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    Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
    Dec18

    Poll: 80 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…. …read more Source: Associated...

    Putin To Hold News Conference Amid Ruble Crisis, Sanctions
    Dec18

    Putin To Hold News Conference Amid Ruble Crisis, Sanctions

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold his annual news conference on December 18, one of the set-up events he uses to portray himself as a strong leader with a firm grip on the helm of a grand country. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Putin’s Year of Defiance, Miscalculation
    Dec18

    Putin’s Year of Defiance, Miscalculation

    The Kremlin gambled that Russia could tolerate Western sanctions over Ukraine. Then oil prices plunged. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    Want to hurt Putin now? Lift the sanctions.
    Dec18

    Want to hurt Putin now? Lift the sanctions.

    As Russia’s economic crisis deepens, hurting trading partners from Germany to Tajikistan, many will say Westerns sanctions have succeeded. It’s a classic stone soup — or, in the Russian tradition, axe cereal — story. In this folktale, a wayfarer, usually a soldier, tricks a stingy host by saying he knows how to make a meal out of some...

    Can Bosnia’s Army Save the World?
    Dec18

    Can Bosnia’s Army Save the World?

    Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace. It is not just the mere manpower, or women power, that is being contributed by Bosnia & Herzegovina, “BiH.” As or more important is the example and hope of former...

    Russia’s Ruble Partly Recovers as Consumers Spend on Inflation Fears
    Dec18

    Russia’s Ruble Partly Recovers as Consumers Spend on Inflation Fears

    Russia’s currency, the ruble, has recovered by about 10 percent, after falling sharply in value this week, as the government pressured exporters not to hoard their foreign currency. Consumers in Moscow have been on a spending spree, on fears of price hikes, after a massive interest rate increase failed to stop the ruble’s decline. The...

    Russians Await Putin’s Response to Economic Crisis
    Dec18

    Russians Await Putin’s Response to Economic Crisis

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president’s response to the dramatic decline of the rouble. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed against the U.S. dollar this week before making up some of the lost ground on Wednesday, but he is sure to be...

    Transcript: Harper explains why he still wants to be prime minister
    Dec18

    Transcript: Harper explains why he still wants to be prime minister

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper has spent the last year balancing the budget in preparation for an expected 2015 election campaign, a fight which Canada’s sixth longest-serving prime minster is already waging by announcing massive tax cuts for families. He’s condemned Russia for invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea, sent Canadians on a...

    Sony Cancels Plans To Release ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day
    Dec18

    Sony Cancels Plans To Release ‘The Interview’ On Christmas Day

    Sony Pictures has canceled plans to release “The Interview” on Christmas Day. A full statement from the studio is below:In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our...

    Danielle Smith and the rise and fall of Alberta’s Wildrose party
    Dec18

    Danielle Smith and the rise and fall of Alberta’s Wildrose party

    EDMONTON –Danielle Smith appeared to be heading back to her political roots with Alberta’s Progressive Conservatives on Wednesday after spending the last five years fighting to oust them from power. Few would argue that the Wildrose party’s rise and fall has been inextricably linked to Smith, 43, a self-styled disciple of...