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    Oligarchs nouveaux? Why some say Ukraine is still in thrall to an elite
    Jul21

    Oligarchs nouveaux? Why some say Ukraine is still in thrall to an elite

    The corrupt power enjoyed by a wealthy clique sparked the country’s Maidan revolution, but the transparent governance promised by Ukraine’s new leaders is proving difficult to deliverIn Ukraine, government supporters, western diplomats and opposition figures tend to reply to inquiries about how the process of “de-oligarchisation” is...

    Russia submits rival MH17 resolution draft
    Jul21

    Russia submits rival MH17 resolution draft

    In a UN resolution proposal, Russia has called for “perpetrators” in the likely downing of MH17 over Ukraine to be brought to justice. The draft ignores the requests for an international tribunal. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Ukraine can’t survive on its own
    Jul21

    Ukraine can’t survive on its own

    Something extraordinary is happening in Ukraine. I just returned from a three-day trip there in my capacity as vice chair of the National Democratic Institute — an organization created by Congress to help developing countries build stronger democratic institutions — and I was truly inspired by the spirit I witnessed in a people who have been...

    We’re all Putin’s ‘useful idiots’
    Jul21

    We’re all Putin’s ‘useful idiots’

    LONDON — Watching Russian TV recently is a disturbing business. As Stephen Ennis at BBC Monitoring has painstakingly recorded, Russian media has developed a habit of delivering death threats to opposition members, using anti-Semitic insinuations against its opponents, screaming about the threat of the “homosexual sodomite tsunami,” and...

    Big stink on Russian border as man tries to smuggle 460kg of cheese from EU
    Jul21

    Big stink on Russian border as man tries to smuggle 460kg of cheese from EU

    Authorities claim man was attempting to evade sanctions by hiding huge cache of cheese in boot and backseat of vehicle driving into Kaliningrad oblastRussian customs officials said on Monday they had foiled a bid to smuggle nearly half a tonne of cheese into the country from the European Union, whose food is subject to retaliatory sanctions.A man...

    Opinion: Iran Deal Has Far-Reaching Potential to Remake International Relations
    Jul21

    Opinion: Iran Deal Has Far-Reaching Potential to Remake International Relations

    Arul Louis, a New York-based journalist and international affairs analyst, is a senior fellow of the Society for Policy Studies. He can be contacted at [email protected] Arul LouisNEW YORK, Jul 20 2015 (IPS)The Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council acting in concert with Germany...

    Ukraine crisis: ‘Putin is obsessed with the idea of testing Nato’ – and the Baltics will be next, says Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili
    Jul21

    Ukraine crisis: ‘Putin is obsessed with the idea of testing Nato’ – and the Baltics will be next, says Odessa governor Mikheil Saakashvili

    At first sight it seemed an improbable appointment: a man who had served twice as president of neighbouring Georgia, parachuted in as governor of a single region of Ukraine. But for the government in Kiev, beset in the east by pro-Russian rebels, and facing entrenched corruption and an array of powerful oligarchs elsewhere, it was an obvious...

    Russia makes rival U.N. move on MH17 probe after dismissing tribunal bid
    Jul20

    Russia makes rival U.N. move on MH17 probe after dismissing tribunal bid

    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Russia is pushing for a greater U.N. role in an investigation into what caused the downing of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine after dismissing a proposal by Malaysia, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine for a U.N.-backed tribunal. …read more Source:...

    Kremlin criticizes NATO over drills in Ukraine
    Jul20

    Kremlin criticizes NATO over drills in Ukraine

    Moscow has warned that a five-month-long truce could be derailed by the war games. The Russian military recently held its own exercises close to its border with Ukraine. …read more Source: Deutsche...

    Crimean safari park welcomes rare Siberian tiger cubs
    Jul20

    Crimean safari park welcomes rare Siberian tiger cubs

    A Crimean safari park welcomes three adorable, dozy tiger cubs …read more Source: The...

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