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    December 13, 2014
    Dec11

    December 13, 2014

    Two years ago, on December 13, 2014, the Ukraine Freedom Support Act (S 2828/ HR 5859) was passed by unanimous consent by the U.S. Senate, thus passing both houses of Congress after the hotline vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 11. President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 18. […] …read more Source: The...

    Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea
    Dec11

    Russia’s illegal occupation of Crimea

    The following is a guest editorial by Orest Deychakiwsky, policy advisor, U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission). The text is adapted from his opening remarks at the commission’s November 10 briefing on “Ongoing Human Rights and Security Violations in Russian-Occupied Crimea.” With Russia’s ongoing...

    Trump expected to tap Exxon’s Tillerson to lead State Dept.
    Dec11

    Trump expected to tap Exxon’s Tillerson to lead State Dept.

    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet. Trump has privately signaled that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered...

    What It Really Means to Be a ‘Friend of Putin’
    Dec11

    What It Really Means to Be a ‘Friend of Putin’

    In June 2008, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson attended the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, Russia’s answer to Davos, its way of showing itself to the world as the kind of economic powerhouse that can attract executives like Rex Tillerson to its banquets. It was a key and very shaky moment for Russia. Vladimir Putin was bowing out after his...

    Donald Trump’s expected pick for secretary of state is a Putin-friendly Exxon CEO
    Dec11

    Donald Trump’s expected pick for secretary of state is a Putin-friendly Exxon CEO

    The prospect of Rex Tillerson is already getting pushback from both sides of the aisle. Donald Trump is expected to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, adding a corporate executive with extensive ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin to his presidential cabinet. Tillerson has relationships with many world leaders,...

    Amnesty International campaign takes aim at first Canadian project with Site C
    Dec11

    Amnesty International campaign takes aim at first Canadian project with Site C

    VANCOUVER — An annual Amnesty International human-rights campaign is taking aim at a Canadian project for the first time — the Site C dam. The $8.8-billion hydroelectric dam project in northeast British Columbia was one of 10 global issues targeted by the Write for Rights campaign on Saturday. The campaign involves events held across the world...

    Lawmakers alarmed Exxon chief could empower Putin
    Dec11

    Lawmakers alarmed Exxon chief could empower Putin

    Donald Trump’s leading candidate for secretary of state, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, would accelerate the president-elect’s collision course with Congress over his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin and raise new questions about Putin’s role in the election.Tillerson, whom Trump officials now call the...

    Trump To Nominate Extreme Militant John Bolton As State Department’s No. 2
    Dec11

    Trump To Nominate Extreme Militant John Bolton As State Department’s No. 2

    WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump will nominate John Bolton to be the nation’s No. 2 diplomat, handling day-to-day operations at the State Department, according to NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and confirmed to HuffPost by a source close to the transition.Bolton, who had been on Trump’s short list for secretary of state at one...

    Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake
    Dec10

    Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Rosneft oil company said Saturday that commodities company Glencore and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund will invest $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft. Rosneft said the 10.5-billion euro ($11.1-billion) deal signed Saturday also envisages that Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo will...

    John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making
    Dec10

    John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making

    Accepting the award, an emotional Kerry recalled visiting Normandy D-Day beaches as a child with his French mother, and watching her cry. Kerry has visited Paris countless times as secretary of state for high-level diplomatic meetings on Syria, Ukraine and other hotspots. …read more Source: San Francisco...