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“Russia In Crimea: Not ‘Munich 1938′ Yet Again – OpEd” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Russia In Crimea: Not ‘Munich 1938′ Yet Again – OpEd

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 08:57 PM PDT

Western hysteria surrounding Russia’s seizing of Crimea is rooted in a larger problem with U.S. foreign policy—“the Munich 1938 syndrome.” Ever since British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain allowed Adolf Hitler to take over German-speaking portions of Czechoslovakia at a Munich meeting in 1938, appeasement has gone out of favor as a traditional, respectable tool in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

We Don’t Want You To Swim In The River – OpEd

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 08:54 PM PDT

By Kathy Kelly In early April, 2014, the U.S. Navy unveiled its Mach 7 Magnetic Mangler, “a railgun straight out of Star Trek that can take out targets at 100 miles with a projectile flying at nearly 7,000 feet per second.”  So far, the U.S. military has spent $240 million developing the railgun over a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Not A New Cold War: Great Game II – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 08:51 PM PDT

Are Russia and the West about to revisit the ritualized competition of the Cold War? Not according to Mark Galeotti. A more useful analogy is the Great Game, that freewheeling 19th century struggle between Great Britain and Russia over Central Asia. By Mark Galeotti Suddenly the talk is of a new Cold War between Russia […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Oman’s Duqm Port And US Exit From Afghanistan – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 08:46 PM PDT

By Vijay Sakhuja The US is keenly following developments in Duqm, an Omani port overlooking the Indian Ocean, and a number of US defense, military and civilian personnel have visited Oman in this connection. British Royal Navy ships have called at Duqm, and in 2010, HMS Enterprise conducted a hydrographic survey of approaches to the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘India A Role Model For Conducting Smooth Elections’ – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 08:32 PM PDT

By Rupesh Dutta The sheer scale of the Indian general election – 814 million electorate, 930,000 polling stations, 11 million election officials – has left them marveling. Members of an international delegation that is in India to witness the Lok Sabha elections are highly impressed by the smooth conduct of polls and say India has […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukrainian Crisis: Fallout May Affect India, Region – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 07:03 PM PDT

As most analysts have assessed, the Ukrainian crisis is not going away soon. The current state of affairs in eastern Ukraine points towards further intensification of the situation in the country. The crisis can be viewed differently depending from where you are looking at it. One view is of an EU-US encouraged Ukrainian ‘Arab Spring’ […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

NASA Cassini Images May Reveal Birth of New Saturn Moon

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 06:37 PM PDT

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has documented the formation of a small icy object within the rings of Saturn that may be a new moon, and may also provide clues to the formation of the planet’s known moons. Images taken with Cassini’s narrow angle camera on April 15, 2013 show disturbances at the very edge of Saturn’s […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Elections In India And Afghanistan: Perspective From Pakistan – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 06:33 PM PDT

By Salma Malik A recent trip to New Delhi brought forth some interesting trends and comparisons. Gripped with election fever, Indian voters appeared to be facing the same dilemma their Pakistani counterparts did a year ago. Reminiscent of the May 2013 Pakistan elections, like Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) the incumbent Congress-led government in New Delhi […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Libya’s Interim Prime Minister Quits

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 06:30 PM PDT

By Edward Yeranian Libya’s interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, who has held the post for less than three weeks, has excused himself from forming a new government, after he and his family came under attack at their home on Saturday. Thani announced Sunday that he is effectively giving up his post, adding an extra level […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russian Aircraft Flies Near US Navy Ship In Black Sea

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:37 PM PDT

By Jim Garamone A Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said today. The USS Cook was patrolling in the western Black Sea when an unarmed Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the Navy ship, Army Col. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

J&K: Kupwara Gateway Of Terror – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:34 PM PDT

By Anurag Tripathi On April 7, 2014, five persons, including one Junior Commissioned Officer of the Army, two Policemen and two terrorists, were killed and six Security Force (SF) personnel were injured in a gun battle in the Zunreshi area of Chowkibal in Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The exchange of fire ensued […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India: Maoists Disrupting Democracy – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:32 PM PDT

By Fakir Mohan Pradhan The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) appears to be trying to stare down the ‘critical situation’ facing the movement, exploiting the vulnerabilities of the security arrangements to perpetrate violence in the heightened atmosphere of the ongoing General Elections. Despite increased Security Force (SF) presence to secure free and fair polls, the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Kiev Unwilling To Consider Federalism In New Constitution – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:28 PM PDT

By Daria Chernyshova The authorities in Kiev are not willing to consider federalism as an option for the future of Ukraine, believes Nicolai Petro, a professor of comparative and international politics at the University of Rhode Island. “Presently, the current Ukrainian government in Kiev is not willing to consider federalism, even as a subject for […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Cooperation With Iran One Of Priorities Of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Policy

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:26 PM PDT

By Ilkin Izzet and Umid Niayesh Cooperation with Iran is one of the priorities of Azerbaijan’s foreign policy, according to Azerbaijani Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov. Hasanov made the remarks on April 14 in Tehran at a meeting with Iranian Defense Minister General Hossein Dehghani, Iranian Defense Ministry’s website said. Zakir Hasanov highlighted the cultural, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Libya: Fair Trial Concerns For Ex-Officials

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 02:09 PM PDT

The trial of 37 mostly Gaddafi-era officials accused of serious crimes during Libya’s 2011 uprising raises serious due process concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial, which began on March 24, 2014, resumed on April 14 in a specially designated courtroom in Al-Hadba Corrections Facility in Tripoli. Concerns about the trial include the defendants’ […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Vietnam: Two Netizens Released From Prison, 31 Others Still Held

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 11:01 AM PDT

Reporters Without Borders said Monday it is relieved to learn that two netizens who had spent several years in prison – Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung – were released on 11 and 12 April respectively although they are now assigned to a form of house arrest. Arrested in October 2010, Hoi was sentenced […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Torture Is Mainstream Now – OpEd

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 10:58 AM PDT

As Rebecca Gordon notes in her new book, Mainstreaming Torture, polls find greater support in the United States for torture now than when Bush was president.  And it’s not hard to see why that would be the case. Fifteen years ago, it was possible to pretend the U.S. government opposed torture.  Then it became widely known that […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Nuclear Power Back In Focus In Japan’s Basic Energy Plan, 2014 – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 10:25 AM PDT

In a stunning reversal of previous government plan to mothball nuclear power plants, the government in Japan headed by the nationalist Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officially abandoned the zero-nuclear goal of the previous administration on 11 April 2014 by adopting a new basic energy policy that pledges to push for restarting […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

It’s Time For European Investment In Greece, Says German Industry

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 10:07 AM PDT

(EurActiv) — After Greece’s successful return to the bond market last week, the time has come for European investment in the debt-ridden country, according to the Federation of German Industries. EurActiv Greece reports. Greece returned to the bond market last Thursday (April 10), ending a 4-year “exile” from financial markets. It offered a yield of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Angola: Total Launches Development Of Kaombo, An Ultra-Deep Offshore Project

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:46 AM PDT

Total and its joint venture partners have made the final investment decision to develop the ultra-deep offshore Kaombo project in Angola. With a production capacity of 230,000 barrels per day, Kaombo will develop estimated reserves of 650 million barrels. Following an intensive optimization exercise, the project’s capital expenditure to reach full capacity was reduced by […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Attitudes Towards Life Are Changing: 60 Is The New 50

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:42 AM PDT

Money matters: Across the world, people of different generations are worried about their financial well-being in retirement. The majority believes they will have to cut back in their living standards after retirement, while confidence in public pension schemes is low according to Security-Trust-Solidarity, a recent survey by Allianz International Pensions for the third Berlin Demography […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Questions About The Security Of Aadhar Project’s Biometric Database – Analysis

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:35 AM PDT

By Mahima Kaul Established in 2009 by executive order, the Unique Identification Number Authority of India (UIDAI) has taken on the monumental challenge of issuing each resident of the country with a Unique Identification Number (UID), more commonly known as the Aadhaar card. The driving idea behind the card was to ensure that residents could […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Banking Union Made Easy: Five-Minute Guide To EU’s New Rules

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:29 AM PDT

A banking union is being set up by the EU to help keep Europe’s financial system stable and prevent another crisis from taking place. It requires finding a fast and efficient way to deal with failing banks while ensuring that taxpayers are spared from paying for bankers’ mistakes. As MEPs prepare to vote on 15 […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

European Commission Welcomes Adoption Of Temporary Tariff Cuts For Ukrainian Exports To EU – Statement

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:26 AM PDT

Statement by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht I’m very pleased that the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council has today adopted the Commission’s proposal for autonomous trade measures providing tariff preferences for Ukraine. This decision not only expresses our solidarity with the Ukrainian people. It also shows that the EU is willing and capable to take […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Ambassador To Kosovo Hired By Construction Firm He Lobbied For

Posted: 14 Apr 2014 09:23 AM PDT

By Lawrence Marzouk, Petrit Collaku, Erjona Rusi, Besar Likmeta and Paul Lewis A EU diplomat criticises the way Christopher Dell pushed through a deal for Bechtel Corporation to build a controversial highway to Albania. Christopher Dell, a career diplomat nominated by Barack Obama to represent the US in Pristina, has been employed by the Bechtel […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

“The Afghan Presidential Election: A Prediction And A Warning – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

The Afghan Presidential Election: A Prediction And A Warning – Analysis

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 09:12 PM PDT

Andrew Garfield recently led a joint Afghan-American team that was commissioned by the U.S. Department of State to hold three pre-presidential election polls in Afghanistan between November 2013 and March 2014. The results of his work make for interesting reading and he has predicted the likely outcome of the first round of the election. Having […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Chinese Merchant Gateways For Ivory And Rhino Horns – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 09:00 PM PDT

By Hongxiang Huang and Oxpeckers In the remote Zambezi region of Southern Africa, where Namibia shares international borders with Angola, Zambia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, geography and opportunity create ideal circumstances for ivory poachers. With more than 9,100 residential elephants and 30,000 migrating elephants, according to 2013 data, elephant poaching was not a serious issue in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Dove Heads Up Hawkish NATO – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:55 PM PDT

By Ian Davis On March 28, NATO announced that Jens Stoltenberg, Norway’s former prime minister, will become chief of the alliance when current NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen steps down in September. Not only is he going to be the first NATO secretary general from a country bordering Russia, he is also undoubtedly the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Gas Could Help Europe, But Not Yet

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:52 PM PDT

By Kent Klein As Russia continues to raise its natural gas prices to Ukraine, some people are looking to American gas as a way to ease Europe’s energy dependence on Russia. But it’s a solution that’s still several years off. In their home near Kyiv, Svetlana Kuleshova and Yuri Kuleshov are paying the price for […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran Files Lawsuit Against US Over New UN Ambassador

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:49 PM PDT

A senior Iranian official says the Islamic Republic will file a lawsuit against the United States over its decision to deny visa to Tehran’s newly-appointed ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi. “The official mechanisms for following up the case have been activated, and are underway,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said. She further […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Spurring Azerbaijani-Turkmen Gas Export Partnership? – Analysis

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:47 PM PDT

By Shahin Abbasov The Russia-Ukraine crisis is creating an opportunity for two feuding Caspian-Sea energy powers, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, to become export partners. The latest signal that Azerbaijani-Turkmen relations might be heading for a thaw came on April 2, when Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov paid an unexpected visit to Baku. The trip marked the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

China Leads Green Energy Drive As Global Investment Stutters – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:44 PM PDT

By Michele Penna Staring at Beijing on a smoggy winter day you wouldn’t think it, but in 2013 China strengthened its position as the world’s leading investor in clean technology. According to a recent research published by the Pew Charitable Trusts – a non-profit organization – last year the People’s Republic solidified its global preeminence, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Cindy Sheehan: The Tragic Quest For Education – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:41 PM PDT

Article 26 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “education is a right.” While public education from K-12 is technically “free” in the United States, access to safe education of an acceptable “well-rounded” quality is essentially disappearing. Article 26 also declares that: “Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Fish From Acidic Ocean Waters Less Able To Smell Predators

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:39 PM PDT

Fish living on coral reefs where carbon dioxide seeps from the ocean floor were less able to detect predator odor than fish from normal coral reefs, according to a new study. The study confirms laboratory experiments showing that the behavior of reef fishes can be seriously affected by increased carbon dioxide concentrations in the ocean. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

New Mouse Model Could Revolutionize Research In Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:36 PM PDT

Alzheimer’s disease, the primary cause of dementia in the elderly, imposes a tremendous social and economic burden on modern society. In Japan, the burden of the disease in 2050 is estimated to be a half a trillion US dollars, a figure equivalent to the government’s annual revenues. Unfortunately, it has proven very difficult to develop […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

John Paul II’s Secretary: Pontificate Was Marked By Martyrdom

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:27 PM PDT

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, one of Bl. John Paul II’s closest collaborators, said the Pope’s holiness and pontificate were characterized by martyrdom. In an article entitled “A Life with Karol,” published in a magazine insert by the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Dziwisz said that during the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt, “the Pope’s blood […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iraqi Clerics, Activists Decry Al-Qaeda’s Recruitment Of Child Suicide Bombers

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:25 PM PDT

By Mohammed al-Qaisi A photograph of an Iraqi child wearing an explosives vest that recently circulated on social networking sites has sparked outrage on the Iraqi street and among clerics and activists. The picture, which names the child as “Abu Qasoura al-Shami”, was posted March 16th to the Twitter account “Rashidun Caliphate”, which bears the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Serbia To Focus On Eliminating Tax Evasion, Grey Economy

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:22 PM PDT

By Igor Jovanovic Economic reforms will be among the main priorities for the new Serbian cabinet, Aleksandar Vucic, who is expected to take over the post of prime minister on April 25th, announced. According to Serbia Economy Minister Lazar Krstic, the state budget loses between 850 million and 1 billion euros annually due to tax […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Nigeria: At Least 60 Killed By Suspected Boko Haram Islamists

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:19 PM PDT

Suspected Boko Haram Islamists on Sunday killed at least 60 people in Nigeria’s troubled northeastern Borno state close to the border with Cameroon, a local official said according to AFP. “The attackers, who are no doubt Boko Haram insurgents, attacked Amchaka and nearby villages this morning, hurling IEDs (improvised explosive devices) into homes and setting […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ron Paul: Another Phony Budget Debate – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:16 PM PDT

Anyone watching last week’s debate over the Republican budget resolution would have experienced déjà vu, as the debate bore a depressing similarity to those of previous years. Once again, the Republicans claimed their budget would cut spending in a responsible manner, while Democratic opponents claimed the plan’s spending cuts would shred the safety net and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Who Succeeds Mahmoud Abbas? – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 08:07 PM PDT

