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Ukraine Crisis

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.

Kissinger: Putin Is Not Stalin

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"Putin feels deeply aggrieved by Western actions, and he reacts in a manner that Peter the Great would have understood. It's brutal. But I do not think we face the same phenomenon as the Cold War."

The Global Economy Is Flying on One Engine -- But There Is Turbulence Ahead

Nouriel Roubini | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Nouriel Roubini

If the Republican Party takes full control of the U.S. Congress in the midterm election, policy gridlock is likely to worsen, risking a rerun of the damaging fiscal battles that led last year to a government shutdown and almost to a technical debt default. More broadly, the gridlock will prevent the passage of important structural reforms that the U.S. needs to boost growth.

Pro-Russian Separatists Name Leader After Rogue Vote

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

By Thomas Grove DONETSK, Ukraine, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine named a leader of their breakaway republic on Monday after a...

Weekend Roundup: Why the Arab Spring is Still Flowering in Tunisia

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

The savagery of ISIS, the slaughterhouse of Syria's civil war, the marauding militias in Libya and the restored autocracy in Egypt have devoured the hopes of the Facebook generation that spawned the Arab Spring. In Tunisia alone the spirit of the Jasmine Revolution still flowers. While the character of Tunisian society and culture has much to celebrate with its success, including just-completed peaceful elections that favored the main secular party, there is another factor: the absence of outside intervention, particularly from the West. In The WorldPost this week Rafik Abdessalem, Tunisia's former foreign minister, explains why despotism will never return to his country. Soumaya Ghannoushi argues that the many years that activists from the moderate Islamist Ennahdha Party spent in exile abroad taught them "the art of compromise and consensus, which may be the hallmark of the nascent Tunisian political model." Jonathan Labin, head of Middle East, Africa and Pakistan for Facebook, chronicles how the same social media that fomented political upheaval is now connecting young people in the region to jobs. (continued)

Why Putin Believes Democracy Is a Wicked Conspiracy To Destroy Russia

Ghia Nodia | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Ghia Nodia

Russia's geopolitical collapse occurred in part because Russians (not to mention their "captive nations" in Central and Eastern Europe) were seduced into believing that Western-style democracy and free markets worked better.

Weekend Roundup: Pope Pushes Ajar the Door to Modern Families

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, Pope Francis sought to push ajar the heavy door of doctrine to accommodate the reality of modern families. In China, leaders of the Hong Kong Umbrella Movement sat down for talks with authorities while the Central Committee of the Communist Party in Beijing pondered how to move forward on "the rule of law." Elsewhere, in some good news, Nigeria cleared itself of Ebola. The fierce fight for Kobani continued as the western suburbs of Baghdad came under intense attack. Ukrainians head to the polls in the midst of a "frozen conflict" with Russia. In our monthly series from the Vatican, "Following Francis," Sebastien Maillard recounts the ups and downs of the synod on family and the Pope's efforts to outmaneuver conservatives among the assembled cardinals. (continued)

NATO: Russia Still Has Troops In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 12.24.2014 | World

* Russia retains very capable force on border-NATO commander * Kremlin said Putin ordered troops to withdraw to bases * ...

Ukrainian PM Warns Russia May Try To Disrupt Sunday's Election

Reuters | Posted 12.23.2014 | World

KIEV, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Thursday warned of possible attempts by Russia to disrupt Sunday's parliamenta...

Ukraine's Vote, Russia's Fate

Carl Bildt | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Carl Bildt

When the Soviet Union collapsed more than two decades ago, and Ukraine opted for independence, many expected the country to do better than Russia in the years to come. But events turned out differently.

Why I'm Not a ‘Patriotic' Ukrainian

Marianna Glynska | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Marianna Glynska

I love my country, the land I was born in, and the culture -- but if being patriotic means dying, then I am not patriotic.

ISIS, Ukraine, the South China Sea and the End of the Era of American Power

David Paul | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
David Paul

Shock and Awe was the name for the onslaught of missiles and bombing that was to initiate the U.S. invasion and would intimidate Saddam, quickly bringing his regime into submission. Little did we know that the opening days of the second Iraq war marked the end of the era of America as the world's dominant military power.

Weekend Roundup: Who Lost Iraq?

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, as Baghdad is under siege from within and Kobani is poised to fall to ISIS fighters, the question of "Who Lost Iraq?" is taking center stage. Many, including some former insiders, are quick to blame President Obama for pulling American troops out "too soon" -- despite the fact that the Iraq war wearily tested the sacrifice and patience of Americans longer than World War I and II combined. Obama was elected in the first place to end it all. The primary fault, more likely, lies with the blunt trauma to the region caused by the U.S. invasion and occupation in 2003, the unwise dismantling of the Iraqi army and the exclusion of Sunnis from post-Saddam power arrangements. A decade later, the counter-revolution is underway. In this contest, the reticent use of 21st century air power appears to be no match for the 17th century fervor of the Islamic State's boots on the ground. The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy calls for the expulsion of modern day Turkey from NATO because of Turkey's willful abandonment of the Kurds in Kobani. Writing from Beirut, legendary former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke traces the appeal of ISIS today to the yearning for Islamic authority after the early 20th century demise of the Ottoman Caliphate. (continued)

Slow Progress At Russia-Ukraine Crisis Talks

Reuters | Posted 12.17.2014 | World

MILAN, Oct 17 (Reuters) - Russia and Ukraine made progress on Friday towards resolving a row over gas supplies, but European leaders said Moscow had t...

