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    Political Strains Drive Wedge Between Turkey, Russia
    May08

    Political Strains Drive Wedge Between Turkey, Russia

    A few months ago, bilateral relations between Turkey and Russia were on the upswing, buoyed by a close bond between their two presidents. Now, there is speculation that a serious rift is developing between the two countries, although powerful economic ties remain a unifying force. Fueling the speculation was President Vladimir Putin’s...

    Why Russia Celebrates V-E Day on a Different Day Than Everyone Else
    May08

    Why Russia Celebrates V-E Day on a Different Day Than Everyone Else

    Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel signing the German surrender in Berlin (National Archives) Seventy years ago today, Germany’s surrender to the Allies took effect, marking the formal end of World War II in Europe. Or did it? Americans, Brits, and the French mark the date of the Allied Victory in Europe (V-E Day) on May 8; Russians celebrate...

    Nigerian gives political edge to Venice Biennale
    May08

    Nigerian gives political edge to Venice Biennale

    Venice (AFP) – From migrant tragedies in the Mediterranean to war in Ukraine, the 2015 Venice Biennale, which opens Saturday, will have a markedly political edge under the direction of its Nigerian curator.Okwui Enwezor is the first African to take charge of the 120-year-old festival, which is one of the most important fixtures on the...

    Ukraine president says almost 7,000 civilians killed in war
    May08

    Ukraine president says almost 7,000 civilians killed in war

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Nearly 7,000 civilians have been killed in the war in eastern Ukraine between government forces and Russian-backed separatists, the nation’s president said Friday. …read more Source: CNS...

    Missiles, Medals, And Putin’s Victory Day Parade
    May08

    Missiles, Medals, And Putin’s Victory Day Parade

    During his 15 years in power, President Vladimir Putin has increasingly used Victory Day celebrations to bolster his portrayal of Russia as a bulwark against a supposed American menace. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    AP PHOTOS: Veteran pride as Russia marks victory in Europe
    May08

    AP PHOTOS: Veteran pride as Russia marks victory in Europe

    MOSCOW (AP) — A former Russian paratrooper is haunted by the memory of comrades being wiped out by the Nazis. Another veteran recalls the terror of being captured by SS troops after his plane was shot down. A former radio operator relives the tragedy of families abandoning their prized possessions in the exodus from Crimea after the German...

    On Patrol With One of Russia’s Most Wanted in the Battle for Ukraine
    May08

    On Patrol With One of Russia’s Most Wanted in the Battle for Ukraine

    Last year, the people of Ukraine realized that they had, in effect, no army to defend them. Their military had been too depleted by corruption and mismanagement to mount a defense when Russia sent troops to seize the region of Crimea in February 2014. Through the following spring, armed forces mostly stood by as Russia went on to fuel a...

    What Happened to New Europe?
    May08

    What Happened to New Europe?

    The former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is commonly given credit for coining the term “New Europe” a decade ago, in reference to the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. At the time, these countries were counted amongst the most staunchly pro-American members of NATO—and also among the boldest economic reformers on the...

    Time for Triumphant Tories to Restore Britain’s Global Power
    May08

    Time for Triumphant Tories to Restore Britain’s Global Power

    The British Conservative Party’s victory in yesterday’s British elections should give hope to U.S. Republicans who remember how Margaret Thatcher’s decisive victory in 1979 preceded Ronald Reagan’s sweep of the U.S. election in 1980. That Prime Minister David Cameron’s party managed to actually pick up seats in...

    Russia’s Stumbling Pivot to Asia
    May08

    Russia’s Stumbling Pivot to Asia

    On May 21, 2014, after a marathon negotiating session in Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, finally put pen to paper on a $400 billion natural-gas deal widely heralded as the kickstart to Russia’s own pivot to Asia. One year later, though, it’s far from clear that strategic shift is...