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    Putin asks parliament’s permission to deploy troops abroad: Kremlin
    Sep30

    Putin asks parliament’s permission to deploy troops abroad: Kremlin

    Moscow (AFP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday formally requested permission from the upper house of parliament to deploy troops abroad, as Moscow mulls air strikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.Putin submitted to the Federation Council a proposal to deploy “a contingent of troops” abroad, the Kremlin...

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad
    Sep30

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are quoting the chairwoman of Russia’s upper chamber of parliament as saying that lawmakers will consider the Kremlin’s request to use its army abroad.President Vladimir Putin has to request a parliamentary approval for any use of Russian troops abroad, according to the Russian constitution. The...

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad
    Sep30

    Russian lawmakers to consider giving OK to use troops abroad

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian news agencies are quoting the chairwoman of Russia’s upper chamber of parliament as saying that lawmakers will consider the Kremlin’s request to use its army abroad. President Vladimir Putin has to request a parliamentary approval for any use of Russian troops abroad, according to the Russian constitution. The...

    3 Reasons America Is Totally Paranoid Despite Being the Only Superpower on Earth
    Sep30

    3 Reasons America Is Totally Paranoid Despite Being the Only Superpower on Earth

    Boogiemen lurk around every corner, as do high crimes and dark conspiracies. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com here.Given the cluttered landscape of the last 14 years, can you even faintly remember the moment when the Berlin Wall came down, the Cold War ended in a stunned...

    Ukraine, Rebels Agree to Broaden Weapons Withdrawal
    Sep30

    Ukraine, Rebels Agree to Broaden Weapons Withdrawal

    Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists have agreed to extend a pull-back of weapons in east Ukraine to include tanks and smaller weapons systems, the OSCE’s representative at peace talks, Martin Sajdik, said on Tuesday. The deal was agreed during further talks in Minsk, Belarus, on the ceasefire, whose implementation has faced regular setbacks...

    Amid Putin’s Moves in Syria, Poroshenko Tries to Divert U.N. Attention Back to Ukraine
    Sep30

    Amid Putin’s Moves in Syria, Poroshenko Tries to Divert U.N. Attention Back to Ukraine

    Addressing the U.N. on Tuesday, Poroshenko pulled no punches on Russian President Vladimir Putin. …read more Source: Foreign...

    View from Moscow: Syria Move Aimed at Ending International Isolation
    Sep30

    View from Moscow: Syria Move Aimed at Ending International Isolation

    Russia’s official media have been parsing Monday’s meeting between the American and Russian presidents in New York in detail, discussing everything from who initiated it (Moscow claims it was Washington, despite the fact that the White House denied this), to who clinked – or didn’t clink -glasses with whom at U.N. Secretary...

    Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison
    Sep30

    Is The Thucydides Trap for the U.S. and China? A Response to Graham Allison

    This week the Atlantic Magazine published “The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?” by Graham Allison, who is one of the more thoughtful geopolitical theorists of the last half century. His classes at Harvard come with a waiting list. His books are required reading for anybody interested in foreign policy and he...

    NATO chief urges Russia to be constructive in Syria, sees hope for Ukraine peace
    Sep30

    NATO chief urges Russia to be constructive in Syria, sees hope for Ukraine peace

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is calling on Russia to play a constructive role in restoring peace in war-ravaged Syria. …read more Source: Global...

    Ukraine calls for UN to restrain Russian veto
    Sep30

    Ukraine calls for UN to restrain Russian veto

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko joined called for reforms to rein in the use of vetoes by the UN Security Council’s five permanent members. …read more Source: Toronto...