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Israeli leaders condemn Clinton immigrant comments

JERUSALEM – Israeli leaders have sharply criticized Bill Clinton over comments the former U.S. president made this week calling Russian immigrants in Israel an obstacle to peace. Clinton, who is generally a well-loved figure in Israel for his efforts to broker a Mideast peace deal in the 1990s, also said at a round-table group this […]

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Iran diplomats defect in Europe over regime's crackdown on uprising

Iran diplomats defect in Europe over regime's crackdown on uprising

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s foreign ministry on Tuesday criticized two Iranian diplomats who defected this month in Europe, saying they chose to stay abroad for “personal interests.” The two diplomats have themselves said their decisions were politically motivated and they left their positions because of the government’s crackdown on citizens protesting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2009 […]

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Greece agrees to sell its leading shipyard to the United Arab Emirates

Greece agrees to sell its leading shipyard to the United Arab Emirates

ATHENS — Greece has approved the sale of its main shipyard to the United Arab Emirates. The Greek Defense Ministry said the UAE firm Abu Dhabi Mar would acquire Hellenic Shipyards. Under the deal, Abu Dhabi would acquire 75 percent of Hellenic from Germany’s ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. “The Greek government, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Abu […]

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EU anxiety over the Euro, heartburn over Germany

By Sol W. Sanders The European Union has the jitters, raising the question of whether what used to be called a nervous breakdown lies ahead. The anxiety may not lead to a breakup of the EU, but the dream of a single currency may have to be abandoned. With 20/20 hindsight, the idea of a […]

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Most productive responses to economic fears? Look to China and Russia

Gregory R. Copley, Global Information System Fear and uncertainty create patterns, paths of their own. And societies are again in a mosaic of uncertainty — and resultant fear — over the fate and durability of the social and security frameworks once taken for granted. Mass reaction to these fears will trigger transformative change. But there […]

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Russia OKs advanced cruise missile sale to Syria

MOSCOW — The Kremlin has approved the sale of an anti-ship missile to the Syrian Navy. Officials said the missile, identified as P-800, was deemed a defensive weapon that would not change the military balance in the Middle East. “I would like to stress that the Russian Federationis committed to all agreements previously signed between […]

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China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

China, Russia already hard at work digitizing Wikileaks documents

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com According to U.S. and foreign intelligence sources, Russia and China are known to be reviewing the tens of thousands of U.S. military documents disclosed to the online anti-secrecy site Wikileaks. China’s Second Department of the PLA, or 2PLA, is the intelligence arm of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and is […]

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The fix is in on Russia’s Polish crash investigation

It’s never been clear what really happened on that foggy morning of April 10 when a Polish airplane crashed on a Russian runway, killing all 96 people aboard including Polish President Lech Kaczynski, cabinet ministers, military service chiefs, intelligence officials, the central bank president, parliamentarians, historians, decapitating the conservative government and gutting the country’s elite. […]

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Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Radio: Still critical in the worldwide marketplace of ideas

Sudan halted Monday BBC broadcasts in Arabic on FM radio frequencies. / (AFP/File/Nicolas Asfouri By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The familiar words, “BBC World Service and now the news…” became a near iconic radio sign-on for generations around the world, during the Cold War. The British Broadcasting Corporation was one of a few […]

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Russia — with China — spurn sanctions, resume gasoline shipments to Iran

MOSCOW — Russia, amid U.S. sanctions, has pledged to resume fuel exports to Iran. Russia’s LukOil has vowed to resume fuel sales to Iran in partnership with China. LukOil, the largest energy contractor in Russia, said the exports would not be blocked by U.S. pressure to halt gasoline sales to Teheran. Industry sources said LukOil […]

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