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    Tony Abbotts threat to shirtfront Putin immature, Russian official says
    Oct14

    Tony Abbotts threat to shirtfront Putin immature, Russian official says

    Embassy official says Australian-Russian relations at a historic low and Abbott more interested in muscle flexing than investigating MH17 Tony Abbotts threat to shirtfront Vladimir Putin has been labelled as immature by a Russian embassy official, who pointed out while Abbott may be a fit cyclist, the Russian president was a judo champion....

    Quotation quiz: was it Tony Abbott or Vladimir Putin? Who said what?
    Oct14

    Quotation quiz: was it Tony Abbott or Vladimir Putin? Who said what?

    Australia’s prime minister, Tony Abbott, has been shaping up to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, ahead of the G20 in Brisbane next month, saying he is going “shirtfront” him. But do these two macho leaders have more in common than they realise? Can you tell who uttered what? … …read more Source: The...

    Russia signs deals with China to offset Ukraine sanctions
    Oct14

    Russia signs deals with China to offset Ukraine sanctions

    Russia has signed a series of deals with China to help weather Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. They are seen as evidence of Moscow’s… …read more Source:...

    Ukraine: Soldiers protest in front of presidential administration
    Oct13

    Ukraine: Soldiers protest in front of presidential administration

    KIEV – Ukrainian National Guard troops are protesting outside the presidential administration office in Kiev as they demand demobilization. They are refusing …read more Source:...

    Amid Russia-West tensions, Moscow inks deals with China
    Oct13

    Amid Russia-West tensions, Moscow inks deals with China

    Author(s): Kostis Geropoulos p29web.jpg Facing sanctions from the United States and Europe over Ukraine, Russia is relying on Beijing for the investment it needs with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying on October 13 that China is one of Russia’s top foreign trading partners. …read more Source: New...

    Investors abandon Russia as Putin risks economy for Crimea
    Oct13

    Investors abandon Russia as Putin risks economy for Crimea

    Deep into the worst conflict between Russia and the West since the Cold War, investors are fleeing, food prices are soaring and there are rumbles from Russia’s Westernised business elite that the nation needs to avoid repeating the economic mismanagement that broke apart the Soviet Union. …read more Source: The...

    [Ticker] Russia and China sign energy accords
    Oct13

    [Ticker] Russia and China sign energy accords

    Russia and China Monday signed 38 new accords, related to Russian gas supplies. Russia’s Medvedev referred to doing it in “difficult times”, with the ruble at an all-time low on EU sanctions. But there is little sign of a thaw, after Merkel cancelled an upcoming meeting with Putin in Sochi. …read more Source:...

    Booming Chinese frontier town reveals growing Russian ties  and old divide
    Oct13

    Booming Chinese frontier town reveals growing Russian ties and old divide

    Manzhouli is thriving as China sucks in Russian raw materials and exports its consumer goods, but mutual distrust persists At the base of the giant matryoshka, five storeys high, restaurant is spelt out in Cyrillic script: PECTOPAH. But the face on the Russian doll is evidently Asian and the welcome to diners scrolls across a screen in Chinese...

    Death By Firing Squad in Eastern Ukraine over a Cartoon?
    Oct13

    Death By Firing Squad in Eastern Ukraine over a Cartoon?

    “Mutant Vatnik,” YouTube screen capture, written by Irena Karpa. Published October 10, 2014. Did the Luhansk rebels’ minister of culture just ask a local court to execute a Ukrainian writer over an online cartoon? Or was the bizarre request for capital punishment part of a propaganda campaign by forces in Kyiv, bent on damaging the...

    OPINION: The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex
    Oct13

    OPINION: The Disturbing Expansion of the Military-Industrial Complex

    In this column, Mairead Maguire, peace activist from Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Laureate 1976, argues that the whole of civilisation is facing a challenge with the continuing growth of the military-industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) warned against. Today, she says, a small group made up of the...

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