BREAKING NEWS: Russia Accused Of Seizing Lithuanian Fishing Vessel From International Waters

Russia’s ambassador in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius was called in after the capture of the ship called “Juru Vilkas” (Sea Wolf) and its 28-member crew (3 Lithanians, 25 members of different nationalities), Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Linkevicius told reporters on September 19 that the ship was detained for entering Russia’s territorial waters but that the detention itself took place in international waters.

Data from the Lithuanian vessel’s satellite system proves that the ship was in international waters, Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a statement. The vessel had strayed in Russian waters, Russia’s state-controlled Vesti television reported.

The vessel is now heading toward Russia’s Arctic port of Murmansk.

Truce Falters As Occasional Fighting Flares in Eastern Ukraine - Russia Moves Troops In Crimea

It looks like combat has continued around Donetsk despite a formal cease-fire declaration. Both sides reported and accused each other of sporadic violations of ceasefire on Thursday and recent days.

The battle for the airport in Donetsk is stated to be in progress. The city council of Donetsk said in a statement published online that the situation in much of the city was calm although occasional explosions could still be heard in a neighborhood in the north, near the government-held airport.

Also there had been occasional fighting during the past days in and around Donetsk, Mariuopol, Lugansk, Telmanovo, Jasinovatija, Debaljcevo, Zolotoj, Scastia, Popasnaia, Rovelniki and Krasnodon.

Meanwhile Russia ‘moved troops in Crimea’ (the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed in March this year) ahead of Ukraine-US meeting yesterday, Agence France-Presse reported. 

Crimea residents, who asked for their surnames not to be published, told AFP they had noticed intensified troop movements. According to this reports, units totalling about 4,000 troops, are reported of being deployed in “small tactical groups” along the border with Ukraine.

BREAKING NEWS: Scotland Votes For Staying In The Union - Scots Decide ‘Better Off Together’!

The question Scottish voters had to answer was simple: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" Tensions were quite high. There was much at stake. 97% of the Scottish electorate registered to vote.

Here are the final results:

YES - 44,70%

NO - 55,30%

Scotland has voted for rejecting independence and staying within the United Kingdom.

The United States made a commitment that it would stand behind Ukraine’s territorial integrity and we hope that it will live up to that promise. The war that these young men and women are fighting today is not only Ukraine’s war. It’s Europe’s and it’s America’s war too. It’s a war of the free world and for the free world.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, September 18, 2014, speech in front of the U.S. Congress

BREAKING NEWS: Australia Thwarts Islamic State Terror Plot

Counterterrism raids by Australian intelligence led to the arrest of 15 people and seizure of military equipment, that most likely was meant to be used in a terrorist plot.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott explained, that the raids in Sidney and Brisbane followed intelligence that the Islamic State movement planned to perform public killings to demonstrate it’s reach.

I will not dance to your war drum. I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum. I will not dance to your beating. I know that beat. It is lifeless. I know intimately that skin you are hitting. It was alive once hunted stolen stretched. I will not dance to your drummed up war. I will not pop spin break for you. I will not hate for you or even hate you. I will not kill for you. Especially I will not die for you. I will not mourn the dead with murder nor suicide. I will not side with you nor dance to bombs because everyone else is dancing. Everyone can be wrong. Life is a right not collateral or casual. I will not forget where I come from. I will craft my own drum. Gather my beloved near and our chanting will be dancing. Our humming will be drumming. I will not be played. I will not lend my name nor my rhythm to your beat. I will dance and resist and dance and persist and dance. This heartbeat is louder than death. Your war drum ain’t louder than this breath.
Suheir Hammad, poet, author and political activist
Desire For Independence - Europe’s Separatist Movements
As tomorrow Scotland is going to decide in an independence referendum over a break-up from the United Kingdom, several other separatist movements are gaining ground in Europe.
In certain countries regional conflicts have simmered for centuries and now might be about to reach a new stage as throughout Europe there are various regions asking for secession from the larger country to which they are tied.
Here’s an overview about the currently active European movements that have (realistic/unrealistic) separatist aspirations.

Desire For Independence - Europe’s Separatist Movements

As tomorrow Scotland is going to decide in an independence referendum over a break-up from the United Kingdom, several other separatist movements are gaining ground in Europe.

In certain countries regional conflicts have simmered for centuries and now might be about to reach a new stage as throughout Europe there are various regions asking for secession from the larger country to which they are tied.

Here’s an overview about the currently active European movements that have (realistic/unrealistic) separatist aspirations.

Consequences of Choice – Pro & Con of Scotland’s Independence Referendum

On September 18th 2014 in a historic vote the people of Scotland will vote for independence from the United Kingdom. But it’s more than sure that there will be major consequences, no matter if the answer will be a YES or NO.

PRO:

  • Scotland’s chance for selfgovernance as the Tories are in power in the UK, although the majority of Scots have chosen the opposition, but where factually outnumbered ten to one
  • the independence could cause 'becoming better friends and neighbours rather than being in a forced political marriage' as many Scots believe Scotland and England have opposite political and social views
  • as there is the possibility that the UK might withdraw from the EU in the future, Scotland as an independent nation and member will be able to stay in the European Union
  • Scotland’s vast oil reserves and natural resources could guarantee wealth andeconomical stability
  • Scotland’s natural renewable energy resources would create new jobs
  • Nuclear disarmament as an independent Scotland could address the removal of Trident nuclear weapons

CON:

  • strong cultural, economic, and family links with the UK will slowly vanish, the United Kingdom might collapse as Wales might be next
  • Scotland will have to negotiate with the European Union, NATO and all the other organizations over a possible membership for the new state, because as a break-up state it won’t be part of them anymore
  • The UK will need to buy an Edinburgh property for an British Embassy, and Scotland will need to buy a not only a London property for an Scotish Embassy, but buy property in every country for their own embassies
  • Scotland would be not able to remain part of the pound sterling and will have to create an own currency and Scottish banks would lose UK financial support and in return the value of the British pound would fell sharply against the US dollar
  • Scotland will have to take full financial responsibility for paying all unfunded public sector pensions, the welfare system and the apparatus required for defence and security
  • The UK will be reduced in stature as an economic and military power, it would lose resources and the naval base in Faslane (home of Britain’s nuclear weapons, in the form of nuclear submarines armed with Trident missiles)
  • Scotland is probably economically stronger as a part of the UK economy, because of all treaties and pacts signed in favor of the UK as from being part of a larger state

 

BREAKING NEWS: Closer Ties With Europe - Ukrainian And European Parliament Simultaneously Ratified Landmark Pact 

The adoption of the 1,200-page agreement, whose ratification was synchronized with that of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, won unanimous support from the 355 deputies who took part in the vote.

In simultaneous ceremonies, the documents were signed in Kyiv and in Strasbourg by Ukrainian and EU officials.

"This is a historic moment. Two parliaments doing this at the same time by agreement - that is free democracy, that is free self-determination, that’s the opposite of directed democracy."European Parliament President Martin Schulz

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This vote decisively steers Ukraine towards the West. The pact can be seen as a “de facto” reform program for Ukraine and could be Ukraine’s first step towards membership of the 28-nation bloc.

"No nation has ever paid such a high price to become Europeans. Tell me please, who after this will dare close the door of Europe to Ukraine? Who will be against the prospective of membership in the EU, towards which we are taking today our first but most decisive step." - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

Earlier the Ukrainian parliament also agreed to offer limited self-rule to the pro-Russian eastern regions to try to end a bloody five-month separatists uprising.