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North Korea calls Obama a ‘monkey,’ blames U.S. for internet outage

WASHINGTON, December 27, 2014 – An unnamed North Korean official speaking for North Korea’s National Defense Commission called President Obama a “monkey” on Saturday. In a statement blaming the U.S. for internet failures that plagued the country this week, the official said, “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a ...

Russian government predicts severe inflation, recession for 2015

WASHINGTON, December 26, 2014 – The Russian economy, already in a slump, will enter a sharp recession next year, accompanied by double-digit inflation. This is according to Russian government ministers, who blame Western sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the plummeting price of oil. The sanctions have blocked foreign investment in the ...

Nuclear disarmament and the Ukraine conundrum

WASHINGTON, November 13, 2014 – NATO officials have confirmed that Russian troops, tanks, and other military equipment are crossing the border into Ukraine. Fighting has picked up around Donetsk, and there have been “green man” sightings – men in green uniforms with no insignia. The invasion of Crimea was carried out in part by green ...

Russia, Ukraine fail to reach gas deal, Putin prickly

WASHINGTON, June 16, 2014 – Russia and Ukraine failed to reach a deal on payment of Ukraine’s unpaid gas bills, leading Russia’s gas giant Gazprom to cut gas supplies to Ukraine today. Gas continues to flow to Western Europe, and Ukraine has sufficient supplies to last until December. Ukraine is one of the most energy ...

Risks to Russia of alienating the West over Ukraine

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 – The dangerous situation in Ukraine poses challenges and dangers to the West, and the United States and EU have been hard pressed to find a serious and credible response. Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed to a number of western observers to be in commanding control of the situation, with ...

Monday’s stock market roadkill: Can the bulls recover today?

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2014 – Our desiccated, flattened, very much former squirrel pictured above is about what the stock market felt like Monday evening. With few exceptions, pretty much the entire market of stocks—particularly the techs—felt like a veritable stampede of now-pancaked fauna whose carcasses were scattered about Wall Street as if they’d suddenly encountered ...

Russia kindly asks Ukraine to disarm

Of course Russia has nothing to gain if Kiev disarms the recently formed militias. Russia is simply from the bottom of their heart pleading with the Ukrainian government to take back control of their people, to bring them back under thumb, and to do away with all of those nasty armed citizens.

Ukraine waits as EU, US do nothing

Ukraine represents the last of President Obama’s foreign policy credibility. He drew a line in the sand in Syria, it was crossed, and the most he did was send weapons to terrorists. He warned Vladimir Putin not to invade Crimea, and he did, and now the US is doing nothing to prevent further Russian advances.

Ukraine Defense Minister resigns, Ukraine disarms citizens: Kiev has a choice

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2014 —  Kiev either does not understand the gravity of the situation they are in or they are unable to cope with or address it. Yesterday, CNN ran a report detailing the internal turmoil currently surging through the new government in the Ukrainian capital, while also detailing how woefully unprepared they seem ...

Kiev Moves to disarm Ukrainians with Russia at the door

Ukraine should not be tying the hands of their people behind their back. Yes acceptance into the EU is important, yes Kiev needs to be on good terms with the West. But the EU, and the West need to understand that Ukraine is in a tenuous situation.

Force is the only remaining option in Ukraine

The Ukrainian government has already called up the reserve forces. They seem to be teetering on the idea of declaring that Russia leaves Ukrainian territory or there will be war.

Ukraine: As in real estate, it’s about location, location, location

Kyiv protestor / Photo by Snamess FORT WORTH, Texas, March 12, 2014 — Sometimes a rancher wants the land adjoining his. And then he wants the land next to that. When you acquire the land next door, do you keep looking over the fence at the land beyond, or do you eventually become content with what you ...

Ukraine, Crimea, and the right to rebel

ladimir Putin and the Russian Federation have invaded the territory of a sovereign nation, seemingly at the behest of what they consider the lawful leader, and the ethnic Russian people of Crimea. They cite the lawlessness, and the instability which has resulted from the recent removal of the old government and its subsequent replacement with the new as reasons for his incursion, despite evidence existing of such lawlessness.

Putin brings down the hammer on Ukraine

The last few days has seen Russia move from the somewhat benevolent interlopers, seeking to protect ethnic Russian Ukrainians from a lawless government, to the enforcer of tyrants, the arm of the strong against the weak, the hammer of the government against the anvil of the people.