Syria conflict: Turkey summons Russian ambassador a second time

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Turkey has again summoned the Russian ambassador after a second violation of its airspace by a Russian warplane operating in Syria in two days. BBC – It did the same after the first violation on Saturday, after which two Turkish F-16 jets were scrambled. Turkey said the second violation occurred on Sunday. Nato has urged Russia to end air strikes ... Read More »

Pakistan’s battle against Balochistan separatists sparks anger and suspicion

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Pakistan says it is winning the battle against separatist insurgents in the restive province of Balochistan. But Baloch activists say abductions, torture and killings by the army are deepening hostility for Pakistan. By Shahzeb Jillani, BBC News, Turbat On a hot sunny day, a group of aspiring young men and women are attending classes at a small university in Turbat. ... Read More »

Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby. The New York Times – By ALISSA J. RUBIN The attack, which the military said ... Read More »

Ukraine rebels have powerful new Russian-made rockets – OSCE


International monitors say they have found a new type of Russian-made rocket system in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. BBC – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spotted the powerful TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher in Luhansk. Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed peace efforts in Ukraine, with Paris saying the pullout of light weapons ... Read More »

Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

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Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. Australian Institute of International Affairs – By Marlene Millott An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or ... Read More »

Norway must boost defence to counter Russian build-up, military chief says

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Oslo: Norway needs to scale up and modernise its defence as Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic is creating a more uncertain security situation, its military chief said on Thursday. Henrik Stolen NATO member Norway shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic, where Oslo has noticed increased Russian military activity. Other nordic states have expressed concern over Russian ... Read More »

Putin Aims at Syria — and Strikes Europe

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Take note, Europe: By bombing Syria, Putin has finally put Russia back at the center of the world. FP – By Benjamin Haddad *, Hannah Thoburn * On Sept. 30, Russian jets began airstrikes on rebel-held territories in the Syrian cities of Hama, Homs, and Latakia. This should have come as no surprise. During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, ... Read More »

Putin Calls Out Washington

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“We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.” President Vladimir Putin Paul Craig Roberts Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. By telling the truth at a time of universal deceit, Putin ... Read More »

Afghan Forces on the Run

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One cannot help but feel horror and déjà vu as the battle over the northern Afghan city of Kunduz unfolds. On Monday, the Taliban seized the city, the first provincial capital to fall to the militants since they were routed by the United States in the war after September 2001. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD On ... Read More »

Mexico: From Cold War to Drug War

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Earlier this summer, I participated in the Library of Congress’s first ever ScholarFest. My conversation partner, UVA’s Professor William Hitchcock, and I spent ten minutes discussing whether the Cold War still mattered. I imagine that very few people in the audience were surprised to hear two historians argue for the continuing relevance of the Cold War. They were surprised, however, by ... Read More »

Is Turkey Returning to Civil War?

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The cease-fire between the government and the Kurdish PKK has broken down, with increasing repression of the media and opposition political activists. The Nation – By Constanze Letsch On the evening of June 7, Ahmet Yildiz celebrated. The leftist, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which he supported, had succeeded in breaching Turkey’s unusually high 10 percent election threshold—a remnant of the Constitution drawn ... Read More »

Secret Mission to Syria

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Was Syria nuked by Israel in May 2013? Answers to questions like this and others were given in a very private mission to Damascus. The nuclear question alone, which was answered at Syria’s highest levels, should turn the world upside down. NEO – Gordon Duff A few short days ago, an amazing mission to Syria ended. Officially, it was a ... Read More »