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Ukraine Truce Falters as Armed Groups Remain

The international deal to contain the conflict in eastern Ukraine is in jeopardy with both sides trading blame. Pro-Russian separatists remain in control of several government buildings they have seized over the past two weeks. The United States says it will hold Russia responsible and impose new sanctions "within days" if the separatists don’t withdraw. In Washington, a State Department spokesperson said S ...

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War Tax Resisters Mark April 15 with Call to Stop Military Spending

Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spendin ...

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Missile Frigate Abu Bakr visits Hong Kong

The BNS Abu Bakr, a Bangladesh navy missile frigate, was in transit Hong Kong for a couple of day 13 April to 15 April 2014, on its way to Qingdao for the Western Pacific Naval Symposium (WPNS) and Multilateral Maritime Exercise (MMEx) held in this port city in China's Shandong province. In Hong Kong a friendly get-together and party was held on board the Abu Bakr, organised by the Consulate and the ship’s ...

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The Fire Power of the Financial Lobby

A Survey of the Size of the Financial Lobby at the EU level Published by Corporate Europe Observatory(CEO), The Austrian Federal Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer) and The Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB) - April 2014. "Despite this manifest presence of “the financial lobby”, until now there has been no comprehensive survey of its size and power in the EU. This report is intended to fill that void." "E ...

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Team Scotland”: Salmond Calls on Labour Voters to Back Independence

London, 12 Abr (Prensa Latina) Alex Salmond has appealed to Scotland''s voters to ignore him and the Scottish National party in the independence referendum, saying a yes vote would not be a vote for him and could even lead to a Labour government being elected to power in Edinburgh. The first minister said he would lead a cross-party "Team Scotland" to start separation talks with the UK government within 12 ...

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The Iranian Nuclear Weapons Programme That Wasn’t

By Gareth Porter for IPS WASHINGTON, Apr 12 2014 (IPS) - When U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen M. Ortiz unsealed the indictment of a Chinese citizen in the UK for violating the embargo against Iran, she made what appeared to be a new U.S. accusation of an Iran nuclear weapons programme. The press release on the indictment announced that between in November 2005 and 2012, Sihai Cheng had supplied parts ...

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Government, Opposition in Televised Group Therapy in Venezuela

By Humberto Márquez for IPS CARACAS, Apr 12 2014 (IPS) - Government and opposition leaders in Venezuela held a nationally televised debate as a first step to working towards solutions for the economic, social and political crisis marked by over two months of protests. The demonstrations and the crackdown have cost 41 lives, including those of seven police officers, and left 600 injured and 2,300 arrested – ...

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Momentum on Fossil Fuel Divestment Grows as Harvard Professors, Desmond Tutu Call for Action

Momentum is growing in the movement to divest from fossil fuel companies. On Thursday, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the industry for its role in driving climate change. Meanwhile, nearly 100 members of the faculty at Harvard University released an open letter calling on the Ivy League school to sell off its interests in o ...

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Government surveillance — this is just the beginning

By Christopher Soghoian.- The 2011 Arab Spring captured the attention of the world. It also captured the attention of authoritarian governments in other countries, who were worried that revolution would spread. To respond, they ramped up surveillance of activists, journalists and dissidents who they feared would inspire revolution in their own countries. One prominent Bahraini activist, who was arrested and ...

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Noam Chomsky Lecture: Security and State Policy

Prof. Noam Chomsky delivered the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation’s 13th Annual Frank K. Kelly Lecture on Humanity’s Future on February 28, 2014 in Santa Barbara, California. A leading principle of international relations theory is that the highest priority of states is to ensure security.  As George Kennan formulates the standard view, government is created “to assure order and justice internally and to provid ...

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