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    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Putin Divides EU With Moscow Parade Invite, as Obama Declines and Kim Jong-un Considers
    Jan05

    Putin Divides EU With Moscow Parade Invite, as Obama Declines and Kim Jong-un Considers

    An invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of allied victory over Nazi Germany has ignited controversy among European leaders, as Latvia’s Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics called on EU members to take a collective decision on whether countries would abstain from attending on Monday. “At...

    Byron Wien Predicts A Huge Year For Stocks In His ’10 Surprises For 2015′
    Jan05

    Byron Wien Predicts A Huge Year For Stocks In His ’10 Surprises For 2015′

    Blackstone Group vice chairman Byron Wien just released his list of the ten biggest surprises for 2015. Among the notable calls: the S&P 500 surges 15%, brent oil falls into the $40s, and junk bonds come back big time. This is the 30th such list this Wall Street veteran has published. His predictions for this year are in the press release...

    Ukraine’s Donbas Is Like America’s Deep South
    Jan05

    Ukraine’s Donbas Is Like America’s Deep South

    Many journalistic accounts — as well as the Kremlin’s propaganda machine — depict the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine’s separatist Donbas region and the Crimea as an aggrieved ethnic minority clamoring for nothing more than greater autonomy and cultural and language rights. Seen in this light, Kiev and...