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    Ukraine Crisis: Putin Says He Could Capture Kiev In 2 Weeks If He Wanted To
    Sep02

    Ukraine Crisis: Putin Says He Could Capture Kiev In 2 Weeks If He Wanted To

    Russian President Vladimir Putin increased the rhetoric over Ukraine, saying he could capture Kiev within two weeks if he wanted to do so, the Italian newspaper Le Repubblica reported. The remarks came after Putin proposed statehood for eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: International Business...

    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...

    Ukraine Accuses Russia of “Undisguised Aggression”
    Sep02

    Ukraine Accuses Russia of “Undisguised Aggression”

    Local residents who live near the airport just outside Donetsk take shelter in a basement. This comes as Ukraine’s military said Monday it pulled its forces back from defending the airport — the latest in a string of reverses for Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists. At a military academy in Kiev, Ukrainian President...

    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...

    Fisher: NATO looks for Harper’s tough talk to be backed by action, defence spending
    Sep02

    Fisher: NATO looks for Harper’s tough talk to be backed by action, defence spending

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper has a chance to prove that he is not “all hat and no cattle” at the NATO leaders’ summit in Wales this week. No other leader in the 28-country trans-Atlantic alliance has condemned Vladimir Putin’s military adventure in Ukraine more harshly and more persistently than Harper has. However, paradoxically,...

    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...

    Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks
    Sep02

    Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace 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. (Sept. 1) …read more Source: USA...

    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:...