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UN experts say post-2015 negotiations must emphasize human rights, accountability 27.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Ukraine: Minsk peace accords must be revived, UN political chief tells Security Council 27.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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Oil-rich Saudis find new help in struggle to delay action on climate change: Cheap gas 27.1.2015 Washington Post
As the ruler of a country that sits atop 300 billion barrels of oil, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah was no fan of proposals to limit the burning of fossil fuels. During most of his reign, the king’s chief envoy to climate talks was a ­global-warming skeptic who boasted of his success at scuttling climate treaties.Read full article >>
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U.S., Russia should return to on-site inspections for treaty claims 27.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
The ongoing diplomatic back-and-forth between the United States and Russia would have you believe that the future viability of the history-making Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is nil. That would represent a major setback for arms control — and the security of the world....
It's not time for Congress to play 'bad cop' on Iran 27.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Washington has been diverted in recent days by the drama created when House Republicans — without consulting the Obama administration — invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress next month on the subject of Iran's nuclear program. Presumably he will...
Obama, ignoring realities, sticks to his comfort zone 27.1.2015 LA Times: Commentary
A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's how bizarrely untethered from reality the speech was.
Gaza in Arizona: How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the US-Mexico Border 27.1.2015 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. It was October 2012. Roei Elkabetz, a brigadier general for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), was explaining his country's border policing strategies. In his PowerPoint presentation, a photo of the enclosure wall that isolates the Gaza Strip from Israel clicked onscreen. "We have learned lots from Gaza," he told the audience. "It's a great laboratory." Elkabetz was speaking at a border technology conference and fair surrounded by a dazzling display of technology—the components of his boundary-building lab. There were surveillance balloons with high-powered cameras floating over a desert-camouflaged armored vehicle made by Lockheed Martin. There were seismic sensor systems used to detect the movement of people and other wonders of the modern border-policing world. Around Elkabetz, you could see vivid examples of where the future of such policing was heading, as imagined not by a dystopian science fiction writer but by some of the top corporate ...
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UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city could be war crime 27.1.2015 AP Top News
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Deadly rocket attacks on the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol this weekend that "knowingly targeted civilians" violated international humanitarian law and could amount to war crimes, the U.N. political chief said Monday....
UN: deadly attack on Ukraine city of Mariupol violated international law, could be war crime 27.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
Germany should look to Solon not Draco 27.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Boehner, Netanyahu outsmarted themselves 27.1.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
When I was growing up, I remember a saying that was used to describe the behavior of people who were so cocky that they did really dumb things — "He's so smart, he's ...
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WorldViews: Greece’s new prime minister wants Germany to pay for Nazi war crimes 27.1.2015 Washington Post: World
After the seismic victory of Greece’s leftist Syriza party in national polling Sunday, the country’s new prime minister, 40-year-old Alexis Tsipras, is leading all of Europe down an uncertain path.Syriza has vowed  to renegotiate the crippling debts saddled on the Greek economy by European lenders — a move that some fear could threaten the unity of the eurozone. Tsipras and his allies, meanwhile, see their ascension as a historic opportunity, as WorldViews discussed here.Read full article ...
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Lord’s Resistance Army commander appears before Hague court 26.1.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
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Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia makes first International Criminal Court appearance 26.1.2015 Star Tribune: World
ICC launches 'most detailed' ever Fantasy League for Cricket WC 2015 26.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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What would Winston Churchill have made of King Abdullah’s death? 26.1.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Churchill’s first involvement in the Arab world came in 1898, and his footprints have not yet been washed away

Did you notice that some of the weekend newspapers tried to encapsulate two of the day’s big stories in a single photograph: in the background a flag flew at half mast over the Foreign Office in mourning for King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, while silhouetted in the foreground was Ivor Roberts-Jones’s brooding statue of Winston Churchill on the 50th anniversary of his death.

What would the old boy have made of all this fuss over the death of a desert autocrat? Good question. And the answer would have been a typically Churchillian bundle of contradictions, much like his views on Europe – where both sides claim him as one of their own.

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How Bernie Sanders, In New Role, Could Make Wall Streeters Very, Very Unhappy 26.1.2015 American Prospect
  (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Senate Budget Committee ranking member Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont, holds a news conference on the budget on Friday, January 16, 2015.  Big banks now have to contend with an old enemy in a new position of power. Bernie Sanders, the United States senator from Vermont, plans on using his new position as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee to take on too-big-to-fail financial institutions by advocating for their dissolution. Though a registered independent, Sanders caucuses with the Democrats, allowing him to assume the ranking member role representing the minority party. While normally the domain of the Senate Banking Committee, the oversight of Wall Street, Sanders and his staff believe, is a critical budgetary issue. Democrats need to directly challenge Wall Street’s power, they assert, by boldly reframing the argument against the consolidation of financial institutions in terms of its cost to the national ...
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The US-India roller coaster has, once again, reached its zenith 26.1.2015 Rediff: News
The new equation between 'Namo' and 'Barack' may well 'convert a good start into lasting progress.'
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Iran 'resolute' over peaceful nuclear rights 26.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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UN Security Council slams IS-held Japanese hostage kill 26.1.2015 New Kerala: World News
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