritual exercises to bring about an internal peace, with a mission to share his successes with others.

As part of his practice, Ed offers Reiki, both hands on and long distance. His guided meditations relax and refresh. Past life regressions offer insight to what a person is experiencing.

Empathetic listening allows you to talk it out: to get it off your chest. Ed listens without judgement or opinion. You are free to talk about anything with the strictest of confidentiality.

You may choose to experience one modality during your appointment or a combination of those that you wish.

Lets get together to change your life to a happy and healthy one!

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Mar 252016

Transhumanism, social and philosophical movement devoted to promoting the research and development of robust human-enhancement technologies. Such technologies would augment or increase human sensory reception, emotive ability, or cognitive capacity as well as radically improve human health and extend human life spans. Such modifications resulting from the addition of biological or physical technologies would be more or less permanent and integrated into the human body.

The term transhumanism was originally coined by English biologist and philosopher Julian Huxley in his 1957 essay of the same name. Huxley refered principally to improving the human condition through social and cultural change, but the essay and the name have been adopted as seminal by the transhumanism movement, which emphasizes material technology. Huxley held that, although humanity had naturally evolved, it was now possible for social institutions to supplant evolution in refining and improving the species. The ethos of Huxleys essayif not its lettercan be located in transhumanisms commitment to assuming the work of evolution, but through technology rather than society.

The movements adherents tend to be libertarian and employed in high technology or in academia. Its principal proponents have been prominent technologists like American computer scientist and futurist Ray Kurzweil and scientists like Austrian-born Canadian computer scientist and roboticist Hans Moravec and American nanotechnology researcher Eric Drexler, with the addition of a small but influential contingent of thinkers such as American philosopher James Hughes and Swedish philosopher Nick Bostrom. The movement has evolved since its beginnings as a loose association of groups dedicated to extropianism (a philosophy devoted to the transcendence of human limits). Transhumanism is principally divided between adherents of two visions of post-humanityone in which technological and genetic improvements have created a distinct species of radically enhanced humans and the other in which greater-than-human machine intelligence emerges.

The membership of the transhumanist movement tends to split in an additional way. One prominent strain of transhumanism argues that social and cultural institutionsincluding national and international governmental organizationswill be largely irrelevant to the trajectory of technological development. Market forces and the nature of technological progress will drive humanity to approximately the same end point regardless of social and cultural influences. That end point is often referred to as the singularity, a metaphor drawn from astrophysics and referring to the point of hyperdense material at the centre of a black hole which generates its intense gravitational pull. Among transhumanists, the singularity is understood as the point at which artificial intelligence surpasses that of humanity, which will allow the convergence of human and machine consciousness. That convergence will herald the increase in human consciousness, physical strength, emotional well-being, and overall health and greatly extend the length of human lifetimes.

The second strain of transhumanism holds a contrasting view, that social institutions (such as religion, traditional notions of marriage and child rearing, and Western perspectives of freedom) not only can influence the trajectory of technological development but could ultimately retard or halt it. Bostrom and American philosopher David Pearce founded the World Transhumanist Association in 1998 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with those social institutions to promote and guide the development of human-enhancement technologies and to combat those social forces seemingly dedicated to halting such technological progress.

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Swedish artist Lars Vilks receives free speech award – Video

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Mar 182015

Swedish artist Lars Vilks receives free speech award
A Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a dog has made his first public appearance since attending a debate that was targeted in a gun attack in Copenhagen last month. Lars……

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One person dead in Copenhagen shooting, Danish police say – Video

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Mar 142015

One person dead in Copenhagen shooting, Danish police say
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Shootout at Copenhagen cafe free speech event

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Mar 102015

By Jan M. Olsen And Karl Ritter Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) A shooting at a free speech event featuring an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad and a second shooting hours later outside a synagogue left two dead and five police officers wounded in Copenhagen, stirring fears that another terror spree was underway in a European capital a month after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks.

