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    Ukraine Crisis: Critical Week For Diplomacy As US, Europe Find Unity Elusive
    Feb09

    Ukraine Crisis: Critical Week For Diplomacy As US, Europe Find Unity Elusive

    Monday’s meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama marks the start of a critical week for Western countries trying to resolve the deteriorating crisis in eastern Ukraine. Deep uncertainty remains over whether Russia will accept a peace deal brokered by France and Germany and, if talks falter, whether...

    Obama says he is considering arming Ukraine but appears reluctant
    Feb09

    Obama says he is considering arming Ukraine but appears reluctant

    President Obama acknowledged Monday that he is considering arming Ukraine’s military if a diplomatic push fails to yield a cease-fire with Russia-backed separatists, but worried that such an approach could do more harm that good. …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    Obama and Merkel declared that Russian Aggression in Ukraine has only Reinforced the Unity of the U.S. and Europe
    Feb09

    Obama and Merkel declared that Russian Aggression in Ukraine has only Reinforced the Unity of the U.S. and Europe

    Still, Obama held open the prospect that if a new round of diplomacy this week fails, the U.S. could send Ukraine’s beleaguered military defensive weaponry. …read more Source: Ukrainian Diaspora in Canada and...

    Russia urged to free Ukrainian pilot
    Feb09

    Russia urged to free Ukrainian pilot

    European Union foreign ministers have launched plea for Russia to free Ukrainian air force officer who has been on hunger strike in a Russian prison. …read more Source: Toronto...

    Obama, Merkel Stress US-Germany Alliance Despite Disagreement on Ukraine
    Feb09

    Obama, Merkel Stress US-Germany Alliance Despite Disagreement on Ukraine

    The staunch allies cannot agree on supplying deadly arms to Ukraine, with Merkel vowing to give diplomacy one more chance. …read more Source: U.S....

    Why it’s time to pay attention to Ukraine again, now.
    Feb09

    Why it’s time to pay attention to Ukraine again, now.

    This is a critical week for Ukraine, as the White House deliberates whether to send arms, European leaders push for last-ditch peace talks, and war rages on the ground. More than 5,300 people have died since the conflict started in April 2014, according to U.N. estimates, including hundreds in recent weeks. After months in which the […]...

    Obama refused to give Russia a ‘red line’ with Ukraine
    Feb09

    Obama refused to give Russia a ‘red line’ with Ukraine

    President Barack Obama warned on Monday that the US could give lethal weapons to help Ukraine fight against Russian-backed separatists. But, speaking at a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Obama wouldn’t say at what point he would do so. “There’s not going to be any specific point at which I say, ‘Ah,...

    Obama tones down talk of military aid for Ukraine
    Feb09

    Obama tones down talk of military aid for Ukraine

    Obama backed off U.S. threats to supply military aid to Ukraine amid international outrage over Russian intervention there. …read more Source: New York Daily...

    Guns Mean What They Say: Will the West Help Ukraine?
    Feb09

    Guns Mean What They Say: Will the West Help Ukraine?

    MunichThe 2001 film Conspiracy reconstructs the infamous January 20, 1942, Wannsee conference, during which the following exchange supposedly took place between Rudolf Lange, a Nazi extermination unit commander who liquidated Latvia’s Jewish population of 250,000 in six months, and Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger of the Reich chancellery:...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 9, 2015
    Feb09

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, February 9, 2015

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Mohamed Eljarh explains why Libya’s reversal of a law that purged Qadaffi-era officials from politics may be a step forward. James Kirchik argues that German Chancellor Angela Merkel must do more to help Ukraine — including supplying it with arms. Christian Caryl...