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Former U.S. Ambassador: Behind Crimea Crisis, Russia Responding to Years of “Hostile” U.S. Policy

Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales for Democracy Now! The standoff over Ukraine and the fate of Crimea has sparked the worst East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War. The U.S. has imposed sanctions on top Russian officials while announcing new military exercises in Baltic states. Meanwhile in Moscow, the Russian government says it is considering changing its stance on Iran’s nuclear talks in response to ne ...

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Obama Chides Russia on “Brute Force,” Rejects Iraq War Criticism

Democracy Now! President Obama continues an overseas tour in Italy today where he’s meeting with Pope Francis for the first time. Wrapping up a visit to Brussels, Obama delivered an address criticizing Russia for annexing Crimea and using what he called "brute force." President Obama: "Of course, Ukraine is not a member of NATO, in part because of its close and complex history with Russia. Nor will Russia b ...

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Roundtable: As Crimea Threatens Secession, Does East-West Split Hasten Ukraine’s Political Divide?

Russian President Vladimir Putin is rebuffing warnings from the U.S. and European Union as the crisis in Ukraine threatens one of the worst east-west standoffs since the Cold War. The pro-Russian Crimean Parliament has voted to hold a referendum on splitting off from Ukraine and joining Russia. But the vote’s legitimacy has been called into question after the installation of a pro-Russian government in Crim ...

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Russia and Germany Against Interference in Ukraine

Moscow, Feb. 14 (Prensa Latina) Russia and Germany agree to be Ukrainians themselves who resolve the political crisis in their country, declared here today the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, at the beginning of conversations with his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmer. We are not against a Russian mediation between opponents and power, if we ask both parties insisted Steinmer in statements t ...

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Crises swamping developing economies

By Martin Khor* | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis   GENEVA (IDN) - Several developing countries are now being engulfed in new economic crises as their currency and stock markets are experiencing sharp falls, and the end is not yet in sight. The “sell-off” in emerging economies has also spilled over to the American and European stock markets, thus causing global turmoil. Countries whose currencies were affecte ...

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LGBT Activists Stage Global Protests

Protests have been held in 20 cities around the world to protest Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights. The "All Out" protests were part of a series of actions organized around Russia’s hosting of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, which begin on Friday. In London, protest organizer Marie Campbell called on the games’ corporate sponsors to speak out. Marie Campbell: "These huge corporations are saying one thing in s ...

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Ex-Obama official urges clemency for Snowden

President Barack Obama’s former top official has said that the National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden should be offered clemency. Anne-Marie Slaughter, the former State Department director of policy planning, tweeted on Thursday that she totally agreed with a New York Times editorial which called for clemency for Snowden, who leaked information about the US government’s massive surveillance ...

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Freed Pussy Riot Members Call for Olympic Boycott

The two freed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot are calling for a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics following their release from prison. Nadia Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina had been jailed since last March for protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral. They were due to be released within the next few months but were freed early under an amnesty that Putin propose ...

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Pussy Riot Member Begins Hunger Strike over “Slavery-Like Conditions” in Penal Colony

A member of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has launched a hunger strike to protest harsh conditions in a Mordovian penal colony where she is serving a two-year sentence for protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin inside a Moscow cathedral. In an open letter, Nadia Tolokonnikova describes "slavery-like conditions," including beatings carried out with the approval of prison officials and sewing w ...

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Obama speech reaction – nuclear weapon reductions will reduce risks but prohibition treaty urgent

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) welcomes President Obama’s announcement in Berlin today calling for a world without nuclear weapons and the readiness to pursue further reductions in the US and Russian nuclear arsenals.  However, the humanitarian consequences of any nuclear weapon use, increasingly the focus of global engagement on these weapons, demands their prohibition and eli ...

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