Clinton Calls Eurasian Integration An Effort To "Re-Sovietize"
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described efforts to promote greater economic integration in Eurasia as "a move to re-Sovietize the region." Clinton made the comments while talking to lawyers and civil society advocates who came to attend an international conference in Dublin.
UN Climate Conference Extends Kyoto Protocol To 2020
Delegates from almost 200 countries have extended until 2020 the Kyoto Protocol for fighting climate change. The document, adopted in 1997, was due to expire by the end of the year.
Russian Diplomats Denounce US Visa, Banking Bans for Corrupt Officials
The U.S. Senate voted 92-4 Thursday to impose visa and banking bans on Russian officials suspected of involvement in human rights violations. Immediately after the Senate approved the American bill, known as the "Magnitsky Act," Russia’s Foreign Ministry immediately blasted the legislation and the vote as "theater of the absurd."
Egypt -- Constitution-Making by "We, the Majority"
Egypt’s constitution-making process has seemingly attained warp speed. Facing the threat of judicial dissolution, members of the Egyptian Constituent Assembly voted last Thursday to accept a draft of a new constitution. President Mohamed Morsi has called for an "almost immediate referendum" in which a majority is likely to approve the document. Is this extralegal process the final vindication of the people’s will?
Is Europe’s Last Dictator Planning A Return To Serfdom?
Despite a five-year modernization program, Belarus's wood-processing industry just can't hang onto its skilled workers. Promises of higher wages and more attractive working conditions aren't doing the trick as workers continue to seek more lucrative employment in neighboring Russia. So President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has come up with a different idea: forced labor.
Two-Thirds Of Countries Perceived To Be "Highly Corrupt"
The anticorruption group Transparency International (TI) says high levels of bribery, abuse of power, and secret dealings continue to "ravage" societies around the world, despite a growing public outcry over corrupt governments. The annual Corruption Perceptions Index, published on December 5 by the Berlin-based group, shows that two-thirds of 176 countries are perceived by citizens to be highly corrupt.
Holocaust Memorial Day Marked In Washington Dc
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak was welcomed to the Pentagon Thursday for a commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day. "Today we pause to remember and honor 6 million souls who were murdered not because of anything they had done, but because of who they were," Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during the ceremony, which was the first of its kind to be held at the Pentagon.
Year In Review: Highlights In Science And Technology
The most intriguing breakthrough in the world of science this past year may have taken place in a 27-kilometer-long tunnel deep below the border of Switzerland and France. That's where researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) say they moved one possible step closer to solving one of the universe's greatest mysteries.
Is Putin Showing Weakness in Face of Opposition Movement?
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin switches campaign managers in the middle of an election campaign. Is his position as solid as he would like the world to think? The prime minister was talking tough, telling a nationwide TV audience that the parliamentary elections are over, and it’s time to move on.
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