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As Unrest Grows, Is Ukraine Paying the Price of U.S.-Russian Ties Stuck in Cold War Era?

The United States and the European Union have imposed new sanctions on Russia that target individuals and companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle. The moves come as the crisis in eastern Ukraine faces continued chaos. On Monday, pro-Russian separatists seized a new town and continued to detain seven European monitors. The mayor of the Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, was s ...

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Against US airstrike on Syria

We started to cover Syria, it was February 2012, because we believed a red line had been crossed: demonstrations against Assad were being swept away by bullets and mortar fire. But confrontation between the regime and the newborn Free Army, just a bunch of youths with a kalashnikov and flip-flops, soon deteriorated: and we found ourselves beyond another red line, that of full-fledged war. Street by street, ...

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Nuclear sabre-rattling in North East Asia: Can Godzilla be tamed?

Godzilla, a giant monster mutated by nuclear radiation, first appears in a 1954 Japanese science fiction movie by the same name, ravaging Japan in a symbolic warning about the risks of nuclear weapons. For a couple of decades Godzilla was very popular, appearing in more than 28 films as well as many video games, novels, comic books, and a television series. Then, as a fragile détente developed in the region ...

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US Democrats propose bill for political engagement with Iran

The Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would demand the government establish a diplomatic envoy to Iran in an attempt to deal with Tehran’s nuclear energy program. A sponsor of the legislation, Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), said the government must end its "no contact" policy with Iran, which currently bars Iranian and US officials from holding direct talks, The Hi ...

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Obama – Nobel Peace Prize 2009: “We will maintain the best military the world has ever known”

Being the President of the USA can’t be an easy job; being a president from an ethnic minority, someone from a community that has a long experience of poverty, violence and discrimination, must be even harder.  On one hand in order to succeed in xenophobic US politics you have to be heartless in your dealings with foreigners and show this to everyone in Washington, on the other hand as a human being with th ...

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Getting to know us: A memo to U.S. adversaries

One of the first things you need to know about the U.S. is how difficult it is for us to tolerate ambiguity—especially when untangling our own motives. An example was our second invasion of Iraq. After 9/11 we felt an itch to retaliate against a clear enemy. Because we could not pinpoint one, we scratched the itch by inventing a false enemy— conveniently, one with lots of oil under its sand—and going to war ...

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Pentagon study questions efficiency of US missile system in Europe

Secret Pentagon studies have cast serious doubt on the effectiveness of the US-planned multi-billion-dollar missile system in Europe, congressional investigators say. The classified studies by the Missile Defense Agency were summarized in a briefing for lawmakers by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a congressional nonpartisan investigative body. The GAO investigators said the briefing cast seriou ...

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USA: End the Nuclear Lobby

We must stop investing in our extinction! For decades the peace movement has been satisfied with scraps from the table of nuclear weapons and their beneficiaries. Even the New START Treaty was offset by the Obama administration promise to spend $185 billion in this decade on modernization of nuclear weapons and delivery systems.  The vulnerable point in the complex of nuclear weapons corporations, their lob ...

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Martin Luther King, Inauguration Day and Our Shifting Awareness

By Robert Dodge This year’s presidential inauguration on Martin Luther King Day finds us as a nation and people at a remarkable crossroads. We have the same daunting issues we have faced for years before us; and yet there is something different. There is a developing shift in our consciousness and responsibility. We are witnessing a new awareness of the challenges and necessity of addressing them. What is n ...

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USA: Building a Peaceful Future for Our Children

Guns. Media. Mental Illness. Lax Security. All these and more have been offered as explanations for the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on Friday, December 14 that left 26 people, including 20 children, dead. And all of those things may have played a role. But none are the cause of the problem. And heated debate about them, while important, serves to obscure some other very important conversat ...

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