Lurking in the backwoods of Palestinian politics is a man whom 79-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas recognizes as his deadly rival. Thirty years younger than Abbas, he has been a thorn in the President’s flesh from the moment of his election, continually criticizing him for weak leadership and corruption, a charge he extends to Abbas’s two […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine To Launch ‘Large-Scale’ Offensive Against Separatists

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:59 PM PDT

(RFE/RL) — Ukraine’s acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has said a “large-scale counterterrorist operation” involving the army will be launched in the country’s east after pro-Russia militants seized government buildings. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council has held an emergency meeting on the escalating situation in eastern Ukraine. The meeting was called for by Russia. Speaking in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia Wants Permanent Moon Base

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:56 PM PDT

While the West is busy staging coups around the world, Moscow today set out plans to conquer and colonise space, including a permanent manned moon base. Deputy premier Dmitry Rogozin said: ‘We are coming to the moon forever.’ His comments came as President Vladimir Putin toured the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum in Moscow. On Saturday, Russia […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Syria: Assad Boasts Three-Year War Has Worked In His Favor

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:49 PM PDT

President Bashar al-Assad claimed the three-year war that has rocked Syria worked in his favour, AFP reports on Sunday. The Syrian president reportedly told the country’s state television: “This is a turning point in the crisis, both militarily in terms of the army’s achievements in the war against terror, and socially in terms of national […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Japan Retains Nuclear In Energy Mix

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:46 PM PDT

Three years after the Fukushima accident, which led to calls for Japan to phase-out nuclear power, the country’s cabinet has given its approval to an energy policy that recommends the restart of its idled nuclear reactors. The policy has been three years in the making, and is Japan’s fourth Basic Energy Plan – previous plans […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Testing Time For Modi? – Analysis

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:43 PM PDT

By T.V. Rajeswar Most political analysts expect a BJP-led NDA government under Narendra Modi at the Centre. Of all the political leaders in the fray, Narendra Modi is confident of emerging as the next Prime Minister. If this is going to be the political destiny of this country, what are the expectations of the people […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Cambodian Monk Maps Development Path – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:41 PM PDT

By Kalinga Seneviratne Somnieng Hoeurn, deputy abbot of Wat Damnak, one of the largest Buddhist temples in this capital city of Siem Reap Province in northwestern Cambodia, and a popular resort town as the gateway to Angkor region, laments that the Khmer Rouge completely destroyed Buddhism in Cambodia. He adds with a grin, “We not […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Little Past Due Love For Cousin Glen – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:38 PM PDT

As a 9 or 10 year old, my knowledge of the situation was limited. Therefore, I can not pass judgment on the adults. I do not know what was done or not done to rescue my cousin Glen, a little boy who was severely abused by his mom, my late aunt Bummie (a nickname). My […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

What Middle East Crisis? Peace Process As A Successful US Investment – OpEd

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:35 PM PDT

Crisis seemed to loom large as Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed applications to join 15 international treaties on April 1. The decision prompted irate reactions from Israel, and sent US Secretary of State John Kerry into panic mode, unsuccessfully attempting to salvage the peace process. Yet something is strangely familiar about all of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Saudi Arabia: SR1Bn Worth Of Narcotics Seized

Posted: 13 Apr 2014 07:33 PM PDT

By MD Al-Sulami Saudi Arabian security authorities thwarted two separate attempts to smuggle more than 22 million amphetamine tablets worth an estimated SR1 billion across the King Fahd Causeway, Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, security spokesman at the Interior Ministry, revealed on Sunday. The drug bust was conducted by authorities in cooperation with security officials in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

“Which Way Forward For The BRICS In Africa A Year After Durban Summit?” plus 21 more : Eurasia Review

Which Way Forward For The BRICS In Africa A Year After Durban Summit?

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 09:54 PM PDT

By Patrick Bond The Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa bloc met in Durban at the end of March last year, expressing both continental and global ambitions. But things have not gone well since then. Extremely challenging financial, geopolitical, military and environmental problems emerged over the subsequent year – in Africa and across the world. This issue of Pambazuka […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Kuwait Opposition Calls For Major Government Reforms

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 09:49 PM PDT

Kuwait’s opposition called for sweeping reforms, including the institution of political parties, Saturday. The opposition seeks to limit the ruling family’s power and move towards a more democratic government, AFP reports. This call for reform was announced during the “national political reform program” headed by the Opposition Coalition. The program aims to profoundly alter the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Hackers Targeting Vulnerable Windows XP Users

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 03:03 PM PDT

Microsoft officially abandoned Windows XP this week and urged customers to upgrade, which means no more security updates and patches for the majority of users still running the operating system. According to research carried out over the weekend by security firm Malwarebytes, there are already plenty of scams and dodgy downloads that XP users should […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Hepatitis C Treatment Cures Over 90 Percent Of Patients With Cirrhosis

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 03:01 PM PDT

Twelve weeks of an investigational oral therapy cured hepatitis C infection in more than 90 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis and was well tolerated by these patients, according to an international study that included researchers from UT Medicine San Antonio and the Texas Liver Institute. Historically, hepatitis C cure rates in patients with cirrhosis […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

CIA’s Harsh Interrogation Techniques Beyond Legal – US Senate Report

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:58 PM PDT

The CIA’s enhanced interrogation program was not approved by the US Justice Department and impeded White House investigations, the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in the summary of a new report obtained Thursday by the McClatchy news agency. “The techniques included waterboarding, which produces a sensation of drowning, stress positions, sleep deprivation for up to 11 […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

New Price Tag Attack Demands Muslims Vacate Dome Of Rock In Order To Rebuild Temple – OpEd

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:49 PM PDT

Yesterday, two enterprising fellows committed a price tag attack on the Temple Mount, where they hung flyers demanding Muslims vacate the premises during the Passover holidays so Jews might do some Passover housecleaning…like rebuilding the Temple and making the traditional animal sacrifices offered during the days of the ancient Temple.  The flyer said: You [Muslims] […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

New Israeli Legal Campaign Accuses Abbas Of ‘Terrorism’

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:43 PM PDT

Right-wing Israeli political parties have begun a campaign to sue president Abbas for “war crimes” at the International Criminal Court in response to the Palestinian Authority’s recent decision to join international conventions and treaties. The campaign comes amid a near breakdown in ongoing peace negotiations between Israel and the PLO, and seeks to file legal […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Telling Phone Conversation Between King Mohammed And UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon‏ – OpEd

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:41 PM PDT

On April 12 the Moroccan Royal Office released the following statement: “King Mohammed VI held on a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, says a release of the Royal office. The talks covered latest developments and the present timetable related to the Moroccan Sahara issue, says the release. On this occasion, HM the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Salmond Urges Scottish Voters To Unite, Seek Independence

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:33 PM PDT

First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday urged Scots to look beyond party politics and break the 307-year union with England when they vote in an independence referendum in September. Closing the Scottish National Party’s (SNP) last conference before the ballot on Sept. 18, Salmond said a vote for independence was not a vote for his […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Tunisia Cracks Down On Ansar Al-Sharia

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:20 PM PDT

By Jamel Arfaoui Tunisian security forces and salafists clashed again Thursday (April 10th) in Siliana. Several officers were injured Wednesday when dozens of Ansar al-Sharia members tried to storm the Rouhia police station. The violence arose a day after security forces raided a local mosque and arrested 40 salafists, including several recent returnees from jihad […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Scholars And Clerics: Al-Qaeda Sowing ‘Fitna’ Among Muslims In Syria

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:12 PM PDT

By Waleed Abu al-Khair Terrorist attacks killed more than 450 Iraqi clerics in recent years Al-Qaeda ‘war crimes’: executions of civilians and opponents in Syria Academics praise Saudi king’s calls for inter-sect dialogue Al-Qaeda’s distorted view of Islam, greed and partisanship are sowing fitna among Muslims in Syria, clerics and scholars told Al-Shorfa. Fierce battles […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India And China: String Of Ports – Analysis

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:09 PM PDT

By C. Raja Mohan In its manifesto released this week, the BJP promises to build new world-class ports and modernise the old ones all along the Indian coastline, as part of what it calls “port-led development”. The BJP’s name for the project, “Sagar Mala”, evokes, perhaps unintentionally, China’s “String of Pearls” in the Indian Ocean. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Government Exonerates FBI’s Lax Investigation Of Suspected Boston Bomber – OpEd

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 02:00 PM PDT

One thing that the FBI does really well is exonerate itself. As I wrote earlier, the bureau’s agents have shot 151 people over the course of the last two decades, killing more than half of them, yet in its own internal reviews, the FBI has exonerated those agents all 151 times — a perfect record of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Moody’s Changes Outlook On Turkey To Negative From Stable

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:58 PM PDT

By Öznur Keleş International credit rating agency Moody’s has changed the outlook on Turkey from stable to negative. Moody’s has affirmed the Turkey’s government bond rating at Baa3, which is the current level. Moody’s has asserted that increasing pressure on Turkey’s external financing situation due to rising political uncertainty and declining global liquidity negatively affects […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Mercury Still Poisoning Latin America

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:56 PM PDT

By Emilio Godoy Latin America is not taking the new global agreement to limit mercury emissions seriously: the hazardous metal is still widely used and smuggled in artisanal gold mining and is released by the fossil fuel industry. After the European Union banned exports of mercury in 2011 and the United States did so in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine’s Lustration Process Unlikely To Be Smooth Sailing – Analysis

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:52 PM PDT

By Robert Coalson (RFE/RL) — The new government emerging in Kyiv is facing an old problem: What to do about those who worked for and supported the former government, which is now considered criminally corrupt and thoroughly infiltrated by Russian agents? Ukraine’s parliament on April 8 adopted a controversial law on lustration for judges and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Call For Pakistan To Revise Repressive Anti-Terrorism Law

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:49 PM PDT

Pakistan’s draft counterterrorism law threatens basic rights and freedoms in violation of Pakistan’s international legal obligations. The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, 2013, which was approved by President Mamnoon Hussain on October 20, 2013 and the National Assembly on April 7, 2014, requires Senate approval by April 20 or it will expire. “Pakistan’s anti-terror laws shouldn’t […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Erdogan Chooses Soccer For First-Post Election Strike Against Islamist Opponents – Analysis

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:38 PM PDT

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Recep Erdogan, fresh from a resounding victory in municipal elections has chosen the soccer pitch to make good on his promise to “enter the lair” of his Islamist rival, self-exiled preacher Fethullalh Gulen, and ensure that what he calls an “alliance of evil” is brought to account for alleged treason and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

What’s Up For Bangladesh? – OpEd

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:30 PM PDT

Does history repeat itself? If we are to ask this question, the overwhelming response we’ll get is that it does. However, it may not be always true. Take for example the case of Bangladesh that had its national election four months ago in which the Awami League (AL) alliance, which has been running the country […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Central African Republic: Muslims And Christians In Bangui At Peace Amidst War – OpEd

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:27 PM PDT

Even as violence in the Central African Republic escalates, there are local communities showing that peace is still possible, with grassroots peace initiatives challenging and rejecting violence. By Nyeko Caesar Poblicks I was in Lakounga, a southern suburb in Bangui, the Central African Republic, which was engulfed in five days of blind violence last December that […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine: Thousands Rally In Donetsk, Activists Take Over Govt Buildings In Slavyansk

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:22 PM PDT

Thousands of people have gathered in Donetsk,in eastern Ukraine,calling for the federalization of the country.The demonstrators also started forming militias to help anti-Maidan protesters in Slavyansk, who seized several government buildings in the city. Activists in Slavyansk, a city in eastern Ukraine located in the north of the Donetsk region with a population of 120,000, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Obama: Ensuring Equal Pay For Equal Work – Transcript

Posted: 12 Apr 2014 01:20 PM PDT

In this week’s address, President Barack Obama underscored the importance of ensuring equal pay for equal work and highlighted the steps his Administration has taken to expand opportunity and narrow the pay gap that exists between men and women. Just this week – on Equal Pay Day – the President took action to increase transparency […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

“Japan’s New Arms Exports Policy: Move To Make Japan ‘Normal Country’? – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Japan’s New Arms Exports Policy: Move To Make Japan ‘Normal Country’? – Analysis

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:43 PM PDT

By K.V. Kesavan The Japanese government has taken a major decision to modify its decades-old ban on arms exports to foreign countries. The new policy, taken by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on April 1, 2014, will open a wide range of possibilities in the sphere of arms transfers, defence production and defence cooperation. The salient […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Fading Signals Add Urgency To Search For Missing MH370 Jet

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:39 PM PDT

The search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner resumed on Saturday, five weeks after the plane disappeared from radar screens, amid fears that batteries powering signals from the black box recorder on board were about to die, Reuters reported. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said signals picked up during the search in the remote southern […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russian MPs Want To Charge Gorbachev With Treason Over USSR Breakup

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:37 PM PDT

A group of MPs representing both majority and opposition parties have asked Russia’s Prosecutor General to probe the events leading to the breakup of the Soviet Union. They view possible action against former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. In the letter, signed by two MPs from United Russia, two Communists and one representative of populist nationalist […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Shoe Thrown At Hillary Clinton During Speech In Las Vegas

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:33 PM PDT

Former US Secretary of State was nearly hit by a shoe during a speech in Las Vegas Thursday, dodging the object at the last second as an usher escorted a young woman from the audience. Clinton had only been on the stage at an Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting near the Mandalay Bay hotel […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Merkel Visits Athens As Sign Of Support

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:31 PM PDT

By Alexander Müller German Chancellor Angela Merkel is currently visiting Athens on Friday (April 11th) in order to express her support for the Greek government. Merkel commends the positive success of the Greek government in returning to the bonds market following the first budgetary surplus in over 11 years. The Greek government successfully managed a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Missile Defense Policy After Russia’s Actions In Ukraine – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:28 PM PDT

By Michaela Dodge Russia has invaded Ukraine and annexed Crimea in blatant disregard of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty and international law. Russia’s crude steps carry important implications for U.S. missile defense policy. Currently, the Administration’s policy is not to affect the “strategic balance” with Russia in terms of ballistic missiles.[1] In reality, there is no strategic […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukrainian Civil Society Struggles To Build On Euromaidan Gains

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:24 PM PDT

By Charles Recknagel (RFE/RL) — There were many reasons why tens of thousands of Ukrainians spent months on the barricades in Kyiv to bring down the government of former President Viktor Yanukovych. But civil society leaders say the most universal was popular fury at the extreme levels of corruption the country had reached under his […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Afghanistan: Euphoria Over Poll Security Success

