The 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council was held on 6-7 May in Rovaniemi, Finland, and we are still in the fall-out zone after U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, went nuclear. The U.S. used the meeting to stoke sentiments on the lawlessness of the Arctic and called out China and Russia’s aggressive agendas. Pompeo moreover urged Arctic states to “adapt to this new future” whilst delivering his speech, leaving Arctic experts unsure whether to laugh or cry. In a speech littered with factual inaccuracies and a brash delivery, even Canada found itself in Pompeo’s crosshairs. Referred to by Pompeo as an ongoing feud, he noted Canada’s faulty "illegitimate" claim over the North-West Passage (NWP) as some kind of an internal waterway and how this is at odds with Washington’s view that it is an international waterway. The U.S. spoke in condescending terms of the Arctic Council, stating it has "had the luxury of … [Read more...] about The U.S., Not Russia Is the New Spoiler in the Arctic
A group of Republican and Democratic U.S. senators introduced legislation on Tuesday seeking sanctions targeting the Nord Stream 2, a planned gas pipeline from Russia to Germany under fire from the United States and some European Union countries. The bill introduced by Republican Senators Ted Cruz, John Barrasso and Tom Cotton and Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, seeks to impose travel and financial sanctions on companies and individuals involved in constructing the pipeline. The legislation reflects continued U.S. concerns over Russian influence in Europe, but the measure is many steps from becoming law. It would need to pass both the Senate and House of Representatives and be signed by President Donald Trump to go into effect. The Nord Stream 2 project is led by the Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom, with funding from Germany's Uniper and BASF unit Wintershall, Anglo-Dutch firm Shell, Austria's OMV and France's Engie. Opponents of the 11-billion-euro ($12 billion) … [Read more...] about U.S. Senators Introduce Bill Targeting Russia-Germany Pipeline
The U.S. State Department on Wednesday ordered the departure of “non-emergency government employees” from Iraq, the U.S. embassy in Baghdad said in a statement, reports Trend citing to Reuters Referring to the embassy and the U.S. consulate in Erbil, it said “normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq.” The statement recommended those affected “depart by commercial transportation as soon as possible”. Follow Trend on Telegram. Only most interesting and important news … [Read more...] about Washington orders some U.S. government employees to leave Iraq
The prosecutor general claims the ambassador was "too subjective in dividing people into friends and foes." Photo from UNIAN Yuriy Lutsenko, the Ukrainian Prosecutor General, believes that U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, during her term in office, was biased in assessing the work of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies. "Unfortunately, it so happened that the U.S. ambassador, now ex-ambassador [media reports say Yovanovitch will be recalled in May] did not always report objective information about the situation in our country, in particular, regarding law enforcement," Lutsenko told a Kyiv briefing Tuesday, Ukrayiniska Pravda reports. He said, "the ambassador was too subjective in dividing people into friends and foes." In particular, she allegedly had the embassy's "favorites," who were always right, and also "bad" people. According to the PGO chief, among the embassy's favorites were MP Serhiy Leshchenko and National Anti-corruption Bureau Director Artem … [Read more...] about U.S. Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Ukraine reports biased: Lutsenko
U.S. News & World Report released its third annual list of the best and worst states in America this week, based off of, "thousands of data points to measure how well states are performing for their citizens," according to the rankings. And the winners and losers of 2019 may catch some by surprise. Washington state takes the No. 1 spot, followed by New Hampshire and Minnesota taking home the bronze. The states achieved their high rankings by doing well in eight categories: Health care, education, a state's economy, infrastructure, the opportunity the state affords its residents, the fiscal stability of state government, crime and corrections and natural environment.Some categories of measurement were given more "weight" in the rankings, based on a survey of what matters the most to citizens, according to the site. Health care and education were weighted the highest, followed by state economies, infrastructure and the opportunity states offer their citizens. Other states, … [Read more...] about These are the best — and worst — states in the U.S.