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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) speaks with presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky (R) during a presidential election debate at Olimpiyski stadium in Kiev on April 19, 2019 (Photo by Sergei CHUZAVKOV AFP, Getty Images) With the landslide victory of Volodymyr Zelensky, who won 73 percent of the vote, the comedian will become the president of Ukraine. […]

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The answer is clear if you read U.S. documents published by WikiLeaks in 2006, writes Kevin Zeese. Ukraine’s next president in 2016 trailer for the TV comedy “Servant of the People.” (YouTube) By Kevin Zeese PopularResistance.org With his landslide victory, Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian who won 73 percent of the vote, will become the president […]

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A Partial To-Do List For Ukraine's President-Elect

April 22, 2019           |                                       

Ukraine’s presidential election — and all the drama, mudslinging, and accusations between Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskiy that went with it — is over. Now it’s time to get back to governing, and there are a number of issues demanding attention from President-elect Zelenskiy, a political newbie with a billowing popular mandate but virtually no […]

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Ukrainian Presidential Front-Runner Zelenskiy Hires Washington Lobbying Firm To 'Elevate Profile'

April 17, 2019           |                                       

KYIV – Ukrainian comedian and presidential front-runner Volodymyr Zelenskiy has hired a Washington lobbying firm to burnish his international image and set up meetings between members of his camp and officials in the U.S. capital. Zelenskiy and his Servant of the People party, which shares the same name as his hit TV sitcom in which […]

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Russia's Gazprom Resumes Buying Turkmen Gas After Three-Year Halt

April 15, 2019           |                                       

Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom says it has resumed imports of natural gas from Turkmenistan that it stopped three years ago. Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said on April 15 that “supplies are taking place.” Turkmenistan’s state natural gas company Turkmengaz also confirmed the move. No details were given about the amount of gas that Russia […]

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Opposition Activists Clash With Police In Albanian Capital

April 13, 2019           |                                       

At least five police officers and dozens of opposition activists were injured in clashes with police in the Albanian capital, as demonstrators called for the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama’s government. Thousands of people gathered along Tirana’s main boulevard on April 13, with many holding anti-government posters. Some threw flares, firecrackers and other objects […]

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Trump Tramples on Bedrock Environmental Laws in Service to Big Oil

April 10, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON – Today, President Trump announced two executive orders aimed at speeding approvals of oil and gas infrastructure proposals. In response, David Turnbull, Strategic Campaigns Director with Oil Change U.S., issued the following statement: “Today, President Trump has taken a jackhammer to two of our bedrock environmental laws, the Clean Water Act and the National […]

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There it was in black and white ­— or black, white, and a palette of gentle greens and blues. With a headline predicting that natural gas “will thrive in the age of renewables,” the article made the case that there are limitations on solar and wind power and that — as a subhead spelled out in […]

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This article has been published in partnership and cooperation between SyriaUntold, openDemocracy and the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit (CCSR) within the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). I took on the habit of walking through the streets of my city, Damascus, every day, particularly during the night. I love to stare […]

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All Eyes On Three Front-Runners As Ukraine Presidential Vote Offers Wrinkle On Familiar Challenge

March 31, 2019           |                                       

War-weary Ukrainians face a fresh national test on March 31 at the polls to pick a new president from an unprecedentedly broad field whose front-runners offer starkly different resumes. Pollsters suggest Ukraine’s 35 million eligible voters are desperate to elect a leader who can steer the country to peace after five years of fighting in […]

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The bills, lobbied for by oil and gas trade groups, have common parents: the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Council of State Governments (CSG) The post Eight States Have Proposed Bills in 2019 Hyper-Criminalizing Pipeline Protest appeared first on The Real News Network.

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Until 2011, there weren’t many restrictions on where natural gas producers could put well pads. The law at the time only prohibited wells within 200 feet of homes and water wells. They’re built next door to homes, schools and drinking water intakes. Loud drilling can go on for months at a time, and large semis […]

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Residents Say Natural Gas Production Is Marring West Virginia. And the Legislature Isn’t Doing Anything About It.

March 6, 2019           |                                       

West Virginia Delegate Terri Sypolt says she understands how natural gas drilling has changed the look and feel of communities in the state, bringing an influx of noisy truck traffic and construction. “I’m thinking about a neighbor’s dog howling for two years right at your doorstep,” said Sypolt, a Republican from Preston County, in the […]

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