What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela

Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela
The Venezuelan opposition has launched a coup against itself, not against the government. Two strains of the opposition movement are vying for dominance over each other, though they both share the same overarching strategy.

Venezuela Coup? Gunfire, Clashes as 3 Dead in Violent Caracas Protest

Resisting the surveillance state of mind
We must not let the NSA’s snooping define a new era in which privacy is a relic

Surveillance revelations: Angela Merkel proposes European network to beat NSA and GCHQ spying
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has announced plans to set up a European communications network as part of a broad counter-espionage offensive designed to curb mass surveillance conducted by the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ.

Zarif’s ‘passivity’ on Israel and Holocaust ire Iranian lawmakers
Seventy parliamentarians question foreign minister’s ‘passivity about the issue of the illegitimate Israeli regime and the Holocaust.’

Stephen Hawking: Syria’s war must end

Chomsky: “US and Israel Don’t Want To Overthrow Assad!” Video
Israel will be pretty happy to see Syrians kill each other.

Kerry: Assad supporters must press regime to end obstruction
Secretary of state John Kerry has responded to the breakdown of Syria peace talks in Geneva on Saturday, calling on “the regime’s supporters” in the international community to press the government of Bashar al-Assad, as “in the end, they will bear responsibility if the regime continues with its intransigence in the talks and its brutal tactics on the ground.”

U.S., Syria play blame game over Geneva peace talks
Syrian and American officials traded blame Sunday for the failure of last week’s round of Geneva II peace talks, which sought an end to a three-year conflict that has claimed more than 140,000 lives, according to the latest estimates by pro-opposition activists.

Hezbollah vows victory against extremists in Syria

Hezbollah says will quit Syria if Arabs stop meddling

Civilians are dying. Campaigners are being kidnapped. The world cannot turn a blind eye to America’s drone attacks in Pakistan
Why was Karim Khan prevented from speaking out against drone warfare?

Pakistani Taliban Expected to Announce Ceasefire on Monday
Group Executes 23 Captured Paramilitaries

The new US-Russia Cold War
Meet the new (cold) war, same as the old (cold) war. Same same, but different. One day, it’s the myriad implications of Washington’s “pivoting” to Asia – as in the containment of China. The next day, it’s the perennial attempt to box Russia in. Never a dull moment in the New Great Game in Eurasia.

The Geopolitics of Ukraine’s Schism
Ukraine has been suffering a profound internal schism for some time now, one that is threatening to become one of those ugly civil wars that are occurring in more and more countries. The boundaries of present-day Ukraine include an east-west cleavage that is linguistic, religious, economic, and cultural, each side being close to 50% of the total.

Ukraine protesters and police pull back in contest over president

Ukraine political crisis defused as protesters accept amnesty
Anti-government protesters who have disrupted traffic and official functions in major Ukrainian cities for nearly three months vacated Kiev City Hall and other key state buildings Sunday, defusing the worst crisis to beset the deeply divided former Soviet republic in a decade.

After Yugoslavia, Ukraine?
Public opinion in Western Europe is wrong to regard the Ukrainian crisis as a showdown between Westerners and Russians. In reality, Washington’s goal is not to push the country into the arms of the European Union, but to deprive Russia of its historical partners. To do this, the United States is prepared to ignite a new civil war on the continent.

UK residents asked to disclose assets in Cayman
UK residents with financial assets in Cayman are being asked to disclose undeclared income to Britain’s revenue office. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to a number of account holders, informing them that they have until September 2016 to declare their details and pay any tax owed to the HMRC, as well as a fine between 10 and 20 percent.

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