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    A tough Christmas in Russia as currency slumps
    Dec20

    A tough Christmas in Russia as currency slumps

    The ruble has over 50 percent of its value since the beginning of the year because of EU and US sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine, combined with falling oil prices. Video provided by AFP …read more Source: USA...

    Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation’
    Dec20

    Obama Orders Trade Ban on Crimea for Russian ‘Occupation’

    President Barack Obama has imposed a wide-ranging trade ban on the Russian-annexed Crimea peninsula, with an executive order that bars exports of key U.S. goods and services and blocks Crimean imports. A White House statement Friday said the order is “intended to provide U.S. clarity to American corporations doing business in the...

    Weekend Roundup: New Code War Is Not Funny
    Dec20

    Weekend Roundup: New Code War Is Not Funny

    It took an insolent Hollywood comedy mocking the surreal character of North Korea’s Kim Jong Un to awaken us to the dangers of a new code war, a war in which geopolitical and geo-cultural battles will be duked out in cyberspace. As Alec Ross, America’s top digital diplomat when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, writes this week...

    Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis
    Dec20

    Canada sending HMCS Fredericton to Mediterranean Sea over Ukraine crisis

    Canada is sending another one of its frigates to help a NATO maritime force aiming to provide reassurance to eastern European allies that are jittery over the crisis in Ukraine. The Defence Department says HMCS Fredericton will deploy in the coming weeks to replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean Sea. HMCS Toronto has been in the area since...

    Canada imposes new sanctions as Russia’s economy teeters
    Dec20

    Canada imposes new sanctions as Russia’s economy teeters

    Canada is joining its allies in tightening the screws on Russian President Vladimir Putin, with new trade sanctions meant to put further pressure on Russia’s teetering economy. The new measures are in retaliation for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The measures target 20 Russians...

    Things Could Get Much Worse For Russia
    Dec20

    Things Could Get Much Worse For Russia

    In the world of central banking slow, steady and predictable decisions are the aim. So when bankers meet in the dead of night and raise interest rates by a massive 6.5 percentage points it suggests something is going very wrong. It is: the Russian currency crisis many feared is now a reality (see chart) and the mood in Moscow close to panic....

    More Canadian sanctions against Russia
    Dec19

    More Canadian sanctions against Russia

    Russians face oil-sector sanctions, new travel restrictions, over Ukraine …read more Source:...

    Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU
    Dec19

    Obama imposes sanctions on Crimea, echoes EU

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has banned new investments in Crimea, slapping sanctions on the peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine earlier this year. …read more Source: U.S....

    New C-17 transport plane purchase costing twice what other countries pay
    Dec19

    New C-17 transport plane purchase costing twice what other countries pay

    Defence Minister Rob Nicholson says Canada will purchase another C-17 military transport aircraft from the U.S. but he didn’t explain why the plane appears to be costing taxpayers twice what other nations have paid. Nicholson said Friday that Canada would pay $415 million for the acquisition. Another $30 million would be spent for 12 years...

    Activating the Power of Ideas
    Dec19

    Activating the Power of Ideas

    Stephen Del Rosso,Program Director, International Peace & SecurityThis article is excerpted from The Carnegie ReporterFive bold initiatives bridge the gap between the academic and policy worlds From North Korea to South Sudan to East Ukraine, countless complex problems are cropping up all around the world today. So why aren’t...