: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Section: US & Canada

    Poland Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Russian Maneuvers in Baltic
    Dec12

    Poland Reports ‘Unprecedented’ Russian Maneuvers in Baltic

    Russia’s military is engaging in an unprecedented amount of activity around the Baltic Sea, Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak said Thursday. The minister said that Poland, a member of the NATO defense alliance, was not under threat of attack and the Russian maneuvers were most likely designed to test how NATO forces in the region...

    Christmas likely can’t come early enough for embattled Fantino, government
    Dec12

    Christmas likely can’t come early enough for embattled Fantino, government

    OTTAWA – Longtime denizens of Parliament Hill know Veterans Affairs as a troublesome, thankless ministerial assignment, but it rarely generates the kind of sustained political heat the Harper government is hoping will dissipate with the coming Christmas break.Only once the House of Commons rises this week will the Conservatives get a...

    A look at the fall session of Parliament
    Dec12

    A look at the fall session of Parliament

    OTTAWA – A number of major themes echoed through the turbulent fall session of Parliament that comes to an end this week. Here is a quick look at some of them:Politics: With the next scheduled federal election less than a year away, the Conservatives were working to hold their majority, while the New Democrats pondered byelection omens and...

    EU Aims for Influence              A Little Closer to Home
    Dec12

    EU Aims for Influence A Little Closer to Home

    Brussels Beat: As it draws lessons from the Ukraine crisis, the EU is looking to exert influence in areas where it has real leverage—chief among them, the Balkans. …read more Source: The Wall Street...

    The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine
    Dec12

    The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine

    Are western sanctions over Russia’s support of Eastern Ukraine separatists, the declining price of oil, and the sharp decline of the ruble causing significant enough pressure on the Russian economy to change Putin’s stance on the Ukraine? In a recent report the United Nations estimated that of the 454,000 people who had left Ukraine...

    Lights out as Besiktas overhaul Tottenham
    Dec11

    Lights out as Besiktas overhaul Tottenham

    Paris (AFP) – Besiktas beat Tottenham 1-0 in the Europa League on Thursday to climb above the Londoners and win Group C on a night that saw the floodlights fail twice.In the final round of group games Tottenham only needed to draw to top the pile, but a 60th-minute tap in from the six-yard line from Cenk Tosun gave the Turks the game and...

    The Other War in Ukraine
    Dec11

    The Other War in Ukraine

    What’s the best way to save Ukraine? “By reforming the country,” says Sergii Leshchenko, a freshman member of the Ukrainian parliament. The war against Russian aggression isn’t the only front in his country’s struggle for survival right now. Leshchenko says that he’s even more worried about the fight against...

    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value
    Dec11

    Russian Ruble Continues Its Slide in Value

    The value of the Russian ruble has sunk to new lows against the U.S. dollar and the euro, even as Moscow’s central bank raised its key interest rate again in an effort to bolster the country’s faltering economy. The Russian currency moved above 55 rubles to the dollar for the first time Thursday, and also to new depths against the...

    Looking for Christmas books: Governor General winners and nominees offer their picks
    Dec11

    Looking for Christmas books: Governor General winners and nominees offer their picks

    Michael Crummey, finalist in Fiction for Sweetland (Doubleday Canada) Pick: Lila, Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) I read Robinson’s National Book Award winner Gilead a few years back and was completely floored by it. Narrated by a bookish geriatric preacher in the American midwest who unexpectedly falls in love with an...

    Exclusive: Gorbachev Blames the U.S. for Provoking ‘New Cold War’
    Dec11

    Exclusive: Gorbachev Blames the U.S. for Provoking ‘New Cold War’

    In the offices of Mikhail Gorbachev, still sharp at 83 and plainspoken as ever, the walls are lined with photos from his travels as the leader of the Soviet Union and, in the years after its demise, as a living icon of the Cold War. One picture shows him with his late wife Raisa standing arm-in-arm with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. In another...