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    Relatives Of MH17 Victims Seek Compensation From Russia, Putin: Australian Media
    May21

    Relatives Of MH17 Victims Seek Compensation From Russia, Putin: Australian Media

    MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian law firm has filed a compensation claim against Russia and President Vladimir Putin in the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of families of victims of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, shot down in 2014, media reported.The jetliner crashed in Ukraine in pro-Russian rebel-held territory on July 17,...

    U.S. and NATO should End New Cold War with Russia
    May21

    U.S. and NATO should End New Cold War with Russia

    U.S. and NATO should end New Cold War with Russia By Doug Bandow The NATO-Russia Council recently met in Brussels for the first time in nearly two years. “We are not afraid of dialogue,” announced alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Alas, the talks didn’t get very far. Afterward he explained: “it was reconfirmed...

    Russia mysteriously shut down its equivalent to the DEA
    May21

    Russia mysteriously shut down its equivalent to the DEA

    Thomson ReutersThe Federal Drug Control Service (FSKN), the Russian equivalent of the DEA, has been dismantled in a sudden move that apparently took the head of the agency completely by surprise. Viktor Ivanov who, like Vladimir Putin, is a former KGB agent, has been in the Russian leader’s inner circle for decades. Following the shutdown,...

    Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves
    May20

    Despite high-profile disasters, air safety steadily improves

    Since the start of 2014, more than 1,600 people have died in commercial aviation disasters. That rate is up from the preceding three years and results in part from some shocking incidents, including a pilot suicide and the downing of a passenger jet over Ukraine by an anti-aircraft missile. … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The News...

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia
    May20

    Pentagon Rejects Joint Strikes With Russia

    The Pentagon is dismissing a Russian proposal to carry out joint airstrikes against al Qaida-linked terrorists in Syria. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu floated the notion Friday during a meeting that was broadcast on Russian state television, adding that the strikes could begin as early as May 25, and would be coordinated with the...

    The Snake Eats Itself
    May20

    The Snake Eats Itself

    Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy recently introduced the “Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016”, a bill that would create a new coordinating body, the Center for Information Analysis and Response. According to the bill, the Center, funded to the tune of $20 million, would: lead and coordinate the collection and analysis of information...

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel
    May20

    EU Ministers Back Emergency System to Suspend Visa-Free Travel

    European Union ministers meeting in Brussels have agreed on a mechanism aimed at suspending visa-free travel for foreign nationals abusing the privilege and approved funds to help Greece cope with Europe’s migrant crisis. The action would essentially make it easier and faster for EU members to suspend visa waivers granted to foreign...

    Gita Kalmet remembers Peeter Kopvillem
    May20

    Gita Kalmet remembers Peeter Kopvillem

    When former Maclean’s senior executive editor Peeter Kopvillem died, we lost a tremendous editor, a fine musician and a generous man. Gita Kalmet, Estonia’s ambassador to Canada, reflects on Kopvillem’s life as a beloved Estonian who always remained devoted to his home country. If I said that I’ve known Peeter only for a...

    Hackers in Ukraine and Frog Juice in the Andes: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing
    May20

    Hackers in Ukraine and Frog Juice in the Andes: The Week in Global-Affairs Writing

    The Ukrainian Hacker Who Became the FBI’s Best Weapon—and Worst Nightmare Kevin Poulsen | WIRED “One Thursday in January 2001, Maksym Igor Popov, a 20-year-old Ukrainian man, walked nervously through the doors of the United States embassy in London. While Popov could have been mistaken for an exchange student applying for a visa, in truth...

    Russian performance artist convicted of vandalism for pro-Ukraine protest
    May20

    Russian performance artist convicted of vandalism for pro-Ukraine protest

    Ed AdamczykMOSCOW, May 20 (UPI) — Russian performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky was convicted in a Moscow court of vandalism in a 2014 pro-Ukraine protest in St. Petersburg. …read more Source: United Press...