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:21 PM PDT

By Mina Habib The Afghan security forces have been praised by politicians and members of the public alike for their role in allowing the April 5 elections to take place peacefully across the country. Out of 12 million eligible voters, nearly seven million turned out to vote on a day that saw only scattered violence. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘Donald Rumsfeld, The Aging Criminal’ – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:19 PM PDT

When Donald Rumsfeld used to hold press conferences about the Iraq war, the press corps would giggle at the clever ways in which he refused to actually say anything or answer any questions. In a new film about Rumsfeld called The Unknown Knowns, the aging criminal is occasionally confronted with evidence that what he’s just […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Algeria: Al-Qaeda Propaganda Targets Vote

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:15 PM PDT

By Mawassi Lahcen Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) chose the Algerian presidential election campaign to post a new video criticising the government, calling for Sharia law and an Islamic caliphate. The al-Qaeda tape, posted March 24th under the title “Algeria… and the dark tunnel”, was put together as a documentary. For over an hour […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Kyrgyzstan Looks To Minimise Brain And Labour Drain

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:12 PM PDT

By Asker Sultanov Kyrgyzstan has a young and healthy population, demographers say, but to reap the benefits of that positive demographic trend, the country has to find ways to encourage citizens in the prime of life to stay in Kyrgyzstan. During the past two to three years, Kyrgyzstan (population 5.7m as of January 1) has […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Georgian, Russian Diplomats To Meet Next Week

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:10 PM PDT

(Civil.Ge) — A meeting of Georgian and Russian diplomats, delayed twice last month, will be held in Prague on April 16, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday. This format of dialogue between the two countries, led by Georgian PM’s special envoy for relations with Russia Zurab Abashidze and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Saudi Psychologist On Jihadism, Clerical Elites, And Education Reform – Interview

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 10:07 PM PDT

By Joseph Braude An Interview with Abdullah al-Garni by Joseph Braude Clinical psychologist Abdullah al-Garni serves a niche clientele: recovering jihadists. He heads the mental health division at the Mohammed bin Naif Center for Counseling and Advice, a halfway house for members of Al-Qaeda and other groups who have served prison time in Saudi Arabia […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Central African Republic: Wronged By Colonial Mindset – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:53 PM PDT

By Harun Yahya The images shown on television are eerily reminiscent of the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that the world sat back and watched; a young man was burned alive while the crowd watched the flaming body. An Al-Jazeera TV reporter pointed the microphone at an armed young man in the crowd. “We will continue […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Saudi Arabia: Special Quarantine Units For MERS Patients Urged

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:50 PM PDT

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour The Ministry of Health should launch special emergency procedures to stop the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus by setting up special quarantine facilities to treat suspected and infected people, says an expert. “In light of the new outbreak of MERS cases we have to change the emergency […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Saudi Arabia Should Accelerate Reforms For Girls’ Sport In State Schools, Says HRW

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:47 PM PDT

In a welcome move that could advance rights for women and girls, Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council has directed the Education Ministry to study the possibility of introducing physical education for girls in Saudi public schools. The council, the kingdom’s highest consultative body, voted overwhelmingly – 92 votes to 18 – in favor of the recommendation, but […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Middle East Peace Talks Described In One Word: Poof! – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 09:46 PM PDT

POOR JOHN Kerry. This week he emitted a sound that was more expressive than pages of diplomatic babble. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations committee he explained how the actions of the Israeli government had torpedoed the “peace process”. They broke their obligation to release Palestinian prisoners, and at the same time announced […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘Reality Check’: US Empire Beyond Salvation – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 08:40 PM PDT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry couldn’t hide his frustration anymore as the U.S.-sponsored peace process continued to falter. After eight months of wrangling to push talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority forward, he admitted while in a visit to Morocco on April 4 that the latest setback had served as a “reality check” […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

6.6 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles Nicaragua

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 08:38 PM PDT

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck in Nicaragua on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital of Managua. The temblors were felt as far away as San Jose in Costa Rica. An initial earthquake earlier on Thursday evening left 200 people injured and at least one fatality according to government officials. Some 800 homes were damaged in […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Pressure Mounts On Russian Journalist Over Crimea Prank

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:50 PM PDT

By Natalya Dzhanpoladova and Claire Bigg (RFE/RL) — Roman Romanenko, a journalist, publisher, and charity activist in Russia’s northwestern Vologda region, had long suspected authorities of lacking a sense of humor. But he’s still in disbelief at the backlash sparked by a joke he pulled in March when he called on the Kremlin to send […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Macedonia Readies For Pre-Election Silence

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:46 PM PDT

By Sinisa Jakov Marusic The pre-election silence for Macedonia’s first round of presidential elections begins on Friday at midnight and lasts until Sunday’s vote. Campaigning for the presidential election will halt in Macedonia ahead of Sunday, when more than 1.7 million registered voters will choose between four candidates. Voters will choose between incumbent President Gjorge […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Jesus’ Fantasy Wife Unfurls – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:43 PM PDT

In 2012, Karen L. King presented a small piece of papyrus with an inscription that indicated Jesus had a wife: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife….’” She was ecstatic, as were many in the media. It has now been determined by some scientists that the fragment, the size of a credit card, is likely of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Former Intelligence Officials And False Flags – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:40 PM PDT

In May 2008 I received an email from a former senior intelligence officer who I was working with at that time. The subject line: “same senario like in iraq/big lies.” Naturally, I was eager to see the details in what turned out to be an analysis of the photographic evidence on the alleged Israeli strike […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Pope Francis Apologizes For Priests’ Sex Abuse, Promises Strong Response

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:33 PM PDT

Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled to “personally ask forgiveness” for priests who have sexually abused children. “The Church is aware of this damage, it is personal, moral damage carried out by men of the Church, and we will not take […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ralph Nader: Investors And Savers Need A Chance To Recover – OpEd

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 01:30 PM PDT

On April 9th, shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from across the country converged upon Washington, D.C. to make their voices heard in the halls of Congress. And Tim Pagliara, an investment advisor who also owns shares of stock in Fannie and Freddie, launched the Investors Unite coalition. As the housing finance reform debate […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

“Modi’s Moment? India’s 2014 Elections – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Modi’s Moment? India’s 2014 Elections – Analysis

Posted: 11 Apr 2014 12:03 AM PDT

By Gauri Khandekar From 7 April to 12 May 2014, the world’s largest democracy, India, is holding parliamentary elections. A record 815 million people are eligible to vote across 930,000 polling stations nation-wide. 1,616 national and regional parties will compete for places in the 543-seat Lok Sabha, India’s lower house of parliament. The electorate, a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Third Round Of Haitian-Dominican Republic Talks In Jeopardy – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:43 PM PDT

By Wilhelmina Agyapong The third round of talks between the governments of the Dominican Republic (D.R.) and Haiti has been postponed for the third time. It was originally scheduled to take place this past April 8, 2014 and will now hopefully occur on May 6, 2014. COHA hopes that the Dominican Republic and Haiti will […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Proved Reserves Of US Oil And Natural Gas Show Divergent Trends Reflecting Large Decline In Natural Gas Prices – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:36 PM PDT

U.S. crude oil proved reserves, led by reserve additions in Texas and North Dakota, increased at a record pace in 2012 according to the U.S. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Proved Reserves, 2012 report released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Despite notable gains in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale gas plays, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Thirtieth Meridian: Russia’s Rubicon For NATO-US Encroachment – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:32 PM PDT

Sooner or later it had to happen; the West’s CIA imperial fingers had been playing with Pandora’s Box carelessly in Ukraine and the lid gave way: the box has been opened and the Un-Evil Empire is left buck naked internationally to face the truth. And the truth is clear, raw and simple no matter what […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Death Sentences In Egypt ‘Mockery Of Justice’ – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:30 PM PDT

By Jaya Ramachandran A group of eight United Nations human rights independent experts have urged the Egyptian authorities to quash the 529 death sentences announced in Egypt and give the defendants new and fair trials, in line with international human rights law. “The right to life is a fundamental right, not a toy to be […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

China Eyes The Congo River – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:27 PM PDT

By Baruti Amisi The Congo River watershed feeds not only Africa’s second longest river (after the Nile), but is also a vital site of struggle over BRICS’ role in Africa. In coming decades, both western and BRICS multinational corporations will use hydropower at what will be the world’s largest dam, financed by the World Bank, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Chinese Infrastructure Lubricates Outflow Of Angolan And DRC Resources – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:23 PM PDT

By John Grobler Swiss commodity giant Trafigura, partnering with the politically connected Angolan company Cochan Limited and the mysterious China International Fund, has quietly gained total control of Angola’s railway infrastructure, fuel distribution network and iron ore deposits via a vast global network of off-shore companies registered in various tax havens. Using funds generated by […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How CIA Made Dr. Zhivago Into Weapon – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:17 PM PDT

By Paul Craig Roberts American Cold War propaganda had little, if anything, to do with the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, by dramatizing Soviet mendacity it made the world blind to Washington’s mendacity. When Soviet authorities refused to publish prominent Soviet writer Boris Pasternak’s masterpiece, Dr. Zhivago, the CIA turned it into a propaganda […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Google Seeks To Protect Android Users From Malware

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:12 PM PDT

Google is taking new steps to ensure Android users are protected from malware and other harmful apps, Mashable reports. The company announced Thursday, April 10, it is expanding its app verification service to monitor all the apps on users’ devices — including those downloaded from the Google Play Store. Previously, when the Verify Apps service […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Latest Round Of Nuclear Talks Wraps Up In Vienna

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:09 PM PDT

The new round of talks between Iran and the world powers over Iran’s nuclear program has ended in Vienna, and the two sides are set to meet on May 13 to continue the negotiations. Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, said in a joint statement on Wednesday April 9 with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine Separatists Call On Putin For Help

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:04 PM PDT

(EurActiv) — Pro-Russian separatists reinforced barricades around the state security building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Luhansk yesterday (9 April) and called on President Vladimir Putin for help after the government warned it could use force to restore order. Protesters were also engaged in talks to ease the standoff, which Kyiv has said could […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘Super Terrorism’ In India: Fact Or Fiction? – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 11:01 PM PDT

By Balasubramaniyan Viswanathan Around 18 years ago on March 20, 1995, the Aum Shirikyo cult in Japan released Sarin nerve gas onboard five trains converging at Tokyo’s Kasumigaseki station, resulting in 12 fatalities and 1,039 injured. This was the first known instance of a non-conventional attack by a non-state actor in the history of terrorism. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How To Keep The Palestinian Cause Alive – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:58 PM PDT

The headline over a presentation (http://jfjfp.com/?p=57943) by Jews for Justice for Palestinians of the text of a talk given by Norman Finkelstein to a number of British universities in mid-March was The End of Palestine? It’s time to sound an alarm. The purpose of this article is to do just that. In his talk which […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Modi’s World – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:56 PM PDT

By C. Raja Mohan Foreign policy is rarely central to elections anywhere in the world. It is no surprise, then, that the foreign policy sections in the manifestos put out by the Congress and BJP seem an after-thought. Both end up with a long laundry list of disparate propositions. Marginal though they are, the manifestos […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Internet Governance Debates Gain Steam Within India – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:54 PM PDT

By Mahima Kaul The conversation about internet governance has started making headlines in India over the past few months. Much of this can be traced back to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, that broke the controversial news that US government had used top internet service providers and even content providers to carry out surveillance […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia, NATO And The EU: A Plea For A True Partnership – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:51 PM PDT

By Hubertus Hoffmann The U.S. as well as the EU and its member states need a new foreign policy design. The events in Ukraine have once again illustrated that the current methods of shaping foreign policy are largely ineffective and insufficient. The crisis in Crimea is part of a series of failures: instability in Iraq, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Crimea’s Fire Spreading Toward The East – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:46 PM PDT

By Habibe Ozdal Pro-Western demonstrations, which began in November 2013 in Kiev, were resulted in the dismissal of President Yanukovych and the formation of a new, pro-Western government. In the following days, the Crimean Parliament firstly declared its independence, and then it held the referendum leading to Crimea’s decision to join Russia. Whether the annexation […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Kosovo: Approve Special War Crimes Court, Says HRW

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:43 PM PDT

Kosovo’s parliament should approve the establishment of a special court located abroad to try alleged war crimes and other serious crimes committed during and after the 1998-1999 Kosovo war. The parliament should also agree to extend the mandate of the European Union Rule of Law Mission (EULEX) and allow it to continue investigating and prosecuting […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Gutting Of Campaign Finance Laws Enhances Influence Of Corporations And Wealthy Americans

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 10:00 PM PDT

Affluent individuals and business corporations already have vastly more influence on federal government policy than average citizens, according to recently released research by Princeton University and Northwestern University. This research suggests that the Supreme Court’s continuing attack on campaign finance laws is further increasing the political clout of business firms and the wealthy. Martin Gilens, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How Widespread Is Tax Evasion?

