Putin's alpha male diplomacy binds personal humiliation, threats to cripple the economy, and the use of force to intimidate Russia's neighbors.
The situation in which Ukraine finds itself is the president's own doing, and was sealed when Yanukovych secretly met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow last month.
The turn of events brings to light two features of existing EU policy: the relative weakness of EU incentives and the continuing problems for countries in the post-Soviet space to evade Russia's influence.
Ukraine's decision to freeze its signing of a trade and cooperation agreement with the EU in favor of a closer relationship with Russia constitutes a stunning triumph for Vladimir Putin, a major geopolitical defeat for the West, and a tragedy for the long suffering Ukrainian people.
Order No. 60 of the Ukrainian Ministry of Health Protection requires transgender people to first undergo 30 to 45 days of confinement in a psychiatric institution to be diagnosed with "transsexualism."
The blood-stained history of the 20th century -- both the Beilis trial and the rise of Nazism in the 1930s -- not only show us the bestial nature of Jew-hatred, but remind us that terrible events can take place when good people remain silent in the face of evil.
Price is a game changer. Just look at the effects caused by the advent of low-cost airlines. Flying has never been cheaper and people who could not afford boarding a plane can now travel to places they had only dreamed of.
Putin's game is larger than Syria, and his audience is not the American voters, although he is happy to take advantage of the dysfunctional state of American politics. Putin's audience is somewhere else entirely: the capitals of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and China.
Now that Russia has granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who compromised massive amounts of U.S. intelligence and surveillance secrets, the prevailing wisdom is that he will no longer be meeting Russian President Putin for a separate sit-down. Such a boycott would run counter to U.S. interests.
More than 1.3 million people around the world have joined the global call for Antarctic marine protection with thousands taking action through online petitions and emails from around the world.
The padded playroom at Long Island City Kids is packed with one, two, three, OMG, it's closer to one, two, three dozen tykes who are letting down their hair by shrieking at the top of their little lungs.
Family stories hold keys to past in special ways. They make history into more than just textbooks, but vivid alive experiences passed through the words of people we know and love. They allow us to honor the past in a way that forwards the future...
Nearly seventeen years ago, my friend and his wife lost their 34 year old son to cancer. A friend of the son who attended the funeral was doing mission work in the Ukraine and offered to take the son's clothing back with him to the impoverished nation
Condemning people to pain and illness while they wait for a trial isn't justice, it is cruelty. And it must stop.
There's an old saying that goes something like this: We spend the first half of our lives running away from home and the rest trying to get back. Consider Homer, way back in ancient Greece. The same could be said of Gary Baseman, whose career retrospective opens this weekend.
Previously published in Metro www.metro.us/newyork/news/international/2013/04/05/vitali-klitschko-world-heavyweight-boxing-champ-hopes-to-become-next-...