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Demonstration and Commemoration of the Start of the Syrian Revolution in Amsterdam on 20 March 2016

Demonstration and Commemoration of the Start of the Syrian Revolution in Amsterdam on 20 March 2016

 

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This concerns a short account of the Commemoration on the start of the Syrian Revolution on 15 March 2011, organized by the Syrian Committee in the Netherlands (www.syrischecomite.nl) on March 20th 2016 at the Westermarkt in Amsterdam (12:00 – 13:30), followed by a debate co-organized by Amnesty International in the Netherlands (13:00 – 17:00)

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Ukraine and Putin

Ukraine: the strategy of Putin

This article was published under the title “Armament Ukraine increases the chance of peace Bewapening van Oekraïne vergroot de kans op vrede)” in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant on March 23, 2015; see www.volkskrant.nl/opinie/bewapening-van-oekraine-vergroot-de-kans-op-vrede~a3921099/.

March 2015

Many politicians and scholars in the West are still too naive about the situation in Ukraine. An example is Ivan Krastev, director of the renowned Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia, Bulgaria. See the article by him and Prof. Stephen Holmes on February 25 as posted on www.project-syndicate.org, and in various newspapers, including on February 26 in the Dutch newspaper Volkskrant (People’s Paper). Their view is that Putin has, after the annexation of the Crimea, no longer a strategic interest in control over eastern Ukraine. Yet at the same time Krastev and Holmes argue that it is Putin’s goal to keep the area of the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltic states) in the Russian sphere of influence. But that actually is a strategic objective.

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