Politics 

Reveal: Russia’s Mighty Pivot To Africa

President Putin’s pic: www.telegraph.com.uk From 1961 to 1992, one of Moscow’s most prestigious schools bore the name of Patrice Lumumba, the Soviet-supported Congolese independence leader brutally executed in 1961. Patrice Lumumba University recruited and educated generations of foreign leaders, especially African leaders, and was just one of the many ways in which the Soviet Union cultivated ties with Africa. Then with the fall of the Soviet Union, after years of pouring money, arms, and manpower into left-leaning anticolonial movements, Russia’s presence in Africa, and Lumumba University, nearly disappeared overnight. But…

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Sanctions: Russia Makes A Desperate Plea To The EU

W O R L D/russia Nov 29 (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov urged the European Union to lift sanctions against Moscow over the Ukrainian conflict and promised to waive its counter-measures, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday. Moscow in August banned most Western food imports, worth $9 billion a year, in response to U.S. and European Union sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine. “We don’t expect anything from our European partners. The only thing we expect is for them to leave the meaningless sanctions spiral and move…

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