US: reset with Russia would continue under Putin

The White House says the Obama administration’s “reset” of relations with Russia will continue if Vladimir Putin returns to the presidency.

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Saturday that “the reset has always been about national interests and not individual personalities.”

Putin was sometimes harshly critical of the United States and relations with the U.S. eroded during his second presidential term. President Dmitry Medvedev, elected in 2008, was Putin’s protégé and hand-picked successor but cultivated a more pro-Western image.

President Barack Obama made restoring ties with Russia a priority. Medvedev signed the New START treaty with the U.S. limiting nuclear arsenals, opened Russian routes for U.S. supplies to Afghanistan and agreed to toughen UN sanctions against Iran.

Prime Minister Putin remained Russia’s most powerful political figure during Medvedev’s single term in office. Medvedev is expected to become Putin’s prime minister after the March election.

M.I.A Accused Of ‘Glamorising Terrorism’ By Producer Diplo

M,I,A’s producer Diplo claims the singer knows ‘nothing’ about the political subjects that she uses in her songs.

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The producer, who has worked on all of M.I.A‘s previous three albums and also dated her, said that he advised her repeatedly not to rap about politics and blaimed her political stand on her last album failure.

“Maya left herself open for attacks. She’s not an easy artist to criticise because she’s very left-leaning, she’s progressive, she’s a woman. She’s good in a lot of aspects, but when it comes to die-hard, facts-on-the-ground politics she’s at zero. She’s nothing,” Diplo told Continue reading

Iran’s Continued Meddling in Iraq


Iranian interference remains a threat to stability in Iraq.

Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani displays an elections application.

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Iraqi Oil Minister and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki‘s political bloc member, Hussain al-Shahristani, displays an elections application, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, 11 Apr 2010

"I think ultimately Iraqi nationalism will trump Iranian meddling."

In recent weeks, there have been reasons to believe the Iraqi people will see a future shaped by their own determination to forge a strong and unified Iraq, and not by those who would deny them the chance for peace, freedom and security.

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