Police couldn’t say whether the shootings at a cultural center Saturday afternoon and in front of the synagogue early Sunday were connected, but didn’t rule it out. In both shootings, the gunman got away.

“We are looking for two perpetrators,” police spokesman Allan Wadsworth-Hansen told reporters.

In this photo dated Saturday Feb. 14, 2015, issued by Copenhagen Police believed to show the suspect in a shooting at a freedom of speech event in Copenhagen, in a photo taken from a street camera near to where the getaway car was later found dumped. In what is seen as a likely terror attack against a free speech event organized by an artist who had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, the police believe there was only one shooter in the attack on a Copenhagen cafe that left one person dead and three police officers wounded. (AP Photo /Copenhagen Police) DENMARK OUT – NO SALES (Copenhagen Police/AP)

Two hours later, police announced they had shot and killed a man who shot at them near a train station and were investigating whether he could be linked to the two shootings. The police statement posted online says the shooting occurred after they had put an address near the train station under observation. The statement said no police officers were wounded.

The first shooting happened shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday. Danish police said the gunman used an automatic weapon to shoot through the windows of the Krudttoenden cultural center during a panel discussion on freedom of expression following the Paris attacks. A 55-year-old man attending the event was killed, while three police officers were wounded. Two belonged to the Danish security service PET, which said the circumstances surrounding the shooting “indicate that we are talking about a terror attack.”

The gunman then fled in a carjacked Volkswagen Polo that was found later a few kilometers (miles) away, police said.

Lars Vilks, a Swedish artist who has faced numerous death threats for caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad, was one of the main speakers at the event, titled “Art, blasphemy and freedom of expression.” He was whisked away by his bodyguards unharmed as the shooting began.

Vilks, 68, later told The Associated Press he believed he was the intended target of the shooting.

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One person dead in Copenhagen shooting, Danish police say RAW FOOTAGE – Video

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Feb 162015

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Islamic terrorism attack on Lars Vilks free speech event in Copenhagen – 1 dead, 3 injured – Video

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Feb 162015

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark A gunman fired on a cafe in Copenhagen as it hosted a free speech event Saturday, killing one man, Danish police said. The event was organized by Swedish artist Lars…

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Shots fired at Copenhagens Krudttoenden cafe free speech event a report – Video

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Feb 152015

Shots fired at Copenhagens Krudttoenden cafe free speech event a report
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Volokh Conspiracy: Murder at Copenhagen debate on free speech attended by Swedish Muhammad cartoonist

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Feb 142015

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Gunmen have killed one person and injured three police officers at a free speech debate in Copenhagen attended by a controversial Swedish cartoonist [Lars Vilks], officials say.

The French ambassador was also present at the seminar.

The debate, which took place in a cafe, was described on a personal website of Lars Vilks as a talk on whether any limits should be placed on artistic expression or freedom of speech.

A description of the event asked whether artists could dare to be blasphemous in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks by Islamist gunmen in Paris last month.

Neither the cartoonist nor the ambassador appeared to be hurt. The BBC story also reports on many past attacks or attempted attacks on Vilks, who stoked controversy in 2007 by drawing pictures of the Prophet Muhammad dressed as a dog. Here is what appears to be one of those cartoons (copied from the Wikipedia site); apparently the picture is of a head, intended to be Muhammads, attached to a roundabout dog, a form of Swedish street sculpture sometimes put up by anonymous people in traffic roundabouts:

Lars Vilks cartoon of Muhammad as a roundabout dog (a form of Swedish street side sculpture).

Here is a statement from Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt:

Denmark was today hit by a cold-blooded act of terror. Everything points toward the shooting in sterbro being a political assassination and thus an act of terror.

The shooting is an action that fills me with deep anger. We will do everything to find the guilty parties and bring them before a court.

