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Sen John McCain, Arizona Republican, declared
yesterday Russia is "a gas station masquerading as
a country" and that the United States should be
providing military and energy assistance to Ukraine
and imposing economic sanctions on Russia mid
the fast-moving situation in the region.
"I think that economic sanctions are a very impor-
tant step," McCain said on CNN s "State of the
Union." "Russia is a gas station masquerading as a
country. It s kleptocracy; it s corruption. It s a nation
that is really only dependent upon oil and gas for
their economy, and so economic sanctions are impor-
tant. Give some military assistance to Ukrainians at
least so they can defend themselves."
McCain also called on the US to resume a plan
for missile defence installations in Poland and the
Czech Republic, a scheme strongly opposed by Russia
that President Obama put the brakes on early in his
McCain s appearance on the program followed a
weekend trip to Ukraine, where voters in Crimea are
set to decide whether to move toward seceding from
Ukraine and aligning with Russia. He said there s no
contemplation of boots on the ground or US military
action to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin,
but that there s a lot the US could do.
"In the long term, we should be working to get
energy supplies to Ukraine and other countries in
Europe," he said.--- Washington times.
a gas station
as a country
US Sen John McCain, R-Ariz., right, speaks during a
news conference in Kiev, Ukraine. McCain and a team
of seven other senators concluded their visit in Kiev
on Saturday with a news conference in which they
reaffirmed their support to the interim Ukrainian
government. AP PHOTO
ALGIERS, ALGERIA---About 100 Algerian
activists from a new anti-government
movement staged a rare protest Saturday
against the ailing president and his deci-
sion to run for a fourth term.
While there was a heavy police presence,
officers didn t violently disperse the young
protesters from the "Barakat!" ("Enough")
group like they did in similar demonstra-
tions earlier this month.
"The state backed off after the images
of repression from last week," group co-
founder Amina Bouraoua said. "We will
continue our fight against the election and
The 77-year-old president, Abdelaziz
Bouteflika, will be running for a fourth
term after 15 years in power, despite having
a stroke last year that has made his speech
and movement difficult. While six candi-
dates have been approved for the April 17
elections, Bouteflika is expected to win
with the backing of the powerful machinery
of the state.
The oil and gas-rich North African
nation has a tightly controlled political
system dominated by the military and a
ruling party. Most of Algeria s economy
relies on its hydrocarbon wealth and so
produces few jobs for its rapidly expanding
population of 38 million.
Despite Barakat s small numbers and the
heavy opposition it faces from a powerful
state, local analysts are describing it as an
important development. They say it brings
to mind Egypt s Kifaya (Enough) movement
against President Hosni Mubarak that
eventually led to the uprising that over-
threw the government.
"It is an alternative to the classic political
parties that have failed and it makes us
think of the youth behind the Arab Spring
in Tunisia and Egypt," said Rachid Tlem-
cani, a political analyst at University of
Algiers, who said the movement s rough
treatment by authorities showed the sys-
tem s insecurity. "It is afraid that this
movement could be a catalyst for a wider
conflagration because all the ingredients
for an explosion are there."
Algeria was barely affected by wave of
pro-democracy protests that swept the
Arab world in 2011, in part many say
because of a decade-long battle against
an Islamist insurgency in the 1990s that
left 200,000 dead. (AP)
Algeria activists stage rare anti-govt protest
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