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    Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora
    Jun29

    Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

    For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands. Yet Kiev seems intent on squandering any international public support it might have had amidst a bizarre crackdown...

    Ukraine Has 75,000 Troops In East Ukraine, Says Luhansk People’s Republic Leader
    Jun29

    Ukraine Has 75,000 Troops In East Ukraine, Says Luhansk People’s Republic Leader

    Kiev has around 75,000 troops fighting in the contested and war-torn region of eastern Ukraine, said the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) at a briefing in Luhansk on Monday, reported TASS, a pro-Russian news site. Igor Plotnitsky, who become leader of the region after an election in November last year, made the...

    Greece: A Nation Divided — Will Russia Take the Initiative?
    Jun29

    Greece: A Nation Divided — Will Russia Take the Initiative?

    The Greek referendum set for July 5, 2015, is about “yes or no to Europe.” The nation is divided. One camp for the Euro, for membership of the European Union (EU), and ultimately for Europa; the other one against the Euro, against EU membership and ultimately against Europe. Families, friendships, organizations and businesses will...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 29, 2015
    Jun29

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 29, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Aung Min, the Burmese government’s chief peace negotiator, urges the country’s ethnic armed groups to sign a comprehensive ceasefire agreement. Ievgen Vorobiov looks into the remarkable resurgence of the Ukrainian language. Mohamed Eljarh reports on a rare...

    In Lithuania, Boehner promises to combat Russian aggression
    Jun29

    In Lithuania, Boehner promises to combat Russian aggression

    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed that Congress would combat Russian aggression through free-trade and energy policies as well as military aid for America’s allies during a visit to Lithuania.“Whether it’s arming Ukraine or declaring energy… …read more Source: The...

    Grexit May Be Merkel’s Biggest Risk Yet
    Jun29

    Grexit May Be Merkel’s Biggest Risk Yet

    By Noah Barkin BERLIN, June 29 (Reuters) – “If you break it, you own it,” former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell warned President George W. Bush before his invasion of Iraq. Whether it will ever be fair to blame Angela Merkel for “breaking” Greece is debatable. But if the euro zone’s weakest link does...

    US House Speaker Visits Lithuania, Commits to Countering Russia
    Jun29

    US House Speaker Visits Lithuania, Commits to Countering Russia

    House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner has returned from a visit to Lithuania, where he affirmed Congress’ commitment to offering military assistance to the region to counter Russian aggression. The Republican led a bipartisan delegation of House members marking the 25th anniversary of Lithuania’s independence. Their visit came...

    Conservative Russians are putting flags on profile photos to offset the rainbows
    Jun29

    Conservative Russians are putting flags on profile photos to offset the rainbows

    KIEV, Ukraine — In Soviet Russia, love doesn’t always win. Responding to the wave of pride rainbow-embossed profile photos that washed across social media in wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in America on Friday, some conservative and homophobic Russians are shading profile images the colors of...

    Illegal Amber Digging Lays Waste To Ukrainian Forest
    Jun29

    Illegal Amber Digging Lays Waste To Ukrainian Forest

    Industrial-scale mining is causing devastation to swathes of forest in western Ukraine. The country’s interior ministry says the business is controlled by criminal gangs that make up to $500 million a year. Despite the fact that the activity is illegal, the gangs carry out their work quite openly. The police say they don’t have the...

    Canada to help evacuate wounded in Ukraine
    Jun29

    Canada to help evacuate wounded in Ukraine

    Improving medevac times a must to help Ukrainian soldiers survive, officials say …read more Source:...