Stronger NATO: Ukraine’s Take 2016/8/25 12:12:48

“Unfortunately, all of these events that are happening right now in Europe are undermining the strength of the European Union.  It’s up to European Union nations to demonstrate solidarity and unity with each other and to try to get out of these challenges they are facing – including the migration waves, the terrorist attacks, and the Brexit vote. They must see their future in concert with each other and come up with clear goals and procedures for overcoming those challenges together,” says Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Ukraine’s vice prime minister.

 

Vladimir Putin has accomplished a number of the goals he had in mind when he sent the Russian Air Force into Syria in the aid of one of the world’s most despotic dictator’s, Bashar al-Assad. It seems likely that he has gained control of an air base in Syria so long as Assad remains in power. He has also forced himself back onto the world stage in a fashion unparalleled since Soviet times. However, the war he precipitated may be a juggling act costing more than he bargained for.

 

Attorney Jim Slattery poses for a photograph in his office in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016. For more than three years, lobbyist Slattery worked in Washington to secure the release in Ukraine of the imprisoned political rival of the country’s then-president. Slattery said he at that time did not know that President Viktor Yanukovych was illegally paying Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s recently resigned presidential campaign to secretly develop opposition to his efforts to free Tymoshenko. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

 

Photo: Jim Slattery

Researchers at the University of São Paulo's Public Health School (FSP-USP) have discovered that guarana (Paullinia cupana) beats green tea hands down, at least as far as catechins are concerned: the seeds of the tropical shrub, used in fizzy drinks that are among the most popular in Brazil, as well as in over-the-counter supplements, contain more than ten times the amount of catechins found in green tea. (ex AAAS) 

CELEBRATING UKRAINE'S 25th INDEPENDENCE DAY,

AUGUST 24, 2016

“These cells travelled across the body to the brain or other organs but were undetectable at the micro level. When they become detectable, it is too late for treatment.”

 

Photo: Superficial spreading melanoma arising from a dysplastic nevus / Wikipedia commons

Announcing the original ban, IPC president Sir Philip Craven described Russia's anti-doping system as "broken, corrupted and entirely compromised", saying it put "medals over morals".

 

As conditions have become more difficult, people in these countries have been “less demanding of themselves than even was the case in Soviet times.” When the issue is cast in terms of “who is guilty?” people respond “Putin! Or Poroshenko and Groysman or Tymoshenko or Klitschko.”  But they never think that they might be.

 

 

The court denied Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash’s appeal against extradition to the United States on charges he allegedly paid an $18.5 million bribe on a titanium mining deal (file photo)

In today’s Daily Vertical, RFE/RL’s Brian Whitmore suggests that a dangerous Putin is about to become an even more powerful autocrat, now that he has successfully brought all of the most powerful security structures into a combined National Guard under his personal control.

 

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