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Denmark on high alert after attack on free speech event

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Feb 142015

An armed policeman secures the areanear the cafe where a meeting organised by Swedish artist Lars Vilks was attacked. Viks has faced numerous threats for publishing drawings depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2007. Photograph: Mathias Oegendal/Epa

Bullet holes can be seen in the window and door of Krudttonden cafe after shots were fired during a discussion meeting about art, blasphemy and free speech in Copenhagen. Photograph: Epa

Forensic police officers work at the area around a cultural centre in Copenhagen, Denmark, where unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and wounded several police officers after opening fire. Photograph: Claus Bjorn Larsen/AFP/Getty Images

A major manhunt is under way for a gunman who opened fire on a freedom-of-speech event in Copenhagen, leaving a 40 year-old man dead and three police officers injured.

The gunman opened fire at the Krudttonden cafe, killing the man, during an event featuring Swedish cartoonist and historian Lars Vilks, who depicted the Prophet Mohammed with the body of a dog in 2007.

The Danish prime minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, said the shooting had been a terrorist attack and that the nation was on high alert.

Danish police, who initially said they were searching for two suspects, issued a picture of the main suspect this evening, taken on street cameras near to where the getaway car, a VW Polo, was later found dumped.

Mr Vilks and the French ambassador, who was also attending, were both unharmed.

The security guards shouted everyone get out and we were being pushed out of the room, Helle Merete Brix, organiser of the event, said by telephone.

They tried to shoot their way into the conference room, she said. I saw one of them running by, wearing a mask. There was no way to tell his face. Im not even sure if there was one or two.

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NATO turns its gaze to the Baltic region

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Dec 192014

Sweden should make wise use of NATO’s benevolent attitude to establish closer relations, writes Anna Wieslander.

Anna Wieslander is Deputy Director of the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

For the first time ever, Sweden and Finland will be meeting with NATO a few weeks from now to discuss security in the Baltic region. The discussion will be the opening shot for a new kind of strategic dialogue.

The ascendance of Jens Stoltenberg to the post of Secretary-General portends a greater focus on the region as one strategic playing field. NATOs involvement in the area has generally been limited to the crises that pop up every now and then. The new approach has the potential to greatly benefit Sweden and Finland, as well as the other Nordic and Baltic countries.

New preparedness plan is of the essence

Russias annexation of Crimea in March took NATO by surprise. All eyes are again on deterrence and military preparedness as NATO recalibrates to its primary taskcollective defence in view of more urgent security concerns on both its southern and eastern borders.

After several decades of focusing on international, out-of-area, initiatives, cobbling together the details of the Readiness Action Plan (RAP) adopted by the Cardiff Summit in September is an immediate priority ahead of the meeting of NATO defence ministers this coming February.

The summit also offered Sweden the chance to participate in an Enhanced Opportunities Program (EOP). However, the specific design of the program may be put on the back burner as NATO shifts its attention to setting up a new spearhead force, command structure and cost allocation scheme.

The organisation has a good deal of ground to make up in that respect. As a senior NATO official put it after the summit, This organization has muscle memory and we are back in the gym.

For a number of years, NATO members have been taking advantage of the opportunity to cut defence spending while it has restructured in favour of multilateral peacekeeping forces around the world.

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Danger in the skies as Russia, NATO play cat-and-mouse

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Dec 182014

BRUSSELS – Recent close shaves between Russian fighters and civilian aircraft highlight the dangers of the cat-and-mouse game being played out between Moscow and the West in European skies amid the crisis in Ukraine, analysts say.

In the latest incident, Sweden said Friday that a Russian military jet nearly collided with a passenger plane south of Malmoe shortly after take-off from Copenhagen International Airport.

Both countries called in their Russian ambassadors to protest, only to be told that a huge increase in Russian military activity in recent months was “a response to NATO’s activities and escalation in the region.”

Russia later accused Swedish authorities of being under the influence after smoking too much cannabis.

But such incidents are no joke for European authorities, with memories still fresh from the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine by a missile that the West alleges was fired by pro-Russian separatists.

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has begun an investigation into a series of near-misses with Russian military aircraft not using the transponders which identify them and tell other planes of their position.

This practice is particularly dangerous, analysts said.

