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EU's Tusk Continues Central Asian Tour With Kazakh Talks

May 31, 2019           |                                       

NUR-SULTAN — European Council President Donald Tusk has continued his Central Asian tour with a visit to Kazakhstan, where he held talks with interim President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev. Toqaev said at the May 31 talks that his country will continue its “course toward a comprehensive and constructive partnership with the European Union,” according to the Kazakh […]

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What follows is a conversation between professor Leo Panitch and Greg Wilpert of the Real News Network. Read a transcript of their conversation below or watch the video at the bottom of the post. GREG WILPERT It’s The Real News Network, and I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore. It’s official: Theresa May is stepping down as […]

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Incensed By 'Racist' Comments, Kosovo Says It Is Banning Serbian PM

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Kosovo’s government says it is banning Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic from entering the country after comments she made that Pristina took as being “racist.” In a further escalation of tensions in recent days, Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli on May 30 accused the Serbian head of government of “disgusting and unacceptable” comments during news […]

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Subscribe to the Deconstructed podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, and other platforms. New to podcasting? Click here. This week’s EU Parliament elections sent political shockwaves across Europe, with far-right nationalist parties racking up major victories in France, Italy, and even the UK. Established parties in Britain took a pounding as voters flocked to Nigel Farage’s newly-founded Brexit […]

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Ukrainian Presidential Front-Runner Pledges To Hold Referendum On NATO

April 18, 2019           |                                       

Ukrainian presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelenskiy has pledged to hold a referendum on whether or not Kyiv should join NATO if he is elected president. Zelenskiy, a comic actor who is far ahead in the polls ahead of the April 21 election pitting him against incumbent Petro Poroshenko, said on April 18 that “we have clearly […]

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Inverness, Scotland The Battle of Culloden was fought in a boggy marsh in April of 1746. It was a rout; the Scottish Jacobites led by the “Bonnie Prince Charlie” were outnumbered and massacred; at least a thousand soldiers were killed as they got pelted by English artillery and pierced by English bayonets, and more died […]

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Lukashenka Lambasts Moscow For 'Sanctions,' Threatens To Suspend Russian Oil Flow To Europe

April 11, 2019           |                                       

MINSK — Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has lambasted Moscow for what he called “sanctions” against Belarusian goods and hinted he could block Russian oil deliveries to Europe. Speaking at a cabinet meeting in Minsk on April 11, Lukashenka said Russia had “closed” its market for a number of Belarusian goods. “They [Russia] are under [Western] […]

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Besides, in today’s Europe, when some radical right leaders such as Salvini praise the Russians and share the Kremlin’s desire to destabilise the European Union, others, such as Poland’s Jarosław Kaczyński and the Law and Justice Party – despite sharing Salvini’s aim to break the ‘Germany-France axis’ in Europe – come from a very different […]

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Image Source: Donarreiskoffer – CC BY SA 3.0 On the Limits of Military Management of the International System Introduction The celebration of NATO’s 70 years of existence provides another opportunity to unearth the real history of the ideas, practices and destruction wrought by this military alliance. Even with the clear exposure of the cooperation between […]

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I’ve heard the argument that people want to get it over with and ‘just leave’. That’s reckless, stupid and could inflict incalculable damage. Matters can get an awful lot worse – more unstable and angrier and far more economically damaging – after we leave the EU. And I write this as someone who voted for […]

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The simplicities of the postwar order have just begun to pass into history, writes Patrick Lawrence. By Patrick Lawrence Special to Consortium News It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Xi Jinping’s visits to Rome, Paris and Monaco last week. In bringing his much-remarked Belt and Road Initiative to the center of Europe, […]

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Class struggle and socialism are the only answer to the Brexit crisis 1 April 2019 The prospect of leaving the European Union has provoked the deepest crisis of rule in the post-war history of British imperialism. But the great danger is that the working class is not only being prevented from intervening in its own […]

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” No. No. No. No. No. No. No. No “. In a game of “yes or no”, MPs turned down all options put to them and a No-deal Brexit became more likely than ever, with consequences that are expected to be catastrophic. However, the results of the vote lend themselves to further analysis. Applying Majority […]

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To Brexit or Not to Brexit?

March 29, 2019           |                                       

[embedded content] The main problem with the question of Leave or Remain is that it’s not the question most people in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland are really interested in. It’s just a very fraught proxy for the real question. Every week as I engage in the by-now comfortably familiar process of following global […]

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Pompeo Says Hopes To Set New Measures Soon Against Russia Over Actions In Ukraine

March 27, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he hopes to be able in the coming days to announce additional measures along with Western allies to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine. “Next week I am hopeful, when our NATO colleagues are in town, we will be able to announce another series of actions that […]

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