New survey of Ukrainians shows high support for end to civil war, low support for political leaders in Kyiv

Seventy eight per cent of respondents want Kyiv to negotiate an end to its civil war in the east of the country. Only 12 per cent want a continuation of war.

Survey published by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, October 5, 2015. Original press release and survey results published here in Ukrainian. The following is a slightly-edited Google translation.

The US and Russia Are Fighting a Cold War on Two Fronts

The United States and Russia are today engaged in a proxy war on two fronts: Ukraine and Syria. On October 1, Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen appeared on The Thom Hartman Program to discuss the obstacles preventing a potential coalition between the US and Russia to fight ISIS.

U.S. Kurdish allies welcome Russian airstrikes in Syria

“We will fight alongside whoever fights Daesh,” Salih Muslim, co-president of the Democratic Union Party, the Kurdish political party whose militia, the People’s Protection Units, or YPG, have closely coordinated its operations with the United States, told the online magazine Al Monitor in an interview. Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS and ISIL.

European Leaders Take Up Ukraine Issues as Russia Hits Syria

PARIS — The fragile cease-fire in Ukraine brought the leaders of Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France together in Paris on Friday for a summit meeting meant to strengthen it, in a meeting that was overshadowed by events in the Middle East.

Assad gives backing to Russian airstrikes on Syrian militant groups

Russian airstrikes on territories controlled by rebels fighting against the Syrian government have been given the public backing of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

Assad said in an interview broadcast on Iranian television that the attacks must succeed or the whole region could be destroyed. He said the Russian campaign has the potential to do so because it is backed by Iran and has international support, if not from western countries.

Syria crisis: Let’s welcome Russia’s entry into this war

Russia’s military intervention in Syria, although further internationalising the conflict, does however present opportunities, as well as complications. There are no simple solutions to this terrible war which has destroyed Syria. Out of a population of 22 million, four million Syrians are refugees abroad and seven million have been displaced inside the country.

Russian Military Intervention in Syria

Western governments and mass media are putting out reports that Russia’s first air sorties in Homs and Hama in Syria “are not targeting ISIS” and that this demonstrates that Putin has no intention of fighting jihadists but has intervened in Syria to prop up the Basar Assad regime.

They deliberately are not telling you several things.


The danger of extreme nationalists in Ukraine has gradually been getting more serious attention in the western press, with words like “extreme right,” “neo-Nazi” and “skinhead” belatedly replacing euphemistic labels for the most radical political and paramilitary organizations. But it took the brutal killing of three unquestionably patriotic Ukrainian National Guardsmen during protests outside of the Verkhovna Rada to create some kind of consensus about the scale of their threat.

Worst is over for Russia economy: CFO

Russia’s recent economic turbulence, weakened ruble and high inflation could be coming to an end, according to the chief financial officer of the country’s leading telecoms business.

Alexey Kornya, chief financial officer of Russian telecoms giant MTS, told CNBC Monday that “in terms of inflation and ruble devaluation, the worst has already passed,” he said.

Orwell at the UN: Obama re-defines democracy as a country that supports U.S. policy

In his Orwellian September 28, 2015 speech to the United Nations, President Obama said that if democracy had existed in Syria, there never would have been a revolt against Assad. By that, he meant ISIL. Where there is democracy, he said, there is no violence or revolution.

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