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    NATO Starts ‘Rapid Trident’ Exercise In Ukraine As Fighting Continues in East
    Sep15

    NATO Starts ‘Rapid Trident’ Exercise In Ukraine As Fighting Continues in East

    NATO and a handful of outside states have kicked off the Rapid Trident exercise in western Ukraine along the Polish border. The annual exercise’s 2014 iteration is the first time U.S. troops have operated there since deadly conflict has erupted between eastern pro-Russian separatists and the European-backed Ukrainian government. …read...

    This Is the Worst Refugee Crisis Since WWII. It’s Time for Us to Rethink Our Response
    Sep15

    This Is the Worst Refugee Crisis Since WWII. It’s Time for Us to Rethink Our Response

    We started this year with a frightening record: More than 51 million fellow human beings were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and human rights abuse. It is the highest number recorded since the refugee crisis following World War II. As we are now approaching mid-September 2014, we do not know exactly how many men, women and...

    Full Pundit: There’ll always be a Ford Nation
    Sep15

    Full Pundit: There’ll always be a Ford Nation

    WEEKEND ROUNDUP There’s a new circus in townThe latest from Toronto, in case you missed it, is that Rob Ford is in hospital with an abdominal tumour, awaiting biopsy results. He is thus out of the mayoral race. Well, not thus exactly. He’s running instead for his old seat on City Council, which apparently is something he feels he can...

    6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city
    Sep15

    6 killed, 15 wounded in east Ukraine city

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5. Nonetheless, the cease-fire deal has brought some normalcy … …read more...

    NATO Chief Warns Of Threats From Russia, IS Militants
    Sep15

    NATO Chief Warns Of Threats From Russia, IS Militants

    NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says alliance members must come together to battle security threats both from Russia and Islamic State (IS) militants. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    World War 3? NATO Chief Says Threats from Russia, Islamic State
    Sep15

    World War 3? NATO Chief Says Threats from Russia, Islamic State

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Members of the U.S.-led alliance must stand shoulder to shoulder to confront simultaneous security threats from Russia and the so-called Islamic State extremist organization, NATO secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Monday. In a farewell speech as NATO’s top civilian official, Rasmussen said the alliance finds...

    Six killed, 15 wounded in East Ukraine amid heaviest fighting since ceasefire
    Sep15

    Six killed, 15 wounded in East Ukraine amid heaviest fighting since ceasefire

    Over the weekend, Ukraine said its troops repelled an attack of 200 rebel fighters, but suffered no military casualties …read more Source: Calgary...

    U.S. and French ships leave Black Sea, HMCS Toronto and other vessels remain
    Sep15

    U.S. and French ships leave Black Sea, HMCS Toronto and other vessels remain

    A U.S. guided missile destroyer and a French signals intelligence ship have left Black Sea, the USNI reports. It cites U.S. Navy officials and local press reports. As Defence Watch readers know, warship from countries without a coast on the Black Sea operate under the Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits. That convention only...

    Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’
    Sep15

    Donetsk Separatist Leader Says Cease-Fire Signed To Combat ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’

    Andrei Purgin, first deputy prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, has told RFE/RL that the separatists signed the Minsk cease-fire agreement to focus on restoring the region’s damaged infrastructure before winter sets in. The price of fighting on, he says, would be “desolation.” …read more...

    Why Germany Can’t Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO
    Sep15

    Why Germany Can’t Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO

    Germany’s position as Europe’s leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin’s extra-territorial activities. With high implied stakes for the post-Cold War order, Germany must carefully balance its self-interest with its obligations to NATO and its...