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:57 PM PDT

Tax evasion is widely assumed to be an eternal problem for governments — but how widespread is it? For the first time, a new study, co-authored by an MIT professor, has put a cost on a particular kind of tax evasion, known as “round-tripping,” that the U.S. government has been trying to thwart. In round-tripping, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Single Mothers Don’t Delay Marriage Just To Boost Tax Credit – Study

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:55 PM PDT

When the Earned Income Tax Credit was expanded in 1993, supporters hoped it would reward poor parents for working while critics feared that it might discourage single mothers from marrying or incentivize women to have more children to boost their tax refund. A new collaborative study done by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Cornell University […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How To Persuade Audiences To Action

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:52 PM PDT

When it comes to persuasive communication, if you wander, you are lost. Too often, presentations fail to deliver results because they don’t follow a clear path to a concrete call to action. When planning a presentation, the first step is to be clear about where you want to take your audience and the change you […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Indian Management Education: Some Issues – OpEd

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:47 PM PDT

Recently, the interest towards management education in India has declined. The Indian management education market has become highly commercial with a problem of plenty where educational institutions have become more and students have become less. Is it due to dearth of career opportunities after doing MBA or lack of charm towards management education (MBA) or […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Continental Drift: Europe’s Breakaways – Analysis

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:28 PM PDT

By Conn Hallinan Happy families are all alike: every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina The opening to Tolstoy’s great novel of love and tragedy could be a metaphor for Europe today, where “unhappy families” of Catalans, Scots, Belgians, Ukrainians, and Italians contemplate divorcing the countries they are currently a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India: Third Round Of Elections, Populous And Strategic States Up For Grabs

Posted: 10 Apr 2014 09:25 PM PDT

Thursday’s third phase of voting, in the nation’s nine-day marathon general elections until May 12, for the first time sees polling stations open in large states, key for their demographic importance, though also in the New Delhi territory, where focus remains on the outsider, the Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party (AAP), and the charisma of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

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“The Eye, The Needle And The Camel: Rich Countries Can Benefit From EU Membership – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

The Eye, The Needle And The Camel: Rich Countries Can Benefit From EU Membership – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:46 PM PDT

One concern with EU enlargement is that relatively poorer countries benefit more from becoming members. This column uses data from the 1973 and 1995 enlargements to show that richer countries also benefited a lot from joining the EU. Per capita incomes would have been considerably lower had these countries not joined the EU when they […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How To Fix The Euro: Strengthening Economic Governance In Europe – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:32 PM PDT

By Stephen Pickford, Federico Steinberg and Miguel Otero-Iglesias The euro was launched 15 years ago through the Maastricht Treaty, and was expected to make Europe stronger economically and more integrated. Although the Delors report in 1989 correctly identified many of the structures needed to make EMU work, the Maastricht design underplayed the importance of labour […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

FSB Chief: Joint Efforts With Georgia And Others Helped Prevent Attacks On Sochi Games

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:27 PM PDT

(Civil.Ge) — The head of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Bortnikov said cooperation with security agencies of number of countries, among them Georgia, helped to prevent terrorist attacks on the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. He said that example of this collaboration was “joint efforts of Russian FSB with its colleagues from the U.S., Austria, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine: New Law Violates Judicial Independence, Says HRW

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:24 PM PDT

A law passed by the Ukrainian parliament on April 8, 2014, violates guarantees of judicial independence and should be set aside. The law spells out 10 circumstances that, outside of normal disciplinary proceedings, could cause a judge to be placed under review and face dismissal from holding judicial office (lustration), including making “politically motivated decisions.” […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

EU, Russia And US To Hold Fresh Talks On Ukraine

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:23 PM PDT

By Alexander Müller The EU, Russia and the U.S., as well as Ukraine’s interim government, are expected to hold talks within the next 10 days. The announcement comes after a phone call between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in which both officials agreed to negotiations. The West and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India’s Abstention At UNHRC Is Nothing For Sri Lanka To Be Obliged About – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:17 PM PDT

Those in the Indian-basket were quick to shower merit upon India for deciding to be on the fence in a decision that had nothing to do with Sri Lanka and everything to do with India beginning to realize that India’s balkanization was not far off. India’s decision also had influence of the South Bloc given […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine Corruption Probes A Warning To Future Leaders

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:35 PM PDT

By John MacLeod Despite the continuing threat of Russian invasion, many Ukrainians are determined to work towards a better-run, fairer society, and cautiously optimistic that they can achieve it. Systemic corruption was at the heart of public resentment of President Viktor Yanukovich’s administration. The theft of public funds, accompanied by a sense of total impunity, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Guinea: ‘Most Challenging’ Ebola Outbreak Ever – WHO

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:28 PM PDT

“This is one of the most challenging Ebola outbreaks we have ever faced”, said Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), expressing serious concern about the vast spread of the virus from its epicentre in Guinea. Based on the latest figures released, there have been 157 suspected cases in Guinea, 101 of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Swedish City To Test Full-Pay 6-Hour Work Day

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:23 PM PDT

A city council in Sweden is set to cut the number of hours its staff members work down to just six – while keeping them on full pay. The controversial economic experiment will see municipal workers in Gothenburg, the country’s second-largest city, become guinea pigs in a trial lasting at least one year. The council’s […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Extraterrestrial Life Could Exist On Saturn Moon?

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:19 PM PDT

(CORDIS) — An encounter with ET may be far closer than we think. Scientists have revealed that Enceladus, a moon of Saturn, could be home to a large body of water, meaning we may be near to finding extraterrestrial life in our solar system. The journal Science has published evidence from the Cassini spacecraft’s orbit […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

J&K: ‘Law’ Of Political Inheritance – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:12 PM PDT

By Shujaat Bukhari Winston Churchill once said: “Politics is not a game, it is earnest business.” That has come true in the South Asian context. By making it a full-time dynastic profession, the political families have turned it into a business, which the sons and daughters are now inheriting. While the elections in India are […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Afghanistan Elections 2014: And Thus Spoke The People – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:09 PM PDT

By D Suba Chandran Given the security and political environment (including the weather and rains) within and outside Afghanistan, the recently held election to usher in their next president is perhaps the most significant democratic poll in the history of the country. The nature and extent of participation given the level political polarisation and the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

McCutcheon Should Become Rallying Cry For Focused Campaign To End Rule Of Money – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 10:03 PM PDT

While some still believe the United States is the greatest democracy on Earth, the US is actually a plutocracy, a government ruled by the wealthiest. The recent Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon will subject us to an even stronger plutocracy that no one will be able to deny. The ‘rule of money’ will become more […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

IEA Praises Austria’s Energy Policy, But Sees Room For Improvement

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:54 PM PDT

In a review of Austrian energy policies launched Wednesday, the International Energy Agency praised Austria for its balanced focus on security of supply, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. The country’s decarbonisation drive has strengthened as the economy and renewable energy use have continued to grow, while fossil fuel use has decreased. At the same […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Gasoline Prices Seen Averaging $3.57 Per Gallon During Summer 2014 – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:46 PM PDT

In the April 2014 Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA projects that regular-grade gasoline retail prices will average $3.57 per gallon (gal) during the current summer (April through September) driving season, similar to the $3.58/gal average of summer 2013. After rising into May, the retail price is expected to fall through the remainder of the summer […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Introducing Pope Lenny – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:39 PM PDT

Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian director who won an Oscar for best foreign film, “The Great Beauty,” is planning a TV series about the Vatican. According to Religion News Service, it will be about a “scandal-rife Vatican.” Imagine that—viewers will be treated to a Vatican riddled with corruption! Religion News Service implies we should not be […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Hagel Thanks China’s President For Frank Talks With Leaders

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:33 PM PDT

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Beijing Wednesday with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Hagel expressed his appreciation for the visit to China and for the chance to build toward a new model of military-to-military relations, Brent Colburn, the secretary’s assistant for public affairs, said in a statement summarizing the meeting. He also thanked President Xi […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Obama Eulogizes Soldiers Killed In Fort Hood Tragedy

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:30 PM PDT

By Nick Simeone For the second time since a mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, five years ago, President Barack Obama returned to the Army post today to again pay tribute to soldiers cut down by one of their own, offering condolences to the families of those killed by an Army specialist last week and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Why An American International Media Presence Is More Important Than Ever – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:25 PM PDT

At the end of the Cold War, an important strategic asset, the United States international media presence run by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) had its budget cut by more than forty percent. For fiscal year 2015, the BBG is requesting $721,000,000. The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent government agency given the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Islamabad-Pakistan Taliban Peace Talks: Shifting Focus To Afghanistan – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:17 PM PDT

Islamabad has been in peace talks with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) over last couple of months while the Afghan peace process remains derailed for years. A campaign is underway for a concerted insurgency in Afghanistan. By Halimullah Kousary THE HOLDING of a largely peaceful presidential election in Afghanistan on 5 April 2014 and the taking over […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Malaysia Jet Search Chief Optimistic Plane Will Be Found

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:10 PM PDT

The Australian chief of the search team looking for the missing Malaysian jet in the depths of the Indian Ocean is voicing optimism that the plane could soon be found. Angus Houston said Wednesday that two signals detected a day earlier by a U.S. Navy pinger locator give searchers some reason to hope they will […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

House Lawmakers To Holder: Launch Criminal Probe Of IRS’ Lois Lerner‏

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 09:06 PM PDT

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday voted along party-lines for a criminal referral for the Internal Revenue Service director who continues to “plead the Fifth” regarding the IRS’ targeting of conservative organizations for excessive examination when they requested tax-exempt status, according to the committee’s press official, Sarah Swinehart. Rep. Dave […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Press Kit On Human Rights In Ukraine – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:14 AM PDT

The flywheel of political repressions in Ukraine is gaining momentum these days. In sharp contrast with the liberal approach by president Yanukovych to the “Euromaidan” rout, the interim Kievan administration did not hesitate much about cracking down the public uprising against the “neo-Nazi regime” on the rise in the East and South of Ukraine. Today […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Basque Country: Definitive Cessation Of ETA’s Armed Activity – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:08 AM PDT

Emeritus Archbishop and Noble Peace Prize winner, Desmond Tutu, welcomed ETA’s decision to start the process of disarmament, because it “opens the door to a lasting peace”. By Lokarri Following the gesture made by ETA in February, reactions from different areas of politics have come thick and fast. The President of the Spanish Government, Mariano Rajoy, said that […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US: Hope For Sexual Assault Survivors In DC

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 11:04 AM PDT

A bill making its way through the DC Council would be a significant step toward improving police response to sexual assault in the District of Columbia. The DC Council unanimously approved the bill, which adopts recommendations Human Rights Watch has been making for over a year, on April 8, 2014. It is scheduled for a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

“Beyond Sectarianism: Geopolitics, Fragmentation, And The Syrian Civil War – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Beyond Sectarianism: Geopolitics, Fragmentation, And The Syrian Civil War – Analysis

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 12:06 AM PDT

By Benedetta Berti and Jonathan Paris A bloody civil war has been raging in Syria over the past three years, pitting the regime of Bashar al-Assad and his international supporters against the different factions that make up the domestic and diaspora- based anti-regime opposition. As the initially sporadic armed clashes turned into a protracted civil […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

America’s Homegrown Terror – OpEd

Posted: 09 Apr 2014 12:01 AM PDT

By Emanuel Pastreich and John Feffer The U.S. security complex is up in arms about cyberhackers and foreign terrorists targeting America’s vulnerable infrastructure. Think tank reports have highlighted the chinks in homeland security represented by unsecured ports, dams, and power plants. We’ve been bombarded by stories about outdated software that is subject to hacking and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran’s Latest Round Of Nuclear Talks Begins In Vienna

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:57 PM PDT

The new round of talks between Iran and the 5+1 began in Vienna today with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif heading the Iranian delegation and Catherine Ashton, the EU foreign policy chief, at the head of the 5+1 group. Zarif and Ashton met last night over dinner to discuss the resumption of talks and […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran Nuclear Talks: Beware Of False Analogies – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:55 PM PDT

By Kaveh L. Afrasiabi At a pivotal time when the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers (i.e., UN Security Council’s Permanent Five plus Germany) are underway and show tangible signs of progress in light of the breakthrough agreement reached in Geneva last November, it is important to avoid false steps that can harm […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Turkey’s Very Own Sun King – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:52 PM PDT

By Jeremy Salt Turkey is in a turbulent and uncertain state.  Street demonstrations are crushed with tear gas and water cannon. Protesters are killed without one policeman being convicted. A 15-year-old boy dying 269 days after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister is called a member of a terrorist organization by […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Palestine’s Nasty Neighbor: Peace, Brother – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:51 PM PDT

By Stuart Littlewood US-brokered negotiations with Israel, which started on 29 July 2013 and were to last nine months, are nearing their ignominious end. And Israel, the serial defaulter that it is, has reneged on the agreed release of 104 pre-Oslo prisoners in exchange for Palestine’s postponing joining international organizations to help achieve their long-overdue […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

What If We Leave Afghans Alone? – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:50 PM PDT

By Abdulateef Al-Mulhim Prior to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, this landlocked country largely remained away from media spotlight. It all started in 1973 when Daoud Khan overthrew King Zahir Shah in a bloodless coup to become the first president of Afghanistan. That kicked off a series of coups and countercoups. In […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Saudi Arabia Declares War On MERS

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:47 PM PDT

By P.K. Abdul Ghafour Saudi health authorities have launched all-out efforts to prevent an outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in the country after the deadly virus hit paramedics at two major hospitals in the city. A paramedic at King Abdul Aziz Hospital was among two latest victims of the SARS-like disease, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Kara-Winter-2014 Ice Expedition Has Started Field Studies In Artic Zone

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:43 PM PDT

The Kara-Winter-2014 Expedition organized by the Arctic Research and Design Center (a joint venture of Rosneft and ExxonMobil) with expert support from the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute Federal State Budget Institution left the Port of Murmansk on board the Yamal Ice-Breaker. This is going to be the largest ice expedition by the sea area […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Fortum Sells Norwegian Electricity Distribution And Heat Businesses

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:39 PM PDT

Fortum said Wednesday it has agreed to sell its Norwegian electricity distribution to the Hafslund Group, listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange, and its heat businesses in Norway to iCON Infrastructure Partners II, L.P. fund. The decision to divest the electricity distribution business in Norway is linked to the strategic assessment of the company’s electricity […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Toyota Announces Safety Recall

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:34 PM PDT

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. said Tuesday that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.3 million vehicles, including certain Model Year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles. The driver’s airbag module in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Chinese President In Serious Warfare – Analysis

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:30 PM PDT

By Bhaskar Roy Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the party chief as General Secretary as well as the Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), has waged a war against corruption extending it to the military or the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). After taking over as party chief and CMC chairman in November […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Is The Vatican Hiding Aliens? – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:26 PM PDT

“Unsealed: Alien Files,” which aired on the Science Channel, speculates that “new evidence may prove the Vatican is hiding actual aliens from the public.” Either that or the channel will rename itself the Sci-fi Channel. The priest who directs the Vatican observatory, Dr. Jose Funes, was interviewed for the program, and he made the rather […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India’s Ballot Diplomacy With China – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:21 PM PDT

By Samir K Purkayastha When two Parliamentary constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh go to polls on Wednesday along with the state assembly, India will score a diplomatic point over China. China has been for long making its territorial claim over the picturesque Northeastern state of India. Arunachal Pradesh, the largest Northeastern state with 83,743 square kilometres, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Understanding Marx – Book Review

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:10 PM PDT

Review of Crisis and Change Today, by authors Peter Knapp and Alan J. Spector Knapp and Spector have written a superb introduction to Marxist thought, a much-needed one, since reading Marx can be a daunting task. The grand old man’s prose is often ponderous, abstract, and complex, so many readers can’t discern his full meaning. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Analysing BJP’s Ticket Distribution: Fear Of Murky Deal Looms Large – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 11:03 PM PDT

By Dr. Sudhanshu Tripathi Everybody knows that today elections are only the game of numbers, hence every political party chooses a candidate who has the maximum chances of his or her victory, but in the above mentioned context, the grand strategy of the BJP reflects just otherwise. It is just possible that Bharitya Janata Party […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

France: Unaccompanied Children Detained At Borders

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:58 PM PDT

France detains as many as 500 children who arrive in the country alone each year in transit zones at the borders, where they are denied the protection and due process rights afforded other unaccompanied children on French territory, Human Rights Watch said today. Any unaccompanied child who arrives in France should be admitted to the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Influential Mali Tribal Chief Ag Attaher Calls For Peace On Homecoming‏ – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:57 PM PDT

