Is Vladimir Putin Covering Up the Deaths of Russian Soldiers in Ukraine?

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Democracy is Contagious

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What message does civil unrest in Hong Kong
send to the rest of China?
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UK: Passports could be seized to fight terrorism

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British police officers stand guard outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron is expected on Monday to expand powers to combat terrorism in hopes of preventing attacks by Islamist militants returning from terror training in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday proposed new laws that would give police the power to seize the passports of Britons suspected of having traveled abroad to fight with terrorist groups.

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As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter

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Resident of Tabqa city touring the streets on a motorcycle waves Islamist flag in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa cityBy Isabel Coles and Peter Apps BAQIRTA Iraq/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – (This story has been refiled to fix a typo in the third paragraph, "involving", to make it "evolving") After their lightning takeover in June, flag-waving Islamic State militants paraded through the captured Iraqi city of Mosul in looted U.S.-built Humvees, armored cars and pickup trucks mounted with heavy machine guns.     Today, many have ditched military-type vehicles that could make them easy targets of U.S. It is unclear how the Islamic State’s tactics will further change as a result of the reclaiming of the strategic Mosul Dam by Iraqi government and Kurdish forces or Sunday’s dramatic retaking of Amerli, where thousands had been cut off from food and water, but clearly battlefield strategies are evolving on both sides.

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Libya militias ‘seize ministries’

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Libya’s militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed.
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Anti-government protesters storm state TV headquarters in Pakistan – Los Angeles Times

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Anti-government protesters storm state TV headquarters in Pakistan
Los Angeles Times
Pakistani protesters armed with rocks and wooden clubs run toward police during clashes Monday near the prime minister's residence in Islamabad. Pakistani protesters armed with rocks and wooden clubs run toward police during clashes Monday near the …
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Hill intelligence leaders urge Obama to form ISIS strategy ahead of NATO summit – Fox News

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Hill intelligence leaders urge Obama to form ISIS strategy ahead of NATO summit
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The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees criticized President Obama on Sunday for failing to decide yet on whether to hit Islamic State targets in Syria and urged him ahead of this week's key NATO summit to take decisive action before the …
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Latino Workers And The Future of Labor – NBCNews.com

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Latino Workers And The Future of Labor
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As the nation celebrates Labor Day, Latino officials and labor leaders state Hispanics increasingly represent the workforce of the future – as well as the future of the labor movement. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez believes that the best way to honor …
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Labor Day Holiday; Also September 1, 75 Years On From 1939, So I Leave You with Auden

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Today is the Labor Day holiday in the USA, so I won’t be blogging. But it is also September 1, 2014, the 75th anniversary of the day in 1939 when Europe dissolved into the greatest war in history.  Ironically the anniversary comes less than a month after the 100th anniversary of the lamps going out all over Europe for the first time, and as I felt then, there are clear resonances for our own day and particularly the region my readers and I are concerned with.  (And if the Middle East seems to be descending into hell, it’s worth remembering it happened twice in Europe in the past century.)

I could pontificate, but it’s a holiday, and I could never match what Auden said at the time for relevance and power:

September 1, 1939
W. H. Auden, 1907 – 1973

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger and fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism’s face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman and each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the conservative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
“I will be true to the wife,
I’ll concentrate more on my work,”
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the deaf,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.
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Comment on Chechens Now Fighting On Both Sides In Ukraine by Q

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Chechens are working on three sides–on the side of IS also. This is why it is so risky to send serious weapon system to the area.

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