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    Highlights from world leaders’ speeches at the U.N.
    Sep28

    Highlights from world leaders’ speeches at the U.N.

    The presidents of China, Russia and the United States talked about hypocrisy, past mistakes and a future of greater equality during their speeches at the United Nations General Assembly on Monday in New York City There were some slightly awkward moments—the U.S. criticizing Russia followed by Russia criticizing the West—and at least one walk out....

    Putin: Assad, Syrian Military ‘Valiantly Fighting Terrorism’
    Sep28

    Putin: Assad, Syrian Military ‘Valiantly Fighting Terrorism’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told the United Nations General Assembly Monday that the armed forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are “valiantly fighting terrorism face to face” and that refusing to cooperate with them is “a huge mistake.” He also called for the creation of a “broad international...

    The Political and Security Evolution of the Conflict in Ukraine
    Sep28

    The Political and Security Evolution of the Conflict in Ukraine

    Caught in a “no war, no peace” situation, Eastern Ukraine is slowly but relentlessly diving into a low-intensity conflict. From the onset of the crisis, barely two years ago, Ukraine has been at war with Russia over the territorial integrity of Crimea and separatist Donbas — two fronts Kiev has to deal with simultaneously....

    Leadership, security key messages for Harper in foreign policy debate
    Sep28

    Leadership, security key messages for Harper in foreign policy debate

    TORONTO — Here’s a secret about political photo ops: when a party leader waves farewell before boarding a plane, he’s usually waving to no one but the cameras. But Monday morning, Conservative supporters lined the path to Stephen Harper’s campaign plane to wish the leader well ahead of his trip to Toronto and the Munk debate on...

    The NDP and the Election
    Sep28

    The NDP and the Election

    Photo by Canada’s NDP At this moment, it seems that Harper’s Conservatives are losing ground, headed for possible defeat or minority status, if recent polls are to be believed. If these trends continue, it might represent a long-awaited respite from years of unrelenting and hard-edge neoliberal offensive in all walks of Canadian life....

    Debating foreign policy: Tories under the gun, but NDP, Liberals must say what they’d do differently
    Sep28

    Debating foreign policy: Tories under the gun, but NDP, Liberals must say what they’d do differently

    Stephen Harper will be accused of squandering Canada’s reputation as a force for good in the world when the Conservative leader crosses swords with his NDP and Liberal counterparts in Canada’s first-ever foreign policy election debate. Yet even as they attempt to portray Harper as a warmonger who has undermined Canada’s global...

    Russian media talk up Putin's speech
    Sep28

    Russian media talk up Putin's speech

    MOSCOW — In an hours-long marathon of commentary, Russia’s two main TV stations on Monday talked up President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the U.N. General Assembly as tough and uncompromising.Putin is in the United States for the first time since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in March 2014 and threw its support...

    We’re can’t wait for another awkward meeting between Obama and Putin
    Sep28

    We’re can’t wait for another awkward meeting between Obama and Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin came to New York on Monday to give a speech at the United Nations and meet with President Barack Obama later in the afternoon for a discussion of the civil war in Syria and the Ukraine crisis In the past, the leaders haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on things. In fact, it’s been more of a side-eye...

    Obama uses UN speech to blast Putin on Ukraine ahead of first meeting with the Russian president in a year
    Sep28

    Obama uses UN speech to blast Putin on Ukraine ahead of first meeting with the Russian president in a year

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed Monday over their competing visions for Syria …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Obama, Putin clash over vision for resolving Syrian crisis
    Sep28

    Obama, Putin clash over vision for resolving Syrian crisis

    UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed Monday over their competing visions for Syria, with Obama urging a political transition to replace the Syrian president but Putin warning it would be a mistake to abandon the current government. Obama and Putin’s dueling speeches at a United Nations...