Mexico’s Drug War

Great video by the Council on Foreign Relations:

Alejandro Hope, a former Mexican intelligence officer stated in this video that the violence “has changed the national conversation in Mexico, and it has changed the way Mexicans think of their country.”

CFR. “Mexico’s Drug War.” Youtube. February 11, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfRAVONRyZ4

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Delayed invasion/May Gambit – Thoughts from Kyiv on 22 March 2014

Critical infrastructure in Eastern Ukraine.

Euromaidan PR

Mychailo Wynnyckyj PhD, March 23, 2014 

Source: Martin Nunn & Martin Folley “Why Does Putin Want Crimea Anyway?”  http://euobserver.com/opinion/123496

Is an invasion of eastern Ukraine by Russian troops imminent? This seems to be the question on everyone’s mind tonight. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper alluded to such a possibility during his press conference with Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk in Kyiv today. Yesterday, the US Embassy in Kyiv issued an updated travel warning: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine and to defer all travel to the Crimean Peninsula and eastern regions of Kharkiv, Donetsk and Lugansk due to the presence of Russian military forces in the Crimean Peninsula, and in Russia near the Ukrainian border.”

 

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‘Very Sizable’ Russian Force on Ukrainian Border, NATO Chief Warns

“Russian forces are positioned to make a run into the Moldovan region of Transdniestria.”

TIME

Russian military exercises on Ukraine’s eastern border have Western powers concerned over what Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move could be, NATO’s top military official said Sunday.

“The [Russian] force that is at the Ukranian border now to the east is very, very sizable and very, very ready,” said U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, in a speech at the German Marshall Fund think tank. More than a week ago Russia began military exercises near the Ukrainian border involving 8,500 artillery men, Reuters reports.

Breedlove called it “very worrisome” that Russian forces are positioned to make a run into the Moldovan region of Transdniestria, a Russian-speaking separatist region that shares a border with southwestern Ukraine. The speaker of Transdniestria’s separatist parliament has urged Putin to incorporate the region into the Russian Federation, as Moscow did with Crimea, formerly in Ukraine, last week. Transdniestria attempted…

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Donetsk Oblast collects only 36% of its expenses in taxes

“The most subsidized and unprofitable oblasts for the budget are Donetsk, Luhansk, and Crimea.” – The eastern oblasts drain funds from Kiev.

Euromaidan PR

Oligarch Rinat Akhmetov Oligarch Rinat Akhmetov

Donetsk Oblast collects only 36% of its expenses in taxes

A very interesting figure was cited at a meeting between a group of journalists and Verkhovna Rada chairman [Oleskandr] Turchynov yesterday [March 22]. Authorities conducted an audit of all benefits and budget subsidies in all regions of Ukraine.

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VIDEO VOICES of the Revolution: KOZAK SYSTEM – “Brother for Brother” (new video)

Polish-Ukrainian solidarity through music

Voices of Ukraine

03.21.2014

The song “Brother for Brother” by Kozak System is an unusual combination of forces of Polish-Ukrainian music in solidarity with the fight for freedom and democracy in Ukrainian society. This protest song is a joint effort of Kozak System (Ukraine), Enej and Darek Maleo Malejonka, artists with a strong position in music.

Directed by – Matthew Winkiel
Photos – Luke Łazarczyk, Simon Mrozowski, Martin Pabiniak
Editing – Michael Berensztajn
Implementation and Production – Mania Studio
Pyrotechnics: Artur Sobieraj (www.pirotechnik.com)
In the video uses archive footage courtesy of TV hromadske.tv.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBW85LFx_fw]

Song “Brother for Brother” by the band KOZAK SYSTEM, together with Polish bands ENEJ and Maleo Reggae Rockers
music. KOZAK SYSTEM
Ukrainian. Text Alexander Polozhynsky
Polish text – Enej and Maleo Reggae Rockers

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CSIS on the U.S. Army of the Future

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) produced two conference videos on the Army of the future:

1. “Delivering a Ready, Modern Army for the Future, Featuring U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno.”

“This is a tough time” – cut budgets, cut personnel, and the greatest demands of leadership…

CSIS. “Delivering a Ready, Modern Army for the Future, Featuring U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno.” Youtube. March 13, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dhbkcrOVgk

2. “Discussion on the 2014 QDR and FY15 Defense Budget.”

RISK MANAGEMENT: “How far do you thin that [risk]?”

CSIS. “Discussion on the 2014 QDR and FY15 Defense Budget.” Youtube. March 11, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBRraizuPoQ

 

Ukraine’s Lessons for Democratization: Three Things to Know

CFR video on the Ukrainian Revolution:

1. Good and Democratic Governance

2. Strong Civil Society

3. International Support

CFR. “Ukraine’s Lessons for Democratization: Three Things to Know .” Youtube. March 20, 2014. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dTSP0-XUcc&list=UUL_A4jkwvKuMyToAPy3FQKQ