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    It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran
    Jan06

    It’s Time to Pursue Regime Change in Iran

    There are lots of reasons to be skeptical that 2015 will see a diplomatic breakthrough in efforts to end Iran’s nuclear weapons bid. But one of the more compelling is that there’s virtually nothing in the historical record to suggest that the Obama administration’s current negotiating strategy can succeed. Though rarely...

    The Ruble Plunged As Oil Crashed
    Jan06

    The Ruble Plunged As Oil Crashed

    The ruble got slammed again on Monday. The currency ended the day at around 61.61 per dollar, around 6.4% weaker against the dollar. During the day, the currency got as weak as 62.0 rubles per dollar. By comparison, on the first day of trading in 2014 the ruble was at 32.03 rubles per dollar. The currency’s drop coincides with crude oil...

    A Risky Year in Global Markets Is Coming
    Jan05

    A Risky Year in Global Markets Is Coming

    Like many economists, I think timing the market is a pretty hopeless task. Buy-and-hold has been a reliable strategy for increasing wealth over the past several decades, so why waste a bunch of effort trying to predict something that, if markets are truly efficient, ought to be unpredictable? But once in a while I get a little antsy. Now is one...

    In Midst of War, Ukrainian Political Left Ponders Next Moves
    Jan05

    In Midst of War, Ukrainian Political Left Ponders Next Moves

    To the extent that the mainstream media covers Ukraine at all, it tends to frame Kiev’s conflict with Kremlin-backed Russian separatists as a zero-sum game pitting Vladimir Putin against the U.S. and its western allies. Yet beneath all the wonky geopolitical chatter, Ukraine’s independent left — which must be distinguished from...

    Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine
    Jan05

    Love in limbo in rebel-held east Ukraine

    Tying the knot is no simple matter in eastern Ukraine, a region plunged into conflict and uncertainty since the outbreak of a Russian-backed rebellion last year. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    Behind the Scenes With Ukraine’s Guards
    Jan05

    Behind the Scenes With Ukraine’s Guards

    Mariupol Mayor Yury Khotlubei convenes his war council in a drafty hall in the former Continental Hotel, a mint-green palace built more than a century ago. Forty men sit before him in white plastic lawn chairs, several in fatigues and one with an assault rifle slung across his back. One by one, as Khotlubei barks out their last names, they rise...

    Photos: Life in Ukraine
    Jan05

    Photos: Life in Ukraine

    As Ukraine battles with pro-Russia seperatists to maintain its fragile independence, civilians try go on with their daily lives. To accompany reporter Lucian Kim’s story, “Behind the Scenes With Ukraine’s Guards,” photographer Alan Chin captured life on Ukraine’s front lines. Whether in schools, banks or on its...

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 5, 2014
    Jan05

    Democracy Lab Weekly Brief, January 5, 2014

    To keep up with Democracy Lab in real time, follow us on Twitter and Facebook. DemLab rings in the New Year with our list of Editor’s Picks from 2014: Mohamed Nasheed shared lessons from his own experience as a pro-democracy activist and ex-president of the Maldives. Syrian doctor Zaher Sahloul described life and work among the snipers of...

    Five Middle East Predictions for 2015
    Jan05

    Five Middle East Predictions for 2015

    Only a fool offers longer term predictions about the Middle East. I offer the following shorter term predictions about the Middle East for 2015.1. ISIS will decline in power and influence. I do not believe ISIS is viable as a state; it lacks any coherent and functional ideology, any serious political and social institutions, any serious...

    Mysterious bombing rocks Ukrainian port city of Odessa
    Jan05

    Mysterious bombing rocks Ukrainian port city of Odessa

    The Ukrainian seaside city of Odessa was rocked overnight by blast that ripped through a volunteer center helping Ukraine’s soldiers on the front lines of the country’s war-torn eastern conflict zone. See also: Two dead after Ukraine rocked by series of blasts The blast, which occurred late Sunday night, was the latest in a spate of...