Monthly Archives: May 2018

USA | The Worst Disaster of Trump’s Presidency May Have Already Happened

New figures suggest the death toll in Puerto Rico was worse than Hurricane Katrina—or 9/11

Malaysia | No conclusive evidence Russia behind MH17 downing: Malaysia transport minister

There is no conclusive evidence to confirm that Russia was responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Malaysian transport minister Anthony Loke said on Wednesday (May 30).

Investigators probing the 2014 downing of flight MH17 said last Thursday for the first time that the missile which brought down the plane over eastern Ukraine originated from a Russian military brigade. All 298 people onboard died.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia on Wednesday, Mr Loke said: “There is no conclusive evidence to point at Russia under the JIT (Joint Investigative Team) evidence.”

Israel | Dramatic understandings between Israel and Russia

Israel to maintain freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in all of Syria in historic series of agreements.

Mordechai Sones
Channel 2 News reports that dramatic understandings were reached between Israel and Russia in which the Assad army would return to southern Syria on its border with Israel, Russia will undertake that there will be no Iranian or Hizbullah presence in this area, and Israel will maintain freedom of action against Iranian consolidation in Syria.

Political analyst Dana Weiss last night reported on recent contacts between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin, after Israeli and Russian security coordination reached a peak last Friday when the Russian Defense Minister called Defense Minister Liberman and invited him to Moscow next week.

Senior political figures say in this framework understandings were reached according to the following outline:

1) The Assad army is returning to control southern Syria on the border with Israel;

Ukraine | Pregnant activist from Crimea arrested on suspicion of high treason

On April 23 at the border with Crimea Ukrainian border guards detained a Crimean woman Elena Odnovol on suspicion of high treason. Elena Nikolaevna Odnovol (32 years) lives in the Crimean city of Saki and had been pregnant at the moment of her detention.

That day, Elena and her husband went to Ukraine to visit relatives, but she was detained while passing border control. Andrei Odnovol, Elena’s husband, was with his wife at the time of detention, but Ukrainian law enforcers had no complaints against him and he was released.

Ukraine | Neo-Nazi Sternenko, defended by Odessa governor, kills alleged assailant

Translator’s note: Sergei Sternenko, former head of the Odessa branch of the Right Sector fascist movement, killed one man and wounded another in an altercation on May 24, in what appears to be infighting among the city’s far-right ultra-nationalist groups.