U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at Lancaster House in London, Feb., 2016 (by Dept. of State)
10 Feb 2016

John Kerry Says Syrian Rebels To Be ‘Decimated In Months’

Next Cold War Roundup 2/10/16. Kerry Rebukes Syrian Civil Society Activists at Cocktail Reception Hosted by Prince Charles During Syrian Donors Conference in London. _ Over the weekend, Middle East Eye reported about a sideline conversation between John Kerry and some “aid workers” at a cocktail party reception hosted by

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Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko and Secretary John Kerry (U.S. Department of State)
04 Feb 2016

Ukraine Government In Chaos As Deals With Oligarchs, Neo-Fascists Fray

With the war in the east stalled and the economy crashing, a deal is being revisited in a last minute effort to save the fading government in Kiev.

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Secretary of State John Kerry Admires Lake Geneva, French Alps. January, 2014. (Photo by Dept of State)
01 Feb 2016

Saudi-Backed Opposition Sends Rebel Leader Designated as Terrorist To Geneva

Next Cold War Roundup 2/1/16 Syrian Peace Talks After delays and controversies, the Geneva 3 Syrian peace talks are proceeding, despite many experts’ doubts that they would ever get started or produce any useful results.  The Saudi-backed High Negotiating Committee arrived in Geneva after receiving some assurances from the US

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Sec Def Ash Carter and Fareed Zakaria at Davos, 2016 (DoD)
27 Jan 2016

Syria Peace Talks Delayed by Opposition Groups, Carter Announces More US Troops

Next Cold War Roundup 1/27/16 Syrian Peace Talks Delayed. Opposition Groups Still Undecided on Attendance. _ Syrian “opposition” has three main categories: Sunni groups organized by Saudi Arabia into something called the “High Negotiation Committee” (HNC), Syrian Kurds (YPG) and Syrian political groups. The HNC contains some jihadist groups that

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Flag of Azov Battalion, a paramilitary volunteer unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine (Image in the public domain)
26 Jan 2016

Congress Quietly Kills Ban On Funding Neo-Nazis In Ukraine

U.S. policymakers have been in a precarious position since backing the coup that overthrew Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Though many within President Barack Obama’s administration support a policy of tension with Russia and believe a new Cold War can secure budgets and promote their relevance, the Ukrainians actually

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland, March 2015 (Dept of State)
18 Jan 2016

Battles in Idlib and Aleppo May Trump Peace Talks in Syria

Next Cold War Roundup 1/18/16 Iran Sanctions Lifted, Prisoners Swapped, US Treasury Slapped New Ballistic Program Sanctions "We’ve achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East." —@POTUS #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016   _ #JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) criteria were

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Libyan National Security Adviser Mutassim Gaddafi in 2009 (StateDept)
06 Jan 2016

Emails Show Hillary Clinton Briefed On Crimes Of Libyan Rebels

Next Cold War Roundup 1/8/16 Libya _ Thank goodness someone reads email news dumps slipped in on holidays. In this case it was the excellent investigative journalist, Brad Hoff. The New Year’s Eve release of Hillary Clinton emails now show that she was “getting personally briefed on the battlefield crimes”

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20 May 2015

Ukraine Corruption Problems Remain As US Plans New Propaganda War

Learning from Uncle Sam: to Russia's annoyance, U.S. hones Ukrainian fighting skills. http://t.co/qXN8dALMQq pic.twitter.com/gUSnRVOWm9 — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 19, 2015 A year after a US-backed coup forced out the democratically elected government in Ukraine under the banner of “anti-corruption” the state of affairs in Kiev remains unchanged as

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