Thursday, June 18, 2015

Saudi deputy crown prince visits Russia - Al-Arabiya

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Saudi deputy crown prince visits Russia - Al-Arabiya

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Saudi deputy crown prince visits Russia
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Rassi said there was an agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia on maintaining legitimacy of Yemeni President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi's government, and that Moscow was key in implementing Resolution No. 2216, which demands that the ...
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Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences' - Business Insider

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Russian ambassador: If Sweden joins NATO, there will be 'consequences'
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Thatcher admired 'fine' Red Army troops and Lenin portrait

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Memoirs of former Tory PM Margaret Thatcher enthuse over Kremlin’s orderliness, its chandeliers – and homage to communist revolutionary
When the Iron Lady went to Moscow for the funeral of a Soviet president she found herself admiring the Red Army officers and even a “rather wonderful” portrait of Lenin, according to a previously unpublished memoir by the former British prime minister.
Margaret Thatcher’s visit to the heart of the Kremlin for the funeral of Konstantin Chernenko, in March 1985 was the second such occasion in 13 months. While she still found herself shocked by the complete absence of any religious content to the communist funeral service, she seemed to find much to admire.
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If Greece and Russia feel humiliated, that’s something Europe cannot ignore | Natalie Nougayrède 

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As Tsipras and Putin ratchet up the rhetoric, Europe should try to offer answers, but not full mea culpas
Listening to the news these days, you’d assume that the politics of humiliation has taken over in Europe. Coming out of Greece and Russia, there is fiery rhetoric about nations being downtrodden, their pride trampled, their wellbeing attacked by hostile external forces.
Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has accused his country’s creditors of attempting to “humiliate our people”, while Vladimir Putin has announced that 40 intercontinental missiles would be added to his country’s arsenal, as a retaliatory measure against what he claims are western attempts to humiliate and intimidate Russia.
There has never been a deliberate intention to crush national pride in these countries
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If Greece and Russia feel humiliated, that's something Europe cannot ignore - The Guardian

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If Greece and Russia feel humiliated, that's something Europe cannot ignore
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Listening to the news these days, you'd assume that the politics of humiliation has taken over in Europe. Coming out of Greece and Russia, there is fiery rhetoric about nations being downtrodden, their pride trampled, their wellbeing attacked by ...
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США могут выделить Украине $300 млн в качестве военной помощи - Газета.Ru

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США могут выделить Украине $300 млн в качестве военной помощи
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Американский сенат большинством голосов одобрил поправки к проекту военного бюджета, предусматривающие выделение Украине военной помощи на сумму $300 млн, передает РИА «Новости». Законодатели поддержали поправки в ходе общего голосования 71 голосом против 21.
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Sanctions And Their Impact On Russia 

