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    With Poroshenko–More than Ever
    Sep16

    With Poroshenko–More than Ever

    Another meeting with Petro Poroshenko at the presidential palace in Kiev–in the same office with the slightly kitschy decor in which he has received me on previous occasions. He is under strain but unperturbed. Wearing the same look of an alert fighter but this time with a gleam of confidence in his eyes that was not there when I saw him...

    Elton John’s Special Relationship With Russia
    Sep16

    Elton John’s Special Relationship With Russia

    Elton John performs in the palace of Ekaterininskiy, the residence of the former Tzar, near St. Petersburg in 2001. (Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters) Among the more pressing international disputes of the week is the question of whether Vladimir Putin rang up Elton John. John’s Instagram post on the matter is pretty unambiguous—“Thank-you to...

    Separatists aren’t hurting Ukraine’s exports: Minister
    Sep16

    Separatists aren’t hurting Ukraine’s exports: Minister

    The conflict in eastern Ukraine hasn’t hurt the country’s reputation as the breadbasket of Europe, a Ukraine minister told CNBC on Tuesday. …read more Source:...

    Ukraine Russia Conflict: US Army To Train Ukrainian Military
    Sep16

    Ukraine Russia Conflict: US Army To Train Ukrainian Military

    Paratroopers from the U.S. Army will begin training active-duty members of the Ukrainian armed forces in November, broadening a program that provided support for the country’s National Guard, Stars and Stripes reported Tuesday. The training program, which will be conducted by troops from the Vicenza, Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade...

    Vladimir Putin Swears He Didn’t Call Elton John
    Sep16

    Vladimir Putin Swears He Didn’t Call Elton John

    “I can responsibly say that Vladimir Putin has not spoken to Sir Elton John.”A spokesman for the Kremlin released that head-scratcher of a statement to Russian news agencies on Tuesday, hours after the multiple Grammy award-winning artist publicly thanked Putin on Instagram for speaking with him on the phone.”Thank-you to President...

    U.S. troops begin training Ukraine’s active-duty military
    Sep15

    U.S. troops begin training Ukraine’s active-duty military

    Ryan MaassWASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) — U.S. military assistance to Ukraine expands to include training of active-duty troops in addition to the country’s recently formed national guard. …read more Source: United Press...

    Moscow Observers Ponder Russia’s Actions in Syria
    Sep15

    Moscow Observers Ponder Russia’s Actions in Syria

    As concerns build that an influx of Russian military aid to Syria could make the conflict there worse, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Tuesday with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. The U.S. Defense Department expressed concern Monday about Russian moves in Syria, stating that Moscow appeared to be setting up an air base near the...

    Ukraine Police Force Grows: Amid Cooling Russia Tensions, Number Of Officers To Nearly Double
    Sep15

    Ukraine Police Force Grows: Amid Cooling Russia Tensions, Number Of Officers To Nearly Double

    Ukraine plans to almost double the size of its police force by the end of the year, Internal Affairs Minister Arsen Avakov said Tuesday, according to UPI. The force plans to add thousands of officers by the end of the year. “As of today, the number of our police amounts only to 3,200. We will have 6,000 police officers by the end of the...

    Russia In Ukraine, Syria: US Military To Revise Budget Over Cyberwarfare, Other Concerns, Pentagon Says
    Sep15

    Russia In Ukraine, Syria: US Military To Revise Budget Over Cyberwarfare, Other Concerns, Pentagon Says

    Russia’s involvement in both Syria and Ukraine has made the U.S. rework its defense budget for the next fiscal year, according to Bloomberg. Changes would be made to the budgets of the U.S.’s four military branches, the Pentagon’s comptroller said. …read more Source: International Business...

    Refugees and Responsibility in Europe and the U.S.
    Sep15

    Refugees and Responsibility in Europe and the U.S.

    The ongoing debates within Europe about whether migrants, refugees or exiles should be welcomed or the morally dubious debates about how many are acceptable, bearable or sustainable have been widely reported in the media. To some extent there is a similar debate in the US about Syrian refugees. The refugee issue is a global one which is often...