On April 5, the influential Mali tribal chief Intalla Ag Attaher returned to his homeland after two months in a hospital in Morocco. Back home he called for a decisive resolution to the deeply-divided west African nation’s fragile peace process. Intalla Ag Attaher’s tribes of the northern Ifoghas mountains have partnerned with the National Movement […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Afghanistan Needs A Tranformational Leader – Interview

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:51 PM PDT

The West still has a chance in Afghanistan — if it toils for an indigenous solution to the conflict and prevent Pakistan from spoiling everything. An interview with Ehsan Azari Stanizai on the future of Afghanistan Q: How much can we expect from the presidential election on April 5? A: We have experienced two elections […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Why The US Minimum Wage Should Really Be Raised To $15 An Hour – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:44 PM PDT

Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action  — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Markets Asking A Lot From Blue Chips; Can They Deliver? – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:40 PM PDT

By Mitchell Clark Earnings are beginning to roll in and quite a few companies are missing Wall Street consensus. This doesn’t mean, however, that there isn’t growth out there; only that estimates have so far been a little optimistic. CarMax, Inc. (KMX) is a well-known used-car dealer. The company’s latest numbers were decent, but they […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

CCR Gitmo Client Seeks Approval For Release From New Review Board

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:38 PM PDT

Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) client Ghaleb Al-Bihani, a Yemeni citizen who has been held without charge at Guantanamo for over 12 years, asked Tuesday the Obama administration’s new Periodic Review Board (PRB) to approve him for transfer. While the government has stated that it does not plan to charge Mr. Al-Bihani with any crime, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Rosneft Says Successfully Developing Exploration Drilling Program For 2014

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:35 PM PDT

Rosneft said Tuesday it has succeeded at exploration drilling for 100 % up to the end of the first quarter of 2014. During the test for all exploration wells commercial inflows of hydrocarbons were obtained, which means the high efficiency of Exploration drilling program for the year 2014. The most important results were achieved during […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Afghan Elections: Ballot Shortage, Calm Before Storm – OpEd

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:27 PM PDT

More than 7 million Afghans, one third of whom are women, cast their votes in the April 5th presidential and provincial councils elections. Afghans flocked to the polling station and cast their votes, despite a series of serious disruption threats from Taliban and terrorists; however, the shortage of ballot papers in several provinces disappointed many […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Announces Cuts To Nuclear Forces

Posted: 08 Apr 2014 10:14 PM PDT

Washington has announced plans to reduce the number of strategic nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and deployed ballistic missiles to meet the limits set on nuclear arsenals by the New START treaty signed with Russia 4 years ago. On Tuesday the Pentagon announced the exact cuts it is planning in order to comply with the limits […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

“What Have We Learned From Crimea? – OpEd” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

What Have We Learned From Crimea? – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:43 PM PDT

By Charles Fairbanks What have we learned from the Russian seizure of Crimea and the Western reaction to it? President Obama seems to have learned nothing; he is more obstinate in pursuing failed policies than Jimmy Carter or Neville Chamberlain. Informed discussion of foreign policy has now expanded to include wide and valuable questioning of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

American Proxy Wars In Africa – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:36 PM PDT

By Nick Turse Lion Forward Teams? Echo Casemate? Juniper Micron? You could be forgiven if this jumble of words looks like nonsense to you. It isn’t. It’s the language of the U.S. military’s simmering African interventions; the patois that goes with a set of missions carried out in countries most Americans couldn’t locate on a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Provides Anti-Tank Weaponry Supplies To Syria Rebels – Report

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:30 PM PDT

Rebels embattled against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad have reportedly come into possession of high-powered anti-tank weaponry, the likes of which may have been supplied by the United States, according to RT. Images of rebels equipped with heavy arms have begun to circulate in recent days, and at least one news site has […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Warns Russia Against Instigating Separatist Tensions In Ukraine

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:27 PM PDT

By Zlatica Hoke The United States has warned Russia against stirring separatist sentiment in eastern Ukraine, following unrest in several cities in recent days. U.S. officials said there are clear signs that pro-Russian demonstrations were orchestrated from outside. Meanwhile, recent events in Ukraine have emboldened Russian-speaking separatists in Moldova to renew their calls for independence, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine: Donetsk People’s Council To Hold Referendum To Join Russia May 11

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:25 PM PDT

Donetsk region People’s Council established by local pro-federalization demonstrators on Monday declared its plans to create the republic of Donetsk and join Russia if people so vote during the referendum which is due to take place no later than May 11, RIA Novosti correspondent reported Monday. “People’s Republic of Donetsk is to be created within […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Crimea Crisis May Sway China Gas Deal – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:21 PM PDT

By Michael Lelyveld Western pressure on Russia over its annexation of Crimea has raised expectations that it will offer China better terms on a long-delayed gas deal in time for President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit in May. The takeover of the region from Ukraine has heightened the risk that European countries will reduce their reliance […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Jobs Report And Supreme Court’s ‘McCutcheon’ Debacle – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:16 PM PDT

What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with the recent jobs report, showing 192,000 new jobs for March? Connect the dots. More than five years after Wall Street’s near meltdown the number of full-time workers is still less than it was in December 2007, yet the working-age population of the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Cameron Feeling The Heat – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:12 PM PDT

By Linda S. Heard It is generally acknowledged that the UK has turned into a safe haven for Muslim Brotherhood (MB) fugitives who have had the audacity to open their headquarters above a kebab shop in north London. Britain’s laissez-faire policies have served as a magnet for extremists seeking a bolt-hole from which to plan […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Crimea: US Grandstanding That Failed Again – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:08 PM PDT

By Vikram Sood Among the many principles in international politics, there are a few that remain unchangeable. The first principle is, do not grandstand if you do not have the ability to stand by those claims. The second principle is that hope is not policy. The third is that before you take on an adversary, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Why Governments Are Shying Away From Henderson-Brooks Report? – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:06 PM PDT

By Manoj Joshi There has been so much mentioning in the media about some portions of the Henderson-Brooks report, which probed into the operational aspects of 1962 China war disaster. Though some parts of the report was leaked to the media, the government is still keeping it as a classified document, making a real analysis […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Perils Of Commercial Beekeeping – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:02 PM PDT

Honeybees pollinate crops but endure stress, parasites and disease. Solutions are coming. One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive. California’s […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Israel-Palestine Peace Talks: The Endgame – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:53 PM PDT

Who defined the art of successful politics as “keeping abreast of changing circumstances, and turning each change to your advantage”? They might have had John Kerry, US Secretary of State, in mind. No astuter politician is currently operating in the global arena. But even the wiliest operator can be overwhelmed by events and, with the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia Risks Alienating Kazakhstan, Belarus – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:49 PM PDT

By Jax Jacobsen To many, Russia’s – and more pointedly, Putin’s – incursion into Ukraine revealed a desire to reclaim the lands that ‘got away’ during the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. However, this blunt-force, defy-all-international-norms takeover of Crimea might have done quite a bit to weaken and potentially destabilize Russia’s relations with […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine: Kiev Blames Moscow For Unrest In Eastern Cities

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:44 PM PDT

(RFE/RL) — Ukrainian officials have suggested the latest pro-Russian unrest in the eastern part of the country is part of a “plan” by Moscow to destabilize its neighbor, prompting curt warnings from Russia, while U.S. officials have also questioned the “spontaneous” nature of the protests and are reportedly pressing for four-way talks on the crisis. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Turkey And Albania: Strategic Partnership In A Multi-Polar World – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:41 PM PDT

Rapid national economic growth and integration in the European Union are among the top priorities in the Albanian government’s current strategy. Albania’s aspirations in international trade would be incomplete if Turkish markets and investors are not part of this process and strategy. Ankara has historically maintained excellent political relations with Tirana and is constantly striving […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Presidential Elections In Afghanistan: A Challenging Process – Analysis

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:36 PM PDT

By Tunç Sakaoğlu Afghanistan headed to the polls on Saturday for the country’s first presidential election since 2009. This time though, there are eight contenders, three of which are considered prominent candidates competing for the top administrative position. The elections may continue with a run-off on 28 May, as no candidate is expected to win […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Why Fed Will Have To Get Back Into Paper Money Printing Business Soon – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:33 PM PDT

By Michael Lombardi In the early days of the 2008 financial crisis, the Federal Reserve said, “Job losses, declining equity and housing wealth and tight credit conditions have weighed on consumer sentiment and spending. Weaker sales prospects and difficulties in obtaining credit have led businesses to cut back on inventories and fixed investment.” (Source: Federal […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Govern-Mentality Of The Turkish Media – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:29 PM PDT

By Dilek Karal oucault’s thesis on governmentality has been the focus of numerous discussions in political science aiming to comprehend the nature of political power. For me, the most astonishing idea at the heart of Foucault’s thesis is that governmentality creates (what I prefer to call here) micro-powers which internalize authority and power as a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Syria: Jesuit Priest Killed

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:27 PM PDT

A Dutch Jesuit priest, Father Frans Van der Lugt, was killed this morning in the city of Homs, the head of the religious Order confirmed to MISNA. Based on first reports, Fr. Frans was taken from his community by gunmen and shot dead. Fr. Frans had been living in Syria since 1963. Since the start […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Libya: Two Cyrenaica Oil Terminals Reopen

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:26 PM PDT

The oil ports of Zueitina and Hariga, held since July by federalist rebels demanding more autonomy from Tripoli, returned under state control, announced Justice minister Salah al Marghani, adding that two larger ports will be reopened in no more than four weeks, after more discussions with the rebels. The end of the oil crisis was […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ecuador: Correa Backs Constitutional Reform For Re-Election

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:23 PM PDT

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa said he backed a reform of the Constitution that will allow a president to run for more than two terms in office. “We are not talking about an indefinite confirmation, but a general re-election. I object to those who want to condition this debate. We want that the people of Ecuador […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Democrat Lawmakers Renew Attacks On Bush Era CIA Interrogators – OpEd

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:21 PM PDT

The Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee renewed their attacks on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of controversial interrogation methods last week, but former Director of Central Intelligence Michael Hayden on Sunday questioned the continued allegation that such CIA “black site” operations had not led to the locating and killing of al-Qaeda icon Osama bin […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Jimmy Carter Backs PLO Move To Sign Treaties

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:18 PM PDT

Former US President Jimmy Carter on Monday expressed support for the PLO’s move to seek membership in international organizations. “The decision by the Palestinians to exercise their right to join international organizations should not be seen as a blow to the peace talks,” Carter said in a statement. “I hope that, on the contrary, it […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Sochi Olympic Committee Posts $140m Profit

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:12 PM PDT

The Sochi 2014 Olympic steering committee has posted an operational profit of five billion rubles (about 140 million U.S. dollars), the organizers said Monday. “The estimated operating profit which the organizing committee received is in the region of five billion rubles,” Committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko told reporters. He added that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Turkey: YouTube Asks Court To Overturn Ban

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:11 PM PDT

YouTube has appealed to Turkey’s Constitutional Court to lift a ban that Ankara has imposed on the video sharing website. An unnamed source familiar with the case said on Monday that the appeal asks the court to “immediately” lift the ban on the site. YouTube was blocked in Turkey on March 27 after the release […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

“Syria: Explosions In Homs Kill Over 50 Rebel Fighters” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Syria: Explosions In Homs Kill Over 50 Rebel Fighters

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 10:35 PM PDT

An explosion in a rebel-held area of Homs killed over 50 Syrian opposition fighters Sunday, including dozens of senior officers, Hezbollah sources and Al Arabiya reported. It was initially unclear whether the explosion was the result of devices previously planted in the Jourat Al Shayya area, if it was an accident, or if it was […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Pro-Russia Protesters Storm Government Buildings In Eastern Ukrainian Cities

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 10:33 PM PDT

(RFE/RL) — Ukraine’s acting president, Oleksandr Turchynov, has cancelled a trip to Lithuania scheduled for April 7 to deal with pro-Russia protests in eastern Ukraine. Turchynov also held an emergency meeting with the heads of law enforcement agencies after protesters seized government buildings in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk and a state security office […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Crimean Crisis And Disempowerment Of The West – OpEd

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 09:15 PM PDT

By Serafettin Yilmaz Apart from the troubling reality that international law has been reduced into a weak fish net where the powerful could comfortably pierce through while the weak are caught, and perhaps more importantly, the ongoing crisis in Crimea suggests a gradual but precise decline of the West. The picture is clear: The West […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Which Path Will Brazil Choose? – OpEd

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 09:11 PM PDT

By Jaime Daremblum When Latin America’s most-populous nation was awarded the 2014 World Cup back in 2007, it was enjoying strong economic growth and being celebrated as a potential superpower. Brazil grew by 6.1 percent that year and by 5.2 percent the following year, and it suffered only a mild recession after the global financial […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Indian Cousin Of El Niño: The 2nd Climatic Problem Child

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 09:07 PM PDT

Floods in East Africa and India, as well as drought and fires in Australia, are periodic catastrophes caused by a second climate disruptor less well known than its cousin El Niño: the Indian Ocean Dipole. A new study that made the cover of Nature Geoscience, involving a researcher from the LOCEAN laboratory (IRD, UPMC, CNRS, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Balanced Carbon Footprint For The Amazon

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 09:00 PM PDT

Considered, until now, a source of greenhouse gas emissions, capturing the CO2 fixed by the tropical forest through the soils of the watershed to release it into the atmosphere, the Amazon River actually has a balanced carbon footprint. In fact, a new study shows that the CO2 outgassed by the river is only drawn from […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

New Study On Crime Risk On London Underground

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 08:55 PM PDT

A University of Huddersfield criminologist who has been working closely with authorities in London to cut crime on one of the world’s busiest transport systems will appear before a House of Commons select committee to describe his findings. Dr Andrew Newton is also forming links with overseas experts so that their research can make public […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Earthquake In Chile: No All-Clear

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 08:52 PM PDT

After the strong earthquake that struck Chile on April 2 (CEST), numerous aftershocks, some of them of a considerable magnitude, have struck the region around Iquique. Seismologists from the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences doubt that the strong earthquake closed the local seismic gap and decreased the risk of a large earthquake. On the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Smoking Visibility Mapped For The First Time

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 08:46 PM PDT

The visibility of smoking in city streets has for the first time anywhere been mapped, in new research from the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. The research found that up to 116 smokers outside bars/cafés could be seen from any one location in the outdoor public areas of downtown Wellington (e.g. on a footpath). […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Circumcision After Age 35 May Prevent Prostate Cancer?

