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    Vladimir Putin’s imaginary wars
    May12

    Vladimir Putin’s imaginary wars

    President Vladimir Putin’s latest attempt to justify the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, which allowed Germany and the Soviet Union to divide up Poland in 1939, holds a clue to the Kremlin’s behaviour in the Ukraine crisis. Here’s what Putin said after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday: The Soviet Union...

    Syria, Iran and Ukraine Top Agenda for Kerry’s Russian Meetings
    May12

    Syria, Iran and Ukraine Top Agenda for Kerry’s Russian Meetings

    The last time U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, it was two years ago to announce an international conference aimed at stemming the spiraling bloodshed in Syria. Fast forward to Tuesday, when Kerry is scheduled to meet with Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to discuss Syria’s...

    How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine
    May12

    How Putin Used VE Day to Equate the Victory Over Fascism With the Fight in Ukraine

    MOSCOW — Victory Day celebrations were divided between official speeches steeped in falsehoods and insincerity and genuine sorrow for those who had fallen in the Great Patriotic War, as well as gratitude to them for saving the country. However, in the months leading up to the holiday, the country was plunged into an unprecedented display of...

    Noam Chomsky: We Caused the Chaos in the Middle East
    May12

    Noam Chomsky: We Caused the Chaos in the Middle East

    The scholar speaks about America’s past foreign policy blunders and the failures of the mainstream media. This article was first published at Jacobin, a publication offering socialist perspectives on politics, economics, and culture. Subscriptions start at $19.Earlier this month, Dan Falcone and Saul Isaacson, both high school educators,...

    Kerry meeting Putin to confer on conflicts in Ukraine and Syria
    May12

    Kerry meeting Putin to confer on conflicts in Ukraine and Syria

    WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry departed Monday for Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin, on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. “The Obama administration chose the path of scaling back bilateral relations,...

    Kerry heads to Russia with nations’ ties at post-Cold War lows
    May11

    Kerry heads to Russia with nations’ ties at post-Cold War lows

    Moscow cites need to “resolve the problems created by Washington” as top U.S. diplomat makes first visit since Ukraine crisis …read more Source:...

    U.S. Secretary of State heads to Russia for meeting with Vladimir Putin
    May11

    U.S. Secretary of State heads to Russia for meeting with Vladimir Putin

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. (Andrew Harnik/AP) WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. The State Department said Kerry...

    Welcome Back, Omar Khadr: Demonized No More
    May11

    Welcome Back, Omar Khadr: Demonized No More

    Photo by Khadr family When torture survivor Omar Khadr was granted bail last week, the Harper government actually did something logical: it argued in an emergency hearing that releasing someone who, since the age of 15, has never known life outside of the world’s worst detention facilities, would cause irreparable harm. Indeed, it already...

    Europe’s Fringe, New Faces Take Part In Donetsk Forum
    May11

    Europe’s Fringe, New Faces Take Part In Donetsk Forum

    A forum held in Ukraine’s war-torn east features some familiar guest speakers — Europeans from the pro-Russian political fringe who give their support to separatists in Ukraine — and also some new faces. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis
    May11

    Kerry heads to Russia in first visit since Ukraine crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia to meet with President Vladimir Putin on his first visit to the country since relations between Washington and Moscow plummeted to post-Cold War lows amid disagreements over Ukraine and Syria. …read more Source: CNS...