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- Standoff with west reveals splinters in Putin’s Eurasia project (Jack Farchy, Financial Times) Vladimir Putin reportedly has a vison of a Soviet Union, Version 2.0, which involves an economic union from eastern Europe through central Asia to be a counter block to the EU to the west and China to the east.
In May the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan signed a treaty that brought the Eurasian Economic Union into existence. This was to be the kernel of a new economic empire. But now that Putin is willing to starve Russians by banning food imports in retaliation for economic sanctions by the west, which in turn are in response to Putin’s aggressive actions toward Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan are refusing to go along. They prefer to allow their people to eat rather than sacrifice them to the glory of Putin’s vision. Presidents of both countries are speaking out in opposition to Putin’s machinations and the sanctions games that he is joining. Vlad the Impaler better watch the position of his petard.
- Nasty, brutish and artsy? Neanderthal hashtag engraving found (Sharon Begley, Reuters) New research is “a major contribution to the redefinition of our perception of Neanderthal culture”. Artwork found in a cave in Gibraltar is the first to be clearly identified as made by Neanderthals. A picture has been emerging in recent years of Neanderthals as an advanced intellectual species. Econintersect: Could it be that Neanderthals were a more intelligent and pacifist but widely dispersed humanoid species (compared to homo sapiens) that was overcome by a larger population of aggressive, swift afoot and less intelligent brings? Think about the possibilities if your ego will allow. Read the research paper: A rock engraving made by Neanderthals in Gibraltar (Joaquin Rodriguez-Vidal et al, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America).
- Recent articles about Ferguson:
What’s going on with the fundraising campaigns for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson? (Sarah Larimer, The Washington Post)
- Articles about wars elsewhere in the world:
Support for Hamas rises after Gaza war, poll finds (Associated Press, Fox News)
U.S. military strike in Somalia targeted al Shabaab leader (Abdi Shiekh, Reuters)
U.S. Conducts Counterterrorism Operation in Somalia (Gordon Lubold, Foreign Policy)
Steven Sotloff’s Murder Proves the Islamic State Isn’t Interested in Negotiating — and Never Was (Shane Harris and Kate Brannen, Foreign Policy) Free registration required.
Waging Desperate Campaign, Iraqi Town Held Off Militants (Azam Ahmed, The New York Times)
Obama notifies Congress on new round of Iraq airstrikes (Lesley Clark, McClatchy)
Germany To Arm Kurdish Fighters Battling ISIS In Iraq (Avaneesh Pandey, International Business Times)
Ukraine claims Russian military forces in major rebel cities (Associated Press, Fox News)
Baltic States Fear Putin Amid Escalation in Ukraine (Daniel Arkin, NBC News)
Putin Takes Off the Gloves in Eastern Ukraine (Alec Luhn, Foreign Policy) Free registration required.
NATO plans high-readiness force to counter Russia (John-Thor Dahlburg, Associated Press, Raleigh News Observer)
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