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    Diplomatica
    Jan21

    Diplomatica

    The Russian invasion of Ukraine might have been a surprise to the West. For the countries that border Ukraine, it was anything but. “I hear people saying that what happened, and is still happening in Ukraine, was completely unexpected and unpredictable, that it was a kind of wake up call,” Lithuania’s Defence Minister Juozas Olekas told a...

    Icy Faces: Eastern Orthodox Christians Take Chilly Epiphany Plunge
    Jan21

    Icy Faces: Eastern Orthodox Christians Take Chilly Epiphany Plunge

    Eastern Orthodox Christians took an icy plunge on Sunday to mark the Epiphany feast. Thousands of faithful Orthodox Christians in Russia, Ukraine, and other countries shed their clothes and armed themselves with bravery before diving into icy rivers and ponds to participate in the ancient cleansing tradition, RT reports. The ritual commemorates...

    Ukrainian grandmother, 67, trains to kill Russians (VIDEO)
    Jan21

    Ukrainian grandmother, 67, trains to kill Russians (VIDEO)

    Kateryna Bilyk, 68, is locked, loaded and ready for action as pro-Ukraine rebels are fighting Russian separatists in a bloody conflict. …read more Source: New York Daily...

    Obama’s hesitation in Ukraine endangers Eastern Europe
    Jan21

    Obama’s hesitation in Ukraine endangers Eastern Europe

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—With the United States understandably focused on Islamist threats to the civilized world, Russia’s Vladimir Putin continues to whittle away at the post-Cold War architecture of global relations by ignoring his commitment to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and boosting support for Russian-backed rebels. …read more...

    U.S. Loses by Treating Russia as an Enemy
    Jan21

    U.S. Loses by Treating Russia as an Enemy

    Congress long ago learned that public scrutiny makes it harder to pass bad bills. So in December, in the midst of negotiations to avoid another government shutdown, both houses of Congress rushed through new sanctions against Russia as part of the misnamed “Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014.” Indeed, the House version, H.R. 5859,...

    IMF Lowers 2015 Global Economic Growth Prediction
    Jan20

    IMF Lowers 2015 Global Economic Growth Prediction

    Despite lower oil prices and an improving U.S. economy, global economic growth remains gloomy, the International Monetary Foundation (IMF) announced Tuesday. In its World Economic Outlook Update, the IMF lowered global growth for 2015 to 3.5 percent, down 0.3 percent from the growth rate it predicted in the October 2014 World Economic Outlook....

    Je Suis Charlie — Or Perhaps Not?
    Jan20

    Je Suis Charlie — Or Perhaps Not?

    Most of us human beings, whatever our philosophical, educational or religious backgrounds, like to know clearly what is right and wrong. So it was simple for people around the world to recognize that the brutal murders last week in Paris were evil and wrong: Absolutely. But not all related to the tragedy is so clear: In public and social media,...

    Russia Is Sending Some Serious Weaponry To The Arctic
    Jan20

    Russia Is Sending Some Serious Weaponry To The Arctic

    Russia has moved some advanced air defense systems to the Arctic in order to increase the capabilities of the country’s Northern Fleet, according to Russia’s Sputnik News. “A division of air defense of the Northern Fleet has adopted into service new S-400 Triumph air defense missile systems,” Vadim Serga, the fleet’s...

    ICRC Calls for Protection of Civilians Under Fire in Ukraine
    Jan20

    ICRC Calls for Protection of Civilians Under Fire in Ukraine

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on the warring factions battling for control of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine not to harm civilians and to agree to a cease-fire. Confusion and conflicting reports persist over who is in control of the airport in Donetsk. Media reports say about one dozen civilians caught in the...

    Ukraine says forces under attack from Russian troops
    Jan20

    Ukraine says forces under attack from Russian troops

    Moscow says Ukrainian actions damage prospects for a four-power summit on the conflict …read more Source: The Globe and...