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    USS Ross: Russian jets buzz US Navy in Black Sea
    Jun02

    USS Ross: Russian jets buzz US Navy in Black Sea

    USS Ross: Russian jets buzzed the US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer while on patrol in the Black Sea. Most analysts view such incidents as part of the tensions over Ukraine. …read more Source: Christian Science...

    The only 2 cities that want to host the 2022 Olympics have a ton of problems
    Jun02

    The only 2 cities that want to host the 2022 Olympics have a ton of problems

    After several potential host cities with a democratically elected government pulled out of the running for the 2022 Winter Olympics, the only two candidates left are Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China. On Monday the International Olympic Committee released a 137-page evaluation of the two bids, and while it’s generally positive,...

    How a Grexit and Brexit Would Unravel Europe
    Jun01

    How a Grexit and Brexit Would Unravel Europe

    BERLIN — Since 2008, when the global financial crisis erupted, the European Union has been confronted by a succession of crises: the escalating Greek crisis; Russian revanchism in Ukraine; and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean (which is inextricably linked to the regional crisis in the Middle East and Africa’s various wars)....

    Russian plane buzzes U.S. warship near Crimea
    Jun01

    Russian plane buzzes U.S. warship near Crimea

    The U.S. Navy takes the unusual step of releasing video of a Russian jet flying close to the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea and amid renewed tension over Ukraine. …read more Source:...

    Russia is drastically increasing its number of planned military exercises
    Jun01

    Russia is drastically increasing its number of planned military exercises

    The Kremlin has announced plans to dramatically increase the number of summer military exercises staged throughout Russia, Damien Sharkov reports for Newsweek citing the Russian Ministry of Defense. Russia’s Airborne Troops alone are scheduled to conduct more than 1,000 exercises in the summer months. This represents a 20% increase in...

    Russian embassy to host recital by controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa
    Jun01

    Russian embassy to host recital by controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa

    Moscow’s diplomatic mission in Canada is hosting a performance by a controversial pianist whose criticism of Ukrainians and the government in Kiev prompted the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to cancel her appearances‎ a couple of months ago. The Russian embassy says it will feature a recital by Ukrainian-born Valentina Lisitsa this Tuesday – an...

    Russia’s Outsized Reaction to Planned NATO Drills
    Jun01

    Russia’s Outsized Reaction to Planned NATO Drills

    Russia is holding massive military exercises along its European border in response to ongoing NATO-Sweden-Finland drills called Arctic Challenge. The drills are a scheduled, biennial event, so the Russian counter-exercises were unexpected, as Defense One reports: It was the degree of the robust Russian response that surprised Nordic and NATO...

    Despite Eastern Ukraine Cease-fire, 5 Killed
    Jun01

    Despite Eastern Ukraine Cease-fire, 5 Killed

    At least two civilians and three Ukrainian troops have been killed in eastern Ukraine despite the ongoing cease-fire, officials on both sides of the conflict said Monday. The hostilities have subsided since the September cease-fire, but fighting between Russia-backed separatists and government troops still continues across the front line. In a...

    The Harper Doctrine in Red? Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy
    Jun01

    The Harper Doctrine in Red? Justin Trudeau’s Foreign Policy

    Photo by Alex Guibord With its legacy of peacekeeping and respect for the United Nations, one notable feature of Pierre Elliot Trudeau’s foreign policy was his willingness to disagree openly with our southern neighbour. In his memoir, PET lambasted “the rigidly anti-Soviet stance taken by Reagan and his ideological soulmate [sic] Margaret...

    Evidence Grows of Russian Military Involvement in Ukraine
    Jun01

    Evidence Grows of Russian Military Involvement in Ukraine

    U.N. human rights monitors say there is growing evidence of Russian military involvement in the war in Ukraine. The U.N. human rights monitoring mission in Ukraine has just launched its 10th report on the situation in Ukraine, covering the period from February 16 to May 15. Russia denies its soldiers are fighting in eastern Ukraine, and it says...