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Putin’s Pride: Russian President Opens Up To Diplomatic Corps

Worldcrunch.com / KOMMERSANT MOSCOW — Earlier this week, all of Russia’s ambassadors were called home from their stations abroad to attend an event with members of the Russian Parliament and, of course, President Vladimir Putin. The only ambassador missing at the event was Mikhail Zurabov, ambassador to Ukraine.

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Direct and Indirect Challenges to the Pipeline

Over the course of the last two years, two pipeline projects – Northern Gateway and Keystone – have generated opposition from environmental groups in both the U.S. and Canada. As Rennie of the Canadian Press (June 17)  notes, the pipelines have become highly political in both countries.

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UN report documents killings of 14 aid workers between December 2013 and April 2014

Source: UN Security Council Country: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon Following the ousting of President François Bozizé on 24 March 2013 and the forced resignation of the following President, Michel Djotodia, on 10 January 2014, the Government of the Central African R epublic still has to overcome significant obstacles to achieving the second phase of the political transition, which should lead to free and fair democratic elections in 2015. The total impunity that allows individuals to engage in or provide support fo r acts that undermine the peace, security and territorial integrity of the Central African Republic remains the main stumbling block on the road of political transition.

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NSA Spying: Now It’s Personal
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Imagine that you watched a police officer in your neighborhood stop ten completely ordinary people every day just to take a look inside their vehicle or backpack. Now imagine that nine of those people are never even accused of a crime. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time

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Putin writes off $32 billion of Cuban debt

The Russian government is forgiving $32 billion of Soviet era debt owed by the struggling Cuba. The move comes as a part of a South American tour by President Vladimir Putin, who he is seeking to strengthen economic and other ties with a bloc countries that feel alienated by the West.

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The Roundup for July 11th, 2014

Enjoy the soft, tranquil sounds of Isaac Shepard on this Friday. Enjoy your weekend as well! International Politics Overall – Journalist Gareth Porter explains on  The Real News  how unlikely a deal between Iran and the P5+1 will be implemented by July 20 due to conflicts; Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry calls for Iran to make “ critical choices ” – Juan Cole: “ Stop Saying ‘If X fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, & assumes we’re Colonial ” – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel states he is aware of Russian and Iranian presence in Iraq, but stated the U.S. would not offer similar support  with both nations Middle East – Part three of four with economist Shir Hever who explains Israel’s position when selling tools of surveillance and repression to countries with socio-economic problems – Journalists Max Blumenthal and Ali Abunimah talk about the manipulation carried out by the Israeli government after the deaths of three Israeli teenagers – Moreover, there have been Jewish voices in Israel denouncing such violence by Israel against Palestine and worldwide protests – In northern Iraqi, the Kurds took over two oilfields  and left the coalition government  to the dismay of the Iraqi government – The Israeli Defense Force stated it was told by the Netanyahu administration to “ hit Hamas hard ” as more than 100 Palestinians died  so far – Benjamin Netanyahu: We will not listen to international calls to stop our attacks in Gaza; Ugh, repugnant little creature – Ali Abunimah: “ Israeli commander declares ‘holy war’ on Palestinians ” Africa  – To combat illegal migration, Libya suggested a partnership with the EU government Asia and Oceania – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is pushing forth a new budget for the nation that includes things neoliberals would love Europe – The German suspect in German custody might have spoken with State Department officials rather than CIA officials as originally thought – The tragedy occurring in Europe is that the reaction to the faults of capitalism is to turn to far-right forces that openly excluded the marginalized – In clashes with pro-Russian separatists, 23 Ukrainian soldiers were killed – The European Union, on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, has been sided with Israel by restating their talking points – Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns Israel if actions in the Gaza Strip continue, there would be no normalization of ties between Turkey and Israel Latin America, Caribbean and Canada – A Cuban ex-guerilla who fought alongside Che Guevara in the Cuban Revolution will be an economic adviser for Venezuela – A law student is safe and recovery after a right-wing mob tried to lynch him in Venezuela a few months ago Surveillance Planet – With the NSA’s surveillance programs jeopardizing online security, there are efforts for users to protect themselves – British Prime Minister David Cameron pushes forth a draconian surveillance law in Parliament – The Obama administration knew in advance the British government would be destroying the Guardian’s hard drives last year.

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Ever Wondered Why the World is a Mess?

Addressing this column to the younger generations, Roberto Savio, founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency and publisher of Other News, offers ten explanations of how the current mess in which the world finds itself came about. By Roberto Savio ROME, Jul 11 2014 (IPS) While the Third World War has not been formally declared, conflicts throughout the world are reaching levels unseen since 1944.

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Anal deposits, child abuse, domestic violence and more: The 5 worst people of the week

GOP politicians, Tea Party enthusiasts, racists, homophobes, misogynists all contribute to make the world a terrible place on a daily basis. So don’t blame yourself if you’re not able to keep up with all the terrible people and the terrible things they do. How could you

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The Plan To Get New Jersey Back Into RGGI That Gov. Christie Can’t Veto

New Jersey State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney CREDIT: Associated Press Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in 2011. But if Democrats in the legislature succeed in their latest effort, the state will be back in the carbon trading program soon

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An Overriding Need For Reform Now

By Eugene Robinson There’s no objective need for President Obama to visit the Texas-Mexico border and see the immigration crisis first-hand, but he shouldn’t have claimed that “I’m not interested in photo ops.” Related Entries July 11, 2014 Corporate Welfare Gets a Boost From Democrats July 11, 2014 Refocused Efforts

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