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Net Neutrality on the Line

The net neutrality discussion has recently been reinvigorated on the national level. That’s great news for organizations that have been pushing for that exact course of action here in the U.S., but how does it affect the conversation on a global level?

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Is an Official Independence Referendum for Catalonia ‘Inevitable’?

Over a third of Catalonia’s electorate voted in an “informal independence consultation” Sunday, prompting a Guardian editor to predict that it’s just a matter of time before the region is granted an official referendum to vote on its independence from Spain.

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Catalonia to Vote

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EU Plans Power Supergrid to Boost Renewables

The European Union, nervous about Russia cutting off gas supplies and keen to cut emissions by developing renewable energy sources, aims to link all its 28 member states to one electricity grid.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

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Europe Faces Crunch Decision on Climate Policy

As European leaders meet to take a final decision on a new climate and energy policy up to 2030, there is keen interest worldwide to see if Europe opts to take a bold lead in tackling climate change.

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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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Will the Republic of Ireland Follow in Sweden’s Footsteps and Recognize Palestine?

After Sweden recognized Palestine, the Irish government began considering doing so.

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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.

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Vladimir Putin Immortalized in Herculean Fan Art

Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly knows his best angles and how to play to the camera, and he’s staged many spectacles that stretch the outer limits of credulity in a series of memorable photo-ops since the global spotlight was first trained on him.

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Obama Calls Russia’s Activity in Ukraine a ‘Brazen Assault’

Speaking in Estonia two days before huddling with NATO officials in Wales to discuss the simmering conflict with Russia over Ukraine, Barack Obama characterized the crisis as a “moment of testing” for NATO.

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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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Europe’s Warming Raises Tropical Disease Risk

As greenhouse gases raise temperatures in Europe, British researchers warn that the risk of the arrival of mosquito-borne diseases that kill many thousands of people every year in tropical regions is increasing.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

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Politicians Ignore People’s Power Pleas

Consumers worldwide increasingly want renewable energy sources to provide their electricity, yet many governments are ignoring them by continuing to exploit fossil fuels.

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A ‘Green Light to Kill, Destroy and Pulverize Gaza’

The silence of the European Union, including especially Germany, whose Chancellor Angela Merkel declared support for Israel’s right “to defend itself,” constitutes a collaboration with Israel’s “journey of destruction and death, waged against the Palestinian people in Gaza,” journalist Amira Hass writes in Haaretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper.

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Climate Change Damages Europe’s Forests

New research shows that forest ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to rapid changes in the climate and have been suffering intensified disturbance in Europe for decades.

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Russian Troops Build Up at Ukrainian Border

The beefed-up presence of Russian forces on the Russia-Ukraine border in recent days has gotten the attention of NATO officials, who have counted some 20,000 troops in “battle-ready formations,” the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

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President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

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Europe Faces Deadly Cost for Climate Inaction

A study by the European Commission spells out the probable cost to the continent of failing to act to reduce the impacts of climate change.

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Sarkozy Corruption

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EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

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Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


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



Is There Still Hope for the European Union?

Far-right, Eurosceptic political parties won significant victories in the recent European parliament elections, but does this spell the end of the EU?

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Protest Vote in Europe

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European Union Vote

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Poroshenko: The Chocolate King Poised to Lead Ukraine

He has chocolate factories galore, is a self-made billionaire and has been both cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary.

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Europe Says Google Has to Delete Embarrassing Data

The European Union’s highest court issued a tough verdict Tuesday that could be a boon to privacy, but a loss to free access to information—and the business model of companies such as Google and Facebook.

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Merkel and Obama

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Russia Assures U.S. It Won’t Invade Ukraine

The United States and Europe hit Russia with fresh sanctions for failing to stop soaring tensions in Ukraine, where a pro-Moscow mayor was shot and badly wounded and rebels seized another town.

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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.

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Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Cooling Off in Ukraine, Warming Up for the GOP

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the surprise agreement among the U.S., Russia and the EU. Does it mean anything? Scheer says yes, and that those hoping for a new Cold War won’t get one.

Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Bankers Win Both Ways: Now They Can Take Both Taxpayer and Depositor Money

On March 20, European Union officials reached a historic deal to save failing banks by tapping both taxpayer and depositor funds. It may be illegal under EU Parliament, but is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of eurozone banks is exposed.

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Causes Controversy With ‘Wipe Out Russians’ Leak

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was plunged into fresh controversy Tuesday after Russian television broadcast a tape where she is heard urging the “wiping out” of Russians over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

Posted on Mar 25, 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



West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis

President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

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Crimea Votes to Join Russia

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to join former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation, the epicenter of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Backs Interim Ukraine PM, Rebukes Putin

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk arrived at the White House on Wednesday to accept President Barack Obama’s personal stamp of approval for the government in Kiev.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



Sizing Up Putin’s Plans in Ukraine

As certain Western news outlets get completely exercised about the possibility of a Cold War redux, less flashy but more measured voices, such as that of Russian analyst Ruslan Pukhov, offer some important points to consider about what Russian President Vladimir Putin is up to in Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Russia Can’t Take the West Seriously Anymore, but Why Should It?

Let’s face it, the West has been sold to the highest bidder and Putin has no reason to fear us.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Warns of ‘Costs’ of Military Intervention in Ukraine; Putin Requests Approval to Send Troops

President Obama appeared on television Friday to discourage any world power considering military intervention in Ukraine, specifically Russia that had been rumored to have soldiers in Crimea. Hours later, Russian President Vladimir Putin gained the approval of his country’s parliament to deploy troops.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE


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