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    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...

    Turkey’s Reckless Gas Game
    May11

    Turkey’s Reckless Gas Game

    During a four-hour helicopter ride over the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara in early February, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and Russia’s Gazprom boss, Alexey Miller, mapped out plans that could potentially rebuild the long-adversarial relationship between their two countries. The men scouted the likely path of “Turkish Stream,”...

    Kerry heads to Russia to hold talks about Ukraine
    May11

    Kerry heads to Russia to hold talks about Ukraine

    Meeting comes amid poor relations between Moscow and Washington. …read more Source: USA...

    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...

    Secretary of State John Kerry to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday
    May11

    Secretary of State John Kerry to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday

    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 Associated Press writes. Here is the rest of the Associated Press article: The State Department said...

    Some Russian Soldiers Quit Army Over Ukraine War: Report
    May11

    Some Russian Soldiers Quit Army Over Ukraine War: Report

    By Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW/DONETSK, May 10 (Reuters) – Some Russian soldiers are quitting the army because of the conflict in Ukraine, several soldiers and human rights activists have told Reuters. Their accounts call into question the Kremlin’s continued assertions that no Russian soldiers have been sent to Ukraine, and that any...

    John Kerry set to make first trip to Russia since Ukraine crisis
    May11

    John Kerry set to make first trip to Russia since Ukraine crisis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia 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 would meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister … …read more...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, May 11, 2015
    May11

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, May 11, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Javier Corrales spells out the true cause of Venezuela’s economic malaise — and it isn’t the oil. Wai Moe explains why Kokang rebels are making life hard for the Burmese military and what this means for the country’s relationship with China. Asma...