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 //   //  October 21, 2014  //  1 Comment

Europe & EU 2014

The European EU Observer New School of Athens (NSoA) Ukraine Watch as 1000 years of European borders change Swedish ‘Cold War’ thriller exposes Baltic Sea nerves over Russia (Reuters) Growing tensions since the Ukraine crisis have […]

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 //   //  October 19, 2014  //  2 Comments

Canada 2013-14: Politics

L. Ian MacDonald: Parties ready to spend Flaherty’s billions (iPolitics) What to do with the surplus? It’s the question everyone’s asking in Ottawa. On Radio-Canada’s Les coulisses du pouvoir Sunday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said “this […]

 //   //  October 17, 2014  //  1 Comment


Nigeria and Boko Haram ‘agree ceasefire and girls’ release’ “If it turns out to be true, this will be one of the biggest breakthroughs in Nigeria for decades… but many Nigerians are sceptical”, says the BBC’s […]

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 //   //  October 17, 2014  //  No Comments

Middle East & Arab World in 2013 – 2014

Shenaz Kermalli: Mr. Baird, how are Saudi Arabia’s beheadings different from Islamic State’s? (Globe & Mail) What Mr. Baird needs to grasp immediately is the horrific impact executing Mr. Al-Nimr would have in fuelling sectarian violence […]

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 //   //  October 15, 2014  //  No Comments

Turkey 2012 – 2014

Whose Side Is Turkey On? Ankara sent its warplanes aloft—at last—but not to bomb ISIS. It attacked Kurds instead. (The Daily Beast) Kurds along the border say the strikes show whose side Erdoğan is on—they accuse […]

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Canada in 2014
October 22, 2014  //  No Comments
Canadian parliament locked down, soldier fatally wounded in Ottawa shooting (Reuters) – A gunman shot and fatally ...
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Wednesday Night #1703
October 22, 2014  //  No Comments
Only some (very) random notes in no particular order for this Wednesday Night. The reason being that Diana is  currentl ...
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Global Economy 2014
October 14, 2014  //  3 Comments
38 maps that explain the global economy A New Multilateralism for the 21st Century: the Richard Dimbleby Lecture By Chri ...
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Climate Change and Security
October 13, 2014  //  1 Comment
Mark Carney: most fossil fuel reserves can’t be burned Bank of England governor lends his support to ‘carbon bub ...