Political Analysis: Consequences Of Black Sea Incident For Poroshenko Government

27 November 2018 — South Front

Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront

The sharp but almost bloodless clash between Ukrainian naval forces consisting of two armored gunboats and a tug, and Russian maritime border guards has naturally acquired significance well in excess of the actual magnitude of the incident. It is proving to be a “reality check” showing  the current priorities of each of the interested actors.
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MI6 Scrambling To Stop Trump From Releasing Classified Docs In Russia Probe By Tyler Durden

27 November 2018 — ZeroHedge

The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, otherwise known as MI6, has been scrambling to prevent President Trump from publishing classified materials linked to the Russian election meddling investigation, according to The Telegraph, stating that any disclosure would “undermine intelligence gathering if he releases pages of an FBI application to wiretap one of his former campaign advisers.”

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Russian Su-30 Used Missiles Against Ukainian Navy Ships Near Kerch Strait, Kiev’s Chief of General Staff Says

27 November 2018 — South Front

On November 27th, Ukraine’s state security agency confirmed that its intelligence officers were among the crew of the seized Ukrainian ships.

According to the SBU’s statement the officers were fulfilling counterintelligence operations for the Ukrainian navy, in response to “psychological and physical pressure” by Russian spy services. No details were provided, however it demanded that Russia stop any such activity.

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Israel has injured 24,000 Gaza protesters By Maureen Clare

 25 November 2018 — Electronic Intifada

Palestinians have paid a great price for their call for life with dignity during mass protests held along Gaza’s boundary with Israel over the past eight months.

Some 180 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli occupation forces and nearly 6,000 others injured by live fire during the Great March of Return.

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Strategic Waterways and “The Kerch Strait Incident”: Towards Military Escalation? By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

26 November 2018 — Global Research

On November 25, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) reported that :

“three Ukrainian warships had illegally crossed Russia’s state border in the Black Sea and entered Russia’s territorial waters performing dangerous maneuvers…

All three Ukrainian Navy vessels … were detained in the Black Sea” (TASS, November 25).

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When you want to sanction States, you call them “terrorists” By Thierry Meyssan

27 November 2018 — Voltaire Net

The new unilateral sanctions by the United States against Iran, Russia and Syria add to the previous actions concerning the same three targets. They now form the most unforgiving embargo in History. The way in which they have been organised is illegal according to the definition of the Charter of the United Nations – these are weapons of war, designed for killing.

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Business as Usual: Washington’s Regime Change Strategy in Venezuela By Garry LEECH

25 November 2018 — Strategic Culture Foundation

For those who have been following Venezuela closely in recent years there is a distinct sense of déjà vu regarding US foreign policy towards that South American nation. This is because Washington’s strategy of regime change in Venezuela is almost identical to the approach it has taken in Latin America on numerous occasions since World War Two. This strategy involves applying economic sanctions, extensive support for the opposition, and destabilization measures that create a sufficient degree of human suffering and chaos to justify a military coup or direct US military intervention. Because this strategy has worked so well for the United States for more than half a century, our elected leaders see no reason not to use it regarding Venezuela. In other words, from Washington’s perspective, its regime change policies towards Venezuela constitute business as usual in Latin America.

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Should we focus on autonomous weapons or the human agencies directing them?

25 November 2018 — Drone Warfare

A member of Scientists for Global Responsibility has drawn attention to a report by Peter Burt: Off the Leash: The Development of Autonomous Military Drones in the UK.

In a Guardian article, Jamie Doward points out that though the government insists it “does not possess fully autonomous weapons and has no intention of developing them”, since 2015, the UK has declined to support proposals put forward at the UN to ban them.

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