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Russian BUK Missile System v. American HAWK Missile System - Is There Any Possibility of Another Similar Flight MH-17 Shoot Down Occurrence?

Dana T. Blackmore | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Dana T. Blackmore

The American company, Raytheon, manufactured approximately 40,000 HAWK missile systems that have been sold to and operated by numerous countries including, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, etc. So one of my questions is: where are all of these HAWK missile systems?

The West Agrees To Wider Sanctions On Russia Over The Crisis In Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine, July 28 (Reuters) - U.S. and European leaders agreed on Monday to ...

Russian Oligarch's Balkan-Style Gambit in Ukraine

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

When Serbia found that Milosevic was an impediment to its campaign to regain world respect, it sent the architect of genocidal crimes to The Hague. Russia's elite may decide the same about Putin -- especially after the ghastly circumstances surrounding the destruction of MH17 -- and dump him as a liability... if they can.

Sino-Russian Entente Would Move the World a Step Closer to 1914

Artyom Lukin | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Artyom Lukin

The Ukraine crisis may well become a tipping point, sealing the fate of Eurasian alignments. The Western push to punish and isolate Russia is drawing Moscow closer to Beijing, which, tellingly, has taken a stance of benevolent neutrality towards the Kremlin's actions in Ukraine and its takeover of Crimea. One may suspect that, in exchange, Beijing would expect from Moscow the same kind of "benevolent neutrality" regarding its assertions in East Asia and the Western Pacific.

A Proud Russkiy Citizen or an Unpatriotic Traitor of Mother Russia?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

I refuse to be defined by my passport -- both literally and metaphorically. Surely there's more to an individual than his personal identification number and/or the color of his passport?

The Russian Dream Is All About Empire

Svetlana Alexievich | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Svetlana Alexievich

The Russian Dream is for the country to be a great empire and to inspire fear. Interviews I recently conducted in Moscow all ended with the same words: "First, the Olympic Games in Sochi, then we annexed Crimea. And now, we've won the hockey championships!"

Clinton: Putin 'Bears Responsibility' For Malaysia Plane Crash

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Russian President Vladimir Putin "bears responsibility" for the crash of a Malaysian airliner that was ...

Nailing Shut 'Window to Europe' Will Empower Russian Nationalists

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 07.25.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

The most frightening possible result of sanctions is that the West could nail shut the "window to Europe" that Russia has been laboring hard to develop ever since Peter the Great first built it at tremendous cost in the early 18th century.

"Give Peace a Chance": A Naïve But Heartfelt Playlist

David Wild | Posted 07.24.2014 | Entertainment
David Wild

So with all the tragic violence in The Middle East today and The Cold War being crudely reheated by Putin, here is one man's naïve but heartfelt playlist for Peace. It may not have much to do with the realities of the situation in Gaza or Ukraine, but as John Lennon once said, "Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."

John Kerry Accidentally Sanctions Self

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.23.2014 | Comedy
Peter Van Buren

"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."

Putin's Tipping Point? Remembering What Happened When the Soviets Shot Down a Plane

Nina L. Khrushcheva | Posted 07.23.2014 | World
Nina L. Khrushcheva

When incompetence in the Kremlin turns murderous, its incumbents can begin to tremble. As news of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine trickled into Russia, people with a long memory recalled the Soviet Union's attack, 31 years ago this September, on Korean Air Lines Flight 007, and its political consequences. Back then, the Kremlin first lied to the world by saying that it had nothing to do with the missing KAL plane. Later it claimed that the South Korean jet was on an American spy mission. But, within the Soviet leadership, the incident was a tipping point.

Former Russian Finance Minister Fears Putin Is Isolating The Country

ITAR-TASS | Posted 07.23.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22. /ITAR-TASS/. Some forces in Russia are interested in the country's isolation but the Russian business wants to invest in global marke...

Putin Vows To Strengthen Russia's Capabilities To Counter NATO

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2014 | World

MOSCOW, July 22 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a ful...

This Bad Week in News: Are People Created Equal?

Courtney McKinney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

Whether a person is in "your" country legally or not, whether a person is living in occupied territory or settled land, whether a person is from Asia or from Europe -- people are people with no exceptions.

Push the Pipeline: Noisy Fun

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Robert Whitcomb

Because of pollution, global warming and global geopolitics, we obviously need to move away from fossil fuels, especially coal and oil, but also natur...

Joe Biden Once Looked At Putin And Said 'I Don't Think You Have A Soul'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Vice President Joe Biden's foreign policy work -- including an interesting exchange he says he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin -- is closely...

Putiin Wants Evidence

Jeff Danziger | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Lindsey Graham Calls John Kerry 'Delusional'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

Sen. Lindsey Graham expressed his qualms with the Obama administration's approach to foreign policy during a "Meet the Press" interview on Sunday, cal...

GOP Will Find a Way to Blame President Obama on Ukraine Jet Downing

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The downing of a MH17 apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack. But don't expect the GOP's hand hold with Obama to last.

Malaysian Airliner Shot Down, FedEx Charged Over Drug Shipments (VIDEO)

Dan McDermott | Posted 07.19.2014 | Media
Dan McDermott

We discussed the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight 17, the Russian-made Buk-M1 2 Missile System and the criminal charges against FedEx on The Weekend Show with Kenny Shelton Saturday July 19, 2014 on The Virginia Talk Radio Network.

Putin Needs to Call Out Pro-Russian Rebels

Olga Bielkova | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

Mr. Putin has had many opportunities to condemn the violence, but he has failed every time. I want his words to be addressed to Girkin and other Russian citizens disturbing Ukraine, not to my president. Putin's silence, which effectively condones the terrorists' activities in eastern Ukraine, bares a grave cost. Ending the violence has been the essence of an agreement reached in Geneva many months ago to which Russia was a signatory.

Russia, the U.S., and Preservation of the Status Quo

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia is a well-ingrained enemy of the U.S., and vice versa. For that reason, not too much effort is required to dust off and re-oil the propaganda machines on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Downed Airliner, Putin and History

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Andrew Nagorski

When the façade of an authoritarian regime begins to be exposed to the harsh glare of truth, it usually crumbles at some point.

5 Instant Geopolitical Thoughts on the Horror in Ukraine

Edward Goldberg | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

President Obama's announcements of stronger financial sanctions against Russia a day before the Malaysian plane crash was extremely fortuitous. It put him in front of the issue, prevented Republican criticism over leadership and gained the White House the moral high ground.

Putin Calls For Ceasefire In Ukraine

AP | PETER LEONARD and DMITRY LOVETSKY | Posted 07.19.2014 | World

ROZSYPNE, Ukraine (AP) — World leaders demanded Friday that pro-Russia rebels who control the eastern Ukraine crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight...