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    Russia’s Patriotic Chess Star From Crimea Sets His Sights On World Title
    Mar30

    Russia’s Patriotic Chess Star From Crimea Sets His Sights On World Title

    Crimean-born, Russian chess star Sergei Karjakinspeaks about his upcoming bid to become world chess champion, his decision in 2009 to play for Russia instead of his native Ukraine, and his staunch support for Russian President Vladimir Putin. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Ukrainian Parties Fail To Form New Governing Coalition
    Mar30

    Ukrainian Parties Fail To Form New Governing Coalition

    Last-minute demands raised by former Ukrainian President Yulia Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party quashed hopes for a new governing coalition in Ukraine on March 29. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Latvia Blocks Russian Sputnik Site As Kremlin ‘Propaganda Tool’
    Mar30

    Latvia Blocks Russian Sputnik Site As Kremlin ‘Propaganda Tool’

    Latvian authorities shut down Russia’s pro-Kremlin news site Sputnik on March 29, calling it a “propaganda tool” and drawing an immediate rebuke from Moscow. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    In Praise of Political Reporters
    Mar30

    In Praise of Political Reporters

    Yuri Gripas / Reuters Last night, President Obama gave the keynote lecture at an annual dinner to honor excellence in political reporting. The dinner is held once a year to commemorate Robin Toner, a legendary reporter who covered domestic politics for The New York Times until her death in 2008. (Obama recounted one of the anecdotes that has...

    Why Estonia’s Future Matters to the US
    Mar30

    Why Estonia’s Future Matters to the US

    I recently stood on the Estonian-Russian border. It was freezing cold and snowing lightly. Looking south along the Narva River I could see the Estonian city of Narva on the right and the Russian city of Ivangorod on the left. I was standing on Freedom’s frontier. This river, maybe 100 yards across, is the dividing line between a free and...

    Political Stability in the Balance as Ukraine Ousts Top Prosecutor
    Mar29

    Political Stability in the Balance as Ukraine Ousts Top Prosecutor

    Viktor Shokin had been widely criticized for turning a blind eye to corrupt practices, but observers of Ukrainian politics said he had played an important role in balancing competing interests. …read more Source: The New York...

    Armenian President’s U.S. Visit to Include Meaty Topics Such as Proliferation
    Mar29

    Armenian President’s U.S. Visit to Include Meaty Topics Such as Proliferation

    Image: Armenia. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan is spending three days in the Boston area, home to one of America’s oldest ethnic-Armenian communities, before taking part in a nuclear summit in Washington on Thursday. Sargsyan, who arrived in Boston on Monday, is attending Armenian-community events and visiting...

    The Humanization of Crime
    Mar29

    The Humanization of Crime

    At first we had the “globalisation of balkanisation,” when balkan-style failed-state wars became global after September 11. The modern trend, though, is the “balkanisation of globalisation.” The failed world order gets divided up by barbed wire into mentally gated communities, due to economic failure, floods of refugees...

    The Sacramental Laurus
    Mar29

    The Sacramental Laurus

    I was reading to the kids the other night from Land of the Firebird: The Beauty of Old Russia, by Suzanne Massie. It’s a wonderfully written book. Here’s a passage that caught my eye. Christianity first came to Russia in 988, with the conversion of the Kievan Prince Vladimir to Orthodoxy. In this passage, Massie explains how the Slavs...

    Ghosts of Babi Yar: A Visit to the Ravine Where Nazis Murdered 150,000
    Mar29

    Ghosts of Babi Yar: A Visit to the Ravine Where Nazis Murdered 150,000

    KYIV, Ukraine—Seventy-four years later, I reached up and broke off a small piece of a branch that was long and gray. It was bent in the strange, contorted ways it had blindly grown to look for light here at the cold bottom of the ravine, where the forest canopy above had turned the sunny spring day into dark winter’s night. The branch...