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    2015: A Pivotal Year for Economic and Financial Crises and Wars?
    Jan02

    2015: A Pivotal Year for Economic and Financial Crises and Wars?

    Image from United States Library of Congress “The dangerous patriot: The one who drifts into chauvinism and exhibits blind enthusiasm for military actions. He is a defender of militarism and its ideals of war and glory. Chauvinism is a proud and bellicose form of patriotism, …which identifies numerous enemies who can only be dealt with through...

    ‘A nation of optimists’: Russians are excited about 2015 despite it all
    Jan02

    ‘A nation of optimists’: Russians are excited about 2015 despite it all

    At the vast skating rink in Moscow’s Gorky Park, Russians say they’re looking forward to a 2015 that will be as smooth as the ice, despite the country’s economic and political difficulties The ruble has sunk, tensions with the West are up, but the troubles seem to have produced a surge in national pride. See also: Why Russians...

    Army, rebels trade shots as bleak year begins in Ukraine
    Jan02

    Army, rebels trade shots as bleak year begins in Ukraine

    The crisis in Ukraine “has led to a new polarization between the West and Russia,” Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said in his New Year’s address. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Fisher: Putin’s Crimean ‘milestone’ looks as if it may become his millstone
    Jan02

    Fisher: Putin’s Crimean ‘milestone’ looks as if it may become his millstone

    Judging by my electronic mailbox, the most compelling international story for Canadians in 2014 was the tumult that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his proxies caused in Ukraine and the near panic that it triggered among its closest neighbours to […] …read more Source: Vancouver...

    Fisher: Putin’s Crimean ‘milestone’ looks as if it may become his millstone
    Jan02

    Fisher: Putin’s Crimean ‘milestone’ looks as if it may become his millstone

    Judging by my electronic mailbox, the most compelling international story for Canadians in 2014 was the tumult that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his proxies caused in Ukraine and the near panic that it triggered among its closest neighbours to the west, south and east. The new year looks like it will be little different. It is difficult...

    New Year Presents Key Tests for Putin
    Jan01

    New Year Presents Key Tests for Putin

    The year 2015 will be a test of whether the Russian president has the stamina to continue a military adventure in Ukraine, or seek a rapprochement with the West that might ease mounting economic woes. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Energy-rich Turkmenistan devalues currency against dollar
    Jan01

    Energy-rich Turkmenistan devalues currency against dollar

    Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) (AFP) – The energy-rich former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan devalued its currency against the US dollar by 18 percent Thursday, in the latest sign of contagion among Russia’s neighbours from the plunging ruble.The secretive Central Asian country has vast oil and gas reserves and has erected grandiose...

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense
    Jan01

    Latvia Takes EU Reins Focused on Growth Plan, Border Defense

    Latvia took over the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Thursday, pledging to launch a 315 billion euro ($381 billion) investment plan for the bloc and hoping to start a review of Europe’s border defense. Latvia, which became an EU member in 2004 and adopted the euro a year ago, has said the investment plan unveiled by...

    The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014
    Jan01

    The Journalists Who Died Doing Their Jobs in 2014

    The year 2014 was a one of contradictions, with stories only brought to life because of those journalists willing to go where the stories were. The Sochi Olympics were a time of inclusion and world harmony as nations gathered in Russia to put differences aside and celebrate the love of sport, but weeks later Ukraine and Russia were at each...

    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year
    Jan01

    Ukraine Says Rebels Keep Up Attacks Into New Year

    Ukrainian separatists carried out sporadic attacks on government forces as the New Year began, wounding three soldiers, the Kyiv military said, as President Petro Poroshenko told the nation to brace for a year that would “not be easy.” The military said rebels had carried out several mortar and small arms attacks on Ukrainian positions in the...