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U.S. Loses by Treating Russia as an Enemy

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

While avowed critics of social engineering at home, most conservatives believe the U.S. government can remake foreign societies abroad. It's a dangerous delusion. In pursuit of their interventionist fantasies, they are prepared to waste scarce financial resources, entangle the U.S. in foreign quarrels, and risk war with nuclear-armed powers.

In Midst of War, Ukrainian Political Left Ponders Next Moves

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Beneath wonky geopolitical chatter, Ukraine's independent left -- which must be distinguished from the old guard communist left -- is pushing its own political agenda. How can such forces overcome right-wing nationalism, particularly in the midst of deadly military conflict in the country's eastern regions?

Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

For the most part, ethnic minorities of Transcarpathia have gotten along with each other in recent years, though the area's delicate social balance could be upset by outsiders like Putin and his nationalist right wing allies in neighboring Hungary.

Putin Defends Russia's Aggressive Foreign Policy

AP | LAURA MILLS and NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 02.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will defend its geopolitical interests, President Vladimir Putin warned Thursday as he promised economic reforms to pull his co...

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your "Cossack" Pride

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Confronted with an existential threat in the form of Vladimir Putin, Ukraine is embracing patriotism and, in some cases, nationalist symbolism. In Uk...

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 World's Leaders Are Failing To Curb Corruption. Here's Why

Frank Vogl | Posted 11.21.2014 | Crime
Frank Vogl

Rogue current and former dictators and global bribe-paying giant corporations are enjoying levels of impunity, which only encourage international corruption and money laundering. The G20 needs to use this event to forcefully declare "NO IMPUNITY."

Ukraine's Zoos Need Urgent Help Before Winter

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Andrea Chalupa

After a popular uprising toppled Viktor Yanukovych in February, Ukrainians touring his most lavish palace finally got to visit their ex-president's private zoo. In this sprawling compound just outside Kyiv, built with stolen tax payer money, there are over 2,000 animals.

Ukraine -- the World Is Watching

Henryk A. Kowalczyk | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Henryk A. Kowalczyk

Shortsighted experts and commentators in the West naively believe that giving Russia one more piece of Ukrainian territory will resolve the problem. It would if this was the Russia's objective.

Legal 'Pussyrioting' Lives on in Another Russian Court Blunder

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The Hatchet may be on the opposite end of the political spectrum from the ultra-liberal feminists of Pussy Riot, yet like the women he was silenced for exercising Russia's constitutionally protected right to free speech.

What Really Motivated Russia's Foray Into Ukraine

Ryan Rappa | Posted 08.09.2014 | World
Ryan Rappa

Like most news coverage in general, most coverage of the Ukraine situation so far has been convoluted, disjointed, and missing the big picture. As a result, fears about Russia's propensity to invade other countries have been overblown.

REPORT: 121 Died During Ukraine Protests

AP | Posted 04.15.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations say in a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine that corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary a...

EuroMaidan Left to the West: Where's My Solidarity?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.11.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As East-West tensions steadily deteriorate, Ukrainian leftists may wonder what has become of their Western counterparts. Locked into a rigid ideologi...

Dominique Mosbergen

Thousands Of Ukraine's Zoo Animals May Soon Starve To Death | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 04.11.2014 | Green

As political unrest continues to threaten the peace in Ukraine, thousands of animals at one of the country's zoos are at the brink of starvation, an i...

Russia Refuses To Extradite Ukraine's 'Legitimate President'

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2014 | World

MOSCOW, April 11 (Reuters) - Moscow will not extradite Viktor Yanukovich to Ukraine, Russia's chief prosecutor said on Friday, calling the ousted le...

Crimea: Russian Aggression Or Realpolitik?

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
American Anthropological Association

We made no offer to send monitors to help ensure a fair election. Instead, Western leaders challenged the idea of holding any referendum. Is this Russian aggression or support of self-determination?

Without Economic Opportunities, Ukraine's Women May Turn to Putin

Marcia Greenberg | Posted 06.07.2014 | Women
Marcia Greenberg

Were more decision-makers to see and listen to average Ukrainian women, they would hear a consistent complaint: After years of corruption, women want a fair system with economic opportunity.

Ousted President: Crimea Should Be A Part Of Ukraine

AP | By CARO KRIEL and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 06.02.2014 | World

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Defensive and at times tearful, Ukraine's ousted president conceded Wednesday that he made a mistake when he invited Ru...

What the Mainstream Misses: Observations on the Ukraine Crisis

Allen Ruff | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics
Allen Ruff

With Yanukovych ousted, the ever myopic U.S. press rapidly shifted its attention to Russia's response, or more accurately to the behavior of Vladimir Putin.

Why Ukraine's Next President Doesn't Matter

James Stafford | Posted 05.27.2014 | Business
James Stafford

From a business standpoint, the economic and political situation will not show signs of stability until next year. At the same time, the intuitive investor may see opportunity ripening.

IMF Makes Big Loan To Fledgling Ukrainian Gov't

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Thursday pledged $18 billion in loans to prop up Ukraine's sinking economy, as the nation's ...

Ukraine, From More Than One Perspective

Elena Kryzhanovskaya | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
Elena Kryzhanovskaya

Friends have asked me to write to explain what is going on. But how do I explain an extremely complicated situation that feels so personal? Mainstream media runs headlines about Ukraine right next to stories about Syria. And isn't that the bottom line -- how do we avoid another Syria?

Ukraine Crisis: Time for Thorough Overhaul of the International Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Why can't one criticize both Washington's foreign policy machinations while also decrying Putin's excesses? Adopting such a position seems clear as day and a "no-brainer," yet the left cannot seem to get beyond the narrow confines of its own ideological fixations.

Starvation Concerns For Abandoned Animals At Ukrainian Ex-President's Zoo

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 03.21.2014 | Green

Days after Viktor Yanukovych abandoned Mezhygirya, his residence outside Kiev, many stormed the sprawling 343-acre estate to see just how the former p...

Straight Talk on Ukraine

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Whether for good or for ill, however, and despite whatever attempts Western powers have made to influence the outcome, the change of government is ultimately the responsibility of Ukrainians, not the Obama administration.