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 08:38 PM PDT

Researchers at the University of Montreal and the INRS-Institut-Armand-Frappier have shown that men circumcised after the age of 35 were 45% less at risk of later developing prostate cancer than uncircumcised men. This is one of the findings that resulted from a study undertaken by Andrea Spence and her research directors Marie-Élise Parent and Marie-Claude […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Search And Rescue At Sea: Maritime Challenges And Chinese Capabilities – Analysis

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 04:01 PM PDT

By Vijay Sakhuja The international search and rescue effort to locate the voice and data recorder referred as the ‘black box’, and debris of the Malaysian Airlines MH 370 have continued relentlessly for nearly four weeks now. The satellite data provided by the British company and inputs from the US Transportation Safety Board and the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Nuclear Iran: Will Obama Succeed? – OpEd

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 04:00 PM PDT

By Ranjit Gupta Even though Iran had signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1967, it had been pursuing a clandestine nuclear programme since the mid-1980s, which became public knowledge in 2002 through defectors. The program was put on fast forward during President Ahmedinejad’s period. On-off negotiations with the IAEA and Western countries, an escalating sanctions […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Abbas, Netanyahu Commentary May Undermine Crumbling Peace Talks

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:57 PM PDT

A spokesperson for Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel on Sunday of undermining the peace process first, minutes after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused the Palestinians of making “unilateral moves” that had harmed the talks. Nabil Abu Rdeina told Ma’an on Sunday that “it was Israel who took unilateral steps to thwart the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Is Turkey ‘Gravitating’ Toward China? – Analysis

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:55 PM PDT

By Emre Tunç Sakaoğlu Top Turkish authorities, Prime Minister Erdogan first and foremost, have been voicing their eagerness to join China and Russia in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on various platforms in recent years. Ankara recently became an SCO “dialogue partner”, and stated its willingness to participate more actively within the SCO as the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Fitch Ratings Affirms Turkey At ‘BBB-’

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:52 PM PDT

By Öznur Keleş Fitch Ratings has not changed Turkey’s credit rating and outlook. The credit rating agency Fitch has affirmed its long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) for Turkey at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB’, respectively, with a stable outlook. According to Fitch, a stable outlook means “upside and downside risks to the rating […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Great Indian Election 2014 – OpEd

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:50 PM PDT

By Dr. Bhaskar Balakrishnan For the sixteenth time, India will hold the biggest elections in human history, with some 815 million eligible voters electing 543 members to a new lower house of Parliament, the Lok Sabha. This is truly an inspiring example of democracy for the international community, given the fact that India is a […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Australia: Make Rights A Priority On First China Visit, Says HRW

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:45 PM PDT

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott should make the protection and promotion of human rights in China a central purpose of his trip there, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the prime minister. Abbott will make his first trip to China as prime minister from April 7 to 12, 2014, primarily focused on […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Chile Awaits Multilateral Cooperation – OpEd

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:43 PM PDT

By Antonio Canale-Mayet The World Trade Organization (WTO) was mostly trifling in its way for the organization of the Bali 9th ministerial conference in Indonesia, December 3-6, 2013. After twelve years without any progress being made — or many advancements — of the Doha rounds agenda that have been paralyzed since 2008, leaving again the […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Moody’s Downgrades Ukraine To ‘Default Imminent’

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:38 PM PDT

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded Ukraine’s government bond rating one notch from Caa2 to Caa3, citing the current political crisis and deepening economic instability as reasons for its negative outlook, RT reports. The Caa rating is a credit risk grading pertaining to investments that are both very poor quality and entail a high credit risk. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Holy Land Bishops Urge Christian-Muslim Unity Against Extremism

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:36 PM PDT

The Holy Land’s bishops have said that Christians and Muslims need to unite against extremism, stressing that people of all beliefs are at risk. “Christians and Muslims need to stand together against the new forces of extremism and destruction,” the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land said in an April 2 statement posted […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Caspian 5 And Arctic 5: Critical Similarities – Analysis

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:29 PM PDT

While the world’s attention remains focused on Ukraine, Crimea is portrayed as its hotbed. No wonder as this peninsula is an absolutely pivotal portion of the Black Sea theatre for the very survival of the Black Sea fleet to both Russia and Ukraine. In the larger context, it revels the old chapters of history books […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Shale Oil Gas Pitches US Against Saudi Arabia – Analysis

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 03:01 PM PDT

By Joergen Oerstroem Moeller (YaleGlobal) — Shale oil and gas has been labeled a game changer. Statistics would suggest that, yes, the new technologies and discoveries associated with hydraulic fracking change the energy picture and economic outlook, in particular for the United States, but less so than predictions would have it a year or two […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

North Korea Calls South’s Missile Test ‘Farce’

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 02:55 PM PDT

North Korea has slammed the South’s recent ballistic missile test, calling it a “farce” aimed at showing off Seoul’s military strength in the face of threats from Pyongyang. Seoul said Friday it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-ton payload up to 500 kilometers, suggesting it could hit any part […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Anonymous Calls For Massive Attack On Israeli Cyberspace

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 02:52 PM PDT

Hacktivist group Anonymous plans to execute an anti-Israel operation dubbed #OpIsrael by launching massive cyber-attacks against Israeli ministries and organizations on April 7, the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. “On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, database leak, admin takeover, and DNS terminate the Israeli Cyberspace by […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Hagel Confirms US Support For Japan, Asian Allies

Posted: 06 Apr 2014 02:48 PM PDT

By Rebecca Valli The head of the U.S. Defense Department says Washington plans to send two more missile defense warships to Japan to counter the threat posed by North Korea’s actions. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a news conference in Tokyo Sunday after meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, that two AEGIS […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

Actually this is a reminder of how democracy works in a capitalist society.

-Khalid

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Brother Khalid,

Assalamu alaykum. Last week, I wrote an article on this topic, which got posted in the Eurasia Review and Ovi Magazine and some other websites. Here are links:

http://www.ovimagazine.com/art/10998 

http://www.eurasiareview.com/03042014-christie-and-when-uttering-the-truth-can-be-a-sin-oped/

Yes, American politics has been on sale for quite some time. The Las Vegas was not the first one, nor will it be the last one.

Habib

-----Original Message----- From: Khalid Baig <kbaig50@gmail.com> Sent: Sun, Apr 6, 2014 1:29 pm Subject: Casino Mogul Screens US Presidential Candidates

 

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“Putin’s Next Move – Analysis” plus 15 more : Eurasia Review

Putin’s Next Move – Analysis

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 05:02 PM PDT

By Catherine Maddux With Russian troops amassed on the Ukraine border, some observers are worrying about what is being called a “post-Crimea crisis.” And as the West awaits Russia’s next moves, analysts are examining Russian President Vladimir Putin’s public statements for clues as to whether he plans to build on his successful land grab of […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Ukraine Puts Mothballed Mig-29 Fighter Jets Back In Service

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 05:00 PM PDT

Several mothballed Mikoyan Mig-29 Fulcrum fourth-generation fighter jets were returned to combat service in western Ukraine, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Friday. “Specialists of our team have already returned several planes to service,” the ministry quoted an unnamed commander of an Air Force unit near Ivano-Frankivsk as saying. “We are now conducting test flights. […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Eastern Ukrainian City Of Donetsk Rallies In Favor Of Independence Referendum

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:53 PM PDT

At least 1,000 protesters have gathered in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, the industrial capital of the region, demanding that authorities respect their right for self-determination by allowing them to stage a Crimea-style referendum. The rally was held in the city’s central Lenin Square. Demonstrators held Russian flags and signs which read, “The Republic […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Over 1,500 Palestinian Children Killed Since 2000 – Minister

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:50 PM PDT

Over 1,500 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces since the year 2000, the Palestinian Authority minister of social affairs said Saturday. Marking Palestinian Children’s Day, Kamal al-Sharafi said in a statement that 1,520 Palestinian children have been killed and approximately 6,000 injured by the Israeli military in the past 14 years. More than […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Malawi’s Missed Opportunity For Electoral Reforms Threatens To Undermine 2014 Polls – OpEd

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:46 PM PDT

As Malawi gears up to go to what many are calling the closest electoral race in its history, a new report entitled: ‘Malawi- Political Participation and Democracy,’ has pointed to the missed opportunity for electoral reforms in the country. It states that the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system does not appear to be […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Algerian Presidential Elections: The Burlesque, The Tragicomic And The Farcical – OpEd

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:41 PM PDT

By Hamza Hamouchene Algeria’s next presidential elections will be held on 17 April 2014 and for the last few months; this important electoral rendezvous showed all the hallmarks of a masquerade, consistent with almost all the elections in the history of the Algerian state since independence in 1962. Elections in Algeria are not particularly known […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Exaggerating The Damage Caused By Climate Change – OpEd

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:38 PM PDT

Here is a link to the abstract of a peer-reviewed article in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. (You may be able to download the full article. I could, from my university computer.) The abstract says, “It appears that news media and some pro-environmental organizations have the tendency to accentuate or even exaggerate the damage […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

What About Chandana Kotal? More On Violence In West Bengal – OpEd

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:13 PM PDT

Dear Mahasweta Devi, In Byadhkhanda (“The Book of the Hunter,” 1994), you tell the story of Chunti Kotal (1965-1992) – I first read the story in your EPW article “The Story of Chuni Kotal” (29 August 1992). Born into a poor Lodha family, Kotal suffered all the indignities of caste oppression and class exploitation. Held […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Syria Seen Through Eyes Of British Journalist And Dutch Jihadist – OpEd

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 04:02 PM PDT

Emblematic of the feeble condition of Western political thought these days are the indications that there is more agreement about the evil of terrorism than there is about the value of democracy. Witness an observation made recently by Patrick Cockburn, a British journalist admired by many on the Left, who wrote in The Independent: The […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Boeing, GE To Have Limited Dealings With Iran

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 03:59 PM PDT

The U.S. aircraft company Boeing announced that it has received permission to sell aircraft spare parts to Iran. Meanwhile, General Electric has also got the go-ahead to service 18 engines sold to Iran in the the late 1970s, according to Reuters. IRNA reports that on Friday April 4, Boeing announced that the U.S. government has […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Egyptian Journalists Strike

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:43 PM PDT

Journalists in Egypt have gone on a one-day strike and staged a massive rally in protest at the killing of reporters covering anti-government protests. On Friday, dozens of reporters and photographers rallied in the capital Cairo, shouting slogans in front of the journalists’ syndicate. They also carried banners that read, “Stop killing journalists.” The journalists […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Karzai Praises Historic Afghan Presidential Election

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:36 PM PDT

(RFE/RL) — Outgoing President Hamid Karzai has praised Afghans for embracing democracy following a largely peaceful first round of voting for president and local offices that featured a high voter turnout. In a televised address, Karzai said Afghans had braved bad weather and threats of Taliban violence to cast their ballots. “The Afghan nation today […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

China’s New Strategic Direction: Community Of Common Destiny – Analysis

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:32 PM PDT

By Geeta Kochhar “Community with common destiny” (Mingyun gongtongti) seems to be the new slogan in China’s neighbourhood diplomacy. This needs to be explored; what common destiny is China envisaging or is it planning to engage in serious confrontations with some neighbouring countries? What is China’s position vis-à-vis the neighbouring states? Will the newly acquired […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Controversial Soccer Club Chief Declares Candidacy In Egypt’s Presidential Election – Analysis

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:29 PM PDT

Egyptian soccer is adding salt to the run-up to presidential elections that are certain to be won by the country’s strongman, newly retired general Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, with the announcement of the controversial chairman of one of Egypt’s foremost clubs that he too was a presidential candidate. An outspoken lawyer known for his theatrics, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Pakistan: Taliban, Talks And Tribulations – Analysis

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:27 PM PDT

By Adeel Khalid Pakistan is at inflexion point while the talks with Taliban are taking centre stage in political arena. According to a recent news report, the committees representing the government and the Taliban agreed on to extend the ceasefire and take measures to speed up the dialogue process. The head of the TTP committee, […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Obama: Budget Ensures Opportunity For All Hardworking Americans – Transcript

Posted: 05 Apr 2014 02:23 PM PDT

In this week’s address, the President highlighted the important differences between the budget he’s put forward – built on opportunity for all – and the budget House Republicans are advocating for, which stacks the deck against the middle class. While the President is focused on building lasting economic security and ensuring that hardworking Americans have […] To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

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“Strategic Challenges Facing Prime Minister Modi – Analysis” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Strategic Challenges Facing Prime Minister Modi – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:28 PM PDT

By Bhaskar Roy India’s 15th Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi has proved that he can be unorthodox and capable of imagination. By inviting all the heads of governments/ nations of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for his prime ministerial inauguration, Mr. Modi signaled India’s efforts to take all its neighbours together. An […] The post Strategic Challenges Facing Prime Minister Modi – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Spain Welcomes Palestinian National Unity Government

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:26 PM PDT

Spain, which has advocated the need for reconciliation in Palestine, welcomed the announcement of a unity government formed by independent experts and figures, headed up by Rami Hamdallah and under the leadership of President Mahmoud Abbas. The Spanish government expressed its willingness to collaborate with the new Government of Palestine and welcomed the statement by […] The post Spain Welcomes Palestinian National Unity Government appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

J&K: The NC Revamp – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:23 PM PDT

By Shujaat Bukhari When National Conference president Farooq Abdullah put a Karakuli on the head of his son Omar Abdullah to announce his anointment as the new party president on June 23, 2002, he literally called it a day as far as his role in the party is concerned. He did that while reposing full […] The post J&K: The NC Revamp – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Implications Of New Rules In US For India’s Defence Management – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:20 PM PDT

By Sandeep Verma Controversies with defence procurement in India can usually be traced to imperfections within its Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP). For instance, despite “indigenisation” being an important policy objective in defence procurement, and despite minimum “indigenous content” requirements being mandatory for various categories of acquisition cases for decades altogether, the DPP till recently lacked […] The post Implications Of New Rules In US For India’s Defence... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia And The Unravelling Of Economic Sanctions – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:17 PM PDT

By Rajorshi Roy The G7 countries led by the US have imposed additional economic sanctions on Russia due to its perceived meddling in eastern and southern Ukraine. These sanctions, enforced from the end of April, are now targeted against Russian companies and banks having substantial links to the Kremlin. The aim is to deprive Moscow […] The post Russia And The Unravelling Of Economic Sanctions – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Five Years’ Jail For Finding Fault With Azerbaijan Election

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:13 PM PDT

By Sevinj Telmanqizi The lawyer for Anar Mammadli, head of Azerbaijan’s leading independent election monitoring group, says the five-and-a-half year prison term handed down to him last week is part of a campaign to silence dissident voices. Mammadli, who heads the Election Monitoring and Democracy Study Centre (EMDS), was arrested in December and presented with […] The post Five Years’ Jail For Finding Fault With Azerbaijan Election appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Georgia: Tbilisi Struggles With Drug-Policy Reform

