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    Hopes of Religious Freedom in Former Soviet Union Fall Short
    Mar20

    Hopes of Religious Freedom in Former Soviet Union Fall Short

    Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com Early in its existence, the Soviet Union turned Vladimir Lenin’s dictum that “religion is the opium of the people” into official policy. Atheism was what Lenin wanted for the Soviet empire, and it’s what it got. Assuring such an outcome were laws discouraging faith — such as...

    ‘Is This Real Life?’: Inside the Ukraine War’s Gray Zone
    Mar20

    ‘Is This Real Life?’: Inside the Ukraine War’s Gray Zone

    LOBACHEVE, Ukraine—War is absurd sometimes. The SUV clambered along the pothole-speckled dirt road, which was now more mud than dirt in the wake of melting snow and spring rains. The driver, a 30-year-old Ukrainian soldier named Andriy, held a pistol in his steering hand as he navigated through no man’s land near the separatist-controlled...

    Heavy Winds as Dubai Plane Crashes in Russia, Killing 62
    Mar20

    Heavy Winds as Dubai Plane Crashes in Russia, Killing 62

    MOSCOW—A Dubai airliner with 62 people on board nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball early Saturday while trying to land in strong winds in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, killing all aboard, officials said. Several planes had trouble landing at the airport at the time of the crash, with one trying to land three times before...

    U.S. Presidents Abroad
    Mar20

    U.S. Presidents Abroad

    By The GlobalistA brief history of presidential travel.The irony of any U.S. presidency is that the candidate for that high office almost always runs on a domestic platform — only to become embroiled in global affairs afterwards. Yet, serious U.S. presidential travel is a rather recent phenomenon. Our Globalist Factsheet examines how U.S....

    Dubai Airliner Crashes in Russia Killing All 62 on Board
    Mar19

    Dubai Airliner Crashes in Russia Killing All 62 on Board

    MOSCOW— Winds were gusting before dawn Saturday over the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when a plane carrying 62 people from a favorite Russian holiday destination decided to abort its landing. The timing was tricky. Two planes had landed just a few minutes before the FlyDubai plane aimed to touch down. On the other hand, a...

    What Brought Down the Plane From Dubai?
    Mar19

    What Brought Down the Plane From Dubai?

    ReutersA passenger plane coming from the United Arab Emirates has crashed while trying to land at a Russian airport, killing all 62 people on board, officials said. The Boeing 737-800 crashed early Saturday as it made its second attempt to land in the city of Rostov-on-Don, according to Russian officials. Flight FZ981, operated by airline...

    Crimean Tatars March In Prague On Second Anniversary Of Annexation
    Mar19

    Crimean Tatars March In Prague On Second Anniversary Of Annexation

    Members of the Crimean Tatar community marched in the Czech capital, Prague, on March 19 to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The Crimean Tatar minority has been strongly critical of the annexation, and their self-governing body, the Mejlis, has refused to recognize the change of...

    We found a surprising number of Airbnb rentals in the middle of war zones
    Mar19

    We found a surprising number of Airbnb rentals in the middle of war zones

    REUTERS/Mohammad IsmailAirbnb has some stunning rentals on its site, with people renting out everything from tree houses to castles. But there are also some rentals in unexpected places — like in global conflict zones. Though some Airbnb rentals can be found in war zones like Afghanistan or Yemen, there are others in places that are relatively...

    Vladimir Putin just did the US a huge favor
    Mar19

    Vladimir Putin just did the US a huge favor

    REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueNews that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a Russian air wing home from Syria indicates weakness to some observers. Low oil prices forced Putin to abandon the foreign venture. Geopolitical expert George Friedman disagrees. Speaking in a Mauldin Economics video, Friedman says the Russian deployment was part of an...

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Two Years After Crimea Annexation, Region Is A ‘Black Hole’ For Human Rights
    Mar19

    Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Two Years After Crimea Annexation, Region Is A ‘Black Hole’ For Human Rights

    Anna Andriyevskaya cannot go home. If she does, she will be arrested for inciting separatism and face a jail term of five years. Skype is her main connection to her homeland of Crimea, where her family and friends have remained two years after Russia’s annexation of the region from Ukraine. They, too, face threats from the Russian...