Putin says ‘genius musician’ Elton John mistaken on Russia LGBT rights

By Reuters

OSAKA, June 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that Elton John was “mistaken” about LGBT rights in Russia, while praising the British singer as a musical genius.

Elton John said on Friday he was deeply upset by Putin’s comment that liberal values were “obsolete” and had been rejected by the majority of people in Western nations.… Read more

Video Alert: Watch an Iranian F-14A Launch a Fakour-90 Air-To-Air Missile

Should Washington be concerned?

by Dario Leone | The National Interest

The following interesting video is the first known footage that shows an Islamic Republic of Iran Air Force (IRIAF) F-14A Tomcat firing a Fakour-90 air-to-air missile.

The missile is a copy of the Hughes AIM-54 Phoenix missile that was sold together with the F-14 to Iran in the late 1970s.… Read more

Sanders admits he would raise taxes on the middle class to pay for programs

By Kadia Tubman, Reporter | Yahoo News

Sen. Bernie Sanders, challenged at Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate on how he would pay for universal health care and his other proposed programs, admitted income taxes on the middle class would have to go up — but maintained that the savings in medical expenses would more than offset the tax hike.… Read more

Vladimir Putin under fire for comments suggesting that liberalism is ‘obsolete’ and LGBT rights are ‘excessive’

By Ellen Manning | Yahoo News UK

Vladimir Putin has dismissed liberalism as ‘obselete’ in an interview (Picture: PA)

Vladimir Putin has come under fire for suggesting that liberalism is ‘obsolete’ and has outlived its purpose.

The Russian President also suggested that LGBT rights are ‘overshadowing’ culture, traditions and traditional family values, as well as saying migrants can “kill, plunder and rape with impunity”.… Read more

The Battleship USS Maryland Had One Mission: Kill Other Battleships

She survived Pearl Harbor and made some serious history.

by Robert Farley | The National Interest

Not every battleship attacked at Pearl Harbor was badly damaged. 

USS Maryland escaped virtually unscathed and served with the Pacific Fleet as the tide of war turned against the Japanese.… Read more