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    Behind the Curtain: Vladimir Putin manipulates oil price rise for Russian rebound
    Apr28

    Behind the Curtain: Vladimir Putin manipulates oil price rise for Russian rebound

    Ever since sanctions were imposed on Russia following the annexation of Crimea and the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, it has been the Kremlin’s strategy to wait out the West, based on a divide-and-conquer approach to the countries of Europe. We now may be seeing that strategy start … …read more Source: The Washington...

    These 5 Facts Explain What Obama Wants From Europe
    Apr28

    These 5 Facts Explain What Obama Wants From Europe

    Barack Obama’s trip to Europe last week made it clear that the U.S. president has a lot invested in what happens next in Europe. These are the five things Obama hopes to see before he leaves office in January. 1. No Brexit Obama travelled to London to deliver a clear message ahead of Britain’s June 23 referendum on E.U. membership:...

    U.S. Bill Backs More Defense Spending For Europe, Ukraine
    Apr28

    U.S. Bill Backs More Defense Spending For Europe, Ukraine

    A key U.S. congressional committee has backed a substantial increase in defense spending to reassure European allies jittery about Russian military maneuvers. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Best Ways to Help Ukraine
    Apr28

    The Best Ways to Help Ukraine

    The Ukrainian people have made tremendous sacrifices over the past two years, including more than a hundred killed during the Maidan revolution in 2014 and nearly 10,000 killed fending off Vladimir Putin’s invading forces in eastern Ukraine. They have endured disappointment with their own leaders and frustration with the West, which,...

    Ukraine’s Giant Easter Egg Festival Is A Feast For The Eyes
    Apr28

    Ukraine’s Giant Easter Egg Festival Is A Feast For The Eyes

    While many Christians in the world emptied out their Easter baskets weeks ago, for Orthodox Christians, the celebration is just getting started.Easter falls on May 1 on the Orthodox Christian calendar. There’s no mistaking the festive atmosphere in Kiev, Ukraine, where residents are marking the occasion with an annual Easter Egg festival.In...

    Russia Tries to Arrest Sister of Jailed Pilot Nadiya Savchenko
    Apr28

    Russia Tries to Arrest Sister of Jailed Pilot Nadiya Savchenko

    As talks continue to try to secure the safe return of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who was controversially jailed in Russia last month, Russian authorities have now also tried to arrest her sister. Savchenko was sentenced to 22 years in prison for being complicit in the killing of two Russian journalists in East Ukraine in 2014. Her trial...

    EU in trouble as Eurosceptic parties gain in strength
    Apr28

    EU in trouble as Eurosceptic parties gain in strength

    VIENNA (AP) — Even before a vehemently anti-EU party won strong support in Austria, the European Union’s top official acknowledged that the 28-nation bloc was in trouble. “We are facing very tough times,” European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told parliamentarians this month. “We are not very popular when we advocate for...

    Donald Trump and the GOP Tradition of Foreign-Policy Incoherence
    Apr28

    Donald Trump and the GOP Tradition of Foreign-Policy Incoherence

    Trump arrives for his foreign-policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel. Kevin Lamarque / ReutersMaking fun of the foreign-policy speech Donald Trump gave yesterday is easy. He said, “‘America First’ will be the major and overriding theme of my administration,” thus borrowing the slogan of those Americans who opposed America’s entry in...

    4 Reasons It Would Be Dangerous To Ban Russian Rocket Engines
    Apr28

    4 Reasons It Would Be Dangerous To Ban Russian Rocket Engines

    Loren B. Thompson, Constance Baroudos Security, Yes, we need to get rid of Russian engines, but banning them right away makes no sense. After Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine in 2014, everybody in Washington agreed it was time to stop relying on Russian rocket engines for getting U.S. military satellites into orbit. So it’s no surprise that...

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Fighting Spikes As Unity Over European Economic Sanctions Begins To Fray
    Apr28

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Fighting Spikes As Unity Over European Economic Sanctions Begins To Fray

    Fighting in Eastern Ukraine has spiked as ceasefire violations increase, international monitors said Thursday. The increase comes as European nations debate whether to continue their economic sanctions against Russia over the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine, Agence France-Presse reported. …read more Source: International Business...