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    Pro-Putin Party Wins Duma Elections Decisively Despite Low Turnout
    Sep20

    Pro-Putin Party Wins Duma Elections Decisively Despite Low Turnout

    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party pulled off a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections for seats in the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament. Putin’s party won 54 percent of the vote with a historically low voter turnout — just 48 percent. The victory gives United Russia an additional 105...

    Responding To Today’s Global Refugee Crisis: How Will History Judge Us?
    Sep20

    Responding To Today’s Global Refugee Crisis: How Will History Judge Us?

    As the UN General Assembly gathers in New York for its first-ever High Level Meeting on Large Movements of Migrants and Refugees and the Obama Administration hosts a Leaders’ Summit on Refugees, a diplomatic spotlight is on the scale and severity of the current global refugee crisis. In the face of unprecedented levels of forced...

    Darfur and U.S. Presidential Campaigns: Making Genocide Disappear  (with a “Political Postscript”)
    Sep19

    Darfur and U.S. Presidential Campaigns: Making Genocide Disappear (with a “Political Postscript”)

    by Eric Reeves In both the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns, the Darfur region of western Sudan was an unlikely but entirely appropriate topic. After all, the U.S. Congress had–in a remarkable bipartisan, bicameral vote in July 2004–declared that what was occurring in Darfur at the hands of the Khartoum regime was...

    John Stetch, on playing solo, and being back in New York City
    Sep19

    John Stetch, on playing solo, and being back in New York City

    There isn’t another jazz pianist like the five-time Juno nominee John Stetch. Who else but the Edmonton-raised New Yorker tackles everything from the blues to Chopin to Ukrainian folk to free improvising to TV show themes in the course of a night? A latecomer to his instrument, Stetch, 50, fashioned his own aesthetic, knitting together the...

    Vladimir Putin’s Big Win
    Sep19

    Vladimir Putin’s Big Win

    NEWS BRIEF Russian President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party won a huge victory in the country’s parliamentary election Sunday, but voter turnout was low compared to the last election four years ago.More than 90 percent of votes were counted by Monday morning, and Putin’s party had won 54 percent of the vote in elections...

    Clinton on Combatting Terrorism: ‘I Know How to Do This’
    Sep19

    Clinton on Combatting Terrorism: ‘I Know How to Do This’

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Hillary Clinton cast herself Monday as the most qualified to combat terrorism in the U.S. after a weekend of violent attacks in three states. Going after rival Donald Trump, she argued that his anti-Muslim rhetoric is helping Islamic militants, including ISIS, recruit new fighters. The Democratic presidential candidate...

    Clinton touts her anti-terrorism bona fides after bombing
    Sep19

    Clinton touts her anti-terrorism bona fides after bombing

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Hillary Clinton cast herself Monday as the most qualified to combat terrorism within the U.S. and abroad after weekend attacks in three states rattled Americans. The Democratic presidential candidate touted her national security credentials at a hastily scheduled press conference outside her campaign plane, denigrating rival...

    What companies and the government can learn from the Ukraine grid cyberattack
    Sep19

    What companies and the government can learn from the Ukraine grid cyberattack

    The attack on Ukraine’s power grid teaches valuable lessons that experts think companies and the next US administration should take to heart. …read more Source: Christian Science...

    Ukraine Swaps Prisoners With Pro-Russian Separatists
    Sep19

    Ukraine Swaps Prisoners With Pro-Russian Separatists

    Ukraine and pro-Russia separatists have swapped prisoners who were captured during their ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. On September 17, two pro-Ukraine detainees were swapped at a checkpoint in the city of Shchastya for four pro-Russia separatists held by Ukrainian government forces. (RFE/RL’s Current Time TV) …read more...

    Ex-Kremlin Bodyguard Becomes Governor in Landslide Victory
    Sep19

    Ex-Kremlin Bodyguard Becomes Governor in Landslide Victory

    A former Kremlin security agent has won a seat as governor in a landslide at Russia’s nationwide elections on Sunday, Russian independent news agency Interfax reports. The vote, which included elections to Russia’s lower house of parliament, as well as gubernatorial and local positions, gave ruling United Russia party a bigger...