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    David Bezmozgis: Ukraine is a broken country  that’s what attracted me to writing about it
    Aug17

    David Bezmozgis: Ukraine is a broken country that’s what attracted me to writing about it

    The author’s new novel is set in the Crimea and its main character is an Israeli politician. How could it be more topical?David Bezmozgis was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1973 and moved to Toronto with his parents seven years later. He is the author of a novel, The Free World, and Natasha and Other Stories, which was shortlisted for the...

    Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev review  an invaluable guide to the present crisis
    Aug17

    Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev review an invaluable guide to the present crisis

    Andrey Kurkov, the author of Death and the Penguin, is ideally placed to guide us through the Ukrainian revolution as it unfoldsUkraine, previously a place most foreigners happily ignored, has forced itself on the world’s attention this year.The fact that Vladimir Putin stole Crimea would have been enough on its own. It was the first...

    Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia rebels
    Aug17

    Ukrainian fighter plane shot down by pro-Russia rebels

    Foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France due to meet in Berlin, and 10 civilians killed in shelling in DonetskPro-Russia rebels shot down a Ukrainian fighter jet on Sunday, before Kiev and Moscow’s top diplomats were due to hold urgent talks to defuse tensions over fighting in the east of the ex-Soviet nation.Ukraine’s...

    Glasgow’s offer of sanctuary gives the rest of Scotland a lesson in compassion | Kevin McKenna
    Aug16

    Glasgow’s offer of sanctuary gives the rest of Scotland a lesson in compassion | Kevin McKenna

    The first city in the world to stand beside Nelson Mandela has long opened its doors to victims of the world’s worst conflictsRunning alongside the contrived culture of Edinburgh in August is Just Festival. To quote directly from its programme of events: “Just Festival celebrates that peace is not only an absence of conflict; it is a...

    Ukraine rebel says he has 1,200 fighters ‘trained in Russia’ under his command
    Aug16

    Ukraine rebel says he has 1,200 fighters ‘trained in Russia’ under his command

    Prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic posts speech to YouTube saying they have 30 tanksOne of the top rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine claims that his forces have recently received 1,200 fighters who had undergone training in Russia. The claim came during a speech to leading rebels, apparently recorded on Friday and...

    Russian food embargo leaves Europe with glut of fruit, pork and mackerel
    Aug15

    Russian food embargo leaves Europe with glut of fruit, pork and mackerel

    Producers across EU race to shift perishable items, with concern that surplus will further push down pricesA glut of French pears, warehouses full of German sausage, rotting Polish peppers and unwanted Scottish mackerel: Russia’s move to ban European food imports in retaliation for EU sanctions is having a telling effect across a continent...

    Kiev claims the partial destruction of a Russian military convoy  video
    Aug15

    Kiev claims the partial destruction of a Russian military convoy video

    Ukraine’s national security and defence council spokesperson, Andriy Lysenko, says a Russian armoured convoy was followed as it it entered Ukrainian territory and then partly destroyed. Lysenko says alll Russian military activity on the Ukraine border is closely monitored by Kiev … …read more Source: The...

    Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian vehicles that crossed border
    Aug15

    Ukraine claims it has destroyed Russian vehicles that crossed border

    President Petro Poroshenko tells David Cameron that forces have destroyed part of military convoy seen entering territoryUkraine claims it has destroyed Russian military vehicles in the country’s east, a day after a column was spotted moving across the border.Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told David Cameron in a phone call...

    From Siberia to Kaliningrad: the fledgling independence movements gaining traction in Russia
    Aug15

    From Siberia to Kaliningrad: the fledgling independence movements gaining traction in Russia

    Moscow appears to have blocked efforts hold a march in favour of Siberian independence this weekend, but that doesnt mean the sentiment isnt spreading, writes Paul GobleMoscow appears to have successfully blocked efforts hold a march in favour of Siberian independence in Novosibirsk, the countrys third most populous city, this Sunday. The...

    World in a week: Indian parents must stop rapes, says PM Narendra Modi
    Aug15

    World in a week: Indian parents must stop rapes, says PM Narendra Modi

    11 – 15 August: Catch up with all the development-related news you may have missed this weekM-Pesa, with the Romanian launch of mobile money transfer system first made popular in Kenya.When we hear about these rapes our heads hang in shame. Young girls are always asked so many questions by their parents, like where are you going? But do...

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