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  • Foreign Election Observers in U.S. to Increase Tenfold Since 2012

    08/24/2016 2:14:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 24, 2016 | 4:09 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    When Americans went to the polls four years ago, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) deployed 44 observers, a quarter of whom came from countries deemed by a leading democracy watchdog to be “not free” or “partly free.” This year, the OSCE plans to send more than ten times that number — and some civil rights groups in the U.S. say even that won’t be enough. Following a “needs assessment” visit earlier this year, the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) decided to send 100 long-term and 400 short-term observers to monitor the November...
  • OSCE chief monitor: Decision on Donbas should have backing of all 57 OSCE members

    05/15/2016 10:43:22 AM PDT · by · 2 replies
    Ukraine Today ^ | 20:16 May. 13, 2016
    OSCE says it currently has no precedent for an armed mission Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug says that a decision on the possible deployment of an armed OSCE mission in Donbas, Ukraine's east, should have the backing of all 57 OSCE participating states during the OSCE Permanent Council. "The SMM is an unarmed monitoring mission. We are not a party to this conflict. We do not take sides. We do in fact have the political backing of all 57 OSCE participating states, representing every conceivable position and view in relation to this conflict. Our only objective is to bring...
  • Militants continue to violate Minsk agreement in eastern Ukraine[MANY PRAYER REQUESTS LAST 10 MINS]

    05/15/2016 9:28:32 AM PDT · by · 26 replies
    ukraine today ^ | May. 15, 2016
    Further attacks against Ukrainian forces near Avdiivka, Maryinka, Luhanske Russian-backed militants continue intensive shelling of Ukrainian army positions near the town of Avdiivka in Donetsk regions, reports the press centre of Anti-Terrorist Operation. "The illegal military groups do not stop their shelling of Ukrainian troops in the combat zone. Today we recorded eight cases of enemy's violating the ceasefire," the press centre said. Read also More Ukrainian servicemen wounded in Donbas The most aggressive militant attacks were observed in the direction of Donetsk, including the city suburbs. The Russian-backed militants used small arms, grenade launchers, heavy-calibre machine guns, and 82mm-calibre...
  • Remarks at OSCE Ministerial Meeting...John Kerry

    12/04/2015 4:58:31 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | December 3, 2015 | Secretary of State John Kerry
    John Kerry Secretary of State Kombank Arena Belgrade, Serbia December 3, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY: Well, thank you very much, Mr. Chairman, Mr. Secretary-General, colleagues, all. Before I address the priorities of the OSCE, let me just, first of all, say thank you to Sergey for his condolences to the American people regarding the events, and I want to express my personal condolences to the families of the victims of yesterday’s shooting in San Bernardino, California..... [....] And my friends, all you have to do is listen to that list and you understand that a year ago President Obama said we...
  • Putin Sends His Dirty War Forces to Syria

    09/10/2015 4:34:17 AM PDT · by bd476 · 70 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 10, 2015 | WRITTEN BY Michael Weiss and Ben Nimmo; Shane Harris
    The Kremlin isn’t sending just any troops to prop up the Assad regime. It’s dispatching units that spearheaded Russia’s slow-rolling invasion of Ukraine.Reuters confirmed Wednesday what The Daily Beast first reported last week—not only have Russian troops been deployed to Syria but they are indeed taking part in active combat operations, although against which of the manifold enemies of the Assad regime remains unclear.U.S. government sources told the news agency that two tank landing ships, aircraft and naval infantry forces have arrived in Syria in the past 24 hours, with the largest buildup occurring in Latakia, the northwest coastal province...
  • Fresh Fighting Follows Failed Cease-Fire In Southeast Ukraine [VIDEO]

    04/23/2015 11:59:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL ^ | 21 April 2015 | Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty RFE/RL
    A fragile cease-fire monitored by the OSCE in the southeastern Ukrainian village of Shyrokyne collapsed after just three days of quiet. Correspondent Zinaida Burskaya of RFE/RL’s Current Time TV was with volunteer fighters of the Ukrainian Azov Battalion as renewed fighting broke out on April 18.
  • Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debate (Uranium, Kazakhstan, mining, profit, RATS, greed)

