Has U.s. Syria Policy Boosted Russia And Left The “friendly” Rebels In The Dust?

A Pataxo Indian takes part in the first day of  the National Indigenous Mobilization protest in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The protest is against a proposed constitutional amendment known as PEC 215, which amends the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

The captain, Peter Willcox, is an American who was captain of Greenpeaces Rainbow Warrior when it was blown up by French security agents in 1985 during a journey to protest French nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. Naidoo called the arrests the most serious threat to Greenpeaces peaceful environmental activism since that time. In an interview on Ekho Moskvy Radio on Wednesday, Shevchuk, the rock singer, dismissed the piracy charges as ridiculous. The whole world knows Greenpeace, he said. Greenpeace is the organization that helped save the Antarctic . . . and penguins and scientists live there happily. And what about saving whales? Then he said he had a secret to reveal: He had planned to sail with the ship himself. He had even bought warm clothes. He had a ticket to Norway, where he would have met the ship. At the last minute, he said, family reasons prevented him from going. I am really sorry about it, he said. They are hooligans, of course, he quipped about the activists, apparently likening them to the three young women convicted of hooliganism last year for singing a protest song in Moscows main cathedral.

Russia premieres ‘Stalingrad’ epic with Oscar hopes

Syria policy boosted Russia and left the “friendly” rebels in the dust? play Ohio Buckeye players hug anchor after daughter’s death Ohio Buckeye players hug anchor after daughter’s death The White House may never have had any good options in Syria , but the decision to essentially leave the civil war to simmer for two-and-a-half years has left the allies Washington could have had in the warzone bitterly disappointed, and Russia looking like the power to contend with in Middle East politics. A panel discussion Wednesday on “CBS This Morning” between CBS News correspondents Clarissa Ward and Elizabeth Palmer, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, also highlighted one other unfortunate truth; none of the fervent and much-touted international diplomacy in the works at present will likely end the wanton killing. Ward, who won an Emmy on Tuesday for her coverage of the Syria war, says the U.S. government has given mixed signals to the moderate opposition movement. The White House waited until June of this year to announce it would start arming the Free Syrian Army rebels . But Ward says that flow of arms hasn’t begun, and the rebels who begged for the help for two years are now “highly skeptical” of their purported allies in the West. Russia, on the other hand, has been remarkably consistent in its approach to the Syrian conflict. President Bashar Assad counts the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin as his most valuable ally. Russia has defended the Assad regime at every turn from the threat of harsh punitive sanctions. It was Russia that ensured the new U.N. resolution aimed at ridding Syria of chemical weapons includes no automatic use-of-force clause should Damascus fail to live up to its end of the bargain. But Rice, the former top U.S. diplomat and a long-time Russia scholar, says that in spite of the appearance that Putin is looking out for a close ally, he really has the interest of only one nation in mind. “Putin understands his interests very well,” says Rice.

Unusually for a Russian film, the Nazis are played by German actors who speak in their native language, then dubbed into Russian. “For us it was fundamentally important to show the German side not as cartoon characters,” Bondarchuk said at a news conference. The film is partly based on Vasily Grossman’s acclaimed 1959 novel, “Life and Fate”, which was suppressed by the Soviets and only published in the perestroika era. The battle of Stalingrad began in August 1942 and saw the Soviet and Nazi forces fight at close quarters in the city on the Volga. The Nazis eventually surrendered to the Red Army in February 1943 in a major turning point in the war. The Soviets alone lost more than one million troops during the battle. Action scenes show German bomber planes zooming directly at the viewer and crashing in flames, while a constant rain of black ash falls across the screen. Stalingrad’s bombed-out buildings were recreated on a giant set built outside Saint Petersburg. The city of Stalingrad was rebuilt after the war. It was renamed Volgograd in 1961 under the de-Stalinisation campaign initiated by Nikita Khrushchev. Putin visited Volgograd in August on the anniversary of the beginning of the battle and met veterans.

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The IOC needs to send a clear message that these sweeps are completely unacceptable for an Olympic host city, and that abusive detentions must stop immediately. Russian citizens from outside of Sochi have been among those detained. According to human rights advocates in Sochi, the detentions have been continuing daily since the first days of September. The government should guarantee the fundamental rights of anyone taken into custody, including access to a lawyer, and provide detention conditions that meet international standards, Human Rights Watch said. The raids began immediately following a September 3 speech by Alexander Tkachev, the governor of Krasnodar Region, of which Sochi is a part, in which he called for raid brigades consisting of the police, the Migration Service, the Federal Security Service, and other officials, as well as Cossacks, to go through Sochi streets to clean them up. Alexander Popkov, a lawyer, told Human Rights Watch that on September 24, he went to Sochis central district police station following a phone call from a representative of a Sochi construction company stating that police had detained several of the companys workers. Popkov managed to get into the stations courtyard, where he saw approximately 40 to 50 men being held in a makeshift shed consisting of large sheets of metal. Popkov recorded a video on his phone that shows the men standing in the garage and explaining to him how long they had been in detention. Some men in the video, which Human Rights Watch viewed, told Popkov that they had been held for a few hours, while others said that they had been in the garage for two, three, or four days. One man said he had been there eight days. In the video, the men claim that they had not been given food, had no place to sleep, and that the shed did not provide protection from the rain, wind, or cold. During this period Sochi had faced three days of intense storms including heavy rains and high winds. Detainees were allowed to buy food from a food stand for station employees located in the courtyard, but not all of them had money. Popkov told Human Rights Watch that when he spoke to the duty police officer and asked for permission to provide legal counsel to these men, the officer repeatedly and aggressively claimed, There are no men in the courtyard. Popkov filed a complaint with the prosecutors office about the arbitrary detentions and the refusal to allow detainees to access a lawyer.