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Lloyds Dismisses Eight Staff Over Libor

quoting Lee Ohanianvia BBC News
Monday, September 29, 2014

The move follows the bank's £218m fine in July for "serious misconduct" over the setting of Libor.

Moscow, Russia
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Russian-language Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Interview on the Legality of US Military Intervention Against ISIS

mentioning Michael S. Bernstamvia Washington Post
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Below is the audio of a recent Russian language interview I did with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty on the legality of US military intervention against ISIS. The program also includes commentary by foreign policy experts Mikhail Bernstam of the Hoover Institution, Anna Barshefsky, and Daniel Goure. I know we have some readers who understand Russian; the audio may be of interest to you.

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Michael McFaul on the Lars Larson Show

interview with Michael McFaulvia Lars Larson Show
Friday, September 26, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses the tensions in US-Russia relations on the Lars Larson Show.

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Ukraine Is More of An Existential Threat Than ISIS, Because It Could Destroy NATO

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It is rare for a head of state, especially one fighting a hot war against, using Mitt Romney’s phrase, “America’s number one geopolitical enemy,” to be invited to address a joint session of Congress.

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A Victory for Democracy in Scotland

quoting Niall Fergusonvia New York Times
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GLASGOW — George Washington is said to have cherished a wood snuff box from a tree that hid William Wallace from the English during the wars of independence, which eventually ended in victory for the Scots at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

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Germany Exports Massive Amounts of Arms, Hypocrisy

by Josef Joffevia Reuters
Monday, September 22, 2014

Who is the world’s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia? Surprise. It is Germany, a country bound by law to supply only allies and peaceable folks like (neutral) Switzerland or Sweden. Off limits are “areas of tension” — bad neighborhoods that actually need the stuff.

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Greece is a Good Insurance Policy for the West

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, September 21, 2014

PYLOS, Greece – Marble statues are nothing new in Greece. Recently uncovered in the northern Greek town of Amphipolis are a couple of elaborately sculpted, fully hair-braided caryatids standing at the entryway to an elaborate Alexander the Great-era tomb.

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Scotland’s No Echoes Europe’s Yes to Grand Coalitions

by Niall Fergusonvia Financial Times
Sunday, September 21, 2014

The union is saved. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, has resigned. All the ink spilled on the benefits and costs of an independent Scotland can be consigned to counterfactual history. The only pressing question is the significance – and consequences – of the No vote.

The Palace of Westminster, London, serves as the Parliament chamber
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Let’s Not Fear the F-word or the C-word: We Should Move to a Federal Britain in a Confederal Europe

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, September 21, 2014

It’s a pity that FKB sounds like one of Vladimir Putin’s secret services, because the Federal Kingdom of Britain is what the British now need. Otherwise, the United Kingdom will become an Untied Kingdom.

David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
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Scottish Independence: Strong Democracy, Weak Government

quoting Larry Diamondvia Forbes
Friday, September 19, 2014

Scottish voters have spoken: They want to remain part of the United Kingdom. British Prime Minister David Cameron gambled and won, but barely, and after offering last-minute economic and political concessions. Cameron came close to losing because he underestimated the power of democracy and overestimated the power of his government.