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Russia sends warship to battlegroup off Syrian coast

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Naval move will overshadow US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to… Alec Luhn Moscow The Observer The Guardian A warship armed with cruise missiles has joined the Russian battlegroup off the coast of Syria as part of Moscow’s response to US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian airbase of… Russia’s angry declarations, a world away from hopes of a rapprochement voiced in Washington and… Russia sends warship… Read More »

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine

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NATO chief says Russia must end the violence as both sides move heavy artillery close to front… Al Jazeera NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its “considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence… Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the… NATO calls on… Read More »

UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

Kirkuk provincial council decides to hold referendum for annexation to KRG

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The Kirkuk provincial council has decided to hold a referendum regarding the annexation of the city by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), Anadolu Agency quoted the… Kirkuk Hurriyet The session was boycotted by Turkmen and… Both Iraq and Turkey strongly oppose KRG’s desire to incorporate Kirkuk into… Kirkuk provincial council… Read More »

More Flynn omissions as White House discloses Russia Today payment

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The ousted national security adviser itemizes payments, revealing at least $5,000 from Kremlin-funded media… By DARREN SAMUELSOHN and BRYAN BENDER Politico Former national security adviser Michael Flynn reported payments of at least $5,000 for a speaking engagement with the Kremlin-funded English… That RT payment and two… More Flynn omissions… Read More »

Russian and America Media Polarization: Where It Comes From, Where It’s Going

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This is how the media—in Russia as well as the American free market—helps shape public opinion. Maria Snegovaya The National Interest Both Russians and Republicans now seem to like each other more. These similar trends… Russian and America… Read More »

Russia’s new protest generation

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In Russia a new generation of discontented youth has come of age. Roman Dobrokhotov Al Jazeera News Last Sunday mass demonstrations took place in almost 100 Russian cities. They were the… Russia’s new protest… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

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Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

Turkey determined to test NATO

A Turkish flag (R) flies among others flags of NATO members during the North Atlantic Council (NAC) following Turkey's request for Article 4 consultations, at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 28, 2015. Turkey sought moral support for its campaign against militants in Syria and Iraq at an emergency meeting on Tuesday with its North Atlantic allies, with both NATO and Ankara playing down any idea of a call for military help from the alliance. Turkey requested urgent consultations with its 27 NATO partners in Brussels after stepping up its role in the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State with air strikes, also hitting Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) camps in Iraq at the weekend. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir  - RTX1M3E0

Following Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s March 10 meeting in Moscow with President Vladimir Putin, it was reported that Turkey was engaged in negotiations to procure the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. Fehim Tastekin Al Monitor Sergei Chemezov, CEO of the Russian state-owned Rostec, said on March 14 that Turkey had asked for credit to buy the system, but that a deal had not yet been reached. “As soon as… Turkey determined to… Read More »

From spy to president: the rise of Vladimir Putin

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He’s intent on pushing back against the Western world order … and it appears to be working. Sam Ellis VOX Vladimir Putin has been ruling Russia since 1999. In that time… From spy to… Read More »

Prisoners of semantics

TOPSHOT - A Ukrainian Forces soldier fires a heavy machine gun during a battle with pro-Russian separatists at Avdeyevka, in Ukraine's Donetsk region on June 25, 2016.  / AFP / ANATOLII STEPANOV        (Photo credit should read ANATOLII STEPANOV/AFP/Getty Images)

In a violent conflict neither will call a ‘war,’ Ukrainian and Russian prisoners languish in legal limbo. Lily Hyde Politico KIEV, Ukraine — Nadiya Kalyn rushed home to watch the two-minute video when it appeared on an anti-government YouTube channel in October. She hadn’t seen… Prisoners of… Read More »

A dangerous protectionism decision

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Economic administrators for G20 countries who gathered in Germany last week have failed to make a significant decision. Cemil Ertem Daily Sabah However, even strategic issues that are not cited in decisive texts in such periods can tell us current trends. Protectionism has become… A dangerous protectionism… Read More »

Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

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Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money

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Exclusive: Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in ‘Global Laundromat’ operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major… Luke Harding, Nick Hopkins and Caelainn Barr The Guardian Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the… British banks handled… Read More »

How nature reclaimed Chernobyl

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Take away the humans, and wildlife returns in abundance Shane Cubis SBS From a global perspective, you’d have to admit that humanity hasn’t been the best thing to happen to planet… We’re responsible for a laundry list of negative things that have befallen our fellow species, both flora and fauna, even if we haven’t managed to crack the actual globe in… * How nature reclaimed… Read More »

Eastern promise: How Stalin rebuilt Moscow in his own image

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(CNN) – When you look at Europe’s capital cities, you see, spelled out in physical form, the nature of the ideas that brought them into being. Deyan Sudjic CNN Today’s London is the fruit of unintended consequences. Its skyline is dictated by a market economy, distorted by the demands placed on it by politicians who have tried to shift the provision of civic amenities onto private finance. Paris has a… Eastern promise: How… Read More »