News Alert No.105: Update of Russia’s Military Doctrine

Vladimir Putin

On December 26, 2014, was adopted an updated version of the Russian military doctrine.  According to the updated military doctrine, the prevention of a nuclear war or any other type of conflict is core to Russia’s defense policy. “The prevention of a nuclear military conflict, as well as any other military conflict, constitutes the basis for Russia’s defense policy,” the doctrine reads according to Sputnik […]

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News Alert No.104: Some causes and risks in Russian economy crisis

russia economy

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on December 25, 2014 at a government meeting in Moscow that “the difficulties that we have run into carry not only an outside factor. They are not solely tied to some sorts of limitations of sanctions or limitations tied with the objective international environment, they are tied to our not working out defects that have accumulated over the years.” He […]

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News Alert No.103: Brazil assumes rotating presidency of MERCOSUR

Brazil assumed on December 17 the rotating presidency of MEROSUR for the next six months, following the sequence established in alphabetical order beginning with Argentina[1]. The event took place at the official opening of the MERCOSUR 47th summit in Paraná, in the Argentinian province of Entre Ríos, where Argentina’s president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner transfered […]

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News Alert No.102: New Islamic State attack in the Anbar province

Islamic State fighters stormed and captured a town in Iraq’s western Anbar province on Saturday [December 13], killing at least 19 policemen and trapping others inside their headquarters, in the latest attack in the desert region where it controls large amounts of territory”, Reuters reports on December 13. The same open source reports that “Islamic […]

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News Alert No.101: Vital U.S. allies are strongly criticizing the CIA for brutally interrogating terrorist detainees after September 11, 2001

CIA interrogation, CIA techniques

Several vitally important allies of the United States severely criticized the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for using brutal interrogation techniques (usually called torture) against terrorist detainees, CNN reports on December 12. British Prime Minister David Cameron strongly condemned torture while in Turkey, saying: “Torture is wrong. Torture is always wrong. Those of us want […]

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News Alert No.100: Russia military exercise at the Ukraine border

 “Conspicuous military drills in the south of the country, not far from the Ukraine border,” on December 5, 2014 , Reuters reports. “Russian officials say the exercises are design to allow their pilots to practice their skills on new fighter jets and bombers.”[1] On December 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking after a meeting […]

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News Alert No.99: Turkey and Russia – growing interdependence

“Russia’s offer of a centre stage role in its revised gas export plans to Turkey, after President Putin killed off the South Stream pipeline to southeast Europe, has been greeted with more muted applause in Ankara than Moscow might have hoped,”[1] Reuters reports on December 4, 2014. According to, Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller said […]

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