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    How Constitutional Revisions Fatten the Already Porky Leaders in the Former Soviet Union
    Jun12

    How Constitutional Revisions Fatten the Already Porky Leaders in the Former Soviet Union

    Image: Kremlin. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Constitutions are supposed to be the ultimate guarantor of citizens’ rights, but cunning leaders in the former Soviet Union often manipulate them for their own ends, not the people’s. The most egregious manipulation of the constitutional-revision process is changing the document to allow a...

    Kyiv’s LGBT Community Holds A March Of Equality
    Jun12

    Kyiv’s LGBT Community Holds A March Of Equality

    Ukraine’s capital is holding an LGBT pride parade, with European Parliament lawmakers expected to attend the March of Equality on June 12. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukraine’s Lomachenko knocks out Martinez for WBO title
    Jun12

    Ukraine’s Lomachenko knocks out Martinez for WBO title

    Vasyl Lomachenko turned a Puerto Rican celebration into a Ukrainian holiday with a brutal knockout of Rocky Martinez to take the WBO junior lightweight title Saturday night. … Click to Continue » …read more Source: Miami...

    Russia’s Deadly T-80 Tank vs. America’s M-1 Abrams: Who Wins?
    Jun12

    Russia’s Deadly T-80 Tank vs. America’s M-1 Abrams: Who Wins?

    Michael Peck Security, Europe It’s 1989, and the USSR just invaded Western Germany. The best Cold War weapons are about to square off. God favors the side with the bigger battalions, says the old military proverb. The Soviet Union didn’t believe in God, but heaven knows, it did swear by the bigger battalions. So what if some of those...

    Hillary Clinton made history this week — here are the countries that have had female heads of state for decades
    Jun11

    Hillary Clinton made history this week — here are the countries that have had female heads of state for decades

    Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesHillary Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, and she’s currently beating Donald Trump in many national polls. Depending on how things shake out in the fall, the United States may very well be headed for its first woman president. But if Clinton is elected, she’ll be far from the first...

    Nobel laureate makes grim assessment of post-Soviet life
    Jun11

    Nobel laureate makes grim assessment of post-Soviet life

    HAY-ON-WYE, Wales (AP) — In the view of Nobel literature laureate Svetlana Alexievich, Russia is taking refuge in ideas from its Soviet past, but this nostalgia collides with newer, darker forces. In an interview with The Associated Press at the Hay Festival of literature, the 68-year-old Alexievich assessed what she has learned from decades of...

    NATO Is Holding The Biggest Exercise In Poland In A Decade, And Russia Is Not Happy
    Jun11

    NATO Is Holding The Biggest Exercise In Poland In A Decade, And Russia Is Not Happy

    A column of Strykers, the US Army’s eight-wheeled, 20-ton fighting machines, trundled across the narrow pontoon bridge to meet the Russian intruders in central Poland. Less than an hour earlier, a mixed team of German and British engineers had taken to the Vistula River with 30 giant M3 amphibious rigs to build a bridge almost a quarter of...

    What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear Button?
    Jun11

    What Exactly Would It Mean to Have Trump’s Finger on the Nuclear Button?

    Donald Trump, December 15, 2015: “The biggest problem we have is nuclear—nuclear proliferation and having some maniac, having some madman go out and get a nuclear weapon. That’s in my opinion that is the single biggest problem that our country faces right now.” Hillary Clinton, June 2, 2016: “This is not someone who should ever have the...

    Ukraine’s Savchenko: Without Peace, The War ‘Will Last Forever’
    Jun11

    Ukraine’s Savchenko: Without Peace, The War ‘Will Last Forever’

    Ukrainian airwoman and lawmaker Nadia Savchenko, released from Russian captivity last month, discusses negotiating with Russia-backed separatists, the need for new blood in parliament, and political “senility” in the Kremlin. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Savchenko Calls For ‘Fair And Transparent’ Elections In Ukraine
    Jun11

    Savchenko Calls For ‘Fair And Transparent’ Elections In Ukraine

    Ukrainian military aviator Nadia Savchenko has called for “fair and transparent” elections in Ukraine. Speaking to Oleksandr Lashchenko, host of RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service program Saturday Interview, Savchenko said conditions for holding a free and democratic vote in her country did not yet exist. Savchenko spent nearly two...