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    Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Efforts To Maintain Cease-Fire In Ukraine
    Jun16

    Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Efforts To Maintain Cease-Fire In Ukraine

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has pressed his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, to ensure that Moscow respects the cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. State Department said. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Night Wolves biker gang a key element in Vladimir Putin’s political firewall
    Jun16

    Night Wolves biker gang a key element in Vladimir Putin’s political firewall

    MOSCOW — From shady dictators to shadowy Ukrainian separatists, Russian President Vladimir Putin has attracted some unusual allies. The Night Wolves, a Kremlin-funded, leather-clad, heavily tattooed motorcycle gang, are right up there with the strangest. A key element in Mr. Putin’s domestic political firewall, the 5,000-strong Night Wolves...

    US to Arm E. Europe, Moscow Stamps Foot
    Jun16

    US to Arm E. Europe, Moscow Stamps Foot

    Reacting to this weekend’s announcement by the United States that it was considering positioning equipment for up to 5,000 troops in the Baltics and surrounding countries, Russia unleashed the mouths of its generals. Reuters: “If heavy U.S. military equipment, including tanks, artillery batteries and other equipment really does turn up in...

    Discontent in Eastern Ukraine Leads to Rare Public Protest
    Jun16

    Discontent in Eastern Ukraine Leads to Rare Public Protest

    About 500 protesters in Donetsk called on both the Ukrainian and the separatist leadership to stop the fighting. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine’s President Poroshenko Visits Mariupol Trenches
    Jun15

    Ukraine’s President Poroshenko Visits Mariupol Trenches

    Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko today paid a visit to his country’s war stricken Donetsk region to inspect progress on defence capabilities, as violence in nearby towns continues to increase. Poroshenko visited the strategic stronghold Mariupol as Ukraine continues with its plan to build 300 fortification sites in different regions of...

    Russia Threatens Retaliation If U.S. Sends Weapons to Baltics
    Jun15

    Russia Threatens Retaliation If U.S. Sends Weapons to Baltics

    Russia has threatened to provide an “adequate response” to the prospect of increased U.S. military presence in Eastern Europe and the Baltics, after the governments of both Poland and Lithuania confirmed that they are in talks with Washington about storing heavy US arms. The relationship between Russia and the West has deteriorated to...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 15, 2015
    Jun15

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, June 15, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Ievgen Vorobiov explains why the appointment of Mikheil Saakashvili as governor of Ukraine’s Odessa region has reignited a struggle inside the country’s political elite. Nafees Syed takes Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to task for failing to...

    Ukraine’s artillery duels again take toll on civilians
    Jun15

    Ukraine’s artillery duels again take toll on civilians

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Crackling forth over radio, the voice ordered tanks to take position in a residential area in Donetsk, the stronghold of separatist rebels in east Ukraine. …read more Source: CNS...

    Narendra Modi’s Surprisingly Successful Selfie Diplomacy
    Jun15

    Narendra Modi’s Surprisingly Successful Selfie Diplomacy

    New Delhi — Last month, in front of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang posed for Modi’s smartphone and snapped a photo. “It’s selfie time! Thanks Premier Li,” Modi tweeted to his 13 million Twitter followers. The photo of the two men–together...

    Sudan’s President Evades Arrest in South Africa, Highlighting ICC’s Weaknesses
    Jun15

    Sudan’s President Evades Arrest in South Africa, Highlighting ICC’s Weaknesses

    THE HAGUE (Reuters) – The escape of Sudan’s President from an arrest warrant demonstrates the International Criminal Court’s weaknesses, just as it prepares to venture into even more politically-charged cases in places like the Palestinian territories and Ukraine. The Hague-based court has no enforcement powers of its own, and...