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U.S. confirms ‘rebels’ down MH17; SEC after HFTs?

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 – Evidence has accumulated to the point where the U.S. government is willing to claim that “Russian separatists” in Ukraine (i.e., the KGB or their hired minions) were responsible for shooting down Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, killing all aboard. That nasty riff on the disturbing Ukrainian situation was largely what put ...

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Stocks spooked by Malaysian MH17 crash, lousy housing numbers

WASHINGTON, July 17, 2014 – The Dow Jones Industrials got off the chocks not long after this morning’s opening bell, somewhat feebly attempting to break yesterday’s record high. But first, lousy housing numbers took the wind out of the market’s sails. Housing starts fell “unexpectedly” in May. Who knew? Then around 11 a.m. EDT, news ...

Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s chocolate king and new president

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2014 – Ukraine isn’t well known for chocolate. It’s better known for vodka, famine, and corruption. Thanks to Petro Poroshenko, that might change. Poroshenko is the apparent winner of today’s presidential election. He held a commanding lead over former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the polls going into the election, and exit ...

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 ...

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 ...

What the Philippines can learn from the South China Sea and Ukraine crises

HONOLULU, March 21, 2014 — The modern world that emerged from the end of the Cold War and the disastrous terrorist attacks of 9/11 has deceived the United States and her traditional allies into assuming that war between states was a thing of the past. As the world sees Russian advances in Eastern Europe and ...

War in Ukraine? Why Putin will keep Crimea

HONOLULU, March 17, 2014 — Today, the Obama Administration responded to ongoing Russian occupation of Crimea with an executive order blocking government officials of the Russian Federation from all “property and interests in property that are in the United States.” While some observers have criticized the sanctions as being too weak, President Obama’s intentions are ...

March Madness: #1 seeds go to the U.S. and Russia in Ukraine

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 17, 2014 — March Madness is in the air and spilling into international politics. Is Ukraine the site of the global Final Four, or is it just another early round battle of a few lower seeds that serve as sacrificial lambs for the two heavy favorites? Do you even remember ...

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.

Does the Ides of March bode ill for stocks? Ask Putin…

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2014 – While the stock market heads toward a short-term oversold condition this week—which usually bodes well for a bullish snapback reaction northward—the accumulation of existential uncertainties as we approach this weekend’s ominous Ides of March may result in an exception that disproves the rule. True to his U.S.S.R., KGB and Communist ...

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 ...

Let FREEDOM ring in the Ukraine…and the United States

RANCHO SANTA FE, Ca., March 10, 2014 – The Ukrainian crisis seems to have caught many Americans by surprise, which is surprising in itself…or perhaps just disappointing. Our Nation and its leaders seem to be captivated by the moment; living in a Twitter-like world that carries an attention span of 140 hours instead of 140 ...

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.