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Assad’s staying power on show

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“All global and regional indicators underline how Assad is there to stay. Change will come only under his leadership or his guidance. The sooner the United States realizes this the better for all concerned parties.”

Nicola Nasser

Asia Times

11th April, 2014

Long gone are the days when the so-called “Friends of Syria” could plausibly claim that two thirds of Syria was controlled by rebel forces, that Damascus was under siege and that the days of President Bashar al-Assad were numbered. 

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No doubt that Russia behind unrest in Ukraine – Hague

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Hot-head Hague here scuppers any hopes that the Brits have learnt anything from the debacle in Syria and continues to dig himself into a very deep hole.

Reuters

14th April, 2014

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Russia says east Ukraine must have say in preparing referendum

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Orlando Sentinel

14th April, 2014

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Ministry Sergei Lavrov said on Monday Ukraine’s Russian-speaking eastern regions should be involved in drafting the constitution that should be put to a referendum, mooted by Kiev, on the type of state Ukraine should be.

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Ukraine accepts referendum on regional autonomy

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Ukraine Acting President: Not Opposed to Referendum on Regional Autonomy

WSJ

14th April, 2014

A day after threatening a full-scale military operation to drive pro-Russian militants out of a string of eastern Ukrainian cities seized over the weekend, the country’s acting president offered an apparent olive branch Monday, saying he wasn’t opposed to a countrywide referendum on possibly granting regions greater autonomy.

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Moscow calls for UNSC meeting

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

“The western sponsors of the Maidan government, especially those who witnessed the Agreement [of 21 February] and are backed by the US, have to curb their out of control wards, they have to make them break away from the neo-Nazis and other extremists…”

Moscow slams Kiev’s military op order as ‘criminal’, calls for UNSC meeting

RT

13th April, 2014

Russia has called on the UNSC and OSCE to urgently consider the crisis in Ukraine, saying that the announcement made by the Kiev authorities on Sunday to mobilize military forces to put down protests in the south-east of the country is a ‘criminal order.’

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Press Kit on Human Rights in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2014

Voltairenet

Source: Oriental Review

12th April, 2014

The situation of human rights in Ukraine has deteriorated markedly since the pro-NATO coup. While the Western media turn a blind eye to this every day reality,Oriental Review highlights thirty particularly significant incidents, revealing that the street is in the hands of Nazi thugs who beat up and kill people with complete impunity.

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Kerry says Israel to blame for talks crisis

Posted by seumasach on April 10, 2014

Irish Times

10th April, 2014

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu has ordered government ministries to cut off high-level contacts with the Palestinians on non-security related issues, as the crisis in Middle East peace talks worsens.

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The Sympathy Problem

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

The Atlanticist Spiegel magazine laments widespread German support for Russia over the Ukraine crisis and puzzles over why they wouldn’t wish to support a neo-nazi coup in Kiev.

Is Germany a Country of Russia Apologists?

Spiegel

31st March, 2014

Should the West chart a course of confrontation with Russia following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea? Many prominent Germans aren’t so sure. Sympathy for Russia is alive and well in the country.

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German intellectuals support Putin

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

“Instead they want to bring Ukraine under the NATO control,” retired serviceman told RT, stressing that he supports Putin’s proposal to build a “common European House,” united under “a common economic zone from Lisbon to Vladivostok.”

US wants to destroy Ukrainian ‘bridge’ between EU and Russia

RT

9th April, 2014

Members of German civil society have written an open letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, condemning Russophobia in mass media and German political establishment while showing support for Moscow’s actions in the ongoing Ukrainian crisis.

 

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Rich can help BIMSTEC poor bloc

Posted by seumasach on April 9, 2014

Asia Times

8th April, 2014

The leaders of seven countries of South and Southeast Asia – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand – gathered in Naypyidaw, Myanmar last month to take part in the third Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) summit. 

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Kerry clashes with Pentagon over Syria

Posted by seumasach on April 8, 2014

John Kerry, U.S. Military Clash on Approach to Syria’s Rebels

Wall Street Journal

7th April, 2014

WASHINGTON—Frustrated by the stalemate in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerryhas been pushing for the U.S. military to be more aggressive in supporting the country’s rebel forces. Opposition has come from the institution that would spearhead any such effort: the Pentagon.

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