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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE

Anti-Putin Politician’s Murder Lays Russian Realities Bare

The public assassination of one of Moscow’s leading critics, just feet from the walls of the Kremlin, is a blow to the liberal opposition but, paradoxically, also shows that there are still remnants of political pluralism.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE

Stepping Back From the Precipice in Eastern Europe

What has the past year of war inside Ukraine been about?

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

One Year Later, Crimeans Prefer Russia

According to a survey that a Bloomberg contributor called “the most representative independent poll taken on the peninsula since its annexation,” 82 percent of Crimeans fully support their region’s inclusion in Russia rather than Ukraine, while only 4 percent spoke out against it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE

Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE

Vladimir Putin Immortalized in Herculean Fan Art

Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly knows his best angles and how to play to the camera, and he’s staged many spectacles that stretch the outer limits of credulity in a series of memorable photo-ops since the global spotlight was first trained on him.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sounds Hopeful Note About Country’s Crisis

After nearly a year of internal turmoil and several months of bloody conflict, Ukraine might be headed for more peaceful times, if President Petro Poroshenko’s hopeful prognosis bears out.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Calls Russia’s Activity in Ukraine a ‘Brazen Assault’

Speaking in Estonia two days before huddling with NATO officials in Wales to discuss the simmering conflict with Russia over Ukraine, Barack Obama characterized the crisis as a “moment of testing” for NATO.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE

NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE

Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Countries That Imposed Sanctions Against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to fight economic fire with economic fire after the United States and the European Union brought sanctions against his country last week, and as of Wednesday, his call to action was heeded in the form of sanctions against those same nations.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE

Russian Troops Build Up at Ukrainian Border

The beefed-up presence of Russian forces on the Russia-Ukraine border in recent days has gotten the attention of NATO officials, who have counted some 20,000 troops in “battle-ready formations,” the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE

MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars

The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE

New Ukraine Leader Promises End to Fighting This Week

Ukraine’s new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed Sunday to halt by the end of the week nearly two months of bloodshed in the separatist east that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE

Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE

Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE

Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE

Poroshenko: The Chocolate King Poised to Lead Ukraine

He has chocolate factories galore, is a self-made billionaire and has been both cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE

Has Thomas Piketty Really Never Gotten Around to Reading Marx?

The best-selling author whose “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” has been shaking up the world says Karl Marx did not influence his research, but his statement may be tongue in cheek; the true Crimean referendum results were accidentally revealed, showing only 15 percent of voters backed annexation; meanwhile, the mayor of Seattle has proposed a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE

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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE

Odessa Violence Flares Anew as Ukrainian PM Blames Deaths on Russia

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa’s police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to “destroy Ukraine.”

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE

Russia Assures U.S. It Won’t Invade Ukraine

The United States and Europe hit Russia with fresh sanctions for failing to stop soaring tensions in Ukraine, where a pro-Moscow mayor was shot and badly wounded and rebels seized another town.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Decries ‘Thugs’ in Ukraine, Russian ‘Provocation’

President Obama told Russia on Sunday that it should cooperate with international observers in Ukraine, not stand by while they were detained by pro-Moscow “thugs.”

Posted on Apr 27, 2014 READ MORE

G-7 Agrees to Sanctions on Russia as Tensions Mount in Ukraine

The Group of Seven rich countries have agreed to slap sanctions on Moscow as early as Monday over the soaring Ukraine crisis amid fears in the West that Russia could be about to invade.

Posted on Apr 26, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Launches Deadly Assault on Rebel-Held Towns

Ukraine’s military launched assaults to retake rebel-held eastern towns on Thursday in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have “consequences.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Kiev Claims Rebel Defeats in East Ukraine as Obama Warns Russia

Kiev claimed it inflicted stinging defeats on pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine on Thursday, as President Barack Obama accused Russia of not abiding by a deal to defuse the escalating crisis in the ex-Soviet country.

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE

Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE

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Obama’s and David Brooks’ Manhood Problem

David Brooks is an intellectual bully who likes bullies.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE

Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Says Russia Waging ‘War’ in Separatist East

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Sunday of waging war in his country’s separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” that left at least two dead.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

Fox News Map

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE

East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE

Ukraine Blames Russian Agents for Deadly Clashes in Kiev

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the country’s ousted president for organizing two days of bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE

Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE

Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Crimea Naivete, Hobby Lobby, Trusting the NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists, including this week former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, discuss former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s claim that he could handle Russia better. Also, the Supreme Court hears arguments about religious freedom, and can we trust anything the NSA says?

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 READ MORE

Putin’s G1 Summit

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE

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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

‘Lysistrata’ in Crimea? Sex as a Form of Protest

Ukrainian women are boycotting Russian men in the most basic sense; the IRS has deemed bitcoin property, not currency; meanwhile, some college students are not finishing their degrees on purpose. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

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Is Russia a ‘Regional Power’ or ‘Geopolitical Threat’? Obama Argues With Romney From the Hague

The peculiar American two-party system followed President Obama to the Hague on Tuesday, where he gave a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, leader of a neoliberal, market-oriented party with a secular orientation.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE

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