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:05 PM PDT

By Paul Rimple Georgia has held transparent elections and it has pledged to create an independent court system and to honor media rights. But when it comes to government policy on illegal narcotics, the South Caucasus country is still not ready for European integration, experts contend. In Georgia, as in many other formerly Soviet republics, […] The post Georgia: Tbilisi Struggles With Drug-Policy Reform appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Australia To Stop Referring To East Jerusalem As ‘Occupied’

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 11:00 PM PDT

PLO official Hanan Ashrawi on Thursday strongly criticized an announcement by the Australian government that it is to stop referring to East Jerusalem as occupied territory. Attorney-General George Brandis announced Thursday that describing East Jerusalem as occupied “is a term freighted with pejorative implications which is neither appropriate nor useful.” “It should not and will […] The post Australia To Stop Referring To East Jerusalem As ‘Occupied’... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Missing The Point On Guantánamo Taliban Prisoner Swap And The Release Of Bowe Bergdahl – OpEd

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:56 PM PDT

I wrote the following article for the “Close Guantánamo” website, which I established in January 2012 with US attorney Tom Wilner. Please join us – just an email address is required to be counted amongst those opposed to the ongoing existence of Guantánamo, and to receive updates of our activities by email. On Saturday, at the […] The post Missing The Point On Guantánamo Taliban Prisoner Swap And The Release Of Bowe Bergdahl – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Justice Dept Refocuses On Domestic Terrorism As Hate Crimes Swell In Number

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:51 PM PDT

The US Justice Department is reconvening a committee to continue addressing domestic terrorism threats after it ceased to exist in the wake of 9/11 tragedy, which immediately shifted the Justice department focus on to international terrorism. The Domestic Terrorism Executive Committee was created almost 20 years ago in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing […] The post US Justice Dept Refocuses On Domestic Terrorism As Hate Crimes Swell In Number appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran, Saudi Arabia Opening New Chapter In Bilateral Ties – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:47 PM PDT

By Hassan Ahmadian Almost a year has passed since the election of the new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the beginning of a new discourse in the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy. This new discourse was expected to be welcomed by Arab countries, especially Saudi Arabia, at least on a large scale and in […] The post Iran, Saudi Arabia Opening New Chapter In Bilateral Ties – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Japan Must Break The ‘Deflationist Cycle’ – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:41 PM PDT

By Emre Tunç Sakaoğlu Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s government is aiming to end the deflationist cycle that has marked the last two decades and caused stagnation, if not prolonged recessions on a quarterly basis. In this vein, after assuming power in late 2012, the LDP government led by Mr Abe formulated a roadmap which is […] The post Japan Must Break The ‘Deflationist Cycle’ – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Syria’s Assad Announced Winner Of Presidential Elections Amid Civil War – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:37 PM PDT

By Ömer Faruk Topal and Mehmet Hecan Syria, a country devastated by bloody civil war, held elections on June 3. Aside from being held within the Syrian regime-controlled territories, elections also took place at 45 Syrian embassies around the world. According to a statement issued by the Presidential Office, Assad won 88.7 percent of the […] The post Syria’s Assad Announced Winner Of Presidential Elections Amid Civil War – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Wiping Out Space Garbage: Big Laser For Small Debris

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:35 PM PDT

(CORDIS) — Remember how Imperial destroyers smashed asteroids in ‘The Empire Strikes backs’? You can almost consider that old fashioned. Thanks to the CLEANSPACE project, space debris as small as 1 cm could soon be tracked down by Earth-based lasers. The protection of satellites is a pressing issue. If we were to replace the approximately […] The post Wiping Out Space Garbage: Big Laser For Small Debris appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Climate Change: Forests Experience Earlier Spring Than Ever

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:29 PM PDT

Every spring, as the weather warms, trees in forests up and down the east coast explode in a bright green display of life as leaves fill their branches, and every fall, those same leaves provide one of nature’s great color displays of vivid yellow, orange and red. Over the last two decades, spurred by higher […] The post Climate Change: Forests Experience Earlier Spring Than Ever appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Sleep Apnea Linked To Diabetes

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:26 PM PDT

In the largest study to date of the relationship between sleep apnea and diabetes, a new study of more than 8,500 Canadian patients has demonstrated a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the development of diabetes, confirming earlier evidence of such a relationship from smaller studies with shorter follow-up periods. “Our study, with a […] The post Sleep Apnea Linked To Diabetes appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Newborns Exposed To Dirt, Dander And Germs May Have Lower Allergy And Asthma Risk

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:23 PM PDT

Infants exposed to rodent and pet dander, roach allergens and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life appear less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma, according to results of a study conducted by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and other institutions. Previous research has shown that […] The post Newborns Exposed To Dirt, Dander And Germs May Have Lower Allergy And Asthma Risk appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Uzbekistan: Critically Ill Activist Freed

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:21 PM PDT

A court in Uzbekistan ordered the release of a human rights defender on medical grounds on May 31, 2014. The Uzbek government should meaningfully investigate credible allegations that the activist, Abdurasul Khudoynazarov, was tortured and denied appropriate medical care in prison, and allow him to resume his human rights work. Khudoynazarov served eight years of […] The post Uzbekistan: Critically Ill Activist Freed appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Exchange – OpEd

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:19 PM PDT

[The prisoner swap] rips open an issue that we’ve put aside for 10 years, which is that some of the people we have imprisoned could be entitled to some Geneva protections. – Eugene Fidell, quoted in The Daily Beast, June 2, 2014 Initially, it hardly bubbled up to the surface of American political discussion, but […] The post The Bergdahl-Taliban Prisoner Exchange – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Bergdahl Scandal: Arrogant Obama Refuses To Apologize – OpEd

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:17 PM PDT

Far from U.S. shores, U.S. President Barack Obama arrogantly told members of the news media while in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday that he refuses to apologize for swapping five of the world’s deadliest men for a U.S. soldier who was an alleged deserter at best, an enemy collaborator at worst. But he may have only […] The post Bergdahl Scandal: Arrogant Obama Refuses To Apologize – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Obama’s Climate Plan Is Leaking Methane – Analysis

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:15 PM PDT

By Nicholas Cunningham The Environmental Protection Agency’s new regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent will no doubt lead to a cleaner economy. But the road there will be paved with methane. By requiring reductions in the energy intensity per megawatt-hour of electricity generation, utilities will have the ability to choose from an […] The post Obama’s Climate Plan Is Leaking Methane – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Bosnia And Herzegovina: Sabahudin Hadžialić Receives Naji Naaman’s Literary Prize

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 10:07 PM PDT

On June 6, 2014, Sabahudin Hadžialić, a distinguished European writer was recognized with the Lebanese Naji Naaman’s Creativity Prize for poetry. This year’s competition had 1681 authors from fifty eight countries, who have published works in twenty five languages and dialects: Arabic (literary and several spoken dialects), Albanian, Armenian, Bété, Bosnian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, […] The post Bosnia And Herzegovina: Sabahudin Hadžialić Receives Naji Naaman’s... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Nation Of Cowards Fears Freeing Taliban POWs – OpEd

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 03:01 PM PDT

Back during World War II — a bitterly fought, bloody conflict that lasted seven years (four years for the US) — many German prisoners of war were held in camps in the US. Others held by US forces, French forces and British forces were held in camps in Britain and France. Most were released fairly […] The post A Nation Of Cowards Fears Freeing Taliban POWs – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

US Increasing Military Presence In Black Sea

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 03:00 PM PDT

Following President Obama’s commitment of $1 billion to expand NATO’s role in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced on Thursday that the United States will be bolstering its presence in the Black Sea region. Hagel is currently swinging through Romania, a NATO member that has urged the US to increase its presence in Eastern […] The post US Increasing Military Presence In Black Sea appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Challenges Facing Russia’s Vladimir Putin – OpEd

Posted: 05 Jun 2014 01:22 PM PDT

Vladimir Putin is a man loved by his people for a number of reasons. Among which the most important is his nationalistic stance and his ambitions to reclaim for Russia the position of the USSR. To achieve anything resembling what the Soviet Union was, Russia will have to make huge gambles that might result in […] The post Challenges Facing Russia’s Vladimir Putin – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

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“Is A North African Security Bloc In The Making? – OpEd” plus 24 more : Eurasia Review

Is A North African Security Bloc In The Making? – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:38 PM PDT

By Linda S. Heard So-called freedom activists are beating their chests over the landslide victory of Field Marshall Abdel-Fatah El-Sissi, set to be inaugurated as Egypt’s new president next week. And they perceive the Libyan people’s backing of Gen. Khalifa Hiftar’s anti-militia onslaught as a step back from their revolutionary goals. The idea of strongmen […] The post Is A North African Security Bloc In The Making? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Azerbaijan: A Leading Nation Advocating Peace And Humanitarianism – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:35 PM PDT

On October 2-3, 2014, the Republic of Azerbaijan will be hosting its fourth Baku International Humanitarian Forum, which will gather global leaders, heads of state, scientists, journalists and civil society leaders who have had a significant and positive impact in their communities world wide. Since 2011, the government of President Ilham Aliyev, the main host […] The post Azerbaijan: A Leading Nation Advocating Peace And Humanitarianism – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

IAEA’s New Iran Report Test For West’s Commitment To Obligations – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:33 PM PDT

By Amir Hossein Yazdanpanah The latest report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the “implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement” in the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially the information contained in one of the paragraphs of this report, has opened a new chapter in relations between Iran and this international body. As […] The post IAEA’s New Iran Report Test For West’s Commitment To Obligations – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran: Storms Deal Savage Blows To Tehran Province

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:30 PM PDT

Heavy storms ravaged Tehran Province on Monday June 2, claiming a number of casualties, and so far the winds have not died down. IRNA reports that Tehran is under thick grey skies and experiencing heavy dust storms due to the atmospheric changes brought on by the storm. Four people are reportedly dead and 27 wounded […] The post Iran: Storms Deal Savage Blows To Tehran Province appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Abbas Announces Palestine Elections In 6 Months

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:28 PM PDT

President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that new elections would be held within six months, after a Palestinian unity government was announced in Ramallah. Abbas said during the first meeting with the newly sworn-in cabinet that one of the objectives of this cabinet was to facilitate the elections process. He added that directives would be issued […] The post Abbas Announces Palestine Elections In 6 Months appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Faithfulness Is The Key To Restoring America – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:26 PM PDT

I shot the music video for my song, “We Are Americans”. Between takes while the director was setting up a different camera angle, I was on my mark on the set. I thought, “Wow, can you believe this?” For over a year, I have been seeking the right production company and funding to produce this […] The post Faithfulness Is The Key To Restoring America – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Russia Says Ready To Cooperate With New Abkhaz Leadership

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:24 PM PDT

Moscow is ready to work with the future president and government of Abkhazia to develop and strengthen bilateral ties, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement Monday. “The people of Abkhazia will have their say during the early presidential election in August. Russia will respect this expression of will. We will be ready to […] The post Russia Says Ready To Cooperate With New Abkhaz Leadership appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Two Weeks To Prepare For ‘Powerful’ Virus Strike-Back In Major Malware Offensive

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:23 PM PDT

The UK has warned its computer-users they have two weeks to protect their machines from two powerful viruses, GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker, after a US-led multinational operation announced a coordinated takedown of malware. There are more than 15,500 computers infected in the UK and many more are at risk, the UK’s National Crime Agency has […] The post Two Weeks To Prepare For ‘Powerful’ Virus Strike-Back In Major Malware Offensive appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Dems Value Animals Over Humans – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:21 PM PDT

On the issue of “Medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos,” 74 percent of Democrats find it morally acceptable, but when it comes to “Medical testing on animals,” the figure drops to 50 percent. “Buying and wearing clothing made of animal fur” finds only 49 percent of Democrats saying it is acceptable. More […] The post Dems Value Animals Over Humans – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Sino-Russian Gas Agreement: Political Implications For An Asian Rebalance – Analysis

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:16 PM PDT

By Rheanna Mathews The recently concluded Sino-Russian contract has caught the attention of the world and there is no dearth of theories as to what it all means. The foremost questions this show of deepening Sino-Russian friendship raises are: how big a deal is this contract and what political implications does it hold? The Deal […] The post The Sino-Russian Gas Agreement: Political Implications For An Asian Rebalance – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

How Modi Should Deal With Tamil Nadu Tantrums – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:13 PM PDT

When Narendra Modi set out to campaign and become the Prime Minister of India, he did not plan to win an election to be told how he should lead by one of India’s 31 Chief Ministers. Yet, the Tamil Nadu tantrum has become a curse to India’s Central Government and dented India’s bilateral relationships with […] The post How Modi Should Deal With Tamil Nadu Tantrums – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

APFEJ Hails New Delhi’s Proposed Ministry On Himalayas – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:03 PM PDT

By Quamrul Chowdhury Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists (APFEJ) welcomes the idea of having a separate ministry for Himalayan affairs in India’s Union government. The regional journalist forum expresses hope that Narendra Modi led government in New Delhi would thus pave way for some scientific modalities to deal with a pertinent environment & ecological issues […] The post APFEJ Hails New Delhi’s Proposed Ministry On Himalayas – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Kerry Tells Snowden To ‘Man Up’ And Face Trial – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:01 PM PDT

Our prissy Secretary of State John Kerry, hair carefully coiffed for his interview, told NBC’s Brian Williams last week that fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should “man up” and return to the US to “stand in our system of justice and make his case.” The supposedly “manly” Kerry (whose claim to “courage” is […] The post Kerry Tells Snowden To ‘Man Up’ And Face Trial – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Liberation Theology ‘Archaic’, Says Prominent Mexican Bishop

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 11:00 PM PDT

While in Rome last week, the president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council said at a news conference that the Church in the region has fortunately moved beyond liberation theology. “The relevant figures of liberation theology are all very elderly, and liberation theology as such, as the expression of what it was, is very archaic, […] The post Liberation Theology ‘Archaic’, Says Prominent Mexican Bishop appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Algeria Fans Fet Ready For Brazil

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:58 PM PDT

By Nazim Fethi Algerian fans are gearing up for Brazil. “The 2,000 places available for purchase were sold out within five days, which demonstrates the commitment of Algerians to their national team,” Sports Minister Mohamed Tahmi said. The lucky few travelling to the World Cup will have one less worry: Brazilian entry visas. The Brazilian […] The post Algeria Fans Fet Ready For Brazil appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Backs Tunisia Transition

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:56 PM PDT

By Jamel Arfaoui Moroccan King Mohammed VI wrapped up a three-day visit to Tunisia on Sunday (June 1st), during which the two countries signed more than 20 co-operation agreements. “They mainly embody the important and quality engagement of the Moroccan and Tunisian private sectors,” MAP said in a statement Saturday. “They emphasise the keenness to […] The post Morocco’s King Mohammed VI Backs Tunisia Transition appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