    01/31/2008 9:38:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies · 483+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 2/01/08 | Alex Spillius
    Bill Clinton back at centre of ethics debateBy Alex Spillius Last Updated: 3:02am GMT 01/02/2008 Bill Clinton used his influence with the president of Kazakhstan to help a business friend gain a lucrative uranium mining deal, it has been claimed. Bill Clinton: influence The report in the New York Times will raise concerns about possible conflicts of interest that the former president could face if he returns to the White House as "first gentleman" and raised the spectre of the financial scandals that dogged the Clintons in the White House. Mr Clinton has already began cutting his links to Ron...
  • OSCE official suggests finding fine line between free speech, countering Russian propaganda

    03/18/2015 3:07:23 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | March 18, 2015, 9:36 a.m. | Kyiv Post; Oleg Sukhov
    The Ukrainian government needs to find a “fine line” that would allow it to both protect free speech and fight Kremlin propaganda, a top official of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe said in an interview with the Kyiv Post. There has been a debate in Ukraine on whether pro-Kremlin media, which are inciting Russia’s war against Ukraine and fabricating lies, should be banned. While some argue that they are a threat to national security, others condemn such measures as an attack on free speech. “The Ukrainian government needs to find a very fine line with the help...
  • OSCE Representative calls for all killings and attacks on journalists to be investigated

    09/03/2014 6:53:40 AM PDT · by DTA · 26 replies
    OSCE ^ | 2014-09-03 | OSCE
    OSCE Representative appalled by death of Russian photographer in eastern Ukraine, calls for all killings and attacks on journalists to be investigated VIENNA, 3 September 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović said today she was appalled to learn about the death of Russian photographer Andrei Stenin, and she urged the Ukrainian authorities to investigate the circumstances of his death. Stenin, a photographer with the state-run Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency, was reported missing on 5 August while covering the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine (see His remains were just recently discovered near Snizhne, in...
  • Ukraine says Russian envoy's role shows Kremlin in charge of separatists

    05/03/2014 12:08:30 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 9:23 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    While Moscow hails him for being an efficient mediator, Kyiv insists that Lukin sent the order to militiamen in Sloviansk from their Russian bosses. Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) released a transcript of an intercepted telephone conversation between Lukin and Igor Strelkov, head of the pro-Russian self-defense of Sloviansk. According to the SBU, Strelkov’s real name is Igor Girkin, a Russian national and colonel of Russian Military Intelligence. “I’m in Donetsk right now, in good company… You do sort of have a general idea about the task that I’ve been given, don’t you?” Lukin said. “Yes, I know, I’ve been warned…...
  • Death toll in Odessa rises to 46 people, 144 detained; OSCE observers free

    05/03/2014 3:42:36 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 16 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 1:29 p.m. | Kyiv Post
    SBU: Russia behind kidnapping of OSCE military observers (VIDEO) Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) released a video that implicates Russia in the kidnapping of eight military observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The video allegedly shows telephone conversations between Russian Military Intelligence Colonel Igor Girkin – who allegedly leads the separatist movement in eastern Ukraine – and Vladimir Lukin, special representative of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials in Moscow have constantly denied involvement in the pro-Russian separatist movement in eastern Ukraine. However, the conversation recordings show Girkin and Lukin coordinating their actions while discussing a pending OSCE...
  • Ukraine crisis: Capture of German observers prompts tougher talk from Berlin

    05/02/2014 2:58:37 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 28 Apr 2014 | Justin Huggler
    The spectacle of German army officers being held prisoner and paraded before television cameras in eastern Ukraine could provoke a hardening of the German response to the ongoing crisis. Angela Merkel's government has reacted furiously after pro-Russian rebels showed off captured observers from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for the cameras, calling it an act of "hostage-taking" and a "revolting spectacle", and demanding their immediate release.
  • Pentagon says Hagel told that Russia won’t invade

