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    Situation Report: Eyes on Spies; Snowden; Choppers for Pakistan; Sec Def on the economics of Asia; and much more
    Apr07

    Situation Report: Eyes on Spies; Snowden; Choppers for Pakistan; Sec Def on the economics of Asia; and much more

    By Paul McLeary and Sabine Muscat Is the era of the passport-swapping international spy over? FP’s Kate Brannen delivers an absolute must read about a topic you’ll be surprised you never thought much about. The expansion of biometric data (fingerprints, iris scans and facial images) along with closed-circuit TV surveillance and...

    Comments cost Ukraine pianist gig with Toronto symphony
    Apr07

    Comments cost Ukraine pianist gig with Toronto symphony

    TORONTO – Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa will not perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week because of what the TSO calls “provocative comments.” In a statement purportedly written by the pianist and posted on Facebook Monday, Lisitsa wrote about the people of Ukraine “raising in fury against their corrupt rulers.” But she...

    Five stories in the news today, April 7
    Apr07

    Five stories in the news today, April 7

    Five stories in the news today, April 7, from The Canadian Press:LONG WAIT IS OVER, TRIAL OF MIKE DUFFY STARTS TODAYThe Senate expense scandal lands squarely back under the spotlight today as the long-awaited trial of suspended Conservative senator Mike Duffy gets underway in an Ottawa courtroom. The trial, currently scheduled to last more than...

    Controversial comments cost Ukraine pianist gig with Toronto symphony
    Apr07

    Controversial comments cost Ukraine pianist gig with Toronto symphony

    TORONTO – Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa will not perform with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra this week because of what the TSO calls “provocative comments.”In a statement purportedly written by the pianist and posted on Facebook Monday, Lisitsa wrote about the people of Ukraine “raising in fury against their...

    Explosion In Ukraine’s Kharkiv Targets National Flag Memorial
    Apr07

    Explosion In Ukraine’s Kharkiv Targets National Flag Memorial

    A bomb has been detonated under a national flag memorial in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukrainian-Born Classical Pianist Fired For Pro-Rebel Comments
    Apr07

    Ukrainian-Born Classical Pianist Fired For Pro-Rebel Comments

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has sacked a Ukrainian-born classical pianist because of her political commentary on social-media sites in support of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra yanks Ukrainian-born pianist’s shows after talk of ‘deeply offensive’ comments
    Apr07

    Toronto Symphony Orchestra yanks Ukrainian-born pianist’s shows after talk of ‘deeply offensive’ comments

    The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has replaced Ukrainian-born piano soloist Valentina Lisitsa in several performances this week, citing “ongoing accusations of deeply offensive language by Ukrainian media outlets” — a decision which has sparked online backlash from the popular pianist’s fans. TSO president and CEO Jeff Melanson told Torstar...

    Moscow Technology Park Looks to Attract Western Companies
    Apr07

    Moscow Technology Park Looks to Attract Western Companies

    Russian authorities are describing the country’s economic downturn and Western sanctions against it as opportunities to reduce its reliance on energy exports by developing domestic, innovative industries. To spur the growth of high-tech industries, one technology park developed by Moscow city authorities is attracting Western companies that...

    Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council
    Apr07

    Escalating Tensions Challenge U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council

    Co-authored by Paul Arthur Berkman, Lloyd N. Axworthy, and Oran R. YoungUkraine escalates urgency to prevent an Arctic Cold War. Already events are moving in dangerous directions, undermining decades of east-west cooperation that have established the high north as a region of low tensions. As the U.S. resumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council...

    Czech President Feuds With US Ambassador Over Ukraine
    Apr07

    Czech President Feuds With US Ambassador Over Ukraine

    PRAGUE—Czech President Milos Zeman and the U.S. ambassador are in a rare public dispute over Zeman’s decision to attend a Russian military parade, and the country’s prime minister and Czech lawmakers are siding with the American. In an interview with online publication Parlamentni Listy on Sunday, Zeman bristled at the envoy’s...