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Ukraine: Bodies moved from MH17 crash site to rail cars

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, July 21, 2014 at 7:00am
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The remains of nearly 200 passengers from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 have been removed from the wreckage and placed in refrigerated rail cars in a rebel-controlled area of eastern Ukraine.

From ABC News:

It may be some time before the bodies of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 are...

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Saturday Night Links (Gaza, Malaysia Air and more)

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 6:40pm
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Some links from across the web for your Saturday evening reading.

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Did surface-to-air missile bring down Malaysian passenger Jet in Ukraine?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 12:41pm
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A flurry of media reports are reporting that a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet has been shot down over Ukrainian airspace. The Boeing 777 carried 295 people and was “at altitude” (30,000 feet) according to the Interfax agency. All on board are said to have perished, according to Ukrainian sources.

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Using old school typewriters will not protect you from snooping

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:08pm
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How expansive is electronic espionage?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly does not have a computer in his office, does not use email and does not have a private phone. I read a while ago that he even uses hand signals in some situations, although I can’t find the link now.

There’s...

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While you were focused elsewhere, Ukraine-Russia confrontation just heated up

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:10pm
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This seems like a broken record, but the last 24 hours have turned the standoff in Eastern Ukraine from a “ceasefire” to a hot war that doesn’t appear to be cooling down soon.

On Friday, June 20, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko announced a unilateral one-week cease-fire by his government as a way...

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More regions of Ukraine to go to Russia?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:21pm
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Tensions continued to escalate in eastern Ukraine Monday on the heels of protests over the weekend in which pro-Russia protesters seized government buildings in several cities.

From CNN:

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Monday of trying to “dismember” his country, warning that uprisings in three cities echoed the events leading to the...

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Snowden’s double-edged sword

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:49am
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Edward Snowden is the hero of those seeking to protect privacy of Americans.

He’s also certainly the hero of the Russian and Chinese military and intelligence services, who don’t exactly speak on camera.

The New York Times and Spiegel revealed, based on Snowden leaks, how the NSA managed to penetrate a Chinese computer equipment...

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Romney: Ukraine paying price of Obama-Hillary Russia reset naïveté

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:19pm
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On CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday morning, host Bob Schieffer spoke with guest Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, about the situation in Ukraine and President Obama’s response to it.  Romney was highly critical of Obama’s handling of Russia’s actions in particular, noting “the president’s naiveté with...

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Welcome to the Crimean Soviet Socialist, I mean Russian, Republic

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:55am
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Via Reuters:

President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials….

In a Kremlin ceremony shown live on state television, Putin signed a law on ratification of a treaty...

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Obama-Putin an abusive relationship

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:31pm
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Face it, Obama has structured key portions of U.S. foreign policy on Vlad Putin playing nice.

Iran nukes? Check.
Syria chemical weapons and civil war? Check.
Egypt shifting allegiances? Check.
Nuclear arms treaty compliance? Check.
Central and Eastern Europe territorial integrity? Check.

On what key issues does Putin need Obama?

Yeah, now Vlad is threatening to leave the...

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Krauthammer: Obama’s Sanctions on Russia a Joke

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00am

In response to the ongoing foreign policy crisis in Crimea, President Obama has imposed sanctions on eleven individuals from Russia and Ukraine. Reuters reported…

Obama imposes sanctions on 11 Russians, Ukrainians over Crimea

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday slapped sanctions on two top aides to President Vladimir Putin and nine other people...

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Ukraine updates: Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:07pm
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With ongoing developments on the crisis in Ukraine, here are some news updates from Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draft treaty making Crimea part of Russia.

From CNN, Ukraine cries ‘robbery’ as Russia annexes Crimea:

Never mind what the West thinks — the Kremlin says Ukraine’s Crimea region is now part...

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Why did our intelligence fail to foresee Putin’s Ukraine moves?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Why was our intelligence community caught so flat-footed about Putin’s intentions in Ukraine? That’s a question being asked on Capitol Hill, and in Politico.

One possible answer to the query is, “No, it wasn’t.” That one was given by James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz, who both...

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Showdown with Putin: who’s afraid of Obama?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00pm
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NOTE: for previous coverage of the situation in Ukraine/Crimea, you can follow this live coverage post.

Putin is no doubt quaking in his boots at this warning issued by President Obama:

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said in a...

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