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Must Reads of the Week: Ukraine Separatists, Voting for Independence, and More

Author: CFR.org Editors
July 31, 2014

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"Where Ukraine's Separatists Get Their Weapons"
By Thomas Grove and Warren Strobel
Reuters

"The Igla and its logbook are just one indication that weapons are flowing from Russia into Ukraine. Interviews with American officials, diplomats in Kiev, and Russian military analysts paint a picture of a steady and ongoing flow. These people say weapons – from small arms to armored personnel carriers, tanks and sophisticated missile systems – have flooded into the region since May, fueling the violence."

An armed pro-Russian separatist guards a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), Donetsk region July 24, 2014. (Photo: Maxim Zmeyev/Courtesy Reuters)
"Ukraine Rebel Chief Igor Bezler Threatens to Execute Interviewer"
By Shaun Walker
Guardian

"With a walrus moustache, a fiery temper and a reputation for brutality, Igor Bezler is the most feared of all the rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine. Nicknamed Bes, or "the Demon", he is regarded as something of a loose cannon, even by other rebels, who speak about him in hushed tones."

"The Explosive, Inside Story of How John Kerry Built an Israel-Palestine Peace Plan--and Watched It Crumble"
By Ben Birnbaum and Amir Tibon
New Republic

"The formal negotiations, however, had always been secondary. They helped define the gaps between the two sides, but they couldn't close them. That would take the leaders themselves. The Americans, who assumed that Abbas was already prepared to make far-reaching concessions, believed that progress hinged on Netanyahu. And yet as of October, they didn't know what he thought about most of the core issues."

"10,000 Bodies: Inside Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's Crackdown"
By Adam Entous and Dion Nissenbaum
Wall Street Journal

"U.S. investigators who have reviewed many of the photos say they believe at least 10,000 corpses were cataloged this way between 2011 and mid-2013. Investigators believe they weren't victims of regular warfare but of torture, and that the bodies were brought to the hospital from the Assad regime's sprawling network of prisons."

"Losing Iraq"
Frontline

This Frontline documentary examines the unfolding chaos in Iraq: What went wrong? How did we get here? And what happens now?

"The World's Next Nations: A Brief Guide"
By Thanassis Cambanis
Boston Globe

"Scotland's coming vote might be getting all the attention, but there are other countries with independence referendums in the offing. Some are more likely to work out than others; if they do, the world could see a handful of new flags, and also new challenges. Here's a tour of the new nations you just might be able to visit soon."

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