THE WORLD CLASS HOUR on FTR RADIO – 12/16/14 – with @SamARosado


It’s with a heavy heart and after much consideration that I’m writing this. I’m stepping down as the Director/Producer/Putin Picture Purveyor of The World Class Hour.

I’m not the same guy I was 2 or 3 years ago when we started this. I was single, underemployed and went to bed a hell of a lot later than I do these days. I’m none of these things now. My priorities have changed.

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Top 3 International Stories to Watch Today

1) The UK has called on NATO to help in a submarine hunt after a periscope was spotted near the Western Scottish coast (much like the recent incident in Sweden with the Russian sub).


2) The Ukrainian government and pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country have failed to agree to terms for peace talks. However, Kyiv says they will continue to respect the 24-hour ceasefire.

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THE WORLD CLASS HOUR on FTR RADIO – 12/2/14 – with @billy_simons

  1. Moldova’s Elections showcase tensions between the East and West.

From Billy’s latest post:

The Republic of Moldova held parliamentary elections on November 30, 2014. While Moldova is a small country of around 4 million people, it plays a critical geopolitical role. The reasons for this are numerous, but the Transnistria issue is the most pressing regarding US National Security. A recent Senate Foreign Relations Committee report stated that there have been numerous interdictions of nuclear material in Moldova, with strong suspicion of their origins being from Transnistria. Transnistria continues to be a major player in arms and human trafficking.
Preliminary results show that 5 parties have reached the 6% threshold to enter parliament. These parties are Liberal Democrats (PLDM), Democrats (PD), Liberals (PLM), Socialists (PSRM), and Communists (PCRM). PLDM, PD, and PLM are expected to form a coalition government, and PLDM and PLM have already confirmed their intentions. The predicted mandates are as follows: PLDM 24, PD 19, PLM 12, PSRM 25, PCRM 21.

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