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    Here Is Xi’s China. Get Used to It.
    Dec15

    Here Is Xi’s China. Get Used to It.

    The prevailing mood among China-watchers in 2014 was one of anxiety and skepticism. The year began in the shadow of Chinese assertiveness in the East and South China Seas. Economic concerns quickly took over: by February the property market seemed on the verge of an epic collapse thanks to the previous year’s sharp monetary tightening. At...

    White House on the Fence on New Ukraine Sanctions
    Dec15

    White House on the Fence on New Ukraine Sanctions

    President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether he will sign legislation passed by Congress last week that would allow him to provide weapons to Ukraine’s ramshackle military and increase the penalties on Russia’s energy sector, setting up a confrontation with the GOP-held Congress in the new year. The Ukraine Freedom Support Act of...

    Ukraine prime minister asks NATO, EU for more help
    Dec15

    Ukraine prime minister asks NATO, EU for more help

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Ukraine’s prime minister on Monday asked NATO to do more to help his country’s military, which has been unable to quell a pro-Russian insurgency, and called for an urgent increase in financial aid from the European Union. …read more Source: U.S....

    Hardships grow for millions in eastern Ukraine, UN says
    Dec15

    Hardships grow for millions in eastern Ukraine, UN says

    Fighting is claiming an average of 13 lives a day and the approach of winter has created life-threatening conditions for many civilians. …read more Source: Toronto...

    U.S. sanctions on Russia are ‘hostile,’ says Lavrov
    Dec15

    U.S. sanctions on Russia are ‘hostile,’ says Lavrov

    JC FinleyMOSCOW, Dec. 15 (UPI) — Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov chastised the U.S. Congress for passing the Ukraine Freedom Support Act late last week, deeming it a “hostile” act. …read more Source: United Press...

    In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community
    Dec15

    In Lugansk, an icy Ukraine winter tests a war-torn community

    Members of the Lugansk Jewish community standing in front of their synagogue’s Torah ark, Dec. 11, 2014. (Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA) LUGANSK, Ukraine (JTA) — In an unheated synagogue with no running water, a dozen Jews are trying to keep warm as temperatures here veer toward the single digits. Not moving too much helps keep the warmth under their...

    The Opportunity Of War
    Dec15

    The Opportunity Of War

    Perhaps the most unexpected result of the Russian-Ukrainian war – at least for its instigators ­- is the increasing support of Ukrainian citizens for all the things that the war was designed to destroy, revert, or undermine. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    Ukraine asks NATO for more help for its military as it faces well-equipped pro-Russian rebels
    Dec15

    Ukraine asks NATO for more help for its military as it faces well-equipped pro-Russian rebels

    Ukraine’s prime minister, visiting NATO headquarters, says he’s asked the U.S-led defense alliance to do more to help his country’s military, which faces a pro-Russian insurgency in the east. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russian Ruble Falls to New Lows
    Dec15

    Russian Ruble Falls to New Lows

    The value of the Russian ruble plunged to new lows Monday against the dollar and euro, with Moscow’s central bank predicting higher inflation and the national economy tumbling into a recession. The ruble weakened by more than 5 percent, breaking through the level of 60 to the dollar and 75 to the euro for the first time. The Russian...

    As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain
    Dec15

    As Ukraine truce holds, Russia vows economic pain

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. More than 4,700 people have been killed since the conflict broke out in mid-April, U.N. rights investigators estimate — and more than a quarter of those deaths came after a cease-fire in September that was...