New Egypt-Saudi Agreements Aim To Further Economic Relations

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:55 PM PDT

By Waleed Abu al-Khair Egypt and Saudi Arabia are working to further their trade and economic relations through a bundle of new agreements signed in mid-April that set specific rules for export and customs procedures, economists told Al-Shorfa. “The new agreements are in place in order to activate work and the economic agreements previously signed […] The post New Egypt-Saudi Agreements Aim To Further Economic Relations appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Vox Populi, Vox Neminis? What The European Parliament Elections Can Tell Us – Analysis

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:50 PM PDT

By Ronald J. Granieri Can a meaningless election ever have meaning? If so, how can we tell? European voters have faced these questions every five years since 1979, the first time that they were called to the polls to vote for the members of the European Parliament (EP). They are not unserious questions. They touch […] The post Vox Populi, Vox Neminis? What The European Parliament Elections Can Tell Us – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘Russia Is Trying As Much As Possible To Keep European Market In Its Back Pocket’ – Interview

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:45 PM PDT

By Yağmur Erşan An interview was held with Hasan Selim Özertem, Head of USAK Center for Energy Security Studies in order to discuss the EU and Russia energy policies in the light of current affairs. Özertem evaluated the role of Turkey in the EU’s energy security. Looking at the European Union’s energy policies, which energy […] The post ‘Russia Is Trying As Much As Possible To Keep European Market In Its Back Pocket’ – Interview appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

India’s BJP-Led Government To Tackle Ill-Conceived Aadhar Risks – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:42 PM PDT

The BJP had many a times, in the past, questioned the Aadhaar Scheme describing it ‘a gateway for illegal Bangladeshi migrants to get validity in India.’ A comprehensive review of Aadhaar was long overdue. Considering that the Supreme Court had to rap the erstwhile UPA government to protect public interest, the newly-inducted NDA government should […] The post India’s BJP-Led Government To Tackle Ill-Conceived Aadhar Risks – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Opposition Builds To Juncker’s Bid For Commission Presidency

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:38 PM PDT

(EurActiv) — A British official Sunday (1 June) dismissed a report that Prime Minister David Cameron had threatened at an EU summit last week to bring forward a referendum on British membership in the EU if Jean-Claude Juncker became European Commission president. Der Spiegel reported that Cameron had said he would not be able to […] The post Opposition Builds To Juncker’s Bid For Commission Presidency appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

2014 VC/PE Investor Index: Life Begins After 45

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:36 PM PDT

Is there a hurdle rate at which private equity (PE) investments come alive? Is there a point at which countries have a sufficiently developed “PE infrastructure” to create appropriate deal flow? Using the United States as the benchmark, the authors of the annual Venture Capital and Private Equity Country Attractiveness Index analyzed the socioeconomic data […] The post 2014 VC/PE Investor Index: Life Begins After 45 appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel For The ‘Dark Continent’? – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:33 PM PDT

By Alemayehu G. Mariam ‘Making predictions is hard. Especially about the future’, said the famous American baseball player, Lawrence ‘Yogi’ Berra facetiously. Likewise, predicting whether there is light at the end of the tunnel in 2050 and beyond is hard. Especially about the Dark Continent. Making predictions about Africa based on the facts of the […] The post Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel For The ‘Dark Continent’? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Freedom Summer II – OpEd

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:30 PM PDT

I spent several days in New York last week with students from around the country who were preparing to head into the heartland to help organize Walmart workers for better jobs and wages. (Full familial disclosure: My son Adam is one of the leaders.) Almost exactly fifty years ago a similar group headed to Mississippi […] The post Freedom Summer II – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

‘Civic Creatives’ Explore Likely Drivers Of Ongoing Change In Myanmar

Posted: 02 Jun 2014 10:29 PM PDT

In a series of 15 workshops held recently around both urban and rural areas of Myanmar, more than 560 participants from diverse sectors including government, business, civil society, education, religious groups, media and the arts came together to identify drivers of change that they believe will shape the rapidly transforming country through the year 2025. […] The post ‘Civic Creatives’ Explore Likely Drivers Of Ongoing Change In Myanmar appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

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India-US: Will Modi And Obama Come Together? – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:46 PM PDT

By Amit Gupta After denying Mr Narendra Modi a visa for nearly a decade the US saw the writing on the wall and started changing its tune just before the 2014 elections were held. Mr Modi is now officially welcome in the Washington but it will be a long time before the US-India relationship will […] The post India-US: Will Modi And Obama Come Together? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Piketty, Maito And Marx – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:43 PM PDT

By Dr Kumar David Thomas Piketty has done a splendid job validating one of Marx’s key expectations that relatively the rich will get richer and the poor poorer.  However, after saying ‘thank you very much’ many Marxists are savaging him. Maybe they feel reinvigorated these post-2008 days and show little mercy to deviants. An unknown […] The post Piketty, Maito And Marx – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

China Trades Up In Latin America – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:39 PM PDT

By Jill Richardson In the past 15 years, China has gone from being a relatively insignificant economic partner in Latin America to the number-one trading partner of some of the largest economies in the region. In many cases, China has unseated the United States in its own backyard. As a whole, Latin American exports to China […] The post China Trades Up In Latin America – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Yemen: Air Force Bombs Houthi Fighters In Amran

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:35 PM PDT

Yemeni warplanes have carried out fresh airstrikes against Shia Houthi fighters in the northern city of Amran. The Tuesday attacks occurred on the second day of the army’s air raids against the Houthis. Sources have reported casualties without specifying exact numbers. Clashes erupted on Monday after Yemeni army soldiers, backed by warplanes, attempted to remove […] The post Yemen: Air Force Bombs Houthi Fighters In Amran appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Choice Is About War And Peace – Interview

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:33 PM PDT

By Firouzeh Mirrazavi Iran and the six world powers have been discussing ways to iron out differences and start drafting a final deal that would end the West’s dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. The two sides wrapped up their fourth round of nuclear talks in Vienna on Friday May 16, 2014. […] The post Iran Nuclear Talks: The Choice Is About War And Peace – Interview appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Parasites Fail To Halt European Bumblebee Invasion Of UK

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:30 PM PDT

A species of bee from Europe that has stronger resistance to parasite infections than native bumblebees has spread across the UK, according to new research at Royal Holloway, University of London. The study, published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology, shows that tree bumblebees have rapidly spread despite them carrying high levels of an […] The post Parasites Fail To Halt European Bumblebee Invasion Of UK appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

UK Energy Profile: Second-Largest Producer Of Natural Gas In EU – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:26 PM PDT

The United Kingdom (UK) is the sixth largest economy in the world, as well as the largest producer of oil and the second-largest producer of natural gas in the European Union (EU). Following years of exports of both fuels, the UK became a net importer of natural gas and crude oil in 2004 and 2005, […] The post UK Energy Profile: Second-Largest Producer Of Natural Gas In EU – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Dangers Of Gun Ownership In Elderly Explored

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:09 PM PDT

In the United States the debate around gun ownership often focuses on teenagers; however, research shows that elderly Americans are the most likely to own a gun and that presents both medical and legal problems for physicians and carers. Writing in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Dr. Ellen Pinholt explores these issues and […] The post Dangers Of Gun Ownership In Elderly Explored appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Africa’s Betrayal By Its Leaders – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:07 PM PDT

By Theogene Rudasingwa The African and international elite have just concluded the African Development Bank’s 50th anniversary celebrations and annual meeting under the theme: “The Next 50 Years: The Africa We Want”. Over 3,500 delegates, seven African Heads of State, the Governor of the Central Bank of China and U.S Deputy Secretary of Treasury were […] The post Africa’s Betrayal By Its Leaders – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Beijing Targets Artists, Students On Tiananmen Anniversary

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:03 PM PDT

Chinese authorities were keeping a close watch on artists, college students and other activists ahead of Wednesday’s 25th anniversary of the military crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement at Tiananmen Square, activists said. On the eve of the anniversary, United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay asked Beijing to reveal the truth about the army’s […] The post Beijing Targets Artists, Students On Tiananmen Anniversary appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Export–Import Bank: Cronyism Threatens American Jobs – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 11:00 PM PDT

By Diane Katz The Export–Import Bank (Ex–Im) funnels billions of taxpayer dollars each year to overseas businesses for the purchase of American products. This subsidized financing is supposedly a win-win proposition for exporters and their customers abroad. But rare is a subsidy that does not produce disparity elsewhere. In the case of Ex–Im, the losers […] The post Export–Import Bank: Cronyism Threatens American Jobs – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Thaw In Saudi-Iran Relations? – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:55 PM PDT

By Kanchi Gupta Since President Rouhani’s election, Iran has made considerable effort towards ‘constructive engagement’ with the Gulf Cooperation Council. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif visited Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE soon after his appointment. President Rouhani also visited Oman and signed an agreement to build a gas pipeline across the Gulf. Despite Rouhani’s calls […] The post A Thaw In Saudi-Iran Relations? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Paraguay: Indigenous Tribe Reclaims Its Territory

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:51 PM PDT

By Gustavo Torres and Paulo López On May 21, the indigenous Enxet community of Sawhoyamaxa reached a milestone, when Paraguay’s Chamber of Deputies followed the Senate’s lead and passed a law to expropriate 14,404 Ha (56 square miles) of an area called Loma Porã on the tribe’s ancestral lands in Western Paraguay, also known as […] The post Paraguay: Indigenous Tribe Reclaims Its Territory appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

G7 Powers Meet Without Russia In Summit Snub Over Ukraine

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:49 PM PDT

The world’s leading industrialized nations meet without Russia for the first time in 17 years on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin out of the talks in retaliation for his seizure of Crimea and Russia’s part in destabilizing eastern Ukraine, Reuters reported. The two-day Group of Seven summit, taking place in Brussels rather than the previously […] The post G7 Powers Meet Without Russia In Summit Snub Over Ukraine appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Massive Explosion At Shell Plant In Netherlands

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:46 PM PDT

A massive explosion, seen from miles away, has occurred at a Shell production plant in Moerdijk, Netherlands. Two “enormously loud bangs” were reported by bystanders. There are currently no plans to evacuate the area around the factory, Omroep Brabant reports. Fire crews are currently working at the scene. The fire is “manageable” but not yet […] The post Massive Explosion At Shell Plant In Netherlands appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Spain Approves Draft Constitutional Law For Abdication Of King Juan Carlos I

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:44 PM PDT

At an extraordinary meeting, the Council of Ministers approved, for submission to Parliament, the Draft Constitutional Law on the abdication of King Juan Carlos I de Borbón, as well as an agreement whereby a request is made for its passage through Parliament via a fast-track procedure. Furthermore, an agreement was reached regarding an institutional statement […] The post Spain Approves Draft Constitutional Law For Abdication Of King Juan Carlos I appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Is The Destructive Drug War Being Brought To An End? – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:39 PM PDT

Making positive change often seems impossible, but one area that should give people hope is the movement toward ending the war on drugs. When I was in law school in the late 1970s, I did an internship at NORML, where one of my tasks was responding to mail from marijuana prisoners and their families. The […] The post Is The Destructive Drug War Being Brought To An End? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Bergdahl Hospitalized In Germany For Dietary Issues

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:37 PM PDT

By Terri Moon Cronk The Defense Department’s immediate goal with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to take care of his medical needs, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Bergdahl was returned to U.S. military hands May 31 after being held captive nearly five years by the Taliban. He is being treated for nutritional needs […] The post Bergdahl Hospitalized In Germany For Dietary Issues appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Attack At Jewish Museum In Belgium Highlights What? – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:34 PM PDT

Following the arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen who is suspected of killing four people at a Jewish museum in Belgium two weeks, the “big eye-opener … is that he had recently returned from Syria,” writes Jason Ditz at Antiwar.com. Seemingly, the oft-repeated predictions that Western Muslims, radicalized in Syria, are destined to come […] The post Attack At Jewish Museum In Belgium Highlights What? – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Hybridization Of Conflicts – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:32 PM PDT

By Alain Bauer At a basic level, historically wars and conflicts were easy to understand: a cause, an enemy, a war. Things seemed clear, consistent, and predictable. There was symmetry and each side had its counterpart. The enemy was able to negotiate. It was all at least somewhat straightforward, if tragic. This was the case […] The post Hybridization Of Conflicts – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Japanese Advanced Manufacturing Officials Visit Oregon

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:20 PM PDT

Business Oregon said Tuesday it is leading top executives from 14 Japanese advanced manufacturing firms on a brief tour later this week, meeting with Oregon business leaders and learning firsthand of the state’s strengths as a business and investment location. The three-day tour of both large and small manufacturers and technology companies came about as […] The post Japanese Advanced Manufacturing Officials Visit Oregon appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

The Ukrainian Lesson: Challenges For A New European Peace Movement – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:15 PM PDT

To use this chance means to define the tasks of a renewed, truly Pan-European peace movement; an integral movement reviving the best ideas of former Central European dissidents for healing human interaction on the political, personal and eschatological level and applying them to the Common European Home in its entirety, in both Eastern and Western […] The post The Ukrainian Lesson: Challenges For A New European Peace Movement – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Bodies Of War Time Muslim Bosniak Victims Found After Flood Waters Recede

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:13 PM PDT

By Hamdi Fırat Büyük The worst rain seen in the last 120 years caused disastrous flooding in the Balkans, particularly in northern and north-eastern Bosnia and western Serbia. After the flood, the Bosnian War reared its ugly face once again; many human bones of those who are presumed to belong to civilian Muslim Bosniak War […] The post Bodies Of War Time Muslim Bosniak Victims Found After Flood Waters Recede appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

A Guide To The Separatists Of Eastern Ukraine – Analysis

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:11 PM PDT

By Tom Balmforth (RFE/RL) –  Keeping a handle on who’s who in the chaotic separatist insurgency gripping Ukraine’s frontier with Russia can get a little confusing. Here is a quick guide to the main players in Ukraine’s increasingly wild east. Pavel Gubarev — the “People’s Governor” The 31-year-old Gubarev was “elected” Donetsk’s “people’s governor” by […] The post A Guide To The Separatists Of Eastern... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

Pope’s Unbalanced Neutrality In Holy Land – OpEd

Posted: 03 Jun 2014 10:07 PM PDT

Pope Francis’ “pilgrimage” to the Holy Land last week proved to be an unbalanced impossible mission. The pontiff failed to strike a balance of neutrality between contradictory and irreconcilable binaries like divinity and earth, religion and politics, justice and injustice and military occupation and peace. Such neutrality is viewed by the laity of Christian believers, […] The post Pope’s Unbalanced Neutrality In Holy Land – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.

 

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