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Opinion: Conflicts of the past year connected by corruption

A retrospective look at the conflicts dominating the headlines in 2014 presents a grim picture of escalating conflict and human suffering. Underneath the headlines is a common thread connecting the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Ukrainian protesters in the Maidan, and the Nigerian families still desperately seeking someone to #BringBackOurGirls. That common thread is corruption, Mary Beth Goodman, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, writes on The Mark News. […]

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Opinion: What is next in the line for independence? Exclude Kaliningrad, please

The tide of plebiscites for independence is rolling across Europe. You name it: Scotland, Crimea, Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk and then Spain’s Catalonia. […]

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Foreign affairs

Lithuania expresses support for Iraq’s new government

On 19 September, at the meeting of the United Nations Security Council, the Lithuanian permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Raimonda Murmokaitė, expressed Lithuania’s support for the new government of Iraq and underlined that it had to remain inclusive and represent the interests of all the groups and components of the society, Lithuania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. […]

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Lithuania to focus on Ukraine’s human rights situation at UN Human Rights Council

The Human Rights Council holds its 27th regular session from 8 to 26 September in Geneva. During the session, Lithuania and other member states of the European Union will pay particular attention to the human rights situation in Ukraine and the Middle EastSyria, the occupied Palestinian territory and Iraq – as well as the right to liberty, development and privacy in the digital age, non-discrimination on grounds such as race and gender, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. […]

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Opinion: In Wales, NATO will have to decide what it is

The NATO summit on 4-5 September in Wales can be considered the most important meeting of NATO member state leaders since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States of America. Paradoxically enough, at the beginning of planning the meeting, it was not entirely clear what the leaders should discuss. […]