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Responses to Kurdish Independence Referendum

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The people of Iraqi Kurdistan voted to secede from Iraq on Monday, despite opposition to the referendum from almost every government in the Middle East. Kurds throughout the region celebrated the victory, and Masoud Barzani, the president of Iraqi Kurdistan, claimed a mandate to negotiate independence with Baghdad (Guardian). The Iraqi government refuses to recognize […]

ICJ Rejects Some Ukrainian Accusations against Russia

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) rejected a Ukrainian request to block Russian support for the rebels in eastern Ukraine on April 19 (AP; Reuters). The case brought forward in March accused the Russian government of breaching the Terrorist Financing Treaty by supporting armed groups in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (BBC). The ICJ […]

Syrian Chemical Attack “Fabricated,” Assad Claims

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On April 13, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad claimed that western countries fabricated reports of a chemical attack to justify a U.S. missile launch on a Syrian airbase (BBC; Guardian). In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Assad stated “there was no order to make any attack” and that government forces gave up their chemical arsenal in […]

Spanish Authorities Arrest Russian Programmer

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Spanish authorities in Barcelona arrested Russian computer programmer Pyotr Levashov, who was wanted by U.S. authorities, Russia’s embassy in Madrid said (UPI). Russian state-controlled news outlet RT reported that Spanish police acted on a U.S. international arrest warrant (The Hill). Within the coming month, Spain’s national criminal court will consider a U.S. extradition request for […]

Emergency UN Meeting after Syrian Chemical Attack

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On April 5, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting to discuss the recent air raid and chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians (Al Jazeera; AP; BBC; Reuters; NYT). Russian UN representatives denied Bashar al-Assad’s involvement and reaffirmed Russian support for the Syrian leader, blaming rebels for the attack (Reuters). Russian Defense Ministry […]

Russia, China Veto U.N. Sanctions against Syrian Leadership

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On Tuesday China and Russia vetoed a U.N. sanction resolution against Syrian leadership (UPI). The U.N. resolution would have levied sanctions on Syrian leadership for using chemical weapons against its own citizens (Washington Post). Russian President Vladimir Putin justified the veto asserting that “it would not help the negotiation process but would only interfere or […]