AP, August 28
Ukraine’s president called an emergency meeting of the nation’s security council and cancelled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that “Russian troops were actually brought into Ukraine,” as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.
President Petro Poroshenko summoned the council as the strategic southeastern Ukraine town of [...]
New York Times, By Laurie Goodstein, August 23
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and [...]
BBC, August 23
Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.
The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga.
Washington Post, By Carol Morello and Michael Birnbaum, August 4
KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian military on Monday appeared to be readying a long-awaited major assault on the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, warning civilians to leave as troops tightened their ring around the city amid heavy fighting.
Extra evacuation corridors were set up for cars [...]
Putin is on the horns of a dilemna. For the first time since the dismantling of the Soviet Union, Russia faces a severe economic crisis – after enjoying years of relative prosperity – and she has a warmongering chief executive. This is a nexus of events that will shape and define Russia for at [...]
New York Times, By David E. Sanger & Eric Schmitt, July 26
The Pentagon and American intelligence agencies are developing plans that would enable the Obama administration to provide specific locations of surface-to-air missiles controlled by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine so the Ukrainian government could target them for destruction, American officials said.
But the [...]
And remember how they supported unions, the (informed) workers supported unions, and hell, most of America wanted to see those plants opening up here because, jobs? And it was only a small handful of conservative morons who were all Socialism!!!!!, which of course neglects the fact that the same “socialism” was expanding production into [...]
Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate.
The Guardian, By Matei Rosca, July 4
Bucharest – Romania’s brutal communist-era secret police received covert six-figure payments from Ikea as part of the Swedish group’s deals with a local furniture manufacturer in the 1980s, according to documents obtained by [...]
The regime has repeatedly carried out artillery and air attacks on city centers, creating a humanitarian catastrophe—which is all but ignored by the US political-media establishment.
The Nation, By Stephen F. Cohen, June 30
For weeks, the US-backed regime in Kiev has been committing atrocities against its own citizens in southeastern Ukraine, regions heavily populated [...]
AFP, June 30
Brussels – A Belgian court on Monday barred a renowned pimp from naming his latest venture “DSK”, the initials of disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss Kahn who filed the suit.
The pimp, Dominique Alderweireld or “Dodo la Saumure”, is linked to sex parties attended by Strauss-Kahn and dubbed his latest brothel [...]
Appalling conditions force exodus from Slavyansk as daily shelling disrupts food supply.
The Guardian, By Alec Luhn, June 12
Slavyansk – Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian militia is fuelling a worsening humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine. Tens of thousands of people are fleeing combat, most of them from the rebel capital of Slavyansk, [...]
The Telegraph, By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, June 4
The way we are going, the whole world will end up with zero interest rates or some variant of quantitative easing before long. Such is the overwhelming power of deflation in countries with burst credit bubbles. Such too is the implication of a global savings rate that has [...]
New York Times, By Sabrina Tavernise, June 3
Luhansk, Ukraine — Ukraine’s minister of internal affairs said Tuesday that the central government’s security forces had begun a new phase of the campaign against separatist fighters in the city of Slovyansk, destroying rebel checkpoints and equipment and engaging in firefights.
The minister, Arsen Avakov, said in [...]
AP, By Nedra Pickler, June 3
Warsaw – The United States is preparing to boost its military presence in Europe and at a cost of up to $1-billion, President Barack Obama said Tuesday, as tensions in the region simmer over Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine.
Standing with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, Obama said the U.S. [...]
CNN, By Al Goodman and Jethro Mullen, June 2
Madrid – After nearly 40 years on the throne, King Juan Carlos I of Spain will be stepping down, he said Monday.
It is “time to hand over to a new generation — younger, with a lot of energy — that can, with determination, take on [...]