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U.S., Russian Diplomats Discuss Ways For Syria To Rejoin 'International Community'

May 29, 2019           |                                       

Top U.S. and Russian diplomats are considering measures that could eventually allow Syria “to move back into the international community” if it agrees to a series of steps to help end the country’s long civil war. Jim Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement, on May 29 told reporters following a closed-door UN Security […]

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Poroshenko Faces Tough Test As Ukraine Votes In Second-Round Presidential Poll

April 20, 2019           |                                       

KYIV — Voters in Ukraine are going to the polls on April 21 in a second-round presidential election that could seal the political fate of incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. Polls showed Poroshenko’s rival, 41-year-old comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy, with a substantial lead as campaigning wound down. A survey released on April 18 by the Reiting research […]

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Trouble seems to haunt Russia’s long European border from the Barents Sea to the Caspian. In Northern Norway, local authorities complain that Russia is jamming GPS-signals, thereby jeopardising possible search and rescue operations on land and sea in the high north. Further south, Estonian officials claimed that GPS-jamming on the border in 2014 was followed […]

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Armenian, Azeri Foreign Ministers To Discuss Nagorno-Karabakh 'Settlement' In Moscow

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Moscow is set to host the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers on April 15 for talks on the conflict over Azerbaijan’s breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The Russian Foreign Ministry has said that the talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts, Zohrab Mnatsakanian and Elmar Mammadyarov, will be “devoted to […]

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by Alan MacLeod Most dictatorships in the world are supported by the United States (Truthout, 9/23/17)—but this isn’t true of most governments described by US media as “dictatorships.” Let’s start with a quiz: Quick! Name some dictators! I’m willing to bet most of you responded with just a few of the same names: Assad, Putin, […]

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In 2019, billionaires have more wealth than ever before while “almost half of humanity have barely escaped extreme poverty, living on less than $5.50 a day,” international charity Oxfam found in its latest survey of global inequality. Such wealth disparity is a crisis for the future of capitalism and the United States’ economic and political […]

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We can draw on a plethora of examples that showcase the importance of including women in transitions and post-conflict situations. In Northern Ireland, women like Monica McWilliams and May Blood played key roles in the negotiations that led to the Good Friday Agreement. They created the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition, which directly influenced the content […]

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Reining in the Yemen Conflict: The US Congress and War Making Powers

March 24, 2019           |                                       

We keep hearing it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is firm on the view that the Yemen conflict should conclude. “We all want this conflict to end,” he never tires of saying. “We all want to improve the dire humanitarian situation.” Then comes the nub, poking, irritating and undeniable: “But the Trump administration fundamentally disagrees […]

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Experts Warn Against Trump’s 11.8% Spending Increase For Nuclear Warfighting

March 11, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the White House released its $4.7 trillion budget plan, which would increase spending on nuclear weapons by $12.4 billion, an 11.8% increase over fiscal year 2019. The budget includes a specific focus on completing production of new “low-yield” nuclear missiles in the upcoming fiscal year. In reaction to the budget, Derek […]

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Diplomats and the mainstream media focused on the danger of another war between the two nuclear-armed countries. But the major media provided less information about the flashpoint for the crisis: India’s brutal occupation of Kashmir. Assistant Professor Junaid Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, […]

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Ukraine Pulls Out Of Eurovision After Local Winner Rejects Conditions

February 27, 2019           |                                       

Ukraine has announced it will not participate in the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest amid a scandal in its national selection process. The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine said on February 27 that Ukraine would not participate after singer Anna Korsun, who performs under the name Maruv and who won the domestic selection process, refused […]

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LONDON—Stand by for long hot summers marked by riot and racial tension. As climate change stokes mayhem, global warming is likely to see a direct rise in human irritability. Climate change accompanied by natural disaster such as flood or drought could lead to harvest failure and food and water shortages for which people must compete. […]

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The End of the American Republic

February 20, 2019           |                                       

Last week, after much back-and-forth about a second government shutdown, America’s mostly useless Congress managed to pass a funding bill, which the president reluctantly signed. Still at issue was the question of funds for his long-promised (and largely imaginary) wall along the Mexican border. The bill included some face-saving funds for border barriers, and you […]

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