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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.

Yanukovych Stirring Up Crimea?

It is all speculation of course, it can’t be Russia or former Ukrainian government forces right? Ukraine has strict gun control policies and one must have cause in order to obtain a license, so if it is not Russian authorities and it is not former Ukrainian government troops with automatic weapons, fatigues, and communication equipment who is it?

The plot sickens in the Ukraine, stock futures turn negative

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2014 – Markets have been confused this week. It appears that cautious retail traders are re-entering markets in the a.m. hours while cynical pros are dumping stocks later in the day. But things may take a decisive turn for the worse this morning as the situation in the Ukraine deteriorates. Reports continue ...

The plot thickens in Ukraine

Essentially, there are four factors which bear watching in this situation. The Opposition (new) Parliament and how they will proceed with unifying the country. Crimea, the course they decide to take will have far reaching implications. Yanukovych, he could throw this entire situation into an uproar if he vows to fight to the end. And Russia, simply put much of this hinges on Russia.

Is civil war coming to Ukraine?

Fighting along clearly divided geographical lines with equal or somewhat equal international support could lead to a stalemate in any combat that would arise.

The shabbiness behind the Sochi Olympics

Before the Olympic Games even began, journalists were writing and Tweeting about the shoddy construction of hotels, the poor service and the just plain bizarre. What did they expect?

Sochi is safe: Putin is in charge

Vladimir Putin is not Barack Obama. If terrorists embarrass Putin he will scorch their entire Earth and not worry about collateral damage.

Disaster in Sochi? Enjoy the Olympics

WASHINGTON, February 6, 2014 – The world press has descended on Sochi, and the first dispatches are grim. Forget human rights and the environment; the hotel tap water is either missing or undrinkable. Doorknobs come off in your hand. Some hotels don’t have lobbies or floors, there’s no internet service, and you aren’t supposed to ...

The Russian adoption ban and Putin’s petty, brutal politics

The adoption ban is called the “Dima Yakovlev” law for a Russian toddler whose adoptive American father, Miles Harrison, left him in a car, where he died of heatstroke. That death was only an excuse; the Russian law was passed in response to America’s Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act.

Why America’s ‘Asia pivot’ strategy isn’t fooling anyone in Asia

HONOLULU, January 23, 2014 – In the ancient Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, author Luo Guanzhong writes “When one is born great, one cannot be patient for long under another person’s domination.” In the not-too-distant future, not only will China surpass the United States as an economic and military giant, but all of ...

Vladimir Putin: #Sochi Gays welcome, No propaganda to minors

As reported on MyFoxDC:Putin told volunteers Friday that gays visiting Sochi “can feel calm and at ease,” and vowed that there would be no discrimination at the games. But he emphasized that, according to a law banning homosexual “propaganda” among minors, gays cannot express their views on gay rights issues to anyone underage.” Despite all the ...