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    My Greatest Hits (and Misses) of 2014
    Dec30

    My Greatest Hits (and Misses) of 2014

    As 2014 comes to an end — and not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned — I decided to glance in the rear-view mirror and re-read all the FP columns I posted over the past twelve months. By my count, I published 49 columns last year, on topics ranging from the Iran talks, the all-too predictable world-view of DC think tanks, the...

    Doctors Without Borders keeping eye on Ukraine, Nigeria in 2015: Liu
    Dec30

    Doctors Without Borders keeping eye on Ukraine, Nigeria in 2015: Liu

    Coming off what was an incredibly busy year for Doctors Without Borders, the Canadian doctor who leads organization can foresee what challenges the humanitarian agency may be in 2015. Montrealer Dr. Joanne Liu said Ukraine and Nigeria are among the top concerns for Doctors Without Borders — also referred to as MSF after its French title Médecins...

    Is It Unpresidential To Put Your Feet Up?
    Dec30

    Is It Unpresidential To Put Your Feet Up?

    Official White House photographer Pete Souza just published a bunch of photos from 2014. The gallery includes the picture below. As Time Magazine’s Zeke Miller noted, Mr. Souza devotes much of the caption of the photo to defusing the potential criticism that President Obama is a wee bit too casual here: March 1, 2014. “The President...

    Yes, Russia’s Military Is Getting More Aggressive
    Dec30

    Yes, Russia’s Military Is Getting More Aggressive

    On Dec. 12, a Russian military jet came dangerously close to a Scandinavian Airlines passenger plane in international airspace near southern Sweden. Reportedly, the Russian aircraft was flying without its transponder active when the Swedish military detected it. The Swedes notified civilian air traffic control, which then diverted the civilian...

    Fox News Contributor Calls Vladimir Putin ‘Al Sharpton With Nukes’
    Dec30

    Fox News Contributor Calls Vladimir Putin ‘Al Sharpton With Nukes’

    Vladimir Putin has been called a lot of names over the years, but chances are this is a first. Responding to comments President Barack Obama made concerning the annexation of Crimea and Russia’s recent economic woes in an interview with NPR, Fox News contributor Ralph Peters offered viewers his thoughts on the Russian president, drawing a...

    Ten World Figures Who Died in 2014
    Dec30

    Ten World Figures Who Died in 2014

    Here are 10 world figures who died in 2014. Each made a mark on history. Some were heroes; some were villains. And for some, whether they were hero or villain lies in the eye of the beholder. Jean-Claude Duvalier (b. 1951) was the ruthless Haitian president ousted in a 1986 coup. Duvalier became “president for life” in 1971 at the age of 19 when...

    Leonid Bershidsky: In 2015, Putin will be an outright dictator
    Dec30

    Leonid Bershidsky: In 2015, Putin will be an outright dictator

    BERLIN — I hated what happened to Russia in 2014 so much that I decided to move away. It’s safe to say, however, that 2015 will be worse. President Vladimir Putin’s regime is one the verge of transitioning from mild authoritarianism to outright dictatorship. The country’s newly amended military doctrine is an especially ominous...

    Putin foe Alexei Navalny detained by police as thousands rally near Kremlin
    Dec30

    Putin foe Alexei Navalny detained by police as thousands rally near Kremlin

    WATCH LIVE: Anti-Putin protests following Alexei Navalny sentencing in Moscow MOSCOW – Several thousand people rallied near Red Square on Tuesday to protest the conviction of the top Kremlin critic and his brother, in one of the boldest opposition demonstrations in Russia in years. The unsanctioned protest came hours after Alexei Navalny, the...

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield Explains Why You Should Be Optimistic About 2015
    Dec30

    Astronaut Chris Hadfield Explains Why You Should Be Optimistic About 2015

    In 2014 we saw the worst Ebola outbreak in history, the rise of the Islamic State, aggressive military actions by Russia in the Ukraine, and more. Bad news felt like it was piling on nonstop. Sometimes it seemed there were so many awful things happening that it was hard to feel hopeful. All that can distort your perspective. Because here’s...

    The INF Treaty and the Crisis In US-Russia Relations
    Dec30

    The INF Treaty and the Crisis In US-Russia Relations

    The public acknowledgment by the Obama administration that Moscow has indeed violated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty comes amidst a serious deterioration of U.S.-Russia relations primarily related to the Russian annexation of Crimea and continuing intervention in Ukraine. While a premeditated violation of the INF Treaty would...