Update (June 3, 14 hours UT)
With security heightened throughout the country, elections in Syria are proceeding normally.
The country has largely been pacified following the retreat of terrorist opposition forces from Homs in early May.
2 June 2014 — RT the TruthSeaker
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Star Wars tested for Eastern Europe; US space weapons “unofficial declaration of war”; “soft assassinations” planned for last weekend’s EU election winners.
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31 May 2014 — WSWS
The United States has dispatched an amphibious assault ship with some 1,000 Marines and a number of helicopters to coastal waters off Libya, raising the possibility of a direct US military intervention in a country devastated by the Washington-led war that overthrew Col. Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
16 May 2014 — Youtube
The recent development of the Ukrainian crisis has unveiled a series of long-neglected problems that today emerge dramatically. The complex current scenario and the difficulties in recomposing the crisis at diplomatic level show the inadequacy of EU and North American foreign policies and international relations with Russia and the former Soviet Union bloc. The possible scenarios leading to a resolution of the crisis have significant consequences at social, economic, political, energy and geostrategic levels, also considering the role played by China as a newly consolidated world power.
26 May 2014 — Global Research
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said recently that his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping earlier this week in Shanghai marked a new stage in Russia-China relations, and that the two countries will roll out all-around cooperation. China and Russia signed a $400 billion (237.1 billion pounds) gas supply deal on Wednesday, securing the world’s top energy user a major source of cleaner fuel and opening up a new market for Moscow as it risks losing European customers over the Ukraine crisis. Furthermore, the two countries began joint military exercises in the East China Sea in a clear show of strength against Japan, a western ally.
7 May 2014 — RT
The IMF has approved a $17 billion loan to Ukraine. The first $3,2 billion tranche has been received today.It’s essential to identify the conditions attached to this Mafia-style “loan.” Nothing remotely similar to reviving the Ukrainian economy is in play. The scheme is inextricably linked to the IMF’s notorious, one-size-fits-all “structural adjustment” policy, known to hundreds of millions from Latin America and Southeast Asia to Southern Europe.
7 May 2014 — New Eastern Outlook
Syrian forces have edged closer to restoring order across the pivotal Syrian city of Homs in recent weeks, in tandem with other major gains being made across the rest of Syria. Encircled and depleted terrorist forces appear demoralized and have even begun turning on one another as attempts by their foreign sponsors to regain the initiative have failed utterly in both diplomatic and strategic terms. Continue reading this...
1 May 2014 — In Defence of Marxism
In a rare moment of candour, yesterday, Ukraine’s acting President Turchynov admitted that his forces were “helpless” to quell the unrest in Eastern Ukraine, as the pro-Russian insurgency is on the rise. Furthermore he admitted that the Ukrainian security forces were not reliable and “some of these units either aid or co-operate with terrorist groups.” Now the goal would be to prevent the pro-Russian insurgency from spreading in the Kharkiv and Odessa regions. This amounts to a declaration of defeat.
1 May 2014 — The Guardian Comment
The attempt to lever Kiev into the western camp by ousting an elected leader made conflict certain. It could be a threat to us all
‘The reality is that after two decades of Nato expansion, this crisis was triggered by the west’s attempt to pull Ukraine decisively into its orbit … ‘
30 April 2014 — 4th Media
Captured Soldiers Not OSCE Observers as Claimed: Germany and Russia Held Talks
The eight captured men in the Ukrainian city Slaviansk are not OSCE observers, affirmed OSCE official Claus Neukirch. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier spoke with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Monday, to discuss Moscow’s possibilities to intervene on behalf of the 4 German, 1 Danish, 1 Polish, 1 Czech and 1 Swedish soldiers who were arrested in civilian clothing, in a vehicle displaying the OSCE name. The men are being accused of espionage. Continue reading this...
30 April 2014 — Asia Times
Yet the sanctions game will persist (like it did with Cuba, Iraq, Iran). The White House is already concocting more of the same. No adults in Europe will follow. Even poodles are able to sniff that the Obama administration does not even qualify to play Game of Thrones on PlayStation 3.
30 April 2014 — Voltaire Network
The Ukrainian crisis has not radically changed the international situation but it has precipitated ongoing developments. Western propaganda, which has never been stronger, especially hides the reality of Western decline to the populations of NATO, but has no further effect on political reality. Inexorably, Russia and China, assisted by the other BRICS, occupy their rightful place in international relations.