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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced June 18 that he is planning to order a brief, unilateral cease-fire in eastern Ukraine. His statement came a day after a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but separatist and Russian leaders still criticized it. Officials from the self-declared Donetsk People's Republic rejected the peace plan outright, while Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov complained that the cease-fire would not be permanent. Poroshenko will likely be able to implement some parts of his peace plan, but it will not stem the tide of armed separatist activity in eastern Ukraine.






As the Society for Threatened Peoples (STP) in Göttingen reported on Thursday, several Armenian associations in Germany and all over the world have sent an urgent appeal to Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, demanding that the UN should condemn the expulsion of Armenian Christians from Syria and keep the Turkish government within bounds in order to protect the refugees. "The small town of Kasab in the Syrian-Turkish border region has recently experienced a catastrophe: Obviously,




By Judy Dempsey

Young people in North Africa and the Middle East want their countries to become more democratic, but in a way that reflects Arabic values, not rules imposed by the West.