Transponders turned off

“While Russia claims that its military aircraft remain in international airspace, to do so while turning off transponders and swooping close to other aerial platforms is very dangerous,” Brooks Tigner, chief editor and policy analyst at Security Europe, told AFP.

“That is disruptive to accepted international air safety rules and a risky game for Russia to play,” Tigner said.

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Russia accuses NATO of aerial spying 'practically every day'

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Dec 172014

Russia’s air force commander on Tuesday accused the United States and its NATO allies of provoking confrontation over the Baltic Sea by sending spy planes near the Russian border “practically every day.”

In apparent response to accusations from NATO military officials that a Russian jet flying a stealth mission nearly caused a collision with an SAS commercial jet last week, Russian Air Force commander Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said at a news briefing in Moscow that the Western alliance has “massively” stepped up aerial surveillance of Russia’s air defense capabilities.

“In 2014, the number of flights by reconnaissance aircraft of the United States and NATO countries over territories of the Baltic countries, the Baltic and Barents seas has increased considerably, Bondarev said, estimating that NATO typically conducts eight to 12 such flights a week.

“Strategic reconnaissance aircraft RC-135 of the U.S. Air Force perform flights practically every day,” the Tass news agency quoted Bondarev as saying. He put the number of RC-135 flights in the vicinity of Russian borders at 140 so far this year, compared with 22 in 2013.

As relations between the former Cold War adversaries have plunged into a new phase of distrust over Kremlin aggression against Ukraine, Russian and NATO surveillance aircraft have taken to the skies in rival shows of force over the Baltic region, which was under Soviet domination for most of the previous century.

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia were occupied and annexed by the Soviet Union at the advent of World War II, but have spun into the Western security orbit since breaking free of Moscow’s control amid the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. All three former Soviet Baltic republics are now part of the 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as are Baltic Sea littoral states Poland and what was Communist East Germany during the Cold War era.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has loudly opposed the encroachment of NATO into Eastern Europe regions he considers to be Russia’s traditional sphere of influence. His armed forces seized Ukraine’s Crimea region in February after a pro-Europe rebellion in the former Soviet republic to Russia’s southeast toppled Kremlin-allied President Viktor Yanukovich.

Putin is also accused by the new Ukrainian leadership and its Western allies of sending arms and fighters to bolster the separatist movement that has wrested key areas of eastern Ukraine from the Kiev government’s control.

At his news briefing, Bondarev said NATO had also deployed AWACS — airborne warning and control system — aircraft on missions to survey areas in the Black Sea, Ukraine and western Russia. Those aircraft, as well as Swedish Gulfstream reconnaissance planes, German Orion P-3Cs, Danish Challengers and Portuguese Orions, have been collecting intelligence on Russian armed forces in the Kaliningrad exclave and in Baltic waters, the Russian Tass news agency said.

Bondarev’s claims appeared to be in response to mounting accusations from NATO countries that Russian aerial operations are posing a threat to the safety of civilian aircraft.

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Russian air force jets pose risk to civilian aviation in Baltic, says NATO

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Dec 162014

A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter in Baltic airspace. Photo: Reuters/RAF

Stockholm: NATO accused Russia of posing a danger to civil aviation in the Baltic region after Stockholm protested over a Russian air force jet it said had flown too close to an airliner and had turned off one of its location instruments.

Friday’s incident off southern Sweden inflamed sensitivities over Russian air force flights in the Nordic region that have increased steeply this year, driven in part by tensions over Moscow’s role in the Ukraine crisis. Finland also expressed concern about “Dark Flights” with so-called transponder locators switched off.

“It is not only a question of increased…flights but it’s the way they’re conducting the flights. They are not filing their flight plans and they are not communicating with civilian air traffic control and they are not turning on their transponders,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference on Monday.

“That poses a risk to civilian air traffic. The important thing is that NATO stays vigilant and that we intercept the Russian flights.”


Russia denied its aircraft had posed any hazard to the airliner.

