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Oil stocks, Wall Street = roadkill as WTI crude collapses

WASHINGTON, December 10, 2014 – Wednesday is a day that will live in infamy, at least for those invested in stocks. As we write this, stocks across the boards, with few exceptions, are taking a nosedive to hell. The market, in general, is beginning to resemble the very flat and very dead specimen of roadkill ...

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 ...

America made the Middle East mess

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 — Just two days away from the thirteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the United States once again finds itself embroiled and knee deep in the mess and much that is World politics. In the last three years we have seen numerous earth shattering events take place throughout the world. And ...

Thursday stocks spooked by rumblings in eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2014 – Stocks are taking the kind of hit the Maven more or less expected today. As of approximately 11:30 a.m. EDT, the Dow is off 50 points, the S&P 500 is down 3.6, and the NASDAQ is off about 6.5: all modest drops on continuing weak volume, but to be expected ...

The economics of Ukraine: Corruption, black market, and subsidies

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2014 — As Vladimir Putin’s forces continue to annex parts of Ukraine, either through force or through allegedly rigged elections, the Ukrainian economy continues to suffer. How did they get in such a poor position? On December 26, 1991, the Soviet Union was officially disbanded, eventually creating 14 separate countries including Ukraine which had ...

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 ...

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.

Obama’s ‘go stand in the corner’ policy for Russia raises serious questions

HONOLULU, April 2, 2014 — Western efforts to further isolate and superpower shame Russia over annexation of Crimea took a surprising turn today when multiple news agencies reported that NASA would be severing space collaboration with Russia. The Obama Administration’s “go stand in the corner” policy of graduated de-linking of U.S.-Russian partnerships raises serious questions ...

Czars, Emperors, and Russia in the Crimea

SAN JOSE, March 30, 2014 —Vladmir Putin’s recent military occupation and subsequent annexation of the Crimean peninsula was condemned by the United Nations General Assembly last Thursday. The international body passed a measure declaring that the recent mid-March referendum in Crimea that led to Russia’s annexation of the peninsula’s “has no validity.” Given that Putin ...