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    EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth
    Dec18

    EU leaders meeting about Russia, jumpstarting growth

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders met Thursday to seek solutions to two major challenges —how to jumpstart sluggish economic growth at home, and how to deal long-term with Russia. On the economic front, European Council President Donald Tusk, the official host of the 28-nation summit, said he expected attendees to call for the urgent...

    EU Toughens Sanctions on Crimean Companies
    Dec18

    EU Toughens Sanctions on Crimean Companies

    The EU toughened its sanctions on Crimea-based companies, introducing measures that range from a ban on cruise ships visiting local ports to a ban on sales of energy and telecoms technology. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    The U.S., Cuba, and Strategic Foreign Policy
    Dec18

    The U.S., Cuba, and Strategic Foreign Policy

    Many of President Obama’s critics are characterizing him as a bumbling idiot and a traitor for having broken the 55-year old ice between the U.S. and Cuba. If they had their way, Cuba’s people would remain imprisoned by U.S. sanctions for another half century, long after the Castro brothers are gone. These are the same critics who...

    Poll Shows 81 Percent of Russians Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls
    Dec18

    Poll Shows 81 Percent of Russians Back Putin Even as Ruble Falls

    MOSCOW—From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. The situation as...

    Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    Dec18

    Poll: 81 percent back Putin even as ruble falls

    MOSCOW (AP) — From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin’s days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah. And yet most Russians see Putin not as the cause, but as the solution. The...

    EU Adopts Tougher Crimea Sanctions, Russia Irate
    Dec18

    EU Adopts Tougher Crimea Sanctions, Russia Irate

    The European Union on December 18 adopted an investment ban that targets firms and individuals in Crimea, the Black Sea peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in March. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    The Russian Crisis and the Syria Connection
    Dec18

    The Russian Crisis and the Syria Connection

    President’s Obama announcement on Cuba is indicative of three important elements; first, while the president is handicapped by the existence of a Republican-dominated Congress, he is definitely capable of darling foreign policy initiatives. Second, the president is not so passive in the field of foreign policy as his adversaries, both in...

    Putin’s epic annual news conference, condensed
    Dec18

    Putin’s epic annual news conference, condensed

    At his year-end news conference in December 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin had plenty of reason to preen. Russian opposition to Western intervention in the Syrian conflict had won sympathy in many parts of the world. Ukraine, at that point, appeared firmly in Moscow’s orbit, and his vision of a Eurasian Union rivaling Europe looked...

    Putin Shows Stick to West, Carrot to Oligarchs, and Heart to’Someone’
    Dec18

    Putin Shows Stick to West, Carrot to Oligarchs, and Heart to’Someone’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin defended his officials, appeased local oligarchs and, of course, railed at the West Thursday as he faced journalists for the first time since the ruble went into free-fall last week. Russia’s most eligible divorcee also managed to break hearts from Vladivostok to Kaliningrad by saying he’s in love...

    Putin accuses West of trying to corner Russia
    Dec18

    Putin accuses West of trying to corner Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin vows to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia’s gas-dependent economy. …read more Source:...