Friday, May 29, 2015

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 29, 2015

Ivan Nechepurenko, Moscow Times: Putin Classifying Troop Losses Proves They're in Ukraine – Analysts

Legal amendments introduced Thursday that classify as state secrets any losses sustained during peacetime special operations are further confirmation of Russia's direct involvement in the Ukraine conflict, legal and military experts told The Moscow Times.

The amendments, signed by President Vladimir Putin, make "information disclosing the loss of personnel … during special operations in peacetime" a classified state secret.

Putin has repeatedly denied any involvement of Russian troops in the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Asked to explain Putin's move Thursday, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov had no immediate comment, Reuters reported.

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- May 29, 2015

Killed in Action in Ukraine: Putin’s Secret Funerals -- Melinda Haring, Newsweek

A Bizarre Tale of Russia Concealing Its Soldiers’ Deaths in Ukraine -- Rob Garver, The Fiscal Times

Vladimir Putin's week of muscle-flexing -- Ben Brumfield, CNN

The 12 people who ruined Ukraine -- Linda Kinstler, Politico

US-China tensions rise over Beijing's 'Great Wall of Sand' -- Jonathan Marcus, BBC

The Middle East's Future Looks a Lot Like Iraq -- Tom Wilson, Real Clear World

A Political Strategy Against the Islamic State in Iraq -- David Romano, RUDAW

‘Obama at War’ Shows How Syria Was Lost -- Jeff Stein, Newsweek

Why the Islamic State’s annihilation of ancient cultures matters -- Michael Danti, Washington Post

In Islamic State fight, radically changed Pentagon view of civilian casualties -- Anna Mulrine, CSM

Islamic State Is Rapidly Expanding in Southeast Asia -- Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

What’s Happening With Boko Haram? -- John Campbell, Council on Foreign Relations

Top US Officials Heat Up Rhetoric on China's South China Sea Behavior -- Ankit Panda, The Diplomat

The Jailed Leader Who Might Hold the Key to Venezuela's Future -- Marco Aponte-Moreno & Lance Lattig, Real Clear World

Tomorrow’s Wars -- Victor Hanson, City Journal

Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Reign of Shame -- Roger Cohen, NYT

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