Archive for July 10th, 2016

10/07/2016

NATO ‘Speaks of Defense, Prepares Offensive’, Says Gorbachev

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10 July 2016 (RT)* – Despite NATO assurances that it seeks deterrence and dialogue with Russia, the alliance seems to be preparing to escalate conflict, says Mikhail Gorbachev, the man praised for ending the Cold War after the alliance convened at a summit in Warsaw.
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**Mikhail Gorbachev during the German premiere of his book “All in good time. My Life” at the Berliner Ensemble. |  Author: SpreeTom | Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. 

“The rhetoric in Warsaw screams of an intention to practically declare war on Russia. They only talk about defense, but in fact they are preparing an offensive,” the former Soviet leader told Interfax.

Gorbachev, who played a key part in deescalating tensions between the Soviet Union and the West in the 1980s and eventually withdrew soviet troops from eastern Europe, was commenting on the two-day NATO summit in the Polish capital.

Ironically, the city once lent its name to NATO’s communist counterpart, the Warsaw Pact, but has now seen leaders of the US-led alliance negotiating increased pressure on Russia.

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10/07/2016

Thousands Fleeing Violent Clashes in Central African Republic

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8 July 2016 – The United Nations refugee agency today said that more than six thousand people from the Central African Republic (CAR) have fled into Chad and Cameroon to escape renewed tension and violent clashes since mid-June.

UNHCR and partners register new refugees arriving from Central African Republic (CAR) in the Chadian village of Mini, one of the three locations near the borders hosting new arrivals since 12 June 2016. Photo: UNHCR/Victorien Ndakass

10/07/2016

300,000 People Trapped in War-Torn Aleppo, Syria

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8 July 2016 – The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has expressed serious concern for the estimated 300,000 people trapped in eastern Aleppo City, due to heavy clashes along the Castello road, the only road in and out of that part of the city.

A girl stands barefoot on a muddy walkway between rows of tent shelters, in the Bab Al Salame camp for internally displaced persons, near the border with Turkey, in Aleppo Governorate, Syria. Photo: UNICEF

“Heavy fighting over the past few days has continued to put civilians at risk of death and injury while effectively cutting off humanitarian’s access to people in need of assistance,” a UN spokesperson told reporters today in New York.

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10/07/2016

‘Internationalism’ Is Out, ‘Nationalism’ Is Back

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ROME, 9 July 2016 (IPS) – A sign of the time is that Germany is raising a revolt against the President of the European Commission, Jeam-Claude Juncker, whom Chancellor Angela Merkel imposed in 2014 after a strong fight with David Cameron, then a powerful British PM.

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**Angela Merkel | Author: European People’s Party | Source: Angela Merkel | Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. | Wikimedia Commons

The group of Visograd, formed by Poland, Hungary, Slovaquia and the Czech Republic, which resurged from ashes, to become an anti Brussels voice, has requested to bring back the Commission under the authority of the States.

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