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More regions of Ukraine to go to Russia?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, April 7, 2014 at 6:21pm
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Tensions continued to escalate in eastern Ukraine Monday on the heels of protests over the weekend in which pro-Russia protesters seized government buildings in several cities.

From CNN:

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Monday of trying to “dismember” his country, warning that uprisings in three cities echoed the events leading to the...

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Snowden’s double-edged sword

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 24, 2014 at 11:49am
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Edward Snowden is the hero of those seeking to protect privacy of Americans.

He’s also certainly the hero of the Russian and Chinese military and intelligence services, who don’t exactly speak on camera.

The New York Times and Spiegel revealed, based on Snowden leaks, how the NSA managed to penetrate a Chinese computer equipment...

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Romney: Ukraine paying price of Obama-Hillary Russia reset naïveté

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:19pm
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On CBS’ Face the Nation Sunday morning, host Bob Schieffer spoke with guest Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee, about the situation in Ukraine and President Obama’s response to it.  Romney was highly critical of Obama’s handling of Russia’s actions in particular, noting “the president’s naiveté with...

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Welcome to the Crimean Soviet Socialist, I mean Russian, Republic

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:55am
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Via Reuters:

President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials….

In a Kremlin ceremony shown live on state television, Putin signed a law on ratification of a treaty...

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Obama-Putin an abusive relationship

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 4:31pm
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Face it, Obama has structured key portions of U.S. foreign policy on Vlad Putin playing nice.

Iran nukes? Check.
Syria chemical weapons and civil war? Check.
Egypt shifting allegiances? Check.
Nuclear arms treaty compliance? Check.
Central and Eastern Europe territorial integrity? Check.

On what key issues does Putin need Obama?

Yeah, now Vlad is threatening to leave the...

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Krauthammer: Obama’s Sanctions on Russia a Joke

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00am

In response to the ongoing foreign policy crisis in Crimea, President Obama has imposed sanctions on eleven individuals from Russia and Ukraine. Reuters reported…

Obama imposes sanctions on 11 Russians, Ukrainians over Crimea

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday slapped sanctions on two top aides to President Vladimir Putin and nine other people...

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Ukraine updates: Putin signs treaty making Crimea part of Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 6:07pm
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With ongoing developments on the crisis in Ukraine, here are some news updates from Tuesday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a draft treaty making Crimea part of Russia.

From CNN, Ukraine cries ‘robbery’ as Russia annexes Crimea:

Never mind what the West thinks — the Kremlin says Ukraine’s Crimea region is now part...

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Why did our intelligence fail to foresee Putin’s Ukraine moves?

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 3:30pm
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Why was our intelligence community caught so flat-footed about Putin’s intentions in Ukraine? That’s a question being asked on Capitol Hill, and in Politico.

One possible answer to the query is, “No, it wasn’t.” That one was given by James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, and CIA spokesman Todd Ebitz, who both...

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Showdown with Putin: who’s afraid of Obama?

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00pm
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NOTE: for previous coverage of the situation in Ukraine/Crimea, you can follow this live coverage post.

Putin is no doubt quaking in his boots at this warning issued by President Obama:

“We are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine,” Obama said in a...

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LIVE Updates — #Ukraine #Russia #Crimea crisis

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 9:18am
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There have been some developments in Ukraine since late yesterday.

In Crimea, armed gunmen seized the regional government headquarters and parliament buildings and raised the Russian flag, according to Reuters.

Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine’s Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev’s new rulers,...

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Sochi: Stunning Display of Cultural Confidence… For Some Reason

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:00am
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I generally dislike Olympic ceremonies because, staged on immense stadiums with numerous extras, they lend themselves easily to a totalitarian aesthetic.  The 1980 Olympic opening ceremony in Moscow was an exercise in totalitarianism: pyramids of humans erected on the stadium, extras marching lockstep, etc.  Likewise, the 2008 Beijing Olympics showcased loyal...

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Six Sochi hotel horrors

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 6:05pm
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When journalists descended on Sochi last week, many took to Twitter to express their dismay at the state of their hotel rooms. While their conditions are hardly ideal- yellow water, bees in the honey, and more- they are certainly providing entertainment for audiences back home.

One Twitter account, @SochiProblems, has become particularly viral-...

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Gospodin Snowden

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 4:45pm
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How did Edward Snowden so carefully thread the needle to download a massive trove of highly secret documents from across the NSA and intelligence networks without detection?

How did he know exactly which job to go after in Hawaii to give him that access, and how was his escape so neatly orchestrated...

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Protests continue in Ukraine despite crackdown

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 7:33pm
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Protests in Ukraine continued on Wednesday as protesters persisted in their efforts to block access to public buildings after several days of unrest in Kiev.

From the NY Times:

The demonstrators who have laid siege to public buildings in this rattled capital expanded their protest overnight, blockading the central bank on Wednesday and...

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