Canada to extend military training mission in Ukraine

Canada will announce as expected on Monday that it is extending a 200-strong military training mission in Ukraine, a source directly familiar with the matter said on Sunday. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland More »

The House of Lords needs ‘total reform’ according to the person writing Corbyn’s constitutional policy

by Chris Jarvis The House of Lords has long been a feature of British politics. But the person responsible for developing Labour’s constitutional policy has called for it to be scrapped. ‘Total More »

No breakthrough but US, Taliban hail progress in Doha talks

After 16 days of discussions, US and Taliban negotiators have wrapped up their longest round of talks yet hailing progress on some key issues – but without producing a major breakthrough. More »

Kiev regime continues to harass opposition journalists

On March 5, the SBU officers searched the apartment of the Kiev-based journalist Vladimir Skachko. Skachko is known for his publications, which are oppositional to the current Ukrainian government, notes “Strana” web-site. More »

Pence Asked Merkel to Provoke Russia by Sending Warships to Crimea

by Patrick Donahue and Jennifer Jacobs The U.S. leaned on German Chancellor Angela Merkel last month to conduct a naval maneuver in Russia’s backyard aimed at provoking President Vladimir Putin, according to More »

 

Venezuela | Venezuela: Massive Blackout, US Unconventional Warfare?

GREG WILPERT: Venezuela experienced its most extensive power outage in its history, beginning last Thursday around 5pm. The power outage affected about 70 percent of the country and initially lasted at least 20 hours in the capital of Caracas. Other parts of Venezuela, such as the states near Colombia’s border, Tachira and Merida, the power outage has continued for four days now. The main reason for the outage was that the Guri Dam, which generates about 80 percent of Venezuela’s electricity, went down. The exact reasons the dam’s generators went offline is not clear, but the government of President Maduro said it was the result of a cyberattack on the dam’s control systems. Monday evening President Maduro explained the attack as follows.

Guatemalan military officers jailed for war crimes may get amnesty

by Elisabeth Malkin

Emma Theissen Álvarez says she will never forget the faces of the three men who came to her Guatemala City house that day in 1981 looking for her daughter, a student leader who had escaped from her military captors. When they did not find their target, they grabbed her 14-year-old son, Marco Antonio, instead.

Canada | OECD concerned with allegations Trudeau interfered in SNC-Lavalin case

The international economic group that oversees a global anti-bribery convention is monitoring the allegations that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau interfered in a criminal prosecution against SNC-Lavalin.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development working group on bribery said in a statement Monday that it is “concerned” by accusations that Trudeau and staff in his office tried to get former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to let the Quebec engineering giant negotiate a remediation agreement rather than pursue the firm on criminal charges of bribery and fraud.

Ukraine | UN: an atmosphere of intimidation has been created in Ukraine

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued special review of human rights in Ukraine “Civic space and fundamental freedoms ahead of the presidential,  parliamentary and local elections in Ukraine in 2019-2020”. We reprint its most essential part here. Notes and paragraphs are given as they were numbered in the report.

Algeria on the brink of revolution

by Sungur Savran

The stakes are rising in Algeria. The mass movement is gaining a level of confidence from which it is very difficult for any kind of regime to turn people back from. On 8th March, coinciding with the International Working Women’s Day, the third round of the demonstrations against the regime represented by Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the moribund president of the republic of Algeria trying to run for a fifth time in the upcoming elections, succeeded to put up a spectacular show of force: most sources talk about hundreds of thousands in the capital city of Algiers alone and millions around the country. One Algerian newspaper (Le Matin d’Algérie) affirms, on the basis, allegedly, of revelations from security forces, that the number of people who demonstrated across the country at large reached the gigantic figure of 15 million.