Aug 1, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

by Brahma Chellaney

The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

Aug 1, 2014

Investigators reach Ukraine jet wreckage site

As mortar fire landed nearby, an international team of investigators finally reached the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wreckage site Thursday and got their first look at a scene experts fear has been badly compromised in the two weeks since the plane was blown out ...

Jul 31, 2014

Sanctions seen damaging Russia if not lifted quickly

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and European Union released details Wednesday of new ...

Ukraine army retakes town on edge of rebel bastion Donetsk

Jul 30, 2014

Ukraine army retakes town on edge of rebel bastion Donetsk

Ukraine’s army said Wednesday that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia. Government forces said in a statement that they had seized control of Avdiyivka, a ...

Jul 30, 2014

Japan wants France-Russia warship deal quashed

The government on Tuesday expressed “strong concern” about the planned sale of French helicopter carriers to Russia, joining some EU countries in opposing the deal as the West believes Russia has failed to meet international demands to end violence in Ukraine. President Francois Hollande ...

Jul 30, 2014

U.S., Europe slap Russia with toughest sanctions yet over Ukraine

The United States and Europe targeted Russia’s key financial, arms and energy sectors Tuesday with tough new sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in the Ukraine crisis. Announcing the measures, U.S. President Barack Obama denied that the West had begun a new Cold War ...

Ukraine says black boxes show rocket shrapnel caused plane crash

Jul 29, 2014

Ukraine says black boxes show rocket shrapnel caused plane crash

Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in rebel-held east Ukraine show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash, a Ukrainian security official said Monday. International investigators “indicated that data from flight recorders show that the reason for ...

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation ...