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    Trump Declares All-Out War on Environment With Fossil Fuel-Loving, Climate Change-Denying Cabinet Nominees
    Dec18

    Trump Declares All-Out War on Environment With Fossil Fuel-Loving, Climate Change-Denying Cabinet Nominees

    Click here for reuse options! The president-elect has surrounded himself with advisers who put profits over the American people—and the planet. Scientists have recently warned in a major new report that the increasingly rapid melting of Arctic ice could be potentially irreversible and have severe implications not just for Arctic ecosystems, but...

    First Meeting Between Trump and Putin
    Dec18

    First Meeting Between Trump and Putin

    By Jean-Francois BoittinThe scene takes place in Vladimir Putin’ s office in the Kremlin.President Trump arrives, slightly out of breath. Putin made sure that he walked multiple times over the same corridors of the Kremlin, passing by the cute-looking, straight out of the Nutcracker uniformed guards (Donald Trump, to himself : Make a mental...

    Spotlight on green news & views: Climate scientists try to save data; don’t Corpus Christi water
    Dec18

    Spotlight on green news & views: Climate scientists try to save data; don’t Corpus Christi water

    Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) usually appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Here is the December 14 Green Spotlight. More than 26,140 environmentally oriented stories have been rescued to appear in this series since 2006. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily...

    Rex Tillerson’s Warm Relationship With Putin Chills Kremlin Critics’ Hopes
    Dec18

    Rex Tillerson’s Warm Relationship With Putin Chills Kremlin Critics’ Hopes

    In Russia, supporters and opponents of President Vladimir Putin agree on very little. Yet as Donald Trump, the U.S. president-elect, prepares to enter the White House, there is one thing they are in full accordance on: For the next four years at least, the United States will stop promoting human rights and democracy in Russia. “Putin had an...

    America’s Future Relations With Russia and China
    Dec17

    America’s Future Relations With Russia and China

    Blake Franko Security, Asia Are hawks prepared to level with Americans about the potential costs of our commitments? Are they Russia hawks like Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham prepared to level with Americans and “honestly tell them that U.S. soldiers should die for Kiev and Tbilisi, and not even for Kiev and Tibilisi but to provide them...

    China saber-rattles near South China Sea with live-fire drills
    Dec17

    China saber-rattles near South China Sea with live-fire drills

    Despite concerns over its aggressive and disputed growing influence in the South China Sea, China conducted its first live-fire drills off a new aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, Thursday according to their official state media. The drills come on the heels of an official announcement last month that the Liaoning, purchased as an incomplete hull...

    FBI Met With Poroshenko Accuser; No Further Talks Planned
    Dec17

    FBI Met With Poroshenko Accuser; No Further Talks Planned

    The U.S. Justice Department has cut ties with a fugitive Ukrainian member of parliament who said he had turned over damning evidence proving the corruption of Ukraine’s president, a spokesman told RFE/RL on December 16. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    This Week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: Divesting? Nah!
    Dec17

    This Week in Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest: Divesting? Nah!

    (Credit: AP/Evan Vucci) Not a lot of new conflicts of interest emerged from the Donald Trump camp this week (although this isn’t to say that nothing came out), but plenty of news outlets were able to clarify the exact nature of these conflicts in important ways. Let’s begin. Donald Trump’s conflicts-of-interest press conference...

    Russia’s Forgotten Anti-Stalinist Playwright
    Dec17

    Russia’s Forgotten Anti-Stalinist Playwright

    In 1933, George Bernard Shaw wrote the Manchester Guardian to protest the British press’s “blind and reckless” reporting on Russia. “Particularly offensive and ridiculous,” Shaw claimed, was “the revival of the old attempts to represent the condition of Russian workers as one of slavery and starvation, the Five-Year Plan as a failure, the...

    The Foreign Stories To Watch in 2017: Newsweek’s Staff Picks
    Dec17

    The Foreign Stories To Watch in 2017: Newsweek’s Staff Picks

    A lot of people are hoping for good news in 2017. We didn’t have to look far this year to find gloom, and lots of it. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history; Brussels, the epicenter of the European Union, struck by three suicide bombings ; revelers in Nice mowed down ; failed ceasefires in Syria; Philippine President Rodrigo...