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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

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Vladimir Putin Leaves G-20 Ahead of Schedule

The Russian president quit the G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, early, citing needs to get back to Moscow after enduring hours of Western leaders urging him to drop his support for secessionists in eastern Ukraine.

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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

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Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Will Train Ukrainian Military, May Supply Weapons

In a move that will rankle Russian authorities, the U.S. government announced plans to give the Ukrainian military training, technology and weapons.

Posted on Oct 31, 2014 READ MORE



Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on Oct 14, 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


‘Left, Right & Center’: Scotland, IS, Alibaba, Midterms

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Scotland’s decision not to part from Britain, Congress’ vote to arm Syrian rebels, and every young Ukrainian having his or her own NGO.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



Egypt Offered Palestinians 1,600 Square Kilometers Near Gaza

In response to the Palestinian refugee crisis, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said he was willing to cede some of his country’s land, but Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the offer; some Ukrainian soldiers are alarmingly wearing Nazi symbols on their helmets; meanwhile, Turkey refuses to join the coalition against Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



Sanctions Launched to Staunch Russian Involvement in Ukraine

The Obama administration and its European allies have tightened the screws on Russia, using economic sanctions to cut off that nation’s largest banks, oil producers and defense companies from international finance and technology markets.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



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President Poroshenko’s Gift to America

It seems evident that Barack Obama today still does not understand how much he owes to President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



NATO Approves Eastern European Force

NATO approved plans for a 4,000 person rapid response force based in Eastern Europe and aimed at reassuring members near the Russian border that any military action against member countries would be regarded as a threat to all of the organization’s constituents.

Posted on Sep 5, 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


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Is This Really a Good Time for the U.S. to Send Ground Troops to Ukraine?

Next week, the United States will send 200 troops to Ukraine to participate in training exercises. Yes, the same Ukraine engaged in civil war.

Posted on Sep 3, 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



Putin and Poroshenko Agree on a ‘Cease-Fire Process’ for East Ukraine

The Kremlin stated Wednesday that although Russia “is not party” to the ongoing battles in the Donbass region of Ukraine, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko “coincided significantly” on ways to “settle the conflict” during a morning phone conversation.

Posted on Sep 3, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pavel Golovkin

Do Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Even Know What They Want From Russia?

Within the same news conference, President Obama declared economic sanctions against Russia a huge success and said Russia had invaded Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

The Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 2, 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


Is Breaking Bad Over?

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge

In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?

At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the West into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

Posted on Aug 29, 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


World Falling Apart

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Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Hot and Cold Edition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the movement of Russian artillery into Ukrainian territory, President Obama’s golfing amid news of journalist James Foley’s beheading, the National Guard leaving Missouri, Rick Perry’s indictment and the ice bucket challenge.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

President Obama, Choose Your Words Carefully

President Barack Obama, in the interview given last weekend to The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, provided illumination on his foreign policy thinking, at this moment of fraught drama in both Iraq and Ukraine, but the counsels concerning the two didn’t match.

Posted on Aug 13, 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



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Why Isn’t the United States Releasing Its July 17 Satellite Images of MH17?

The following is a letter from a concerned reader who prefers to remain anonymous, but raises some interesting questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Posted on Aug 5, 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



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Rage in Gaza, Ukraine, Obamacare and Paul Ryan

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss growing violence in the West Bank as casualties in Gaza continue to rise. What is Israel’s right to self-defense while it “keeps people without basic human rights?” Scheer asks.

Posted on Jul 27, 2014 READ MORE


Ambulance Chasers

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Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lai Seng Sin

No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

Posted on Jul 21, 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


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Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



It Doesn’t Pay to Slaughter Innocents

David Rothkopf at Foreign Policy magazine points to the civilian deaths on a beach in Gaza and airspace over Ukraine to argue that using “the chaos of combat” to achieve complex political ends is futile.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Malaysian Airlines Plane Crashes in East Ukraine

At least 100 bodies were found after a jet carrying 280 passengers and 15 crew members crashed in eastern Ukraine in a region where separatist rebels have fought Ukrainian military in recent weeks. The craft was reportedly hit by a missile.

Posted on Jul 17, 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


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