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Russian spokesmen at home and abroad regularly tell us that sanctions are a failure and that the government does not care about them. Diplomatic reports also suggest that Putin told Secretary of State Kerry in Sochi that he could take the sanctions as Russia does not care about them. Undoubtedly Moscow would like us to believe that sanctions do not work and that they will not induce the government to renounce its ill-gotten conquests in Ukraine. While that last point is still true, Moscow is typically lying again.
As former Ambassador Michael McFaul just pointed out, if sanctions have no effect then why is Russia expending so much diplomatic activity in Europe to break the EU’s hitherto united front on sanctions? Moreover by every objective account sanctions have a profound impact on the economy and thus the government. While a parade of government spokesmen, analysts, and economists have regularly written that the effect of sanctions and of declining oil prices was diminishing and that the worst was over, the ruble was regaining value and energy prices were again rising, they only told us part of the truth. In fact businesses cannot get foreign loans, capital flight is increasing and inflation, unemployment, and poverty are rising steadily Indeed, at least 3 million Russians have reportedly fallen into poverty this year, thus undermining the main achievement of Putin’s domestic policies, i.e. economic recovery. Growth is still negative and the economy is mired in recession and the absence of reform means that its real structural problems that predated the war in Ukraine continue to go unaddressed.
Perhaps the most telling indicator is that the sanctions and low energy prices as well as Ukraine’s cutoff of cooperation with the Russian defense industrial sector have begun to exercise a discernible impact on defense production and Russia’s military modernization plans. It is increasingly clear that major projects in naval construction and space satellites are being severely crippled by the absence of foreign technologies and the ability of Moscow to obtain them. All the brave talk about going it alone and autarky, just like the similar braggadocio about the unimportance of sanctions’ crippling effect on the economy, turns out be so much typical Russian Vranyo (tall tales) and propaganda to convey an image of machismo, toughness, and strength.
However this propaganda offensive also tells us something else, an unintended message perhaps, but one that is no less clear. The government’s insouciance about the ongoing and apparently accelerating destruction of the Russian economy and of people’s lives reconfirms a long-standing fact of Russian history, namely that for the most part the Russian elite neither cared about nor knew how the Russian people lived. Anders Aslund once observed that Russia’s elites were an exceptionally venal elite and his observation clearly applies to the current ruling caste. If Russia’s rulers genuinely had a vision of the national interest as opposed to an obsession with their own personal interests, greed, and survival in power they might actually have taken steps to reform the economy and to alleviate the deteriorating economic and social conditions that are afflicting Russia. Instead Putin and his fellow Siloviki remain beholden to a modern from of the old Roman imperial mantra of bread and circuses. But even the bread is steadily disappearing even as Putin and his team pursue the ersatz satisfactions of propaganda, displays of machismo, and fantasies of empire.
Sanctions have not yet persuaded the government to retreat from its policies. One reason is because Putin cannot retreat from Ukraine without losing his power. But it is not only because his power is at stake. Sanctions do not represent anything more than a gesture, not a real policy involving many dimensions, let alone a coordinated strategy to reverse Russian aggression in Ukraine. It is necessary therefore to adopt a truly multi-dimensional strategy to achieve those goals, and that involves economic, information, and military measures like arming Ukraine, bringing home to the Russian people through expanded information dissemination of the physical and economic costs of the war, and broadening sanctions now to the entire Russian elite by depriving them of access to the West and to their foreign economic and financial assets. This includes Putin as well as his subordinates, all of whom are continuing to batten off the Russian people and their suffering. As the amount of pain spreads to the elite and the real costs of this war and of Putin’s regime become more widely known, then the ground on which his regime stands will shift and the pressure on him to find a solution will grow. Already Moscow is saying that the Donbass is and should remain a part of Ukraine — so that Kiev bears responsibility for sustaining it — while Moscow retains the levers necessary to destroy Ukrainian statehood and independence at any convenient future date. That goal already marks a retreat from the fantasies of creating a Novorossiia all the way to Moldova which may now be gone. But until we see a truly strategic and broad-gauged Western response the sanctions will fail to realize their full potential. Not only do we need to expose the ongoing lies of Russia’s propaganda at home and in the East and the “useful idiots” who purvey it, we also need to stop reacting to Putin and put him on the defensive through a truly strategic response to the advent of war in Europe. For if we do not do so this, crisis will metastasize until it engulfs not just Ukraine but Russia itself and all of its interlocutors.
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Russia talking with US on assigning blame for Syria gas attacks - Reuters

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Russia talking with US on assigning blame for Syria gas attacks
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The United States gave Russia a draft United Nations Security Council resolution to study six weeks ago that would establish an accountability procedure in an attempt to pave the way for council action against those responsible. "If this is to be done ...

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Greek Leader's Visit To Russia Spurs Talk Of Alternative Loan Deal

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A top Russian official has declined to say whether his country is going to lend money to Greece, ahead of a meeting between the Greek and Russian leaders June 19.

Georgian Flood Cleanup Uncovers 19th Victim

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Volunteers, cleaning up after devastating floods in Tbilisi, have found the body of a 25-year-old woman. Meanwhile the head of the zoo was questioned over an escaped tiger which killed a man.

What is the US strategy in Iraq to defeat ISIS? 

