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    Germany Warily Assumes Greater Global Role
    Mar16

    Germany Warily Assumes Greater Global Role

    Germany has taken the lead in trying to solve the European financial crisis and to stop the war in Ukraine. But is Berlin ready to play a larger international role? VOA’s Jela de Franceschi examines the extent and limits of German power. …read more Source: Voice of...

    Canada not backing down on first anniversary of Crimean referendum
    Mar16

    Canada not backing down on first anniversary of Crimean referendum

    Foreign Affairs Rob Nicholson is marking the first anniversary of the tainted referendum in Crimea with a promise never to recognize the outcome. The vote led to Russia annexing the strategic Ukrainian peninsula and heated up a crisis which continues today. Nicholson says Canada does not recognize the annexation and insists on a full Russian...

    Iranian Delegation Raises Concerns Over ‘Ill-Advised’ Letter From Republican Lawmakers As U.S. Demands ‘Tough Choices’
    Mar16

    Iranian Delegation Raises Concerns Over ‘Ill-Advised’ Letter From Republican Lawmakers As U.S. Demands ‘Tough Choices’

    * Not clear if end-March deadline can be met-U.S. official * Says Iran has to make “very tough and necessary choices” * Iran’s Salehi: “I’m very optimistic.” (Adds Iranian oil minister) By Lesley Wroughton and Parisa Hafezi …read more Source: The Huffington...

    Russia, Separatists Criticize Ukraine Bill On Autonomy
    Mar16

    Russia, Separatists Criticize Ukraine Bill On Autonomy

    Russia and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have criticized a Ukrainian draft law granting the rebel-held areas special status. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin’s Nuclear Warning Suggests Russia Won’t Back Down from Crimea
    Mar16

    Putin’s Nuclear Warning Suggests Russia Won’t Back Down from Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was mysteriously absent for about 10 days, apparently was ready to exercise the country’s nuclear option last year over tensions in Ukraine, which suggests that Moscow will not give up on its plans. “We were ready to do it. I talked with colleagues and told them that this (Crimea) is our historic...

    How ISIS Succeeds on Social Media Where #StopKony Fails
    Mar16

    How ISIS Succeeds on Social Media Where #StopKony Fails

    A map of the top 50 Twitter PR presences in the UK and their respective followers ( Porter Novelli Global/Flickr ) Social networks offer an incredible tool for tapping into the collective unconscious, a virtual Jungian arena in which competition might be expected to amplify the critical values and anxieties of millions of people in real time. In...

    Why Lithuania is preparing for a Russian invasion
    Mar16

    Why Lithuania is preparing for a Russian invasion

    The three Baltic States are fearful of a possible Russian invasion, although Lithuania may have particular reason for concern. Wedged between Russian ally Belarus and the Russian Baltic Sea exclave of Kaliningrad, Lithuania is worried that it could be the next target of Russian aggression following invasions in Georgia in 2008 and Crimea and...

    Hard Power Gestures From Russia and the West
    Mar16

    Hard Power Gestures From Russia and the West

    After reappearing triumphantly following a mysterious absence, Vladimir Putin ordered a massive military drill during which personnel will be on high alert. Bloomberg News reports: Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops placed on full combat readiness in snap drills in western Russia, as Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu warned the country...

    Russian Crimea documentary sends message: Putin is in charge
    Mar16

    Russian Crimea documentary sends message: Putin is in charge

    In an on-camera interview, the Russian president, who reappeared in public Monday following a still unexplained 10-day disappearance, accused the Americans of being the “real puppet masters” behind nationalist forces that overthrew Ukraine’s former president and ushered in that country’s current pro-Western government. The...

    Russian Official Dismisses 2018 World Cup Boycott Call
    Mar16

    Russian Official Dismisses 2018 World Cup Boycott Call

    Russia will stage the 2018 soccer World Cup and will host it well, the Russian Football Union’s honorary president told Reuters on Monday, dismissing calls by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for his country’s allies to boycott the event. Vyacheslav Koloskov, a former FIFA vice-president, said attempts to disrupt the tournament...