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People attend a rally organized by supporters of EU integration at Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square in central Kiev, December 8, 2013.(Reuters / Gleb Garanich) Not Jumping for Joy: Ukraine, a year later
Just over a year ago, thousands of Ukrainians took to Kiev's main square, angry at oligarchs and corruption. But instead of “Europe” and prosperity, they got a coup, more oligarchy, and war.
AFP Photo / Michael B. Thomas ‘Epidemic of police violence in US’: Black person killed every 28 hours
The recent murder of a 12-year-old black boy confirms there’s an epidemic of police violence in the black community in the US where the police seem to function as judge, jury and executioner, Brian Becker, director of the Answer Coalition told RT.
RY photo by  Aleksey Yaroshevsky My Maidan memories: Living through Ukraine's nightmare year (Part 1)
It's only been a year, but it feels like an eternity. Yet those events in Kiev – that warm November Maidan, when we had no idea how much blood and suffering would follow – are engraved on my memory.
Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach ​Germany bends over backwards to satisfy US spying demands
Despite the historic lessons Germany has bent over backwards trying to accommodate spying requests by the US, yet has done nothing so far to protect the privacy of its own citizens guaranteed by the constitution, Annie Machon, former UK MI5 agent told RT. by Annie Machon
In a picture taken on January 22, 2014 a demonstrator holds up a chain and a riot police shield as protestors clash with police in the center of Kiev. (AFP Photo / Sergei Supinsky) #Euromaidan 1st birthday: How the Kiev coup grew (Op-Edge)
It’s been a year since thousands of peaceful protesters took part in the initial Euromaidan rallies in Kiev, hoping for a brighter future. Since that optimistic start, the state has been torn to shreds and now its very future is in doubt. by Bryan MacDonald
Reuters/Heinz-Peter Bader ‘Global economy will benefit from oil price decline’
If OPEC fails to take a unified approach on stabilizing oil prices the global economy will be the biggest winner because oil prices will continue to fall, Fred Beach, of the University of Texas at Austin, told RT.
Two US Navy F-18E Super Hornets supporting operations against IS, after being refueled by a KC-135 Statotanker over Iraq after conducting an airstrike. (AFP Photo / Handout / US Air Force / Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel) ‘Western policy of destroying ISIS completely unsuccessful’
The US anti-ISIS policy only helps them recruit more people, while the only way to fight ISIS is to secure borders and re-examine immigration policies both in America and Europe, retired US Army Colonel Douglas MacGregor told RT.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) ‘US intergovernmental conflict: Military vs diplomacy’
The contradictory statements coming from US President Obama, John Kerry, and top military officials show that the US government is in bad shape and there is no cabinet solidarity, Patrick James, Director of USC's Center for International Studies, told RT.
A destroyed tank is seen along a road on the territory controlled by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic near airport of Luhansk, in Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, November 19, 2014. (Reuters/Antonio Bronic) ​‘West not interested in investigating in eastern Ukraine’
The West tries to prevent investigations in eastern Ukraine because they don’t want a situation where the Kiev government is found to be guilty of war crimes, Alexander Mercouris, International Affairs Editor for Russia Insider, told RT.
Gerasimovskoye oilfield of the Tomskneft VNK company, the Parabel District, Tomsk Region.
(RIA Novosti / Valery Titievsky)
‘OPEC can easily decide to do nothing about oil prices’
There are three possible outcomes to the OPEC meeting: either they leave the situation as it is, or stick to a 30 million barrel per day ceiling, or cut oil production, Stuart Elliott, Senior Managing Editor of Europe & Africa Oil News, told RT.

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