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Ukrainian president calls for international peacekeeping mission

Ukrainian president calls for international peacekeeping mission | Global politics | Scoop.it
The president’s appeal, coming hours after Ukrainian troops were forced to retreat from a railway hub, was a stark admission that the nation’s forces can no longer repel pro-Russian rebels.
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Former NATO General Harald Kujat: I have doubts over evidence of Russian invasion in Ukraine

Former NATO General Harald Kujat: I have doubts over evidence of Russian invasion in Ukraine | Global politics | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: Harald Kujat is a retired general officer of the German Air Force. He served as Chief of Staff of the German armed forces from 2000-2002 and as Chairman of the NATO Military Committe...
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The Debalcevo encirclement. February 11th.

The Debalcevo encirclement. February 11th. | Global politics | Scoop.it
The situation around the Debalcevo encirclement by February 11th. 1. By February 11th the AFU couldn't unblock the encircled group in the area of Debalcevo. I think that now it is quite possible to separate the Svetlodarsk group of the enemy and the Debalcevo group as two different…
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Making Ukraine a NATO Member Almost Puts US at War With Russia - McCaul / Sputnik International

Making Ukraine a NATO Member Almost Puts US at War With Russia - McCaul / Sputnik International | Global politics | Scoop.it
US congressman Michael McCaul pointed out that further expansion of NATO could lead to war. He also expressed skepticism regarding the new agreements on Ukraine.
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Reconstruction of East Ukraine’s Debaltseve to Begin Thursday – Official / Sputnik International

Reconstruction of East Ukraine’s Debaltseve to Begin Thursday – Official / Sputnik International | Global politics | Scoop.it
Head of Debaltseve said that econstruction of the eastern Ukrainian city to begin on Thursday.
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Obama to Give Jihadists the Ability to Order Airstrikes

Obama to Give Jihadists the Ability to Order Airstrikes | Global politics | Scoop.it
“Rebels” who pledged allegiance to ISIS to control American bombers in Syria.
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Failed Kosovo project: people leaving, but NATO demands met

Failed Kosovo project: people leaving, but NATO demands met | Global politics | Scoop.it
Although the EU and NATO have delivered nothing to Kosovo in the way of prosperity, being there still meets the criteria of allowing expansion further east, Serbian affairs commentator Marko Gasic told RT.
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We had scenarios in the past of crises in Kosovo which have been manufactured. But the main thing is that the ordinary person seems to have no future in a place which is riddled with corruption, crime from drug trafficking, from forced prostitution, organ trading. There is nothing of a viable industry in Kosovo at the moment which is the situation that the people are reacting to.

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Grexit: Win for both EU and Greece?

Grexit: Win for both EU and Greece? | Global politics | Scoop.it
If, in the next 48 hours, Athens and Brussels fail to strike a bailout deal, Greece could be forced to leave the eurozone, and that might not be so bad after all.
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Russia steps up oil supplies to Asia

Russia steps up oil supplies to Asia | Global politics | Scoop.it
Gulf producers may find it a struggle to keep their share of the global oil market as Russia is boosting crude exports to Asia after upping supplies by 25 percent to China, Japan and South Korea in 2014.
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Mass media to be legally bound to train war reporters, or risk fines

Mass media to be legally bound to train war reporters, or risk fines | Global politics | Scoop.it
The Lower House committee has approved a motion obliging mass media to provide correspondents with body armor, id patches and special training before sending them to hot spots. The bill’s sponsors say it was prompted by the civil war in Ukraine.
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Massive blast reported at ExxonMobil refinery in SoCal (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Massive blast reported at ExxonMobil refinery in SoCal (PHOTOS, VIDEO) | Global politics | Scoop.it
A large explosion was reported Wednesday morning at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in the southern California city of Torrance.
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My Maidan memories: Living through Ukraine's nightmare year (Part 2)

My Maidan memories: Living through Ukraine's nightmare year (Part 2) | Global politics | Scoop.it
It was a regular cold winter's day – February 18, 2014 – and nothing suggested trouble. I was cooking dinner at home in Moscow whilst idly following Twitter reports of growing unrest in Kiev.
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Rape as a Weapon of War, Made in the USA?

