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Diplomatic failures. Government intrusion. My Revolution repository. US government. Anarchy. Israel: Government pays students to fight internet battles. Putin is having trouble backing out of the corner in which he’s trapped himself.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has marched into a corner—having opted for war to halt Ukraine’s courtship with the West, he now faces international opprobrium and the probability of stinging new sanctions over the Malaysian Airlines crash.

Putin is having trouble backing out of the corner in which he’s trapped himself

While it is early and Putin may yet terminate his dual military and propaganda offensives against Ukraine and the West, the signs are by and large not of a man seeking a way out. Rather, Russia seems to be keeping to its pre-crash narrative. Edward Lucas, of the Center for European Policy Analysis, suggests that the problem is the corner itself: even if he wanted to shift course, Putin has little room to maneuver after months of building a forceful domestic case—and his people into a frenzy—against outside enemies. He can’t back down from the brink, Lucas told Quartz in an email exchange. It would be “too humiliating now that he has demonized the West and Ukraine.” If a Russian hand is proven, sanctions will become harsher. Russia Has Become Dangerous Again.

The illusion of a stable Europe died yesterday with the murdered passengers of MH17.

Russia Has Become Dangerous Again

Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr It was not even a month ago that Vladimir Putin stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the elected leaders of the Western world to commemorate the D-Day invasion. I hope whoever issued that invitation has the decency to feel some embarrassment today. Through the past eight months of escalating Russian violence against Ukraine, too many European governments have treated the Ukraine issue as remote and marginal: regrettable, yes, but not a threat to the peace of the continent. It was more important, they felt, to sustain a normal relationship with Russia. Collective Punishment in Gaza - The New Yorker. Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of Israel, “I think the Israeli people understand now what I always say: that there cannot be a situation, under any agreement, in which we relinquish security control of the territory west of the River Jordan.”

Collective Punishment in Gaza - The New Yorker

It’s worth listening carefully when Netanyahu speaks to the Israeli people. What is going on in Palestine today is not really about Hamas. It is not about rockets. It is not about “human shields” or terrorism or tunnels. It is about Israel’s permanent control over Palestinian land and Palestinian lives. What Israel is doing in Gaza now is collective punishment. As Netanyahu’s own words show, however, Israel will accept nothing short of the acquiescence of Palestinians to their own subordination. Punishing Palestinians for existing has a long history.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask. The United States and allies are preparing for a possibly imminent series of limited military strikes against Syria, the first direct U.S. intervention in the two-year civil war, in retaliation for President Bashar al-Assad's suspected use of chemical weapons against civilians.

9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask

If you found the above sentence kind of confusing, or aren't exactly sure why Syria is fighting a civil war, or even where Syria is located, then this is the article for you. What's happening in Syria is really important, but it can also be confusing and difficult to follow even for those of us glued to it. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. Israel’s illegal land grab in West Bank: The Israeli rationale is no different than Vladimir Putin’s in Ukraine. Photo by Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images Six months ago, after Vladimir Putin annexed part of Ukraine, President Obama authorized sanctions against Russia.

Israel’s illegal land grab in West Bank: The Israeli rationale is no different than Vladimir Putin’s in Ukraine.

“The basic principles that govern relations between nations in Europe and around the world must be upheld in the 21st century,” said Obama. “That includes respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity—the notion that nations do not simply redraw borders or make decisions at the expense of their neighbors simply because they are larger or more powerful.” Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate.

Why Putin’s Russia is weaker than the USSR, in one chart. Since Russia invaded Ukraine, there've been a lot of comparisons between Putin's Russia and the Soviet Union.

Why Putin’s Russia is weaker than the USSR, in one chart

There's a lot wrong with that comparison, starting with one fairly obvious point: the Soviet empire wasn't just Russia. The Soviet republics in the USSR itself and the "Iron Curtain" client states in eastern Europe were key contributors to Soviet power. And Putin can't draw on them in nearly the same way as his Soviet predecessors. To see just how much that matters, check out this chart of former Soviet-aligned economies from JP Morgan. Michael Cembalest, the investment firm's Chairman of Market and Investment Strategy, put together a list of important economic indicators for each country — GDP, trade rate, etc. One of the world’s largest cities wants to build the world’s busiest airport and the plans call for only one terminal. Move over, Dubai.

One of the world’s largest cities wants to build the world’s busiest airport and the plans call for only one terminal

The new proposed airport for Mexico City, the planet’s ninth-most populated metropolis, is as eye-catching as it is daring—and seeks to bring about a long-awaited return to the days of glamorous air travel. The plans, designed by Foster + Partners, FR-EE (the firm run by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s son-in-law Fernando Romero) and NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), were unveiled in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s state-of-the-nation speech on Tuesday. Peña Nieto said the project would be built on government land near the city’s Benito Juarez International Airport, at a cost of roughly 120 billion pesos ($9 billion). The new, yet-to-be-named airport will have a single, “X”-shaped terminal, six runways, and reportedly enough capacity to handle 120 million passengers annually, four times the capacity of Benito Juarez. U.S. Firms Feel Unwelcome in China - WSJ. Russia 'to alter military strategy towards Nato' 2 September 2014Last updated at 07:37 ET Tensions between Russia and Nato countries are high over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine Russia is to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.

