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    10 Friendly Questions for Rand Paul
    Apr08

    10 Friendly Questions for Rand Paul

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has made official his desire to be Commander-in-Chief. The media has already had a field day exploring the ways his foreign policy and national security views do or do not diverge from the Republican consensus. Here at Shadow Government, we’re curious about that, too. So we polled our bench and compiled a list of...

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Use Gas To Pressure Ukraine
    Apr08

    Putin Says Russia Won’t Use Gas To Pressure Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the head of gas giant Gazprom and said Russia will not use the price of gas as an instrument to pressure Ukraine. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin: Greece Did Not Ask for Financial Aid
    Apr08

    Putin: Greece Did Not Ask for Financial Aid

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says the leader of Greece did not ask for financial aid during an official visit Wednesday. Putin was speaking to reporters after a bilateral meeting at the Kremlin with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. However, the Russian president said Moscow could provide credits for large joint projects with Greece in the...

    Valentina Lisitsa, free speech, and the problem with philanthropy
    Apr08

    Valentina Lisitsa, free speech, and the problem with philanthropy

    Ukraine-born classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa performs live on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on June 19, 2012. (Andrew Cowie/AFP/GettyImages) Let’s talk about this piano soloist and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. I know a conductor who swore in rehearsal and, if the musicians who were present have anything to say about it, he...

    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed
    Apr08

    Tsipras Goes Hat in Hand to Moscow, Walks Away Disappointed

    With Moscow facing increasing isolation by the European Union over its actions in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has in recent weeks pursued a canny strategy of attempting to undermine European solidarity against Moscow by picking at the weak points in his opponents’ armor. In February, he offered Hungary a generous gas deal....

    Joe Oliver: ‘Budgets do not balance themselves’
    Apr08

    Joe Oliver: ‘Budgets do not balance themselves’

    Darren Calabrese/CP For the record, prepared notes for Finance Minister Joe Oliver at the Economic Club of Canada on April 8: Good morning everyone. Let me begin by thanking Colleen Johnston for that kind introduction, and the Economic Club of Canada for hosting me today. It’s great to be back. I find myself speaking before one of the few...

    Time and Cash Running Out For Greece
    Apr08

    Time and Cash Running Out For Greece

    After Greece coughs up $504 million to make its next debt payment to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, the country may soon face the difficult choice all bankrupt countries eventually have to make: Pay debts, or pay pensioners? Greek officials initially had threatened to delay the IMF payment, in hopes of getting the next installment...

    Czechs May Refuse to Fund President’s Visit to Moscow Parade
    Apr08

    Czechs May Refuse to Fund President’s Visit to Moscow Parade

    Czech president Miloš Zeman may have to fund his visit to Moscow next month himself if he decides to officially attend Russia’s May 9 military parade, the Czech Republic’s deputy prime minister has said. Zeman, who is the only EU leader to accept the invitation to attend the march as others have boycotted in protest of Russia’s...

    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat
    Apr08

    East Ukraine Ceasefire Violations Increase Near Mariupol As Pro-Russian Rebels Prepare For Combat

    In the villages around the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels and Ukraine troops are continuing to exchange fire, with both sides accusing the other of using heavy artillery and tanks. The Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council has said that pro-Russian rebels are increasing their combat readiness in...

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China
    Apr08

    When the Going Gets Tough, Russia Turns to China

    Russian state-owned energy firm Rosneft has seen better days. Oil prices are down 50 percent from last year, the ruble is tumbling, and, as Reuters reports, Western sanctions are denying it access to much-needed capital, financing, and technologies it needs to exploit new projects and unconventional reserves: State-controlled Rosneft has...