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    NATO’s priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe
    Jan06

    NATO’s priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe

    The multinational force, often called the “spearhead,” was ordered into existence by President Obama and other NATO leaders in September so it could be deployed to reinforce alliance members feeling threatened by the actions or ambitions of Vladimir Putin’s Russia. With NATO officially out of combat operations in Afghanistan as...

    NATO’s priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe
    Jan06

    NATO’s priority in 2015: Setting up reaction force in Europe

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Leaving combat operations in Afghanistan behind, NATO is shifting its focus to Europe in 2015 and the creation of its new ultra-rapid-reaction force, designed as a deterrent to Russia. The priority for the 28-member alliance will be to get the new agile expeditionary force into operation, but also settling the question of who will...

    Russia To Hire More Foreign Soldiers; Experts Believe Move Not Linked To Ukrainian Conflict
    Jan06

    Russia To Hire More Foreign Soldiers; Experts Believe Move Not Linked To Ukrainian Conflict

    Russia is planning to recruit more foreign soldiers for the country’s army as part of a broader plan to professionalize its armed forces. The move comes at a time when many overseas volunteers are reportedly fighting in eastern Ukraine, although some experts believe that Moscow’s decision is not linked to the Ukrainian conflict....

    Tony Blair Has Another Repressive Central Asian Autocracy to Sell You
    Jan06

    Tony Blair Has Another Repressive Central Asian Autocracy to Sell You

    With Ukraine in continued crisis and Moscow deflating under a crippled ruble, the European Union has begun scouring for non-Russian gas. Azerbaijan, in the gas-rich southern Caspian, should present a natural replacement. But progress on the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), one of the chief vehicles f …read more Source: The New...

    Ukraine Says FMs from Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany To Meet January 9
    Jan06

    Ukraine Says FMs from Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany To Meet January 9

    Ukraine’s representative to the “Normandy format” talks in Berlin on January 5 has said there will be a meeting of the group’s foreign ministers in the Kazakh capital Astana on January 9 …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    French Leader Urges End to Sanctions Over Ukraine
    Jan06

    French Leader Urges End to Sanctions Over Ukraine

    Backing President Vladimir V. Putin into a corner will not work, the French president said, reflecting sanctions fatigue among European officials. …read more Source: The New York...

    Poland’s Feminist Genealogy
    Jan06

    Poland’s Feminist Genealogy

    There is an infamous story in Poland about a sign at the shipyard in Gdansk where the trade union movement Solidarity got started in 1980. Although nobody actually saw the sign, many people firmly believe that it existed. The sign read: “Women, do not disturb us. We are fighting for Poland.” “The sign is very important to Polish...

    It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran
    Jan06

    It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran

    There are lots of reasons to be skeptical that 2015 will see a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons bid. But one of the more compelling is that there’s virtually nothing in the historical record to suggest that the Obama administration’s current negotiating strategy can succeed. Though rarely...

    The Ruble Plunged As Oil Crashed
    Jan06

    The Ruble Plunged As Oil Crashed

    The ruble got slammed again on Monday. The currency ended the day at around 61.61 per dollar, around 6.4% weaker against the dollar. During the day, the currency got as weak as 62.0 rubles per dollar. By comparison, on the first day of trading in 2014 the ruble was at 32.03 rubles per dollar. The currency’s drop coincides with crude oil...

    Ignoring ‘Cold War II’ Won’t Make It Go Away
    Jan06

    Ignoring ‘Cold War II’ Won’t Make It Go Away

    MOSCOW — Of course, we could split hairs and ask: Are we on the brink of a new Cold War? Has a second Cold War already started? Did the first Cold War ever end? In my opinion, that is not the main point. The simple fact that we are even asking such questions is far more important because it means that, regardless of which answer you choose,...