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    Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin
    Dec20

    Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin

    On Monday, December 15, as reported by the German news service Deutsche Welle (DW), some 15,000 people massed in Dresden, Germany, under the banner of a new and seemingly informal movement calling itself Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West — PEGIDA by its German-language acronym. The incident was the ninth PEGIDA rally...

    U.S. Tightens Crimea Embargo to Pressure Russia
    Dec20

    U.S. Tightens Crimea Embargo to Pressure Russia

    President Obama signed an executive order barring new investment and trade with Crimea and freezing the property of people or businesses operating in the region or helping its leadership. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine Crisis in Mind, Lithuania Establishes a Rapid Reaction Force
    Dec20

    Ukraine Crisis in Mind, Lithuania Establishes a Rapid Reaction Force

    In the first of its kind along NATO’s eastern flank, Lithuania’s rapid-reaction force was formed in an effort to stave off Russian aggression. …read more Source: The New York...

    Ukraine: What is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks
    Dec20

    Ukraine: What is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

    While the media has focused on political and even military friction between Ukrainians and Russians, few have paid much attention to the status of other ethnic minorities living within Ukraine. Recently, while I was conducting research in Kyiv, I interviewed Denis Pilash, a left wing political activist who hails from the western region of...

    The US Just Sanctioned Putin’s Favorite Biker Gang
    Dec20

    The US Just Sanctioned Putin’s Favorite Biker Gang

    The US has expanded Russian sanctions to a massive biker gang known as the “Night Wolves” that took part in an armed group that fought against the Ukrainian government, the Wall Street Journal reports. Those sanctions will prevent members of that gang — who frequently hosted Vladimir Putin — from traveling to the US or doing business...

    A tough Christmas in Russia as currency slumps
    Dec20

    A tough Christmas in Russia as currency slumps

    The ruble has over 50 percent of its value since the beginning of the year because of EU and US sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, combined with falling oil prices. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation’
    Dec20

    Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation’

    President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. A White House statement Friday said the order is “intended to provide U.S. clarity to American corporations doing business in the...

    Weekend Roundup: New Code War Is Not Funny
    Dec20

    Weekend Roundup: New Code War Is Not Funny

    It took an insolent Hollywood comedy mocking the surreal character of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to awaken us to the dangers of a new code war, a war in which geopolitical and geo-cultural battles will be duked out in cyberspace. As Alec Ross, America’s top digital diplomat when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, writes this week...

    Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis
    Dec20

    Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis

    Canada is sending another one of its frigates to help a NATO maritime force aiming to provide reassurance to eastern European allies that are jittery over the crisis in Ukraine. The Defence Department says HMCS Fredericton will deploy in the coming weeks to replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto has been in the area since...

    Canada imposes new sanctions as Russia’s economy teeters
    Dec20

    Canada imposes new sanctions as Russia’s economy teeters

    Canada is joining its allies in tightening the screws on Russian President Vladimir Putin, with new trade sanctions meant to put further pressure on Russia’s teetering economy. The new measures are in retaliation for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures target 20 Russians...