Polish Nobel Laureate: We Need Missiles to Aim at Russia

Marco Bardazzi | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Marco Bardazzi

Just two words, "Ukraine" and "Putin," bring out the old fighter in him, which seems slightly unusual for a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. These words explain the deep concern of the Poles, and indeed all Eastern European countries, to what is happening nearby: "We need missiles to aim at Russia."

Weekend Roundup: Ebola on the Loose

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week the world anxiously winced as Ebola spread out of Africa to the U.S. and Spain. The traveling virus exposed some harsh new global realities: the hot zone incubator of Africa's impoverished urbanization, persistent social inequality and decrepit public health infrastructure all linked to the rest of the planet by air travel. Nothing is any longer a world away. In The WorldPost this week, the co-discoverer of Ebola, Peter Piot, calls for urgent logistical aid to the infected areas of Africa. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim writes that the fight against the pandemic must entail a fight against poverty and chaos in countries just emerging from civil war and strife. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization pins her hopes on cutting edge science. Michael Elliott of the Bill Gates-backed One Foundation calls for outside assistance from NGOs and governments for investment in public health systems. (continued)

Will CNBC Market Negativity Again Bail Out Short Hedge Funds?

Terry Connelly | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Any TV news organization would rather cover a train wreck than an on-time arrival at the station. But CNBC's constant denigration of the equity market begs a question: why on earth would the cable network do their level best day in and day out to scare viewers out of the markets that they covers?

Ukraine's Military Says Separatists Violate Month-Old Ceasefire

Reuters | Posted 12.05.2014 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska DONETSK, Ukraine, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Ukraine's military accused Russian-backed separatists of fresh violations of...

Weekend Roundup: Confucius vs. The Umbrella Revolution

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

In the streets of Hong Kong today, China's future is meeting its past. It's 17 year-old rebellious student Joshua Wong, who is leading the Umbrella Revolution protests, versus Confucius, the sage of order and "social harmony," whose 2565th birthday was just emphatically celebrated by Xi Jinping in Beijing last week. To put this historic crossroads into perspective, The WorldPost publishes excerpts of Xi Jinping's remarkable speech on the anniversary of Confucius' birthday, which amounts to an official rehabilitation of ancient Confucian thought as the guiding light of modern China. From Hong Kong, WorldPost China correspondent Matt Sheehan reports from the ground on the orderly rebellion of the Umbrella Revolution. Beijing artist, Jia, looks at the Hong Kong protests through the prism of her memories of the excitement and dashed hopes of the Tiananmen Square events in 1989. Lawrence Lau, a former member of Hong Kong's Executive Council, argues that the election plan presented by Beijing, which stirred the protests, will actually allow for genuinely competitive elections over time.

Guns of Autumn -- Or an Uneasy Truce in Ukraine?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Evelyn Leopold

What is the end goal? Total occupation of Ukraine is doubtful as it would result in a civil war and an economic collapse, which is already underway with oligarchs still functioning despite the ouster of the corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovich. Or is a land link to Crimea the objective?

Watch Protesters Tear Down A Massive Lenin Statue In Ukraine

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.29.2014 | World

Demonstrators in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv toppled one of the country's largest statues of Vladimir Lenin on Sunday. Captured in a bevy of...

Weekend Roundup: ISIS Has Unified the World; Climate Change Has Divided It

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week, the U.N. Security Council stood united in a unanimous resolution to fight what President Obama called the ISIS "network of death." Yet, despite pleas for the world to act together on global warming, the leaders of India and China failed to even show up at the U.N. Climate Summit. India's environment minister actually announced that his country would not cut carbon emissions and that the burden should fall on the developed countries. As the U.S. struck ISIS targets in both Syria and Iraq, Pope Francis visited Albania, a Muslim-majority country that is one of the poorest in Europe. Writing from Tirana, Albania's Prime Minister Edi Rama, reports on the pope's visit and his inspiring message of peace, hope and tolerance. (continued)

EU Rejects Putin Demand For Ukraine Deal Changes

Channel NewsAsia | Posted 09.26.2014 | World

BRUSSELS: The European Union said on Friday (Sep 26) that Russian President Vladimir Putin had written to Brussels demanding changes to a landmark EU-...