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    Wide power outage in rebel-held Ukrainian city
    Dec31

    Wide power outage in rebel-held Ukrainian city

    MOSCOW (AP) — News reports say a widespread electricity outage has hit Luhansk, the second-largest city in Ukraine’s separatist east, and the leader of the rebels who control it is claiming that’s due to Ukrainian sabotage. The outage began Wednesday evening in many neighborhoods of the city that had a population of about 425,000...

    S&P CLOSES 2014 UP 11%: Here’s What You Need To Know (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM, USO, XHB)
    Dec31

    S&P CLOSES 2014 UP 11%: Here’s What You Need To Know (DIA, SPY, QQQ, TLT, IWM, USO, XHB)

    For the third straight year, the S&P 500 posted double-digit gains. With Wednesday’s close, the S&P 500 finished the year with 53 record highs and an 11% gain (excluding dividends). On Wednesday, the major stock indexes declined in an ugly close that saw the averages fall to session lows in the final half hour of trading for the...

    The Foreign Policy Story of the Year
    Dec31

    The Foreign Policy Story of the Year

    The top foreign-policy story of 2014 sneaks up on you. It generated precious few headlines. It is even a bit counterintuitive. But if you measure the importance of foreign-policy stories in any given year in terms of their likely impact on international relations in the years ahead, this one stands out from the other candidates. It is not a...

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities
    Dec31

    Energy Deals Keep Lights On for Ukraine’s New Year Festivities

    Ukraine will have stable enough imports of coal and electricity to welcome the New Year with well-lit festive trees in homes and illuminations on the streets, national energy authorities said Wednesday. “All Ukrainians will be able to greet the New Year with light. There will be no outages in the near future,” Volodymyr Demchyshyn...

    Obama Reaching Out To Russia Behind The Scenes, Kissinger Used To Woo Putin
    Dec31

    Obama Reaching Out To Russia Behind The Scenes, Kissinger Used To Woo Putin

    The Obama administration has worked under the radar to heal relations with Vladimir Putin’s government in Russia for months, according to a Bloomberg report. Those plans included sending Secretary of State John Kerry to meet with Putin and to have former Secretary of State and Cold War point-man Henry Kissinger call Putin to discuss an end...

    The Wonkiest Yard
    Dec31

    The Wonkiest Yard

    Since the 2014 midterm-election rebuke, President Barack Obama has been talking about the coming two years – his last two years in office – as the “fourth quarter” of the football game. Here at Shadow Government, we think this is an illuminating metaphor for thinking about the foreign policy challenges and opportunities confronting Team Obama....

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane
    Dec31

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane

    North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is depicted in propoganda as a man of extraordinary abilities. A couple of years ago, the hermit nation announced that its supreme leader mastered the art of driving at the young age of three. And by the time Kim reached his eighth birthday, the future despot could pilot automobiles at speeds of up...

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’
    Dec31

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin used his New Year’s address to hail the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region as “the most important milestone in the country’s history.” …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015
    Dec31

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

    Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for what the world would look like in 2015. It’s a world that seems familiar in some ways, and utterly foreign in others. And...

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014
    Dec31

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014

    What a year it’s been. In 2014, we discovered new purported threats (Ebola/Islamic State), militarily intervened in yet another country (Syria), and got reacquainted with old interventions (extending combat operations in Afghanistan and redeploying troops to Iraq). In thousands of press conferences, congressional hearings, speeches, and...