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    Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks
    Sep02

    Ukraine rebels pull back from independence demands at cease-fire talks

    Pro-Russian rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine’s sovereignty in exchange for autonomy — a shift that reflects Moscow’s desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks. …read more Source: FOX...

    Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism
    Sep02

    Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

    If recent developments are any indication, South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country’s political and...

    Obama inaction on Russia invasions of Ukraine could impede nuclear disarmament
    Sep02

    Obama inaction on Russia invasions of Ukraine could impede nuclear disarmament

    The muted American response to Russia’s invasions of Ukraine could have consequences far beyond Eastern Europe, according to security analysts who fear the crisis may discourage countries in the future from swearing off nuclear weapons like Kiev did in a 1994 treaty. Three years after the Soviet Union’s breakup, newly …...

    Putin: ‘If I Want, I Will Take Kyiv In Two Weeks’
    Sep02

    Putin: ‘If I Want, I Will Take Kyiv In Two Weeks’

    The Italian newspaper “Le Repubblica” printed an article on September 1 that reported Russian President Vladimir Putin told outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, “If I want, I could take Kyiv in two weeks.” …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine rebels soften demand for independence
    Sep02

    Ukraine rebels soften demand for independence

    Insurgents from eastern Ukraine pull back demands and say autonomy and amnesty may be enough to strike a peace deal …read more Source:...

    Back-to-School in Ukraine Marred by War
    Sep02

    Back-to-School in Ukraine Marred by War

    The first day of classes at School No. 66. This is the industrial city of Mariupol in southeastern Ukraine. All the trappings of back-to-school… but bubbling just below the surface, tensions are high. Last week, pro-Russian rebels fighting the government took a major town less than an hour’s drive away. They’re threatening this...

    NATO To Create ‘Spearhead’ Rapid Reaction Force In Response To Ukraine Crisis
    Sep02

    NATO To Create ‘Spearhead’ Rapid Reaction Force In Response To Ukraine Crisis

    By Adrian Croft BRUSSELS, Sept 1 (Reuters) – NATO leaders will respond to the Ukraine crisis by agreeing this week to create a “spearhead” rapid reaction force, potentially including several thousand troops, that could be sent to a hotspot in as little as two days, officials said on Monday. The 28-nation alliance already has a...

    NATO Calls For Response Force Along Eastern Borders Of Member States Ahead Of Summit
    Sep02

    NATO Calls For Response Force Along Eastern Borders Of Member States Ahead Of Summit

    As the crisis in Ukraine escalates, NATO plans to build up forces along the eastern borders of its member states to guard against potential Russian aggression. NATO leaders will be asked this week to approve the formation of a high readiness force along with the stockpiling of military supplies and equipment to protect member states in response...

    Why President Obama’s Visit to Estonia Really Matters
    Sep02

    Why President Obama’s Visit to Estonia Really Matters

    This post was co-authored with András Simonyi. President Obama’s brief stopover in Tallinn en route to the NATO Summit in Wales this week couldn’t have been be any timelier. Showing up in person matters a lot to the Balts who are increasingly feeling the heat after Russia’s invasion of Crimea and subsequent aggression in Eastern...

    Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be ‘Defining Moment’ For NATO
    Sep02

    Analyst: Response To Russian Incursion Will Be ‘Defining Moment’ For NATO

    President Obama heads to Europe this week to take part in the NATO summit. The alliance is weighing how to respond to Russia’s incursions into Ukraine.» E-Mail This …read more Source:...