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Host Carol Castiel speaks with Congressman Ed Royce, a Republican from the state of California and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about his views on the US strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, US policy toward Syria, the P-5 + 1 nuclear negotiations with Iran; Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and his expectations regarding US-Nigerian relations in the wake of recent elections, which catapulted Muhammadu Buhari to power.
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How can the US make the Iraqi government be more inclusive?

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Host Carol Castiel speaks with Congressman Ed Royce, a Republican from the state of California and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about his views on the US strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, US policy toward Syria, the P-5 + 1 nuclear negotiations with Iran; Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and his expectations regarding US-Nigerian relations in the wake of recent elections, which catapulted Muhammadu Buhari to power.
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How should the US re calibrate its strategy on Syria?

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Host Carol Castiel speaks with Congressman Ed Royce, a Republican from the state of California and Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, about his views on the US strategy to defeat the so-called Islamic State in Iraq, US policy toward Syria, the P-5 + 1 nuclear negotiations with Iran; Trade Promotion Authority and the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and his expectations regarding US-Nigerian relations in the wake of recent elections, which catapulted Muhammadu Buhari to power.
For update on PCUSA, and other VOA's programs, follow host Carol Castiel on Twitter: @CarolCastielVOA & Facebook: CarolCastielVOA

1815 Revisited: Ceremonies Mark Fateful Battle of Waterloo

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Royalty, dignitaries and soldiers around the world on Thursday commemorated the 1815 Battle of Waterloo, a watershed in European history that marked the end of the continent's domination by France and its emperor Napoleon and the beginning of the British century. Belgium's King Philippe led a ceremony for hundreds of guests and thousands of re-enactors gathered under the Lion's Mount monument at the Waterloo battle site exactly 200 years after more than 10,000 soldiers died in...

Senior U.S. diplomat: Russia missile plan has 'rattling effect', reality less dramatic

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PRAGUE (Reuters) - A senior U.S. State Department official played down on Thursday an announcement by Russia that it will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal.
  

Rikers Island Guard Gets 5 Years in Prison for Inmate Death

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Rikers Island jail guard who ignored pleas of dying inmate is sentenced to 5 years in prison

Kaliningrad, Moscow's Military Trump Card

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With tensions between Russia and the West at Cold War levels due to Moscow's actions in Ukraine, the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad bordering the European Union has become a focus of Kremlin military planners.

'A true friend': Ukraine president asks Tony Blair to take on advisory role

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Unclear whether former British PM will take up offer by Petro Poroshenko, as Blair meets other key figures in Kiev hosted by oligarch Viktor Pinchuk
Tony Blair has been offered a role advising Ukraine’s president after the pair met in Kiev on Wednesday. Blair, whose foundation has long-standing links with a Ukrainian oligarch, is said to be considering the role.
“You are now facing great challenges in the spheres of security and reforms,” Blair told Petro Poroshenko, according to the Ukrainian presidential website. Poroshenko called Blair a “true friend of Ukraine” and offered him an advisory role. A source close to Blair declined to comment, and it is unclear whether Blair has accepted the role. It is understood that Blair would not be paid.
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APNewsBreak: US to Pay Millions for Agent Orange Claims

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APNewsBreak: After years of wait, Air Force C-123 personnel to get Agent Orange benefits

Chechen exile in UK fears explusion will mean extradition to Russia 

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Separatist Masud Dudaev to appeal against UK court decision returning him to Sweden where ‘asylum is not assured’

A prominent Chechen exile, who fled to Britain fearing assassination, has been ordered by the high court to be returned to Sweden, from where he could be forcibly removed to Russia.
Masud Dudaev, a friend of the murdered Rusian exile Alexander Litvinenko, and son-in-law of a former Chechen president, arrived in the UK two years ago after Sweden refused to accept his application for political asylum. He and his family are living in London with Ahmed Zakayev, the exiled Chechen nationalist leader who has been granted leave to remain in Britain and who has himself been targeted by a Russian hitman.
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Why It’s So Hard to Gauge Level of Hate Crimes in U.S. | TIME

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The FBI reported zero hate crimes in South Carolina in 2013

