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    Savchenko Trial Due To Resume In Russian Court
    Mar09

    Savchenko Trial Due To Resume In Russian Court

    The trial of Ukrainian military pilot Nadia Savchenko is due to resume on March 9 at a military court in Russia. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    GREENPEACE: Locals are still eating radioactive food 30 years after Chernobyl
    Mar09

    GREENPEACE: Locals are still eating radioactive food 30 years after Chernobyl

    REUTERS/Gleb Garanich/FilesMOSCOW (Reuters) – Economic crises convulsing Russia, Ukraine and Belarus mean testing in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster has been cut or restricted, Greenpeace said, and people continue to eat and drink foods with dangerously high radiation levels. According to scientific tests conducted on...

    The Pentagon could save billions by closing military bases
    Mar09

    The Pentagon could save billions by closing military bases

    US ArmyThe Defense Department’s top money man on Monday repeated the agency’s plea to Congress for a new base closure review. Unlike previous years, current budget conditions and new data give the idea a fighting chance of becoming reality. The Pentagon’s fiscal 2017 budget request marks the fifth year in a row defense officials...

    Why Syria Won’t Save U.S.-Russia Relations
    Mar09

    Why Syria Won’t Save U.S.-Russia Relations

    Paul J. Saunders Politics, Eurasia The high cost of dysfunction Many of those who seek a more functional U.S.-Russia relationship—in both Washington and Moscow—have hoped that cooperation in stabilizing Syria and combating the so-called Islamic State could provide an important new opportunity to stabilize U.S.-Russia ties as well. Unfortunately,...

    Ukraine and Turkey Launch Joint Naval Drill Amid Stand-Offs With Russia
    Mar09

    Ukraine and Turkey Launch Joint Naval Drill Amid Stand-Offs With Russia

    Ukraine and Turkey’s navies launched a joint military exercise on Monday, as Kiev and Ankara continue to grow closer in the face of their respective stand-offs with Russia. Ukraine’s relations with Russia have plummeted since Russian President Vladimir Putin decided to annex Crimea in 2014 and Russian-backed fighters moved in on...

    Watch Russia’s Bizarre, Militarized International Women’s Day Tribute
    Mar09

    Watch Russia’s Bizarre, Militarized International Women’s Day Tribute

    On Tuesday, also known as International Women’s Day, the Russian TV channel REN TV honored the country’s women in a very bizarre way — through a video laden with military euphemisms.In the video, called “March 8,” an interviewer talks to a young blonde woman named Maria. If you don’t speak Russian, the video,...

    A top US general wants to resurrect a smaller version of a disastrous Syrian rebel program
    Mar09

    A top US general wants to resurrect a smaller version of a disastrous Syrian rebel program

    Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP PhotoA top U.S. general has asked for permission to resurrect an effort to train Syrian opposition fighters for battles against Islamic State militants, but on a smaller scale than a previous program that failed and was scrapped last year. General Lloyd Austin, the head of Central Command, which oversees U.S. forces in...

    Russia detains dozens of protestors demanding release of jailed Ukrainian pilot
    Mar08

    Russia detains dozens of protestors demanding release of jailed Ukrainian pilot

    Police in Moscow detained dozens of peaceful protesters demanding the release of jailed Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, as top U.S. officials added their voices to the growing chorus of Western leaders and diplomats calling on Russia set her free. Around 100 demonstrators gathered in Moscow on March 8, International Women’s Day, to demand...

    Ralph Goodale says Ukraine cyberattack caused ‘international anxiety’
    Mar08

    Ralph Goodale says Ukraine cyberattack caused ‘international anxiety’

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has asked his public safety minister to review all government operations to see if Canada is well protected against a possible cyberattack. This review comes on the heels of the cyberattack on Ukraine’s power grid last December that caused a blackout for hundreds of thousands of people. …read more Source:...

    Meanwhile, in Syria…
    Mar08

    Meanwhile, in Syria…

    What’s been happening in Syria since the “cessation of hostilities” began to take effect about ten days ago? Both less and more than meets the eye of the casual observer.When I last wrote about Syria, here and here, I was skeptical that the forthcoming cessation of hostilities would stick for long. So were most sentient observers. So was...