Russia 'to alter military strategy towards Nato'

Mikhail Popov, a Kremlin adviser, said that deteriorating relations with the US and Nato would be reflected in the updated strategy. Nato said on Monday it would boost its presence in eastern Europe to protect its members. Ukrainian troops are battling pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine. About 2,600 people have died since fighting began in April. Ukraine: Vladimir Putin's military action reveals a wider plan. The very scary word in Putin's new statement on the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin just dropped the biggest, scariest dogwhistle of the Ukraine crisis: "Novorossiya.

The very scary word in Putin's new statement on the Ukraine crisis

" The word literally means "new Russia" — it was an old, imperial-era term for southern Ukraine, when it was part of the Russian Empire, and is now a term used by Russia ultra-nationalists who want to re-conquer the area. Putin has used the word twice during the crisis. First, he used it in April, about a month after Russia had invaded and annexed the Ukrainian region of Crimea, subtly suggesting that the annexation was justified because Crimea was in Novorossiya and thus inherently part of Russia. Common Overspending Triggers that Can Wreck Your Budget. Trending on Related Blogs ​Nintendo Just Announced a New 3DS.

Common Overspending Triggers that Can Wreck Your Budget

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According to the account by Mi Hyang, a former member of one of Mr Kim's "pleasure squads" - groups of attractive young women enlisted to provide entertainment and sexual services - the leader could be sentimental when drunk, and even shed tears. His favourite delicacy contains the reproductive organ of sharks. How Norway has avoided the 'curse of oil' Letter From the Border: New Crisis is the Old Crisis. ELI5: why do certain countries, such as the United States, seem to always be at war with someone? How have some countries managed to stay relatively peaceful? (Ex. Switzerland) : explainlikeimfive. Five things to consider about the downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 in Ukraine.

By Mark Ames On July 17, 2014 I’m too busy now on another story to get deep into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet over separatist-held territory in eastern Ukraine, killing some 300 passengers… but here are a few things to keep in mind as today’s news develops: 1. This was a passenger plane flying over rebel territory despite the fact it was well known that pro-Russian rebels had fairly advanced anti-aircraft weaponry, and were using them with increasing success. Alec Luhn, one of the best reporters on the ground covering the conflict, tweeted out that Ukraine authorities allowed flights over the war zone if they were traveling above 7,800 meters; flight MH17 was reportedly shot down at 10,000 meters. 2. Corruption Perceptions Index - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.url.

Overview of the index of perception of corruption, 2013. Since the turn of the new millennium, Transparency International (TI) has published the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) annually ranking countries "by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. "[1] The CPI generally defines corruption as "the misuse of public power for private benefit. View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com.url. Eclipse Group. See also[edit] References[edit] The War Nerd Returns With A Special Survey Of Obama’s Wars: “Good Fighter, Can’t Cheerlead Worth A Damn” - By Gary Brecher. From today’s edition of NSFW Corp FRESNO—Today’s the Big Anniversary, so what better day to size up Obama’s war record than the day that also launched my career as a professional War Nerd.

When you look back at Obama’s wars, you get a pretty clear idea what went wrong over the last four years. Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense - Derek Thompson. Shopping secrets of the Taliban revealed. 12 July 2014Last updated at 19:44 ET By Riaz Sohail BBC Urdu, Bannu. Why the Chinese Are Snapping Up Real Estate in the U.S. Complexity, ‘fog and moonlight’, prediction, and politics I. In President Obama’s White House, some traditions give way to modern technology. Since Barack Obama took office, the White House has established a dedicated digital team, started tallying incoming phone calls electronically instead of by calculator and has begun using computer software to design ­floral arrangements.

His media monitor tracks thousands of tweets and some 50 publications online every day. Casework is sent by e-mail instead of using human couriers. An Interview With Tom Ricks on the Crisis in Iraq: How Bad Can It Get? With Iraq's Sunni insurgents taking over increasing amounts of territory, and with splits among Shiite factions in the country, I called up Thomas E. Iraqi Kurdistan profile - timeline. 12 August 2014Last updated at 05:33 ET A chronology of key events: Peshmerga Military Equipment. Simon Heffer: First World War, the battle of the historians. There is a significant difference between writing the history of a subject some of whose sources are still living and breathing, and that of a subject whose sources are only documentary. Russia's 'Aid' Convoy Has Gone Rogue And Is Headed To Rebel-Held Ukraine.

The Secret Battles Between US Forces and Chechen Terrorists. For the last 12 years, U.S. Special Operations forces have repeatedly engaged in fierce combat in Afghanistan against ruthless Taliban allies from Chechnya, who have the same pedigree as their terrorist brethren threatening to disrupt the Winter Olympics in Russia, current and former commandos tell ABC News. Task Force 6-26. Police Contract With Spy Tool Maker Prohibits Talking About Device's Use. Jeremy Scahill and Dirty Wars on Democracy Now!

How The Pentagon’s Top Killers Became (Unaccountable) Spies. Gun Control and the Constitution: Should We Amend the Second Amendment? Constitution Check: What does it mean that there is a right to “bear” guns? The War Nerd: Here’s everything you need to know about “too extreme for Al Qaeda” I.S.I.S. Islamic State video purports to show beheading of U.S. journalist. FCC Republican wants to let states block municipal broadband. The Ukraine Crisis and the Resumption of Great-Power Rivalry. 2022 World Cup city rises in the desert. The Intercept. Lewrockwell.url. Inside the Pentagon - Watch the Documentary Film for Free Watch Free Documentaries Online SnagFilms.url.

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