Instead of the planned G8 summit in Sochi in June, there will be a G7 meeting in Brussels.
The economic sanctions crowd is depressed because Europe depends on Russia for a great deal of its energy in the form of oil and natural gas: the Germans would stand to lose billions if they got on board with the sanctions and the loss of jobs would be significant. The sanctioneers will probably have to be content with mostly symbolic actions, such as a Western boycott of the Sochi G-8 summit and/or kicking Russia out of the G-8 entirely.
US President Barack Obama today begins a four-day trip to Europe, beginning in The Hague, Holland. On the sidelines of a pre-scheduled Nuclear Security Summit there, Obama has convened a meeting on Ukraine involving the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan—the G8 minus Russia.
Soro's and Legarde's IMF vs Putin's Russia - The Ukraine Coup and the War for the World ~ link
In a press conference in Kuala Lumpur earlier on Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak cited new satellite information indicating the ill-fated plane had flown "to a remote location, far from any possible landing sites."
Flight MH370 - A little bit of prestidigitation ~ link ~ Good One! Stirling
The Saga Ends…Or Does It?
Europe is failing to tackle drug-resistant TB ~ link ~
Every day, almost 1,000 people across the 53 countries of the World Health Organization's (WHO) European region fall sick with TB, and multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) TB pose a serious risk to the goal of eliminating it by 2050, the experts underlined.
Data from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO's regional office showed that drug-resistant TB strains affect at least 76,000 people in the region. But more than half are not properly diagnosed and only one in every three patients is successfully treated.
Egypt Kangaroo Court sentences 529 Morsi supporters to Death ~ link ~ Real freedom of expression ... NOT. Stirling
The Egyptian court has just handed down one of the most grotesque sentences in Egyptian history, condemning 529 people to death in one fell swoop. The US State Department said it was "shocked" and that the verdict defies logic. “While appeals are possible, it simply does not seem possible that a fair review of evidence and testimony consistent with international standards could be accomplished with over 529 defendants after a two-day trial,” a State Department official said. Amnesty International issued a condemnation, and CODEPINK has launched a campaign to pressure the Egyptian government to overturn the verdict and respect political dissent.
The court sentenced supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi for their alleged role in the murder of a single police officer in the southern city of Minya last August. In addition to the murder, the 529 defendants were accused of attempting to kill two other police officers and attacking a police station. The incident occurred after the military overthrew President Morsi in July 2013 and violently broke up two pro-Morsi encampments in Cairo, leaving nearly 1,000 people dead and arresting some 16,000 people, including most of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership.
Does the Talmud teach Bestiality, Pedophilia and Incest? ~ link ~ The Talmud does NOT come from God!!! Stirling
Britons rate Russia more positively than they do the European Union poll shows ~ link ~ Britons see Russia in a more positive light than the European Union, despite recent tensions with Moscow over Ukraine, according to a poll published on Saturday.
Voters in Britain are also equally divided about whether to remain in the 28-member bloc, a subject on which Prime Minister David Cameron has promised a referendum in 2017.