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    UN: Rights of Crimean Tatars Deteriorating Under Russian Rule
    May18

    UN: Rights of Crimean Tatars Deteriorating Under Russian Rule

    Human rights concerns are growing over the deteriorating situation of tens of thousands of Tatars since Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, considered part of Ukraine, two years ago. “Since April 2014, Crimean Tatars have been subjected to arbitrary searches, seizure of books and arrests. Allegations of ill-treatment have largely gone...

    Ukraine Talks Seek Progress, But Donbas Elections Remain a Hurdle
    May18

    Ukraine Talks Seek Progress, But Donbas Elections Remain a Hurdle

    U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland’s surprise trip to Moscow is evidence of a new push for progress on implementing the peace deal for Ukraine signed last year in Belarus’ capital, Minsk. Nuland’s trip began Tuesday, just a day before the Trilateral Contact Group meets in Minsk to try to break a political deadlock...

    6 Facts Highlight Why We Need to Rebuild Our Military
    May18

    6 Facts Highlight Why We Need to Rebuild Our Military

    The U.S. military seems to be breaking. Senior military leaders have made dire statements before Congress, and story after story is revealing the potentially deadly challenges facing our men and women in uniform. As Congress considers the annual defense authorization bill, here are six clear, real-world examples of why Congress needs to use the...

    Documenting Theft on a Grand Scale
    May18

    Documenting Theft on a Grand Scale

    The Hudson Institute’s Kleptocracy Initiative launched its Kleptocracy Archive earlier today. As of 11 am, anyone interested can search for thousands of primary source documents on corruption in authoritarian regimes at kleptocracyarchive.org. The American Interest‘s Publisher, Charles Davidson, is the founder and Executive Director of the...

    Donald Trump Says He Would Talk Directly To North Korean President Kim Jong Un
    May18

    Donald Trump Says He Would Talk Directly To North Korean President Kim Jong Un

    NEW YORK, May 17 (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, Trump told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.In a wide-ranging discussion, Trump also said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in...

    Donald Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jong-un To Talk About North Korea’s Nukes
    May18

    Donald Trump Says He’d Meet With Kim Jong-un To Talk About North Korea’s Nukes

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is willing to talk to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear program, Trump told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.In a wide-ranging discussion, Trump also said he disapproved of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in eastern Ukraine, called for a...

    ‘The Sound of God’: In Iraq, US Airpower Bolsters the Peshmerga’s Fight Against ISIS
    May17

    ‘The Sound of God’: In Iraq, US Airpower Bolsters the Peshmerga’s Fight Against ISIS

    MOSUL FRONT, Iraq—The old peshmerga general smiled at the sound of the U.S. fighter jets. “That’s the sound of God,” he said. Gen. Omar Hama Ali Farag held a pair of binoculars to his eyes, scanning Islamic State positions about a mile away, across the Great Zab River in the direction of Mosul. “There’s two Daesh fighters hiding...

    A tale of tulips, from ancient beginnings to contemporary spectacle
    May17

    A tale of tulips, from ancient beginnings to contemporary spectacle

    The other day I heard a radio contest in which the caller was asked to identify the country that embraced the tulip as its national flower: the Ukraine, Turkey or Holland. Naturally the caller guessed Holland and even the hosts seemed shocked when they revealed that the tulip is actually the national flower of Turkey. In fact, today 14 species of...

    OSCE Chief: More Diplomacy Needed on Ukraine
    May17

    OSCE Chief: More Diplomacy Needed on Ukraine

    The head of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) says stepped up international diplomacy is needed to prevent the situation in Ukraine from becoming an intractable conflict. “The risk of the frozen conflict remains, if there is no progress at the political level,” Lamberto Zannier told VOA. “The more this drags on, in a...

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard in Ukraine
    May17

    New Police Force Finds Old Habits Die Hard in Ukraine

    The launch of Ukraine’s new police patrol force last year sparked an internet craze of citizens posting selfies with newly recruited officers. Their popularity stemmed not from their uniforms, body cameras and tablets, but the fact they did not demand bribes. The most visibly successful reform to have emerged from the pro-European Maidan...