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    Ukraine Wants New IMF Bailout Deal As War Takes Economic Toll
    Oct07

    Ukraine Wants New IMF Bailout Deal As War Takes Economic Toll

    As the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank gets under way in Washington, Ukraine wants to adjust the terms of its $17 billion bailout. Kyiv says the country is now at war and needs to build new armed forces. But some analysts say the terms of the loans could backfire on Ukraine’s economy. Henry Ridgwell...

    Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100
    Oct07

    Ralph Goldman, former JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100

    Then-Israeli President Shimon Peres, standing, greets Ralph Goldman at a salute for the former American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee leader’s 100th birthday in 2014. (Courtesy JDC) JERUSALEM (JTA) — Ralph Goldman, who as a young man helped shepherd the State of Israel into existence and later devoted his professional life to bringing...

    Economist Critical Of Kremlin Says He Was Ousted From Influential Journal
    Oct07

    Economist Critical Of Kremlin Says He Was Ousted From Influential Journal

    Sergei Aleksashenko, a leading Russian economist, says his critical views of the Russian government’s handling of the economy have cost him his job as editor of a prominent economic newsletter. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Canadian fighters poised to launch attacks on Islamic State from Kuwait airbase
    Oct07

    Canadian fighters poised to launch attacks on Islamic State from Kuwait airbase

    Irbil, Iraq — Canadian warplanes that are to bomb Islamic State targets in Iraq will operate from an airfield in Kuwait. However, it will be at least one week and perhaps not until near the end of October before six Canadian CF-18 Hornets from CFB Cold Lake are launched from the tiny Persian Gulf emirate, only 400 kilometres away from territory...

    Putin Undermined Democracy From the Get-Go
    Oct07

    Putin Undermined Democracy From the Get-Go

    WASHINGTON—Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been the source of much speculation in the West as to his true nature and motivation. He was elected president twice in 2000–2008, and again to a six-year term in 2012. So he is not a czar, though widespread fraud was well documented in the third election. Freedom House, which tracks freedom...

    Putin Is Hercules In A New Art Exhibit
    Oct07

    Putin Is Hercules In A New Art Exhibit

    If, for some reason, you have ever wondered what Russian President Vladimir Putin might look like as Hercules, then the art world has finally provided your answer. A new exhibit depicting Russia’s demagogue as demigod opened in Moscow on Monday as a one-night-only tribute for Putin’s 62nd birthday. Entitled the “12 Labors Of...

    ‘They know nothing else’: Eastern Ukraine rebels start building neo-Soviet states, aim for ‘military communism’
    Oct07

    ‘They know nothing else’: Eastern Ukraine rebels start building neo-Soviet states, aim for ‘military communism’

    DONETSK, Ukraine — In the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine, the Supreme Soviet, as its separatist legislature is known, is nationalizing coal mines and reviving collective farms. At parades, people wave hammer-and-sickle flags; school officials talk of revising the curriculum to celebrate the triumphs of the Soviet Union. [np_storybar...

    Pro-Russia separatists target key assets in eastern Ukraine
    Oct07

    Pro-Russia separatists target key assets in eastern Ukraine

    Pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian government forces have abandoned all pretense of adhering to a cease-fire agreed to a month ago as the rebels have stepped up their assault on the Donetsk airport in hopes of gaining control of eastern Ukraine’s most important transport hub. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Cohen: Iraq’s political pitfalls for Liberals and Conservatives
    Oct07

    Cohen: Iraq’s political pitfalls for Liberals and Conservatives

    Foreign policy does not matter much in Canada, particularly in national elections. Middle power, smart power or principal power, we rarely give foreign policy the weight of domestic policy, let alone make it a ballot question. But Canada’s involvement in the campaign against ISIL in Iraq could well become an issue next year. Or, at a...

    Finance Minister Warns Russia Can’t Afford Military Spending Plan
    Oct07

    Finance Minister Warns Russia Can’t Afford Military Spending Plan

    Russia’s finance minister said on Tuesday the country could no longer afford a multi-billion-dollar revamp of the armed forces approved by President Vladimir Putin, stepping up a campaign to trim spending as sanctions over the Ukraine crisis bite. Anton Siluanov said a new defense program should be drawn up to take into account the changed...