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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

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Why Aren’t Europe and the U.S. Doing More to Support Tunisia’s Transition Into Democracy?

Fears that the historic vote on Sunday in Tunisia might be marred by violence committed by the country’s tiny lunatic fringe were not borne out.

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The Simple Reason Behind Why Europe Can Have Climate Targets and the U.S. Can’t

The European Union climate summit has agreed to cut emissions by 40% by 2030, after hard bargaining by Poland and the U.K. failed to derail an agreement.

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Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

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U.K. Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine in a Symbolic Vote

There are 650 members of the British parliament, so the vote Monday by 271 of them to recognize Palestine is hardly an overwhelming victory for supporters of this position. However, the symbolic impact of the vote is quite large.

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Air Pollution Compounds Effects of Climate Change

Reduced monsoon rainfall and increased river flow are two extremes that new research has linked to man-made impacts on climate caused by air pollution.

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Wind Turbines May Lure Bats Into Fatal Errors

Hi-tech thermal surveillance techniques have enabled U.S. researchers to home in on the likelihood that mistaking wind turbines for trees may be the cause of many bat deaths.

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Europe Provides State Support for Nuclear Power

The controversial decision that Europe will allow state subsidies for nuclear power is likely to face a legal challenge by opponents who believe it will kill off the market for renewable energy.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Sweden Will Recognize the State of Palestine

Sweden will become the first nation in Europe since the Cold War to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

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Catalans Call for November Independence Vote

The leader of Spain’s wealthy northeast region opposed the country’s central government in Madrid on Saturday and formally called for a referendum on independence.

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Putin and Poroshenko Agree on a ‘Cease-Fire Process’ for East Ukraine

The Kremlin stated Wednesday that although Russia “is not party” to the ongoing battles in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “coincided significantly” on ways to “settle the conflict” during a morning phone conversation.

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Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

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Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead.

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Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down

Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

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A Hot War Is Not Inconceivable

The antagonization of the Russian people and the betrayal of Russian leaders by the United States and NATO Europe could have very dangerous consequences.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



European Nations Funding Al-Qaida Through Ransom Payments

Although the governments of several European countries weren’t exactly willing to corroborate this story, The New York Times reported Tuesday that al-Qaida has made a consistent practice of kidnapping European citizens for ransom, and it has paid off very well.

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How Do Israeli Assaults on Palestinians Differ From the Way Gentiles Once Attacked Jews in Europe?

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy argues that recent events have shown that the Jewish state has pity for only the Jews; scientists have found a possible explanation for conservative outrage over women having sex lives; meanwhile, an Ebola outbreak spread in large part due to deforestation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Sarkozy Corruption

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Stephen Colbert to Thomas Piketty: ‘Why Are You Trying to Tear Down the Western Economic System?’

The writer of the best-selling book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” that’s on everybody’s mind these days stopped by “The Colbert Report” on Monday for a reckoning with the faux-conservative host.

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Europe Faces Cereals Crop Crash

Europe’s wheat and barley yields could be heading for a 20 percent drop as a result of temperature rise and an increase in extreme weather.

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Voters Reject Traditional Left Parties in EU Parliament Elections

“The U.S. press and newscasts make it appear that Europeans have voted against poor immigrants and foreigners,” economist Michael Hudson adds to an interview he had done with The Real News Network. “What they voted against [was] the super-rich, the oligarchy.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



Insects Get Light Relief From Warming

As European summers get warmer, research reveals that lighter-colored insects are thriving—while milder winters in the Southern Hemisphere are restricting the growth of some shrubs and trees.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


Protest Vote in Europe

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European Union Vote

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The Practical Choice: Not American Capitalism or ‘Welfare State Socialism’

For years Americans have assumed that our hard-charging capitalism is better than the soft-hearted version found in Canada and Europe.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Swiss Turn Down World’s Highest Minimum Wage

Swiss voters rejected a proposal Sunday to introduce the world’s highest minimum wage, which would have guaranteed every worker in one of the priciest nations at least $25 an hour.

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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Regional Autonomy: The Answer to Ukraine’s Woes

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Anatol Lieven argues that the trend toward militarism in Ukraine is not only extremely dangerous, but pointless.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE



Yearning for an Imagined Past

Wes Anderson’s characteristically whimsical “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” set in a fictitious central European nation succumbing to 1930s fascism, reflects contemporary audiences’ “half-embarrassed, half-guilty wish to know something of the great convulsions of the past,” film critic Stuart Klawans writes in The Nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE



Corporations Weigh Risks, Opportunities of Changing Climate

For business and industry climate change brings a range of concerns—and offers plenty of new opportunities as well.

Posted on Apr 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Wait a Second, Did Venice Just Vote to Secede From Italy?

While the whole world was busy talking about Crimea, something remarkable happened in Venice.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The CodePink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE


Medea Benjamin on Her Egyptian Detention

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Code Pink co-founder tells us why Egypt thinks she’s a threat to national security. Also: Making sense of Ukraine, Uganda bans homosexuality, and the Advocate’s Matthew Breen on AIDS breakthroughs.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Crisis Shows Urgency of Green Energy: Russian Natural Gas Blackmail

Hawks are complaining that Europe has been insufficiently belligerent in its response to Russian moves in Crimea, blaming the declining military budgets in most European countries.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Between a Rock and Russia

Ukraine’s neighbors are forcing the country to play a zero-sum game in which it must choose sides without getting much in return.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



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What Happens Now in Ukraine?

What did Washington expect to gain from a successful coup d’état in Ukraine?

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



Europe’s Flood Risk May Double By 2050

Extreme floods in Europe could happen almost twice as often by 2050 as they do today, scientists say, as much of the continent recovers from the severest winter in several centuries.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



What’s the U.S. Got to Do With White Supremacists in Ukraine?

Neo-Nazis have formed a large part of the protesting population in Ukraine, and the U.S. may be supporting them; somehow the large majority of Wikipedia articles have been written about Western and Southern Europe; meanwhile, has a new NSA leaker emerged? These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Child Euthanasia Law Passes Through Parliament in Belgium

Euthanasia has been legal for adults in Belgium for a dozen years, and now the age limit on the practice is about to be lifted in that country. 

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE


Swiss Immigration Policy

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Western Europe’s Growing Resistance to Immigration

The immigration problem in Europe seems, to me, real but ill-understood. Switzerland is completely untypical, and comparisons with immigration in the United States are totally misleading.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Another Non-Terrorist Non-Muslim Plane Hijacker: The Sochi Plot

The Associated Press article on the Ukrainian hijacker who tried to divert a plane to Sochi on Friday is interesting for the words it does not use.

Posted on Feb 8, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukrainians Rebel Against Russia to Join ‘Europe’

The popular Ukrainian effort to be associated with Western Europe has produced rebellion and spilled into violence.

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