The fatal shooting of nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C., by a white gunman has been called a hate crime by the city’s chief of police. But a civil rights nonprofit that tracks hate crimes says chronic underreporting makes it impossible to determine the extent of racially-motivated incidents in South Carolina and throughout the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there are roughly 250,000 to 300,000 hate crimes in the U.S. every year. The FBI, however, only reports about 5,000 to 6,000 incidents a year as hate crimes. In 2013, it reported 5,928 hate crimes — but none at all in South Carolina.
“The data is horrible,” says Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Project, which tracks hate crimes. “It’s horrifically underreported.”
Beirich says that state and local jurisdictions routinely either don’t report hate crime incidents to the FBI or don’t categorize or treat them as hate crimes. “When you see South Carolina reporting no hate crimes, you understand how ridiculous that data is,” she says.
The shooting on Thursday appears to follow the pattern of a single person with violent motivations based on race. Since 2009, more than 60 cases of domestic terrorism have occurred in the U.S., with 74% of them considered “lone-wolf,” or carried out by just one person, according to the SPLC.
In a report released earlier this year, the SPLC reported that despite the lack of FBI data, a so-called “lone-wolf” plot is broken up every five weeks.
In the last few years, there have been several incidents of white individuals targeting black or minority communities. In 2010, Ronald Pudder set fire to a predominantly African-American church in Ohio. He later pled guilty. In 2012, Jake England and Alvin Watts, both white, opened fire in black neighborhoods in Tulsa, Okla., killing three. Both pled guilty.

The Meaning of the Flags Worn by the Suspected Charleston Killer 

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A profile photo taken from a Facebook page thought to belong to the FBI’s now-captured suspect thekilling of nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, offers the strongest clue yet as to what might have been his motivation. The photo, thought to be of Dylann Storm Roof, shows a young man wearing a black fleece jacket. Affixed to the right breast are two flags, one for apartheid-era South Africa, and another for the former colony of Rhodesia, which is now known as Zimbabwe.
The short-lived state of Rhodesia, which was never recognized internationally, is closely identified with white supremacy. It was born in 1965 when the predominantly white government of what was then known as the British colony of South Rhodesia refused to transition to black majority rule on the eve of independence. Instead, the government issued its own declaration of independence, raised its own flag, and stayed in power for more than a decade. A bloody guerilla war ended in the establishment of a bi-racial government in 1979.
The apartheid-era South African flag represents one of the worst periods of that country’s history. Under apartheid, which lasted from 1948 to 1994, the majority black population, along with ethnic Indians, Asians, and those of mixed-race were denied their basic rights. The white minority, which ruled the country, enforced the laws with brutal efficiency and violence. “As a South African, you see that flag and it sets alarm bells ringing,” says Christopher Charles Nicholas, a concierge in Cape Town. “To us, it brings back all the horrors of that time. Ninety-nine percent of South Africans hate that flag.” The remaining one percent, he adds, are the people who want apartheid back — South Africa’s own white supremacists.

ISIS took their homes. Here's what they miss

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Forced to flee their homes by ISIS' advance, Iraqis living in a refugee camp in Baghdad's Jamiaa neighborhood remember the items of daily life that used to bring them most joy.
    


Hugh D. Auchincloss III, Stepbrother of Jackie Kennedy, Dies

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Hugh D. Auchincloss III, stepbrother of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies at 87 in Rhode Island
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Have Israel-US relations reached a new low?

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Are US-Israel ties in danger of fraying?

Ex-NAACP activist Dolezal removed from police oversight panel in Washington ... - Reuters

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U.S. judge calls case of Russian who joined Taliban a 'new frontier'

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RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - A federal judge in Virginia in the case of a former Russian army officer accused of fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan asked attorneys in the case on Thursday to focus on whether as a war combatant he was protected from criminal prosecution.
  

Inside Islamic State group's rule: Creating a nation of fear

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ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- Inside the Islamic State's realm, the paper testifying that you have "repented" from your heretical past must be carried at all times. Many people laminate it just to be safe. It can mean the difference between life and death....


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