The Swedish military said the Russian jet had turned off its transponder – a communications device, alongside normal radar, that makes it easier for an airplane to be located, especially in congested air space.

While civilian flights must fly with their transponders on at all times, military flights are allowed to turn them off when flying in international air space as long as they show consideration to other flights.

A NATO spokesman said NATO aircraft always kept their transponders turned on when flying in European air space.

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Dec 022014

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Russia's War Games Spill Secrets, Stiffen NATO Resolve

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Nov 212014

Russian jets probing NATO airspace and supersized war drills are spilling Kremlin military secrets and scaring European nations into stiffening their armed forces.

The alliance said by late October it intercepted more than 100 Russian planes this year, more than three times the number in 2013. A report by the European Leadership Network, a London security research group, termed the incidents a highly disturbing picture of violations of national airspace, emergency scrambles and narrowly avoided mid-air collisions.

Yet there are benefits for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Clearly, every time we come into contact with Russian forces and every time we see their tactics and how they deploy, we do learn about them, U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, the 28-member NATOs top military commander, said in Tallinn on Nov. 19. They are just happening more often and occasionally, the size of the activities is larger.

A worsening standoff is pitting Europe and the U.S. against Russia over Ukraine in the biggest crisis since the Cold Wars end 25 years ago. Even German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier — a persistent proponent of dialog — said on Nov. 18 after shuttle diplomacy in Kiev and Moscow, that he sees little reason for optimism.

The rapid mobilization of 20,000 to 40,000 Russian troops at the Ukrainian border scared the hell out of NATO, Karl-Heinz Kamp, academic director at the German governments Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, said by phone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said the U.S. wants not to humiliate, but to subjugate Russia, in remarks at a Nov. 18 meeting of his Peoples Front party supporters in Moscow.

We had such brilliant politicians like Nikita Khrushchev, who hammered the desk with his shoe at the United Nations, Putin said in an Oct. 24 speech. And the whole world, primarily the United States, and NATO thought: this Nikita is best left alone, he might just go and fire a missile.

Monitoring drills and Russian aircraft flying along NATO or Finnish and Swedish airspace is yielding intelligence on command and control, communications and tactics, said Lukasz Kulesa, research director of the ELN in London and former deputy head of Polands National Security Bureau that advises the Polish president. Non-NATO members Finland and Sweden upgraded their alliance ties in September.

A Russian mission that sent planes on the same day to the Baltic, the North Sea and the Black Sea tells us what Russian capabilities have become, Kulesa said by phone. It gives us a much better understanding of Russian readiness and their ability to perform more complex deployments.

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Ship runs aground near Stockholm, spilling oil among pristine islands

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Oct 302014

A ship carrying 52 tons of oil in the Baltic Sea ran aground off Stockholms sprawling archipelago Wednesday morning and began leaking its cargo into the intricate network of islands and inlets, an online news agency reported.

The ships crew was working to transfer the oil from the container damaged by the grounding into an intact reservoir on the vessel, the Local English-language agency reported.

Neither the ships name nor country of registry were immediately reported.

Although 52 tons of oil is a relatively small cargo, equal to about 370 barrels, even a minor spill in the archipelago, which is a popular playground for boaters and campers in the area east of the Swedish capital, could inflict significant damage to the pristine environment.

The 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill in Alaskas Prince William Sound gushed more than 250,000 barrels into the sensitive aquatic environment, and the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico four years ago spilled 560,000 barrels.

“It is too early to know how much damage has been done in the area,” Jonny Aaberg from the Swedish Coast Guard told the Local.

Aaberg said high winds and waves were hampering the efforts to contain the spill.

Two environmental protection vessels were dispatched to the spill area after the coast guard received a distress signal around 5 a.m., the Local reported. Aerial surveillance of the accident site was also being conducted, the agency said.

Stockholms archipelago of 30,000 islands and peninsulas was in the news earlier this month when a mysterious vessel thought to be a Russian submarine was spotted in the area, triggering a massive sea and air hunt on a scale unseen since the Cold War ended. The search for an intruder was called off on Friday after authorities concluded the vessel had left Swedish waters.

