More than 100,000 demonstrators chased away police to rally in the center of Ukraine’s capital on Sunday, defying a government ban on protests on Independence Square, in the biggest show of anger over the president’s refusal to sign an agreement with the European Union. Thousands of demonstrators tried to storm the nearby presidential administration building, but were driven back by riot police using tear gas and flash grenades, which produce a loud bang but are not intended to cause injury.
Something to watch. A new crop of anti-government protests has grown in Ukraine after their highly controversial EU/Russia decision.
12:49 // 4 months ago
In the years-long campaign to tie a web of sanctions around Iran and stall its nuclear program, the European Union may just have met its biggest obstacle: its own law courts.
Fearing Tehran is seeking the means to make bombs, Europe’s governments have been combing through Iran’s political elites and businesses to find people and companies linked to the financing and technical aspects of its nuclear work.
They have frozen their assets, refused visas and banned companies in the European Union from doing business with them. But dozens of those targeted have challenged the restrictions in court and some are beginning to win, embarrassing Europe’s policymakers and causing alarm in the United States.
While any ruling by an EU court would obviously not effect US policy, many government officials fear that a weakening/removal of the myriad sanctions levied by our European allies would render any/all other sanctions ineffective in the long the run. Many are also concerned that an immediate removal of the sanctions could greatly increase the risk of war between Israel and Iran, who remain staunchly opposed on the matter of the acceptability of Iranian nuclear programs.
17:14 // 9 months ago
NSA scandal spreads with new allegations of Central, South American intelligence gathering
- June The Guardian claimed to have information, provided by accused NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, which confirmed the agency had bugged European Union buildings in several countries. Germany also admitted to swapping some of its own intelligence on fellow EU nations with the United States on occassion.
- July Brazil’s O Globo newspaper claims to have obtained new documents from Snowden which prove the United States has also been spying on several Latin American countries, including Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Like the monitored EU members, many of the nations allegedly being watched are considered public allies of the United States. source
(Source: Washington Post)
14:46 // 9 months ago