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    Ukrainian president eases opposition to vote on regional power
    Apr07

    Ukrainian president eases opposition to vote on regional power

    KIEV, Ukraine — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to the restive regions engulfed in more than a year of warfare, reversing his government’s previous position. The conflict between Russia-backed rebels and government troops in eastern Ukraine has claimed...

    Ukraine Leader Denounces Federalization as Way to Break Up Country
    Apr07

    Ukraine Leader Denounces Federalization as Way to Break Up Country

    President Petro O. Poroshenko said he was so certain Ukrainians would reject the idea, which Russia endorses, that he offered to put it to a referendum. …read more Source: The New York...

    Poland is building a series of watchtowers along its border with Russia
    Apr07

    Poland is building a series of watchtowers along its border with Russia

    Poland is so concerned over the possibility of Russian aggression that it has decided to beef up its security systems along its border with Russia, Newsweek reports citing the Polish press. Warsaw has proposed a project that would construct a series of six 24-hour surveillance watch towers along Poland’s border with the Russian exclave of...

    Nonviolent Movements Are Best Chance for Democracy. And They Must Be Helped.
    Apr06

    Nonviolent Movements Are Best Chance for Democracy. And They Must Be Helped.

    As the bombing campaign of Houthi positions in Yemen continued and Saudi Arabia and Egypt threatened ground invasion, the men and women of Taizz, Yemen’s third largest city, came out in thousands last week to protest the Houthi’s take over of their city. The Taizz residents used the most effective weapon they had, but which the...

    Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power
    Apr06

    Ukrainian leader lifts objections to vote on regional power

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday publicly lifted his objections to a referendum that could give more powers to… …read more Source:...

    Czech president, US envoy in rare public spat over Ukraine
    Apr06

    Czech president, US envoy in rare public spat over Ukraine

    PRAGUE (AP) — 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…. …read more Source: Associated...

    Czech president, US envoy in rare public spat over Ukraine
    Apr06

    Czech president, US envoy in rare public spat over Ukraine

    PRAGUE (AP) — Czech President Milos Zeman and the U.S. ambassador to Prague are in a rare public dispute over Zeman’s decision to attend a Russian military parade, and the country’s prime minister together with Czech lawmakers are siding with the American. …read more Source: U.S....

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 6, 2015
    Apr06

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, April 6, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Mohamed Eljarh looks at life in Derna, the Islamic State’s stronghold in Libya. Cenk Sidar and Emre Tuncalp ask whether anyone in Turkey’s government is prepared to take serious steps to save the country’s ailing economy. Juan Nagel explains why the...

    Ukraine far-right leader made army advisor in move to control militias
    Apr06

    Ukraine far-right leader made army advisor in move to control militias

    Kiev (AFP) – The controversial leader of Ukraine’s ultra-nationalist Pravy Sektor paramilitary group, which is fighting pro-Russian rebels alongside government troops, was made an army advisor Monday as Kiev seeks to tighten its control over volunteer fighters.Coming on the anniversary of the start of fighting in Ukraine, the move...

    Ash Carter says U.S. is opening new phase of Asia pivot
    Apr06

    Ash Carter says U.S. is opening new phase of Asia pivot

    “I am personally committed to overseeing the next phase of the rebalance, which will deepen and diversify our engagement in the region,” Carter said in a speech outlining the administration’s rationale for trying to devote more attention to Asia. At a time of increasing conflict and uncertainty across the Middle East, as well as growing...