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NATO troops to march into Russia as peacekeepers?

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Oct 272014

Sweden’s recent obsessive search for a Russian submarine is an amusing story indeed. The Swedes could not see where the signal was coming from: it could be a Russian, a Dutch submarine or even divers. The performance has its director, though – NATO. Pravda.Ru interviewed the head of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems Konstantin Sivkov about the situation in the Stockholm Archipelago.

“As long as they have been looking for a strange object so persistently, it appears that there are serious reasons for that. Could it be our submarine indeed?”

“Technically, it could be anything. Technically, a Russian submarine may find itself both in the fjords of Sweden, and elsewhere in the world ocean. But practically, this is impossible. It goes about “Triton” submarine. This is a midget submarine designed for solving tasks in the vicinity of bases. To be used in remote areas, it should be transported on board a surface ship, as a rule, because its range and the time of autonomous work is not large.

“The duration of a typical anti-submarine search operation that NATO forces conduct makes up from three to five days. If they have not found anything there during this time, they are not likely to find anything then. The area of the possible location of the alleged submarine was small. Some reports said that it was discovered visually, other sources said that it was detected by radio-electronic equipment. The primary location of the submarine was indicated with high accuracy. If the sub was there indeed, it would be found within hours after the detection of an electronic signal.

Sweden has anti-submarine aircraft equipped with powerful sonar equipment and radio-acoustic buoys that can detect such a submarine. Therefore, if it was not found then it means that it was not there. Compare it with the recent detection of a state-of-the-art American submarine, Virginia tyoe, that was found in Russian territorial waters near Novaya Zemlya. Everything was very quickly established, proven and appropriate measures were taken.

All the talk about the Russian submarine in Swedish waters is based on NATO’s intention to feverishly sculpt an enemy from Russia, to justify its existence. The attempt to create an enemy in the form of international terrorism has led to nothing.

No one believes that. Therefore, one should model a more real and more visible image of an enemy. The myth of existence of a Russian submarine in the area was intended to create an idea of Russia’s highly aggressive behavior. This will allow the military to require additional funding, whereas political hawks will seek Sweden’s entry into NATO.”

“Are reconnaissance missions of submarines to territorial waters of other countries a common occurrence?”

“Of course, they are. The Americans do that regularly. Soviet and Russian submarines do that too, certainly. Yet, why would Russian submarines get into the territorial waters of neutral Sweden? There are more dangerous opponents.”

“The Voice of Sweden said one could install special sensors in those fjords to record information and then use the fjords to shelter Russian submarines in an event of emergency. Could it be possible?”

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Russia spy plane intercepted in NATO airspace

Brussels (AFP) – NATO fighter jets intercepted a Russian spy plane over the Baltic Sea after it breached Estonian airspace, the alliance said Wednesday in the latest of such incidents amid tensions with Moscow over Ukraine.

The Ilyushin IL-20 “intelligence collection aircraft”, which took off from the Russian Baltic coast enclave of Kaliningrad on Tuesday, was first intercepted by Danish F-16 jets when it approached Denmark, NATO said in a statement.

It then flew north towards non-NATO member Sweden which also sent jets to intercept the plane.

Nearly four hours later the plane flew towards NATO member Estonia and was detected in Estonian airspace “for a period of less than one minute, which represented an incursion of about 600 metres (yards) into NATO airspace,” it said.

Portuguese F-16s spotted the Russian propeller plane and escorted it out of NATO airspace, the alliance said.

The Ukraine crisis has produced the worst east-west tension since the end of the Cold War.

NATO has stepped up its Baltic air patrols due to what it says is a surge in intercepts of Russian warplanes near Polish and Baltic airspace since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March.

The Swedish Navy meanwhile has been searching for a suspected Russian submarine off the coast of Stockholm for nearly a week, although it said Wednesday it was pulling back some of its ships.

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