America’s Place in the World – Pew Research Center

“The latest edition of the Pew Research Center’s quadrennial survey (http://pewrsr.ch/ICEEDU) finds that for the first time in nearly 40 years a majority of the American public says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago. This short video looks at this and other findings from the survey.”

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TOW Missiles Supplied to Syrian Rebels

This video shows Syrian rebels utilizing TOW missiles against forces loyal to President Assad.

“Still, the U.S. plan calls for both small arms and more powerful weapons such as TOW missiles, which can penetrate tanks and other armored vehicles. Rebel forces were pictured last week with some of the first TOW missiles, and sources say that the effort will expand throughout the next year. It’s uncertain if the U.S. is sending the TOW missiles through Saudi Arabia, which is also supporting the rebels.” (NPR).

For more information see:

Bulos, Nabih. “Video shows Syrian rebels may have U.S.-made antitank missiles.” LA Times. April 24, 2014. http://www.latimes.com/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-syria-tank-tow-missiles-20140424,0,6489256.story#ixzz30PoEXTbp

FAS. “TOW.” https://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/tow.htm

NPR. “CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say.”April 23, 2014. http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/23/306233248/cia-is-quietly-ramping-up-aid-to-syrian-rebels-sources-say

Sly, Liz. “Syrian rebels who received first U.S. missiles of war see shipment as ‘an important first step’.” Washington Post. April 27, 2014. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/syrian-rebels-who-received-first-us-missiles-of-war-see-shipment-as-an-important-first-step/2014/04/27/61ec84d8-0f53-4c9f-bf0a-c3395819c540_story.html

New National Poll: Ukrainians Oppose Russia and Want to Join the EU

“The vast majority of Ukrainians don’t support Russian intervention in Ukraine and think Ukraine should remain a united, unitary state with strong ties to the EU. These were the results of a recent survey conducted in Ukraine by the public opinion and market research company Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute (IRI). Despite Russia’s claims to the contrary, almost two-thirds of Russian-speaking citizens and eastern Ukrainians don’t want Russian “protection”. More than half of Russian speakers strongly approve the interim government. According to IRI polling, there is a striking difference between the true opinions of Ukrainians and how they are being portrayed by Russian propaganda.”

Euromaidan PR

Kyiv, April 30, 2014

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The vast majority of Ukrainians don’t support Russian intervention in Ukraine and think Ukraine should remain a united, unitary state with strong ties to the EU. These were the results of a recent survey conducted in Ukraine by the public opinion and market research company Baltic Surveys/The Gallup Organization on behalf of the International Republican Institute (IRI). Despite Russia’s claims to the contrary, almost two-thirds of Russian-speaking citizens and eastern Ukrainians don’t want Russian “protection”. More than half of Russian speakers strongly approve the interim government. According to IRI polling, there is a striking difference between the true opinions of Ukrainians and how they are being portrayed by Russian propaganda.

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Al-Qaeda Still a ‘Serious Threat,’ State Department Says

“Autonomous affiliates throughout the Middle East and North Africa have become increasingly aggressive and are financially independent from the core al-Qaeda leadership.”

TIME

Al-Qaeda and its affiliates still present a “serious threat” to the U.S. despite losses among its core leadership in Pakistan, the State Department said in its annual report on global terrorism.

The report said the al-Qaeda terrorist threat “has evolved” and is now dispersed across the Middle East and North Africa, where some operationally autonomous affiliates are growing increasingly aggressive and taking advantage of instability in the region. The groups are also increasingly financially autonomous from the core al-Qaeda leadership, raising their own funds through illegal operations like kidnapping for ransom and credit card fraud.

According to the State Department, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is primarily active in Yemen, “continues to pose the most significant threat to the United States and U.S. citizens” among al-Qaeda affiliates. The leader of the group, which carried out roughly 100 attacks in Yemen last year and has attempted multiple attacks…

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Special tactical exercises have been planned in Kyiv for the night of April 30 to May 1, 2014

“Special tactical exercises have been planned in Kyiv for the night of April 30 to May 1 Columns of military equipment will move in city as part of the exercise.”

Euromaidan PR

Special tactical exercises have been planned in Kyiv for the night of April 30 to May 1 Columns of military equipment will move in city as part of the exercise. Please be informed that the deployment of personnel and equipment will start in the city center, said the press service of Kyiv City State Administration.

As previously reported, Acting President Oleksander Turchynov said the Armed Forces of Ukraine are on full combat alert in response to the threat of a Russian attack.

Ukraine has started forming territorial defense units

Earlier today, Turchynov ordered the creation of territorial defense units (battalions) in every region of Ukraine.

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Violence, Strife Persist As Iraq Holds Elections

“Sunni insurgents have claimed responsibility for a new series of deadly attacks apparently designed to discourage voting as Iraq holds its first parliamentary elections since U.S. troops pulled out of the country in 2011.”

TIME

Sunni insurgents have claimed responsibility for a new series of deadly attacks apparently designed to discourage voting as Iraq holds its first parliamentary elections since U.S. troops pulled out of the country in 2011.

These violent anti-voting attacks have killed at least 160 people over the last week, the BBC reports. Sunni insurgents blame corruption, high unemployment and a rise in sectarian violence on Shi’ite party leader and current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Maliki’s alliance of Shi’ites are expected to win a majority in the election despite the violence.

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