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    Will Saakashvili’s Defeat in Odesa Be His Ukrainian Waterloo?
    Nov11

    Will Saakashvili’s Defeat in Odesa Be His Ukrainian Waterloo?

    Odesa Mayor Gennadiy Trukhanov trounced Solidarity Party’s Sasha Borovik by 53-26 percent in Ukraine’s local elections October 25. Observers reported carousel voting, multiple voting lists, exit poll workers agitating for candidates, and a suspiciously slow vote count.The race for Odesa mayor was a proxy war between Oblast Governor...

    Religion & Liberty: Kitchen Redemption
    Nov11

    Religion & Liberty: Kitchen Redemption

    Brandon Chrostowski demonstrates a cooking technique at Edwins Early in October, I took a trip to Cleveland to learn about Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute and its founder, Brandon Chrostowski. Edwins is the “teaching hospital” of restaurants. It teaches people with zero hospitality experience the basics of restaurant business through a...

    Under the sea: Russia, China and American control of the waterways
    Nov11

    Under the sea: Russia, China and American control of the waterways

    The USS Roosevelt sails the South China Sea. US Navy/ReutersIn the summer of 2007, in a bizarre incident shown live on Russian television, scientists accompanied by a couple of senior politicians descended 4,300 meters to the floor of the Arctic Ocean in two Mir mini submarines. Divers then planted a Russian flag on the seabed, and Russia...

    A Close (and Surprisingly Positive) Encounter with Odesa’s New Police
    Nov11

    A Close (and Surprisingly Positive) Encounter with Odesa’s New Police

    The reorganization and reform of Ukraine’s catastrophically corrupt police force was the top priority when President Petro Poroshenko appointed Eka Zguladze first deputy Interior Minister of Ukraine. Poroshenko wants to emulate the relative success that Georgia’s Rose Revolution reformers garnered in modernizing their small...

    Failing on the Ukrainian Battlefield, Russia Turns to Terrorism
    Nov11

    Failing on the Ukrainian Battlefield, Russia Turns to Terrorism

    To understand how Russia conducts its foreign policy, simply look at what the Kremlin accuses everyone else of doing. Unlike the Soviet Union, which operated under a coherent ideology, the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin seems to believe that everybody is a cynical power player, and that the West is simply hypocritical about it....

    Reuters Outs Putin’s Daughter
    Nov11

    Reuters Outs Putin’s Daughter

    Mathematician-dancer’s partner is son of Putin associate, does business with other oligarchs. …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Russian Artist Fights FSB With Fire
    Nov11

    Russian Artist Fights FSB With Fire

    Pyotr Pavlensky, notorious for radical protests, targets KGB successor over reign of ‘terror.’ …read more Source: Transitions Online...

    Minsk Armistice Implementation in Ukraine Officially Postponed
    Nov11

    Minsk Armistice Implementation in Ukraine Officially Postponed

    Meeting on November 6, in Berlin, the ministers of foreign affairs of the “Normandy” group (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) finally acknowledged that the Minsk armistice cannot be implemented by this year’s end, as originally intended. They agreed to postpone the implementation into next year, without setting another deadline. The...

    Russia’s Operation in Syria: Concealing Mission Creep
    Nov11

    Russia’s Operation in Syria: Concealing Mission Creep

    Russia’s air operations in Syria have triggered speculation concerning Moscow’s objectives, the length of the campaign, as well as the levels of planning involved. On the one hand, Russia’s information campaign describes a limited engagement, which boosts domestic support for the intervention. The Kremlin fears Russian forces...

    Fortress Europe is the biggest threat to Ukraine’s future
    Nov10

    Fortress Europe is the biggest threat to Ukraine’s future

    The European Union finds itself in the midst of multiple crises. It might be torn apart by the refugee crisis, the rise of nationalistic populism in Central Europe, the repercussions of a possible Brexit, or by the return, in some form, of the debt crisis that has been ravaging Greece for over five years now. However, the risk that these crises...

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