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    Exclusive: Opposition Leaders in London Are Putin’s Next Target
    Mar18

    Exclusive: Opposition Leaders in London Are Putin’s Next Target

    The Kremlin’s war on the Russian opposition has now become so savage it has torn up its own rulebook. Russian dissidents struggling against Vladimir Putin used to be sure of two things. The security services would not shoot them and they would not come after their families. Not any more. Vladimir Ashurkov is one of Russia’s most...

    The Russian auto market is imploding (GM)
    Mar18

    The Russian auto market is imploding (GM)

    Western automakers are giving up on Russia. Half a decade ago, Russia was seen as a vast growth opportunity. The US market had been weakened by the financial crisis, and Europe looked limited. All the major car makers wanted to get in on the action. But in early 2015, the Russia market is falling apart. Last year, Ford took a big hit on its...

    Sweden: Russia biggest threat, 1/3 of its envoys are spies
    Mar18

    Sweden: Russia biggest threat, 1/3 of its envoys are spies

    SOLNA, Sweden (AP) — Swedish security service SAPO on Wednesday accused Russia of using as many as one-third of its diplomatic staff in the Scandinavian country for clandestine intelligence gathering. Naming Russia as “the biggest intelligence threat against Sweden, followed by Iran and China,” he said SAPO last year stopped several...

    The real target of Taber’s new law: Mennonites?
    Mar18

    The real target of Taber’s new law: Mennonites?

    Photograph by Chris Bolin It’s one o’clock on a damp Sunday afternoon in Taber, Alta., three weeks after the town council enacted a bylaw that imposes a curfew, fines for swearing and yelling in public, and gives police powers to break up groups of three or more people. Like every other Sunday here, pickup trucks begin pulling into...

    Putin’s Latest Crimea Spin Attempts New Narrative
    Mar18

    Putin’s Latest Crimea Spin Attempts New Narrative

    As Russia marks the one-year anniversary of Crimea’s annexation from neighboring Ukraine, the Kremlin is putting forth a new narrative in what analysts say appears to be a further attempt to legitimize its takeover of the peninsula. In a pre-recorded interview for a documentary that premiered earlier this week on state television, Russian...

    Death Tolls of World Conflicts Rose Dramatically Last Year
    Mar18

    Death Tolls of World Conflicts Rose Dramatically Last Year

    The death tolls of the world’s gravest conflicts rose 28 percent between 2013 and 2014, partly due to increased violence from Islamic extremist groups, according to a new report. In 2014, more than 76,000 people were killed in Syria, 21,000 were killed in Iraq, 14,638 were killed in Afghanistan and 11,529 were killed in Nigeria, according...

    Taliban Blast Kills Several In Helmand
    Mar18

    Taliban Blast Kills Several In Helmand

    A Taliban truck bomb in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand Province has killed at least seven people and injured around 40. The blast occurred in the provincial capital, Laskar Gah, the second such attack in the city this month. (Reuters) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    We’re not distracted by Russia crisis: Nato
    Mar18

    We’re not distracted by Russia crisis: Nato

    The Russia-Ukraine crisis has “not distracted” Nato from fighting cyberwarfare, a top official said, following a number of high-profile attacks. …read more Source:...

    Monitoring Group Looks to Publish Photographs of Cease-Fire Violations in Ukraine
    Mar18

    Monitoring Group Looks to Publish Photographs of Cease-Fire Violations in Ukraine

    In a conflict replete with propaganda from competing sides, a picture can say a thousand words. And finally, those pictures may become available to the general public. On Tuesday, the head of the international organization monitoring the war in Ukraine said he hopes to publish photographs of cease-fire violations using sophisticated imagery...

    Ukraine Rebels Warn They Could Abandon Cease-fire
    Mar18

    Ukraine Rebels Warn They Could Abandon Cease-fire

    Separatist leaders in eastern Ukraine threatened Wednesday to abandon a cease-fire following changes to a law granting their regions self-rule. Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky said in a statement that legislation giving areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions special status has been weakened by the amendments. “We agreed to a...