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The center of Kiev is in flames

This is a picture taken off a live stream from the Grushevski street in the center of Kiev at 10:45EST today: The riot police has only been given the right to use water cannons, teargas and flash-bang grenades.  In the meantime, the cops are burned alive by Molotov cocktails and the US is introducing sanctions against “Ukrainian officials responsible for the violence in the center of Kiev”.The Saker

Under US pressure UN “disinvites” Iran from Geneva II talks – what will Russia and Syria do now?

OMG – it happened: Under US pressure UN “disinvites” Iran from Geneva II talks.  Now that is a direct challenge to Russia which logically should cancel its participation to the conference.  Syria, I believe should do the same.Screw them.  This is a farce and neither Syria nor Russia should agree to participate in a farce organized by the side which lost the war.  I hope that Assad and Putin will

Iran is officially invited to participate at Geneva 2, but everything else remains unclear (UPDATED 2x!)

It took a lot of zigs and zags, but eventually common sense seemed to have prevailed and the UN has officially announced that Iran will be invited as a full participant to the Geneva 2 conference.  The Obama Administration should probably commended for being rational and not gone down the insane road of trying to negotiate something in Syria without inviting Iran.  Most of the credit in this case goes

Very interesting hypothesis about the events in Syria – request for comments

JohnM has just posted an interesting commentary about the current events in Syria which, I think, deserves to be fully quoted.  Here is what he wrote: What I’m thinking is that as part of an Assad/Russia deal with the “non-Islamic rebels” (label is arbitrary and largely inaccurate) is this current battle between generally (this is a VERY fluid and fuzzy dividing line) the foreign fighters versus the local fighters. This

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