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Putin's Crime, Europe's Cowardice

Bernard-Henri Levy, New York Times

Putin, Europe and Historical Amnesia

Max Boot, Commentary Magazine

It's Up to Germany to Stop Russia

Brendan Simms, LE Standard

To see the European Union acting so pusillanimously is very discouraging. France wants to hold on to its arms contracts for the jobs they are supposed to save in its naval shipyard...(full article)

The day that pro-Russian separatists shot down a Malaysian airliner last week, I wrote a lengthy item outlining the steps that needed to be taken in response–everything from ...(full article)

In the aftermath of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine, there has been no shortage of shameful behavior: the appalling disrespect shown to the remains of victi...(full article)

The downing of Malaysia Flight 17 casts new light on just how inept and decadent the United States and Europe have become. Faced with Russia's annexation of the Crimea and attempts...(full article)

The Germans, however, are more cautious about confronting Russian aggression, and have been slow to deploy eastwards in support of their Nato allies. This partly reflects their dis...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

What Was Putin Doing in S. America? - Richard Weitz, World Politics Review

Although Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to South America earlier this month was overshadowed by events in Ukraine and the Middle East, it did garner considerable at...

Sanctions Finally Find Russia's Achilles Heel - William Pomeranz, Reuters

Russian President Putin and German Chancellor Merkel walk during a meeting in Rio de JaneiroThe market responded immediately, with dramatic declines in the Russian ruble and the Mo...

Why Putin Isn't Afraid of Europe - Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg View

Why can't Europe's leaders bring themselves to impose tough sanctions on Russia after the Malaysia Airlines passenger jet disaster? One explanation is that economic ties to Russia,...

Can Malaysia Airlines Rebrand and Move On? - Annette Ekin, Quartz

In its 41 years of flying, Malaysia Airlines had only two fatal accidents prior to 2014. With the airlines’ twin tragedies of flight MH17, being shot down in eastern Ukraine ...

Europe Must Deal with Russia on Its Own - Mary Dejevsky, The Guardian

In the new multipolar world, with the US sometimes on the sidelines, EU unity is essential for its approach to Russia....

Flight 17 Marks Nadir of the West - Roger Cohen, New York Times

This mass murder is an outrage that should not stand. Falling military budgets have reduced the Dutch special forces to a paltry remnant. Russia would veto any United Nations Secur...

Ghosts of World War I Circle over Ukraine - Robert Merry, National Interest

Russia’s national interest requires that Ukraine never come under the full sway and influence of the European powers. Ukraine has been part of the Russian sphere of influence...

Russia Can't Win Economic War vs. West - A. Evans-Pritchard, Telegraph

Combined sanctions by the US, Europe, Japan and the OECD bloc pit a $35 trillion colossus against a $2 trillion midget....

Can Vladimir Putin Survive? - George Friedman, Stratfor

There is a general view that Vladimir Putin governs the Russian Federation as a dictator, that he has defeated and intimidated his opponents and that he has marshaled a powerful th...

Let Putin Save Face - Angus Roxburgh, The Guardian

The Russian leader hates being lectured. A change of tack could persuade him to disown Ukraine’s rebels....

How the Ukraine Crisis May Hurt Us All - Peter Jones, The Scotsman

Just as the sanctions on Russia seem to have had a bigger effect than expected, so a downturn in Russia could have a larger effect on European economies than anticipated. Some comm...

West Must Stop the World's Newest Rogue State: Russia - Washington Post

It’s worth underlining that this rogue-state behavior is being practiced not by an acknowledged pariah nation but by an accepted member of the Group of 20 that aspires...

An Indelible Blot on History - Japan Times

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 has gone from accident to tragedy to catastrophe to horror. The shooting down of a civilian airliner by, according to virtually all acco...

Putin's Power Play in America's Backyard - David Francis, The Fiscal Times

The downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 near the border of Russia and Ukraine, allegedly at the hands of Russian separatists, has gobbled up the attention of world media....

The Battle to Crush Ukraine's Rebels - Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

Heavy fighting broke out in downtown Donetsk, the industrial capital of eastern Ukraine, at about 10:00 this morning. Much of the combat centered on the Zapadnaya railway and bus s...

No More Frozen Conflicts - Svante Cornell, The American Interest

What Vladimir Putin has done in eastern Ukraine follows the typical Russian playbook used in Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and Transnistria. Countries that tried to br...

Putin May Have Killed Russia's Brand - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

Is the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 the end of Russia as a brand? That's what one of the most successful Russian professionals in the tech industry, Max Skibinsky, th...

Why Russia Buys Putin's Lies - Mark Nuckols, New York Post

The outside world knows Russian-backed militants shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, using missiles supplied by Moscow, even if few leaders are yet willing to say outright tha...

