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    Bureaucrats blocked former Tory government’s desire to buy navy landing ships
    Apr25

    Bureaucrats blocked former Tory government’s desire to buy navy landing ships

    The bureaucracy at National Defence helped scuttle two attempts by the Harper government to acquire helicopter landing ships over the last few years, documents show. The most high-profile of the cases involved the sale by France of two Mistral-class warships, which had originally been built for Russia, but were on the auction block after the...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 25, 2016
    Apr25

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 25, 2016

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Dov Friedman argues that Iraqi Kurdistan’s dreams of independence are doomed while war rages in nearby Turkey. Josh Cohen says that Ukraine’s failure to pursue substantive reforms means that the West must now get tough with the leaders in Kiev. …...

    Federal government resists calls to end Ukraine visa requirements
    Apr25

    Federal government resists calls to end Ukraine visa requirements

    OTTAWA — The federal government is resisting calls to follow the European Union’s lead and begin lifting visa requirements for Ukraine. Representatives from Canada’s largest and most influential Ukrainian lobby group made the request during a meeting with Immigration Minister John McCallum this month, arguing that visa-free travel for...

    BBC Accuses British, Russian Media Of Skewing MH17 Reporting
    Apr25

    BBC Accuses British, Russian Media Of Skewing MH17 Reporting

    The BBC has accused British and Russian media of drawing irresponsible conclusions from snippets of an upcoming documentary on the downing of a Malaysian airliner over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The secondhand reports appeared to ignore evidence that largely discredited assertions from Moscow about the tragedy. …read more Source: Radio Free...

    16 ‘Pro-LGBT’ Businesses That Operate in Countries With Poor Human Rights Records
    Apr25

    16 ‘Pro-LGBT’ Businesses That Operate in Countries With Poor Human Rights Records

    Big corporations have come out to criticize state religious liberty measures in Georgia, Mississippi, and North Carolina as discriminating against those who aren’t heterosexual, some going as far as to propose boycotting states that enact such laws. However, several of the most vocal companies that say they stand with lesbian, gay,...

    30 Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn Return to ‘Death Zone’
    Apr25

    30 Years On, Chernobyl Evacuees Yearn Return to ‘Death Zone’

    In the early hours of April 26, 1986, Reactor 4 at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then Soviet-controlled Ukraine exploded, releasing huge amounts of radiation into the air. One-hundred-sixteen-thousand people living around the plant were evacuated, and 220,000 more were forced to leave in subsequent years as the so-called contaminated...

    Russia Hews Closer To Zhirinovsky’s Wacky Vision Than You Might Have Expected
    Apr25

    Russia Hews Closer To Zhirinovsky’s Wacky Vision Than You Might Have Expected

    He has ridden seemingly crackpot ideas to prominence for nearly three decades. But is 70-year-old ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky really fringe anymore? …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    US Pledges $10 Million to Chernobyl Survivors
    Apr25

    US Pledges $10 Million to Chernobyl Survivors

    The United States pledged $10 million to aid those affected by the fallout of the Chernobyl disaster, as Ukraine marks the 30th anniversary of what is described as the world’s worst nuclear accident. An April 26, 1986, explosion at Chernobyl’s No. 4 reactor forced the evacuation 350,000 residents working and living in the surrounding...

    US Flies F-22s to Romania as Show of Strength to Russia
    Apr25

    US Flies F-22s to Romania as Show of Strength to Russia

    The U.S. Air Force on Monday flew in two F-22 Raptor fighter jets to Romania as a show of strength to deter Russian intervention in Ukraine.The fighter jets landed at the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base, near the Black Sea port of Constanta in southeast Romania. A U.S…. …read more Source:...

    Watch: What Chernobyl looks like now — from a drone
    Apr25

    Watch: What Chernobyl looks like now — from a drone

    Update: This post was originally published in November 2014. The 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster is on Tuesday. The area around Ukraine’s Chernobyl power plant, site of one of the world’s most horrifying nuclear disasters, is the subject of endless fascination. Increasingly, adventurous tourists and scientists have come to...