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Section: European Voice (EU)

    Could U.S.-Russia tensions go nuclear?
    Nov27

    Could U.S.-Russia tensions go nuclear?

    The Russian warplane recently shot down inside Turkey’s border with Syria fits a pattern of brinkmanship and inadvertence that is raising tensions and distrust between Russia and U.S.-led NATO. Low-level military encounters between Moscow and Washington are fanning escalatory sparks not witnessed since the Cold War. And there exists a small...

    ‘I’m gay in Ukraine and my country despises me’
    Nov27

    ‘I’m gay in Ukraine and my country despises me’

    KIEV — In my long struggle to both be true to myself and to my homeland I always lose. I still hope to see a ray of light. Sometimes I do. Like during a groundbreaking — for Ukraine — queer art-show that opened in Kiev in October. This is the first time that an LGBTI-themed installation occupies the most popular modern art space in the country....

    Putin agrees with Hollande to focus strikes on ISIL
    Nov26

    Putin agrees with Hollande to focus strikes on ISIL

    Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Thursday with his French counterpart François Hollande that both countries’ air strikes in Syria should be focused on Islamic State (ISIL) and other “terrorist” movements. In what is likely to be hailed in Paris as a major diplomatic breakthrough, both countries also agreed to exchange information...

    With terror on your doorstep, you still need bread
    Nov26

    With terror on your doorstep, you still need bread

    On Saturday morning, a little over a week after the Paris attacks and the first day of the Brussels lockdown, we discuss survival strategies over our first cup of tea of the day. “I’d play dead,” I tell my husband Joe. I would try to hide under a body, I think to myself, but don’t say it out loud because I’m ashamed. Then I...

    Karabakh’s soccer refugees take on Europe
    Nov25

    Karabakh’s soccer refugees take on Europe

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: “Qarabağ Futbol Klubu” is the Azerbaijani name for the soccer team from the town of Ağdam that is the subject of this piece. “Qarabağ” is the original Azerbaijani spelling of the mountainous region of western Azerbaijan that is usually rendered as “Karabakh’ in English. In this piece, “Qarabağ” will be used throughout...

    Hollande’s ‘grand coalition’ bends to Syrian realpolitik
    Nov25

    Hollande’s ‘grand coalition’ bends to Syrian realpolitik

    PARIS — François Hollande is realizing this week that his plans to build a “grand and unique” international coalition to fight ISIL may have to be pared down. In Washington on Tuesday, the French president met a Barack Obama who pledged to increase U.S. military cooperation with France but didn’t seem to jump at the prospect of joining it...

    Putin is testing our resolve
    Nov25

    Putin is testing our resolve

    If the Turkish military shoot-down of a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft is a “stab in the back” as President Vladimir Putin characterized it on Tuesday, then the knife wound came after some very loud footsteps from behind and shouts of “Here I come!” Following recent Russian incursions into Turkish airspace, in other words, no one should be...

    Security leaders: NATO, Russia need to talk
    Nov25

    Security leaders: NATO, Russia need to talk

    The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey highlights the growing danger posed by a pattern of provocative military behavior by Moscow, U.S. and European security officials said Tuesday, calling for a revival of military-to-military talks between Russia and NATO that were shelved last year. The first-ever shoot-down of a Russian plane by a...

    Erdoğan shoots down Putin
    Nov24

    Erdoğan shoots down Putin

    What was Erdoğan thinking? One has to assume that the deliberate downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets was no accident, that it was ordered from the top. Otherwise, we would have heard very audible diplomatic apologies from the Turkish side to the Kremlin. Nor would Putin have openly called it a “stab in the back.” This little knot...

    Russia to blame for violating Turkish airspace
    Nov24

    Russia to blame for violating Turkish airspace

    Let’s be clear: Russia is to blame for the military incident in which Turkey shot down a Russian plane. The Russian plane was in Turkish airspace — and not for the first time. Turkey has been complaining to the Russians, since the inception of Russian operations in Syria, that Russian forces are not respecting Turkey’s sovereignty....

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