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    Ukraine, Latvia urge Canada and Freeland to press Trump on Russia
    Jan13

    Ukraine, Latvia urge Canada and Freeland to press Trump on Russia

    Two of Russia’s nervous neighbours are urging the Trudeau Liberals to use Canada’s close relationship with the U.S. to encourage the incoming Trump administration not to become too cosy with the Kremlin. The ambassadors of Ukraine and Latvia tell The Canadian Press that Canada’s historic friendship and alliance with the...

    Midday open thread: Scientists, California enlist in the resistance; the fanatic who will lead CIA
    Jan13

    Midday open thread: Scientists, California enlist in the resistance; the fanatic who will lead CIA

    Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is The Obama farewell addendum: What’s coming up on Sunday Kos … Obama’s farewell address: This is how you make America stronger, by Ian Reifowitz A curious case of Archie Bunker syndrome, by Propane Jane Obama’s last goodbye: Yes, we did, and yes, we still can, by Sher Watts Spooner Democratic...

    Why Freeland might be the right person to handle Russia
    Jan13

    Why Freeland might be the right person to handle Russia

    Make no mistake: Chrystia Freeland’s promotion to the position of Canada’s top diplomat is first and foremost about getting ready for relations with Donald Trump’s America. But by making Freeland Canada’s foreign minister, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made an adroit move that stands to make Canada’s policy...

    Why France May Not Be Russia’s Next Hacking Target
    Jan13

    Why France May Not Be Russia’s Next Hacking Target

    Amid growing alarm Europe may be the next target of Russian cyberattacks, some believe France — which is gearing up for presidential and parliamentary elections this year — may not be the obvious choice. The reasons range from the candidates themselves to the lack of a powerful motive or payback for the same kind of election hacking that U.S....

    Chinese state media says US risks “large-scale war” if it blocks access to disputed islands
    Jan13

    Chinese state media says US risks “large-scale war” if it blocks access to disputed islands

    China issued a warning to the incoming Trump Administration through its state-run media on Friday that the U.S. risks a “large-scale war” if it follows through on Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s suggestion that the U.S. should block China’s access to its growing man-made islands in the South China Sea. Two Chinese dailies,...

    Pinchuk’s tone of appeasement toward Russia rattles Kyiv
    Jan13

    Pinchuk’s tone of appeasement toward Russia rattles Kyiv

    KYIV – Victor Pinchuk, the billionaire tycoon known for staging Ukraine’s premiere gathering of leaders and thinkers on Ukraine’s European future, drew criticism for suggesting that his county shelve integration with the continent and temporarily sacrifice Crimea in exchange for peace with Russia. He did so in an opinion piece...

    Ukrainians reflect bitterly on ‘betrayed hopes’ of Euro-Maidan
    Jan13

    Ukrainians reflect bitterly on ‘betrayed hopes’ of Euro-Maidan

    KYIV – Between classes in Kolkata, India, 17-year-old Svyatoslav Yurash was glued to a video stream of almost a million of his compatriots rallying in Ukraine’s capital when he decided to join the protest that would soon swell into a revolt. The night before in Kyiv – on November 30, 2013 – hundreds of demonstrators, […] …read more...

    A Trump-Putin deal on Crimea  could trigger a much bigger war
    Jan13

    A Trump-Putin deal on Crimea could trigger a much bigger war

    Avraam Smulyevich, a leading Israeli specialist on ethnic issues in the former Soviet space, says that Kyiv might be forced to agree to a Trump-Putin deal on Crimea but that such a deal would “only convince the Russian dictator that he had to invade other countries without being punished” and thus lead him to launch […] …read more Source:...

    State of war exists between Russia  and Ukraine, Portnikov says
    Jan13

    State of war exists between Russia and Ukraine, Portnikov says

    It is a measure of the triumph of Kremlin propagandists, the fecklessness of Western leaders and the fears in Kyiv of angering both that, more than two years after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, a Ukrainian commentator has been forced again to state the obvious: a state of war exists between Russia and Ukraine. The Ukrainian […] …read more...

    Exit memos from outgoing  U.S. Cabinet members
    Jan13

    Exit memos from outgoing U.S. Cabinet members

    Outgoing members of the Cabinet of President Barack Obama on January 5 submitted exit memos that included references to developments in Ukraine as it continues to face Russian aggression. Below are the relevant excerpts from the memoranda written by Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Secretary of State Kerry, in...