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    Fresh Battle Lines Drawn in Russia’s Culture Wars
    Dec25

    Fresh Battle Lines Drawn in Russia’s Culture Wars

    Outside the doors to the Moscow courthouse, the crowd of supporters, and reporters, swelled into the hundreds. Inside, one of Russia’s most famous theater directors was on trial for embezzlement. Just meters away, on a street corner, a young woman stood with a small sign: “Return our artist to us.” Such are the times in Russia,...

    Fresh Battle Lines Drawn in Russia’s Culture Wars
    Dec25

    Fresh Battle Lines Drawn in Russia’s Culture Wars

    Outside the doors to the Moscow courthouse, the crowd of supporters, and reporters, swelled into the hundreds. Inside, one of Russia’s most famous theater directors was on trial for embezzlement. Just meters away, on a street corner, a young woman stood with a small sign: “Return our artist to us.” Such are the times in Russia,...

    Taken From Ukraine’s War Zone, Grenades Are Used in Crimes, Too
    Dec25

    Taken From Ukraine’s War Zone, Grenades Are Used in Crimes, Too

    The weapons are becoming an increasingly common feature in criminal activities including domestic violence and bank robberies. …read more Source: The New York...

    Lorde pulls planned concert in Israel due to pressure from anti-Israel groups
    Dec25

    Lorde pulls planned concert in Israel due to pressure from anti-Israel groups

    (Credit: Getty/Rawpixel) The New Zealand singer Lorde has cancelled a planned concert in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv due to an outcry from fans who are critical of that country’s human rights record. The news of Lorde’s cancellation came from the concert producer Naranjah, according to The Jerusalem Post. The company released a...

    Diplomats warn Canada of Russian meddling in finance and elections
    Dec24

    Diplomats warn Canada of Russian meddling in finance and elections

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland planned to use a Friday meeting in Ukraine to get more information on reports that a man arrested there on suspicion of spying for Russia sat in on a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office this fall. But Canadian officials refused to say how seriously they take the incident, and […] The post...

    Another Soldier Killed In Eastern Ukraine, Holiday Cease-Fire Planned
    Dec24

    Another Soldier Killed In Eastern Ukraine, Holiday Cease-Fire Planned

    Ukraine’s military said on December 22 that one of its soldiers was killed and two wounded in the previous 24 hours in the eastern part of the country. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Russia issues stern warning US is fueling new bloodshed in Ukraine
    Dec24

    Russia issues stern warning US is fueling new bloodshed in Ukraine

    Russian officials said Saturday that the U.S. decision to supply Ukraine with lethal weapons to combat Russian-backed separatists will cause new bloodshed, as long-standing tensions between Washington and Moscow escalated over the 4-year-old conflict. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Donald Trump Prepares to Escalate Confrontation with Russia over Ukraine
    Dec24

    Donald Trump Prepares to Escalate Confrontation with Russia over Ukraine

    Doug Bandow Security, Europe Providing lethal weapons would almost certainly encourage the Ukrainians to press for even heavier arms and escalate the fighting, as well as discourage them from negotiating a settlement. Most Americans were told Donald Trump won the presidential election last year. But his policy toward Russia looks suspiciously...

    Russia Says U.S.-Supplied Weapons to Ukraine Could Escalate Conflict
    Dec24

    Russia Says U.S.-Supplied Weapons to Ukraine Could Escalate Conflict

    Russian officials said a decision by the United States to provide arms to Ukraine is dangerous as it will encourage Kiev to use force in eastern Ukraine. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine grateful for U.S. weapons as Russia voices outrage
    Dec24

    Ukraine grateful for U.S. weapons as Russia voices outrage

    The angry response from Moscow comes a day after President Donald Trump’s administration approved a plan to provide weapons to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles …read more Source: The Globe and...