Thursday Headlines

NATO Officials See Russia Invasion Of Ukraine In Next Two Months
According to Jane’s Defence, officials inside NATO believe Russia will advance into Eastern Ukraine sometime after May Day celebrations on May 9.

Those predictions are in line with sentiments expressed by NATO Supreme Commander General Philip Breedlove during Senate testimony in late April.

“Many of their [the Russians’] actions are consistent with preparations for another offensive,” he said, adding that Russian forces’ activities were not just exercises but “preparing, training, and equipping to have the capacity again to take an offensive.”

Behind North Korea’s Brutal Execution Tactics
There are dictatorships that embrace inhumane tactics to achieve and hold onto power. And then there is North Korea, which is on par with China in terms of taking brutality to another level by executing opponents for the smallest of infractions. Elias Groll of Foreign Policy notes a disturbing trend occurring in Pyongyang.

“This kind of brutality appears to be becoming more commonplace under Kim’s rule. In 2012, the North Korean leader executed a deputy defense minister using mortar rounds after the military official allegedly broke a prohibition on drinking alcohol during the mourning period for Kim’s father,” Groll writes.

Europe Is Not The Only Place Facing Migrant Crisis
Like many European nations who are struggling to cope with thousands of migrants fleeing conflict zones in Africa and the Middle East, Malaysia is being forced to cope with large numbers of people fleeing Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Many are being exploited by traffickers, reports BBC News. And when they arrived on Malysia’s shores, The Washington Post says many are turned away to face an uncertain fate.

“In the past three years, more than 120,000 members of the Muslim minority, who are intensely persecuted in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, have boarded ships to flee to other countries, paying huge sums to human traffickers.

“But faced with a regional crackdown, the smugglers have abandoned ships, leaving an estimated 6,000 refugees to fend for themselves, according to reliable aid workers and human rights groups,” the paper reports.

While human rights groups and members of Congress have called on the Obama administration to come to their aid, they have characterized the crisis a regional problem.

“This is a regional issue. It needs a regional solution in short order,” State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told reporters Thursday.



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