The State Department’s ‘Russian Fiction, the Sequel’
Apr13

The State Department’s ‘Russian Fiction, the Sequel’

As major news sources publish alarming updates on the Ukraine crisis, Moscow denies the trouble is being “orchestrated” from the Kremlin; Ukraine is threatening to launch a full-scale military operation in Eastern Ukraine; an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council has been called — by Moscow — for tonight in New York and the US ambassador to the UN says the attacks this weekend bear the “tell-tale signs of...

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Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN
Apr07

Encouraging gains in renewable energy production – UN

Despite uncertain commitments by governments to confront climate change, there is a sliver of encouraging news. Private and public investments in renewable energy sources like solar and wind, excluding hydro projects, have exceeded $1.5 trillion cumulatively since 2006. They accounted for 8.5 percent of global electricity generation in 2013, up from 7.8 per cent in 2012. A report by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) and its partners...

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‘Fissures’ in Europe: Putin, Propaganda, and Patriotism (Handelsblatt, Germany)
Apr03

‘Fissures’ in Europe: Putin, Propaganda, and Patriotism (Handelsblatt, Germany)

In the United States, the pitched battle in Europe over Putin’s annexation of Crimea remains almost an untold story. Far from closing ranks against Russia’s activities, a large segment of the continent is sympathetic to Moscow’s position. For Germany’s Handelsblatt, columnist Wolfram Weimer lays out the economic, historic and political reasons that this fissure on the continent is expanding by the day, and...

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A ‘Puppet in Putin’s Hands,’ Snowden Paved Way to Ukraine Crisis (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Mar29

A ‘Puppet in Putin’s Hands,’ Snowden Paved Way to Ukraine Crisis (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Did Russian President Vladmimir Putin use Edward Snowden to create suspicion between Washington and the E.U. in order to scuttle a free trade deal between the United States and Europe? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, lawmaker Pawel Zalewski outlines not only how Vladimir Putin can be defeated by approving the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, but his conviction that Snowden has been part of Putin’s elaborate...

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Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Mar20

Between Russian and the West: Ukraine’s Insurmountable Task (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

Is there any hope whatsoever that Ukraine’s young government, born out of the fire of revolt against Russia-friendly President Viktor Yanukovitch, will survive the apparent loss of Crimea to Russia? For Poland’s Rzeczpospolita, columnist Jedrzej Bielecki paints an intimidating picture for interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who leads a nation deep in debt, comprised of squabbling factions, which has been left to face...

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An Injunction Against the First Amendment
Mar20

An Injunction Against the First Amendment

by Walter Brasch Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will be in court, Monday morning. This time, she will have lawyers and hundreds of thousands of supporters throughout the country. Representing Scroggins to vacate an injunction limiting her travel will be lawyers from the ACLU and Public Citizen, and a private attorney. The last time Scroggins appeared in the Common Pleas Court in October, she didn’t have lawyers. That’s...

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