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NATO Sobers Up

Stephen Schlesinger | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Stephen Schlesinger

Despite many pressures on the body to take some sort of decisive action to counter the Russian threat to Ukraine -- beyond sanctions already instituted -- the 28 NATO countries agreed to make only a few limited measures on Ukraine, but mainly focused on strengthening their own security interests.

U.S. Special Forces Quietly Increase Eastern European Presence After Russian Aggression

Reuters | Posted 08.10.2014 | Politics

By Peter Apps WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) - As NATO refocuses on its eastern borders after Russia's annexation of Crimea, the United...

What Do Ukrainians Really Want From Russia?

Olga Bielkova | Posted 08.01.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

What we want from Russia boils down to one word -- respect. And what we hope is that our friends and partners in the West become more cognizant of how easily one might fall into the trap of Kremlin's narrative -- a narrative that attempts to deny Ukraine's right for self-determination.

Beware of the Putin-Rendum

Olga Bielkova | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

The elections in Ukraine, which are scheduled for May 25, are far more than an opportunity to choose a president. It is an anchor on which our future hinges.

Why This Gay Community Worries About Having To Go 'Back In The Closet'

Agence France Presse | Anna Smolchenko | Posted 06.09.2014 | Gay Voices

Yelena, an openly gay teacher in Crimea who is raising four children with her partner, fears she could lose her family and her job now that her home h...

Will the U.S. Fund Russian Gas Exports?

Doug Norlen | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Given Russia's use of natural gas exports to bully Ukraine and Western Europe in the current crisis, sanctions should be expanded to include companies working in Russia's oil and gas export sector.

Russia's Powerful Media Bubble

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 05.19.2014 | World
Kevin M. F. Platt

One of the greatest challenges facing Ukraine is to rebuild the authority of its own media space and to articulate a shared understanding of politics, history and geography -- one that can overcome the now enormous divide between the two realities that Ukrainians now inhabit.

Obama Adviser: U.S. Won't Recognize Crimea Annexation

Reuters | Posted 05.09.2014 | Politics

(Adds Obama's upcoming meeting with Ukraine prime minister) WASHINGTON, March 9 (Reuters) - The United States will not recognize the a...

Crisis in Ukraine: 10 Things You Should Know

Max Kolonko | Posted 05.06.2014 | World
Max Kolonko

The big question for the Western world is: Will Vladimir Putin stop at Crimea?

I Hope Against Hope That Ukraine Is Not the Beginning of a Do-Over

John M. Simmons | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
John M. Simmons

Some of my fondest memories were formed in Russia and some of my favorite people live there. We don't talk about the Cold War. We don't even think about it. My Russian friends and I are simply grateful for the friendships that we share and we hope they can continue on forever.

Tensions Rise Between Ukraine And Russia Over Crimea

Reuters | Pavel Polityuk and Alissa de Carbonnel | Posted 03.01.2014 | World

* Putin unleashes intervention to protect Russian citizens * Russian forces seize Crimea, no sign of them elsewhere * Pro-Russian demonstrators ...