    04/28/2014 6:12:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:48 PM EDT
    The Pentagon says Russia’s defense chief has assured Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that Russia will not invade Ukraine. […] Hagel also asked for Russia’s help in gaining the release of seven inspectors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who are being held in eastern Ukraine by pro-Russian separatists. …
  • Ukraine, a developing story

    04/26/2014 3:53:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies ^ | 25 Apr 2014 10:36 AM | OSCE
    2/4 All members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and OSCE/ODIHR election observers are safe and accounted for 10:36 AM - 25 Apr 2014
  • International observation mission held hostage in Sloviansk

    04/25/2014 12:38:16 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | April 25, 2014, 10:08 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    Eight members of a military monitoring mission were captured on April 25 and are held hostage in the city of Sloviansk by pro-Russian separatist forces, OSCE said on Friday. The monitors were traveling by bus from Kramatorsk to Sloviansk in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine's interior ministry said. “Communication with military observers in Donetsk lost,” OSCE said in its Twitter microblog. “The military verification team – led by Germans, and composed of eight members, (including) four Germans, one Czech, one Danish, one Polish and one Swedish.”
  • New attacks on media in eastern Ukraine, warns OSCE representative

    04/25/2014 11:50:28 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    .VIENNA, 24 April 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatovic today warned about the continuing attacks on journalists and deterioration of media freedom environment in eastern Ukraine with new incidents involving media representatives. According to the latest media reports: ■Nikolai Ryabchenko, a journalist contributing to many local and international media outlets, was attacked today by unidentified people and his equipment was damaged while covering an attack on the city council in Mariupol; ■Stepan Chirich, a journalist with Russian NTV channel and citizen of Belarus, disappeared today in Dnepropetrovsk oblast. His whereabouts are unknown, but there have...
  • OSCE media freedom representative concerned by disappearance of journalists in eastern Ukraine

    04/25/2014 11:23:35 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    .VIENNA, 25 April 2014 – OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Dunja Mijatović today expressed concern about the disappearance in Donetsk of Julia Shustraya and Mikhail Pudovkin, a journalist and a cameraman with LifeNews. According to media reports Shustraya and Pudovkin were apprehended by an armed group. Their current whereabouts are unknown. “I am very concerned by repeated attacks and disappearances of journalists. Journalists must be allowed to report freely and their safety ensured by all those in charge,” said Mijatović. In a letter sent today to Minister of Interior Arsen Avakov, Mijatović expressed concern and requested information on...
  • Breaking: Canada and Estonia Call For Emergency OSCE Meeting

    04/16/2014 2:27:22 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 5 replies
    Interpreter Live Blog ^ | 4-16-2014 | The Interpreter
    Chapter 3 of the Vienna Document is designed to reduce risk of international conflicts through "exchanging information on defense policy, force planning, budgets, procurements, and calendars." In other words, OSCE members now believe that the movement and position of Russian troops in eastern Europe constitutes an unusual situation, and one of which the international community has not been properly informed.
  • UKRAINE: Pro-Russian activists tried to get rid of the OSCE observation

    04/02/2014 6:59:12 PM PDT · by · 1 replies
    Channel TVi ^ | April 2 , 22:30
    Representatives of the OSCE tried to drive away in Kharkiv. Dozens of pro-Russian activists demanded that the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe did not intervene in the situation in Ukraine. Protesters called for even begin work. Required the guests to leave Ukraine because they, in their opinion, biased . We recall that yesterday came to Kharkov observers. ***OSCE observers, headed by the Chairman of the monitoring mission in Ukraine Ambassador Adam Koberatsky arrived in Kharkov. The members of the mission will conduct monitoring of the social and political developments in the region and ways...
  • Merkel: Crimea grab ‘against international law’

    03/18/2014 8:45:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 84 replies ^ | 18 Mar 2014 15:35 GMT+01:00 | (AFP)
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that Russia’s absorption of Ukraine’s Crimea region after a secession referendum and declaration of independence there violated international law. […] Merkel stressed that international organizations including the United Nations, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe shared that view. …