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Will Yemen kick-off the ‘War of the two Blocs?’

By Sharmine Narwani* for RT– There is media confusion about what is going on in Yemen and the broader Middle East. Pundits are pointing out that the US is looking schizophrenic with policies that back opposite sides of the fight against al-Qaeda-style extremism in Iraq and in Yemen. But it …

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Putin not flinching on Ukraine despite economic crisis

BY TIMOTHY HERITAGE – Reuters – Reuters – A surge in violence in east Ukraine is undermining international hopes that Russia’s financial crisis and Western sanctions will force President Vladimir Putin to change policy on the conflict. There is a growing sense of foreboding as fighting between Ukrainian government forces …

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Russia to revive the political solution in Syria

The Levant – By Dr. Amer Al Sabaileh – The Russians have lately been dynamic and innovative in their diplomacy towards a political solution to the Syrian crisis. With the regional priorities shifting from political resolution to combating terrorism, the Russians are alone in continuing with this pursuit. Moscow has …

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Crimea: Islamist Movements and Danger of Radicalization

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Julia Lugovska – Kiev- Ukraine – The issue of Crimean Tatars, who survived terrible Sürgün – mass deportation from Crimea by Joseph Stalin on 18 May 1944, and who returned back home after Ukraine gained its independence, remains still unresolved and very sensitive, as Ukrainian …

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The Bulgarian Winter- or do we witness a deja-vu?

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE – By Victoria Georgieva*  -According to Wikipedia “Suicide” comes from the Latin Suicidium, from sui caedere : “to kill oneself and it is “the act of intentionally causing one’s own death”. Have you ever wondered about what are the reasons that could bring someone into the edge of …

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Norway Stops Political Cooperation With Russia

  By Julia Lugovska – Kiev – Ukraine – Norway’s government has officially declared on Sunday, 23 November, that it stops political cooperation with Russian Federation, according to the statement of Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. She stated it in her interview made for Ukrainian newspaper “Dzerkalo Tyzhnya” (“Weekly Mirror”). In addition to …

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EU keeps its sanctions against Russia

THE LEVANT – After the recent meeting of the members of European Council and discussion of the sanctions issues, European Union has taken decision to leave the restrictive economic and political sanctions imposed against Russia without any changes. “Members of European Council and Ambassadors of EU have discussed an impact of …

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Ukrainian crisis deepens despite Milan talks

THE LEVANT EXCLUSIVE –  Exclusive from Kiev, By Julia Lugovska – Situation in Eastern Ukrainian Donbas region still remains extremely tense, with the continuous shelling of the position of Ukrainian military and of the cities and local villages by the pro-Russian terrorists and Russian troops. Despite the recent talks held in …

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Russia blasts Obama over intervention in Syria

THE LEVANT – Russia became the third nation to criticize the Obama administration on Thursday, following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he plans to expand a campaign of bombing against the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) to include targets inside Syria. Iranian and Syrian officials slammed the …

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Putin orders agricultural import bans from US, EU

THE LEVANT – Russian President Vladimir Putin lashed out at US and Western powers on Wednesday by ordering agricultural import bans on countries that have levied economic sanctions against Russia for its alleged role in the separatist fighting in Ukraine’s east. The decree signed by Putin bans and restricts agricultural …

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Ukraine claims more territory as fight intensifies with rebels

Source: Reuters – Ukraine said on Monday its troops had wrested more territory from pro-Russian rebels, advancing towards the site where Malaysian flight MH17 was brought down, which international investigators said they could not reach because of the fighting. Troops recaptured two rebel-held towns near the crash site and were trying …

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Moscow Ready for International Monitoring on Border With Ukraine

 Russia agrees to international monitoring of its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Alexander Lukashevich, said Thursday. “The Russian side is ready for monitoring on the Russian-Ukrainian border, ready to accept Ukrainian border guards in Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border between the two states. But, naturally, …

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