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Ukraine Crisis

Three Ways America Should Respond to the Ukraine Crisis

Roger Myerson | Posted 02.03.2015 | World
Roger Myerson

We want the world to see that Ukraine's peaceful surrender of nuclear weapons has earned it access to conventional weapons when it truly needs them to defend its borders. The United States should inform Moscow that the flow of such equipment would stop once Russia fully implements its commitments.

Ukraine's Next Energy Minister Will Be Bought and Paid For, As Usual

James Stafford | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
James Stafford

There will be no foreign investment to develop Ukraine's hydrocarbons, and we will likely see a withdrawal of those independent gas producers who have been suffering since the doubling of taxes on their production, ostensibly to fund the war effort.

Ukraine's Military Claims A Large Convoy Has Entered From Russia

Reuters | Posted 01.30.2015 | World

KIEV, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Sunday that a convoy of 106 vehicles had entered its eastern territory from Russia without Kiev's permissio...

EU Extends Sanctions Over Ukraine To 13 New People

AP | Posted 11.28.2014 | World

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is extending economic and travel sanctions to 13 people and five entities it accuses of involvement with pro-Russ...

Weekend Roundup: Can an ‘Elderly and Haggard' Europe Defend a ‘World of Rules' Against Russia?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

As Pope Francis slammed Europe as "elderly and haggard" in an address this week in Strasbourg, the speaker of the Polish parliament, Radek Sikorski, warned in the WorldPost that Europe's starkest challenge is defending "a world of rules" against an aggressive Russia. Writing from the Vatican for our "Following Francis" series, Sébastien Maillard looks at the "holy ghostwriters" behind the pontiff's tweets and encyclicals. WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Istanbul on yet another retrograde move in Turkey's modern history taken by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who declared this week that men and women can't be equal. Though Erdogan still considers the Kurdish Democratic Union Party a terrorist organization, Nazand Begikhani writes from Iraqi Kurdistan about how women from that party who have taken up arms to defend their fellow Kurds from the radically misogynist Islamic State are also advancing equal rights in their own society. This week, as the Israeli cabinet moved to define Israel as a "Jewish state," the French parliament, like other European parliaments of late, is voting on whether to recognize a Palestinian state. Writing from Paris, Bernard-Henri Lévy argues passionately that such a move, intended to enhance peace, will perpetuate war. (continued)

Germany's Merkel Says Continued Russia Sanctions Are 'Unavoidable'

AP | Posted 11.26.2014 | World

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says continued sanctions against Russia are "unavoidable" and that it will take "patience and persever...

Latvia Sees Security A Threat In Russia's New Partnership

Reuters | Posted 01.26.2015 | World

By Margarita Antidze TBILISI, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Latvian President Andris Berzins said on Wednesday an agreement deepening cooperation...

November 17th - Romanians and Czechs Choose Democracy

Olena Kagui | Posted 01.24.2015 | Politics
Olena Kagui

"A minor miracle occurred yesterday," wrote Frank Fischer in an email on November 17th, "(it) marked a significant victory for democracy and justice in Romania's long march from the end of the Communist regime."

Weekend Roundup: Is China Outpacing Mexico on the Rule of Law?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

On the same day this week that President Obama announced a measure that could give legal protection to 5 million undocumented immigrants, massive protests raged across Mexico against the impunity and corruption that led to the horrific massacre of 43 students. From Mexico City, Sergio Sarmiento, Elena Poniatowska and Homero Aridjis chronicle the events and ponder what's next. Anthropologist Claudio Lomnitz examines the causes behind Mexico's corrosive impunity. Meanwhile, as Xin Chunying writes from Beijing, China is also seeking to establish the rule of law through steadily boosting the role of the National People's Congress. While stifling dissent, China's President Xi is taking on both "tigers and flies" in his no-holds-barred assault from the top down on corruption. Can China's effort succeed without active public engagement? Can Mexico learn from China and move from angry protest to systemic change? (continued)

One Year Later, Where Does Ukraine's Revolution Stand?

AP | By DMYTRO VLASOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.21.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's revolution began with a status update on Facebook. Angered by another high-handed move by an increasin...

See What Ukrainians Have Done To Their Ousted President's Opulent Palace

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.22.2014 | World

As crowds of Ukrainian protesters seized control of the public spaces and government buildings in Kiev this past February, embattled former President ...

The British Embassy In Ukraine Trolls Russia On Twitter

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 11.19.2014 | World

The latest foreign office to engage in the increasingly popular sport of Twitter-trolling the Kremlin is Britain's embassy in Ukraine, which on Wednes...

Putin Says Sides Not Abiding Peace Deal In Ukraine

AP | LAURA MILLS | Posted 01.17.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow will not allow the defeat of pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned, arguing that both ...

New Video Shows The Fiery Aftermath Of Downed Flight MH17

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 11.16.2014 | World

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtain...

Work Starts In Ukraine To Collect Wreckage Of Flight MH17

AP | MSTYSLAV CHERNOV and PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.16.2015 | World

HRABOVE, Ukraine (AP) — Four months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine, The Associated Press has obtain...

Putin Under Fire Over Ukraine At G-20 Summit

Reuters | Posted 11.15.2014 | World

By Alexei Anishchuk and Jane Wardell BRISBANE, Australia, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 s...

Weekend Roundup: The Inconvenient Truth About the Xi-Obama Deal -- It Takes a Strong State to Fight Climate Change

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

It takes a strong state, not (to paraphrase Hillary Clinton) a democratic village, to aggressively fight climate change. This is the inconvenient message emerging in the wake of the Xi-Obama deal on global warming announced in Beijing this week. Both leaders will pursue executive action to fulfill their pledges. As Kerry Brown writes, Xi's decision is binding within China because a long process of consultation and consensus building within the Communist Party stands behind it. What Obama can do is up for grabs. No sooner did the pledge escape his lips than the incoming Republican majority leaders in the U.S. Congress make their own pledge to block Obama by any means necessary. In The WorldPost this week, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim writes that the landmark Xi-Obama agreement is not only good for the environment, but also for the economy. Environmentalist Bill McKibben parses out "what the deal is, and what it isn't." (continued)

Ukraine Warns Of A Worsening Security Situation

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine warned Thursday that the security situation is steadily worsening in the country's rebel-held east as separatist fighte...

Ukraine's Army Prepares For Possible Rebel Offensive

Reuters | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

By Pavel Polityuk and Anton Zverev KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 12 (Reuters) - Ukraine said on Wednesday it was redeploying troops in the east becaus...

Putin Blames Ukraine For Obstructing Flight MH17 Inquiry

Reuters | Posted 01.10.2015 | World

BEIJING, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday accused Ukraine's government of interfering with the investigation into the d...

Heaviest Shelling In A Month Hits Eastern Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 9 (Reuters) - East Ukraine's rebel stronghold Donetsk was pummel on Sunday by the heaviest shelling in a month, and the OSCE s...

Weekend Roundup: 25 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Is the World Dividing into Blocs Again?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

The world is at a tipping point. Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing rise of China and other emerging economies, fragile institutions -- the Asia Pacific Economic Community summit taking place in Beijing and the G-20 in a few days in Brisbane -- are trying to hold the links of peace and prosperity together.

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

Ukraine-Russia Conflict Heats Up Again

Reuters | Posted 01.07.2015 | World

By Natalia Zinets and Vladimir Soldatkin KIEV/MOSCOW, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused Russia on Friday of sending a colum...

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that the Republican Party made a loud statement on Election Night.