Rape as a Weapon of War, Made in the USA? | Global politics | Scoop.it
“It’s really 19th century behavior in the 21st century, you just don’t invade another country on phony pretexts in order to assert your interests." (Secretary of State, John Kerry, “Meet the Press”...
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How stupid do they think we are? Continued U.S. media lies about Russia -- Sott.net

How stupid do they think we are? Continued U.S. media lies about Russia -- Sott.net | Global politics | Scoop.it
Newsweek magazine headlined on February 5th, "'Biggest NATO Reinforcement Since Cold War' Sets Frontlines Against Russia," and reported that, "According to general Charles Wald, former-deputy commander of U.S. European Command, ... 'The question...
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ECB To Grant Greece Additional €3 Billion In Emergency Liquidity, €68.3 Billion Total | Zero Hedge

ECB To Grant Greece Additional €3 Billion In Emergency Liquidity, €68.3 Billion Total | Zero Hedge | Global politics | Scoop.it
Those wondering if Draghi would be so bold as to precipitate a Greek bank run and funding crisis by yanking the country's Emergency Liquidity Assistance program, which as of two weeks ago was boosted to €65 billion, now have an answer. According to Dow Jones, the ECB just boosted the Greek cash allottment to €68.3 billion, an increase of €3.3 billion: ECB SAID TO OK CONT. EMERGENCY LIQUIDITY FOR GREEK BANKS: ECB SAID TO OK ELA FOR GREEK BANKS OF EUR68.3B FOR 2 WKS: WSJ Which means that the cat and mouse game between Greece and Europe will continue for at least one more week, because that's when, according to Kathimerini's Greek sources, the nation runs out of state cash which will have the same impact on the Greek negotiating leverage as a full-blown bank run.
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Debaltseve Now Under Full Control of Eastern Ukrainian Militias / Sputnik International

Debaltseve Now Under Full Control of Eastern Ukrainian Militias / Sputnik International | Global politics | Scoop.it
Debaltseve came under full control of militia's troops, according to the statement of deputy commander of DPR militia Eduard Basurin.
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“What is Inexcusable is Venezuela's Political independence”

“What is Inexcusable is Venezuela's Political independence” | Global politics | Scoop.it
An interview with John Pilger, conducted by Michael Albert.
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Les incendiaires crient au feu, par Manlio Dinucci

Les incendiaires crient au feu, par Manlio Dinucci | Global politics | Scoop.it
Entreprise sous un prétexte humanitaire fabriqué de toutes pièces, la guerre contre la Libye n’est pas terminée. Une fois abattue la Jamahiriya, tué sous les bombes 120 000 Libyens (chiffres de la Croix-Rouge Internationale) que l’on prétendait protéger, puis lynché Mouamar el-Kadhafi, une fois vidé le pays des deux tiers de sa population, le travail ne fait que commencer.
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UK media demonizing Russia as ‘guilty’ of daring to resist US Empire

UK media demonizing Russia as ‘guilty’ of daring to resist US Empire | Global politics | Scoop.it
The demonization of Vladimir Putin and Russia by the British political establishment and media has never been as intense as in the wake of the recent Ukraine peace talks in Minsk.
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The characterization of the Russian leader has been so off the scale it is hard to imagine anyone being naïve enough to take it seriously. When he’s not being compared to Hitler, an especially offensive caricature for historical reasons, he is being accused of harboring ambitions of forging a ‘Russian Empire’.

That such accusations stem from a nation whose government has played a key part in reducing Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya to a state of chaos in recent years, a consequence of the UK’s attachment to Washington’s brutal and disastrous assault on the Arab and Muslim world, only makes them all the more hypocritical if not downright noxious.

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IMF aid package pushes Ukraine gas prices up 280%

IMF aid package pushes Ukraine gas prices up 280% | Global politics | Scoop.it
Ukraine has agreed to increase the cost of gas to consumer by 280 percent, and 66 percent for heating, as part of the IMF terms for getting extra financial aid, says Valery Gontareva the head of the National Bank of Ukraine.
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Now a brunette! Crimean prosecutor Poklonskaya parades new haircut & color

Now a brunette! Crimean prosecutor Poklonskaya parades new haircut & color | Global politics | Scoop.it
Crimea’s prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya, whose anime-style images became an internet sensation, has caused a great stir among her fans as she appeared at the State Council meeting with a new haircut and her hair dyed dark.
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Move over Galileo! Saudi cleric says Earth doesn’t revolve around sun

Move over Galileo! Saudi cleric says Earth doesn’t revolve around sun | Global politics | Scoop.it
A Saudi cleric has appeared in a video rejecting that Earth revolves around the sun, claiming instead that it is “stationary.” His statements have incited a fiery response on social media.
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Maidan murders: 1 year on, still no justice over Kiev massacre

Maidan murders: 1 year on, still no justice over Kiev massacre | Global politics | Scoop.it
A year after unidentified snipers gunned down dozens of protesters and police officers in central Kiev, the post-coup government rejects evidence that alleges protester involvement in the crimes, which paved the way to regime change in Ukraine.
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