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Russia Says Ukraine Nearing Humanitarian Disaster
Days after rebels captured the Ukrainian town of Donetsk, Russia renewed its offer to send troops in to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Residents have been without power for several days.

Western nations were suspect and warned Russia not to make any moves.

“Given that Ukraine has allowed international humanitarian groups to deliver aid within its territory, there is no logical reason why Russia should seek to deliver it,” the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, told a Security Council meeting on Ukraine Saturday.

“Therefore, any further unilateral intervention by Russia into Ukrainian territory, including one under the guise of providing humanitarian aid, would be completely unacceptable and deeply alarming. And it would be viewed as an invasion of Ukraine,” Power said.

While the US has cautioned Russia, US Secretary of State John Kerry did consult with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the need to address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine’s southeastern regions.

Hamas Has Acted Out Of Selfishness, Not Best Interests Of Gazans
Dennis Ross, who served as President Bill Clinton’s Middle East negotiator, contends there was an opportunity missed in 2005 to reach a peace deal and that their own self-interest has prevented any progress since then.

“So long as Israel exists, Hamas will seek to fight it. It was not Israel’s opposition to the reconciliation agreement between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) that led to this latest round of warfare. Rather, it was Hamas’s political isolation and increasingly desperate financial situation. The group was broke after Egypt closed the smuggling tunnels into Gaza, Iran cut off funding because of Hamas’s opposition to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and Qatar was unable to send money through the Rafah border crossing, which Egypt controls,” he writes.

McDonald’s Theory Crippled By Politics
At the height of globalization’s glory days, there was a theory that no country with a McDonald’s would go to war with another country that was also home to the fast-food chain. The theory, known as the McDonald’s theory, has faded away in the wake of the sanctions and counter-sanctions between Russia and Western nations, contends Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum.

“For the better part of two decades, we have taken for granted the assumption that globalization is a new stage in world history, not a passing phase. Surely the binding ties of trade would last forever because they were mutually advantageous. No country that had seriously begun to play this ‘win-win’ game would ever be able to abandon it, because the political costs of doing so would be too high. Trade wars were meant to be a thing of the past,” she argues.

Brookings Institution Hosts Global Development Forum
The 11th annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty took place in Aspen, Colorado on August 7-9, with the theme of “Jump-Starting Inclusive Growth in the Most Difficult Environments.” Learn more about this year’s roundtable and read the policy briefs at

Does The Health Care Cure Lie In Developing Nations?
Increasing costs and demand for higher quality is crippling traditional  health-care systems around the world. Is it time to open the door to new players who are concerned more with social behavior than with biology?

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