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Ukraine Peace Talks Reach Deal To Ensure Cease-Fire Holds

AP | YURAS KARMANAU and MSTYSLAV CHERNOV | Posted 09.20.2014 | World

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Sporadic artillery fire hit parts of eastern Ukraine on Saturday, hours after negotiators agreed to create a buffer zone betwe...

The UN General Assembly To Do List

MP Nunan | Posted 09.18.2014 | World
MP Nunan

This year's UN General Assembly comes at an especially bleak time. ISIS massacres, Syrian refugees, Ebola -- how much worse can it get? (Actually, do...

Obama, Ukraine President To Meet At White House

AP | JULIE PACE and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to th...

Ukraine's Zoos Need Urgent Help Before Winter

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 09.18.2014 | Green
Andrea Chalupa

After a popular uprising toppled Viktor Yanukovych in February, Ukrainians touring his most lavish palace finally got to visit their ex-president's private zoo. In this sprawling compound just outside Kyiv, built with stolen tax payer money, there are over 2,000 animals.

The Killing Factor: When Conspiracy Becomes the Mainstream

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

While I plan on reading O'Reilly's take in Killing Patton, I also expect to find the rehashing of older speculations in a "bold and fresh" O'Reilly-Dugard style. An approach that can once again land O'Reilly -- God bless -- with more books sold, but very little new truth revealed.

The EU Provoked Putin, Not NATO

Maria Snegovaya | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Maria Snegovaya

What provoked Putin early in November 2013 and later in February 2014 was not Ukraine-NATO integration, but rather EU accession. If anything, serious discussions of Ukraine's NATO membership in 2014 began after (not prior to) Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

Russia Covers Up Soldiers' Deaths From War They Supposedly Aren't In

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

By Thomas Grove and Maria Tsvetkova MOSCOW, Sept 12, 2014 (Reuters) - Late last month Yelena Tumanova was handed the body of her son i...

Obama's Last Chance to Control His Credibility

Raghida Dergham | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

President Barack Obama has a precious opportunity to carve out a legacy for himself and carry out a coup against the reputation of weakness, repudiation and retreat that has dogged and haunted him.

European Union Agrees To Put New Sanctions On Russia

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 09.11.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has decided to slap new economic sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, diplomats said Thursday. The s...

The Global Politics of Cities

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 09.12.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

As the rush to urbanization intensifies in non-democracies such as Iran, China, and Pakistan, is it not inevitable that their cities, with populations truly dwarfing the few hundred thousand inhabitants of ancient Athens, carry within the seeds of political change?

Putin: NATO Uses Ukraine Rhetoric To 'Resuscitate' Itself

Reuters | Posted 09.10.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday taking direct charge of a commission that oversees Russia's defens...

Truth or Pravda

Carol Smaldino | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Carol Smaldino

My "lesson" of my vacation has turned out to be that, that perhaps I too can question more of my own assumptions than I sometimes do.

The Ukrainian Crisis' Overlooked Nuclear Dimension

Martin Hellman | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Martin Hellman

I'm not saying a repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis is likely, but given the consequences, how much risk is acceptable?

Putin And Poroshenko Speak On Peaceful Resolution To Ukraine's Violence

Reuters | Posted 09.08.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko by telephone about a peaceful resolution ...

Is Russia a Block of Ice Floating Back Into the 16th Century?

Marko Dumančić | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
Marko Dumančić

In his most recent presidential address to the federal assembly, Putin noted that the world supports Russia's "defense of traditional values" against the "so-called tolerance" that he accused of being "genderless and infertile."

Putin's Whack-a-Mole Game Extends to NATO

Kimberly Marten | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

On Friday, Russia's Federal Security Service (the FSB) kidnapped an Estonian intelligence officer at gunpoint, using a smoke bomb and jamming Estonian radio communications. Moscow later claimed it had captured a spy.

TRUCE OVER?

AP | JIM HEINTZ and LAURA MILLS | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Witnesses in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol reported sustained explosions outside the city and a volunteer battalion of Uk...

NATO Summit Delivers

Joe Cirincione | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
Joe Cirincione

Obama's opponents have cynically treated these challenges as political footballs, sweeping them into their relentless narrative of a weak, vacillating and dangerous president and a feckless NATO. But NATO's leaders impressively rallied around the administration's plans, approving a sweeping series of actions that should -- but probably won't -- quiet the critics.

Ukraine Conflict Seals NATO Renewal, and Russia's Dominance

Marco Vicenzino | Posted 09.05.2014 | World
Marco Vicenzino

The Ukrainian conflict provides a wake-up call to the complacency of many western European states on security matters. Despite the near present impossibility of Russia invading NATO soil, the concerns of its new eastern members seem largely vindicated and real.

NATO Approves New Force To Deter Russia

AP | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG and JULIE PACE | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Seeking to counter Russian aggression, NATO leaders approved plans Friday to create a rapid response force with a headquarters...

What Should NATO Do -- And Not Do -- In Ukraine

John A. Tures | Posted 09.04.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

Russia's invasion of the Ukraine is following a time-honored pattern of Putin's foreign policy: foment dissent with separatists, destabilize your neighbor's regimes, and invade to conquer part of that country.

Russia To Hold 'Unprecedented' Military Exercises

Reuters | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 3 (Reuters) - The forces responsible for Russia's strategic nuclear arsenal will conduct major exercises this month involving more than 4...

Brzezinski: NATO Should Stop Putin From Restoring Czarist Empire

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, remains one of America’s top strategic thinkers going back t...

Putin Calls On Ukraine Rebels To Stop Advance

AP | JIM HEINTZ and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia and Ukraine said Wednesday they are working on a deal to halt months of fighting in eastern Ukraine, but Western leaders...

NotPutinInUkraine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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