Russia's Anti-West Isolationism - Maxim Trudolyubov, New York Times

The virulent, anti-American, anti-Western rhetoric emanating from the Kremlin has been one of the main drivers of Moscow’s support for the Ukrainian conflict. This antipathy ha...

Putin a Prisoner of His Own Propaganda - Julia Ioffe, The New Republic

The Russian media space has become so uniform and independent voices so cowed and marginalized that there is no counterweight and, when there’s no counterweight, if you repeat a ...

This Is Putin's War and His Responsibility - Boris Johnson, Telegraph

Russia's response to the destruction of a civilian airliner stands in stark contrast to America's....

Putin Just Drove Russia Off a Cliff - Tom Nichols, The Federalist

Here’s what the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 means: Russia, with Vladimir Putin at the wheel, just drove off the edge of a cliff....

It's Time for the Dutch to Man Up - Bas Heijne, Politico Magazine

As the tragedy of flight MH17 sinks in and the search for the guilty seems to lead indirectly or even directly to Putin’s Russia, it remains to be seen how much this will change ...

Impose Sanctions on Russia - National Review

By the end of this week, America and Europe will have to make the most crucial and far-reaching decisions about the West’s relationship with Russia since the fall of the Berlin W...

Life & Death of a Russian Freedom Fighter - Cathy Young, RealClearPolitics

Valeria Novodvorskaya, the firebrand Russian activist and writer who died in Moscow on July 12 at the age of 64, was practically unknown abroad and had a somewhat scandalous notori...

Putin's Next Move -- Invade Ukraine? - Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Mr Putin’s charade must surely have run its course. Even state-controlled Russian television seems to be struggling to come up with conspiracy theories to counter what seem to be...

MH17 Blame Game Reflects Badly on Us All - Mary Dejevsky, The Spectator

To judge by much of the western media coverage in recent days, you would have thought that Vladimir Putin had spent last Thursday sitting in the Kremlin, plotting how to blacken hi...

Peaceful Russians Are About to Suffer - Victor Davidoff, Moscow Times

More than a century ago the writer Anton Chekhov said, "If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following act it should be fired." Events in eastern Ukr...

Crisis of the New World Order - Philip Bobbitt, London Evening Standard

The terrible events in Ukraine, electrified by the interception and destruction of a Malaysian passenger plane, should be a thunderclap, shaking us from our torpor and confusion....

The Price of Inaction in Ukraine - Garry Kasparov, Time

Obama and Europe chose not to stand up to Vladimir Putin -- now we're seeing the terrible toll....

On MH17, It's Old Europe Versus New Europe - Matthew Yglesias, Vox

Key to understanding the "European" stance on Russia is that Europe's countries are themselves divided. Broadly speaking, the big western European nations — the UK, France, a...

Putin Has Backed Himself into a Corner - Steve LeVine, Quartz

Russian president Vladimir Putin has marched into a corner—having opted for war to halt Ukraine’s courtship with the West, he now faces international opprobrium and the...

We Are Living in Putin's World Now - Matthew Continetti, National Review

The heralds of the “post-American world” devote most of their songs to the wonders of the BRIC economies, the rise of a globally conscious, technologically savvy youth ...

Putin Should Shackle His Dogs of War - Toronto Star

Rather than issue a hollow appeal for a ceasefire in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin could have stopped the conflict in a breath by ordering his proxies to end it....

Moscow Must Answer for Horror in the Skies - The Australian

The full details of the international horror that has befallen Australia and the world in the skies above eastern Ukraine will not be clear for some time. Yet, as our Prime Ministe...

Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup - Tunku Varadarajan, Daily Beast

In the wake of the MH17 disaster, the world needs to make Vladimir Putin’s pride -- not the Russian people -- pay. And a good first step would be to stop pretending sport is p...

Don't Turn One Tragedy into a Global Catastrophe - Peter Hitchens, Mail

Let us just mourn the dead and comfort the bereaved, and regret human folly and the wickedness of war. Let us not allow this miserable event to be fanned into a new war. That is wh...

Where Are Putin's U.S. Admirers Now? - Alec MacGillis, New Republic

Let's not forgot those who praised the "brilliant" Russian president...

Put the Bullseye on Putin - David Kramer, The American Interest

The tragedy of MH17 should be a wake-up call to Western leaders to stop dragging their feet and to take decisive action now....

Putin's Dangerous Doctrine - Timothy Garton Ash, New York Times

SOMETIMES, just sometimes, you should pay attention to annoying things said by tiresome people at worthy conferences....

Vladimir Putin Can End This War - New York Times

Growing casualties on the ground, a major escalation of American sanctions against Russia, a military plane shot down and now the appalling destruction of a Malaysian jetliner with...

Don't Let Some Thug in East Ukraine Start a War - Adam Garfinkle, TAI

What has happened today is certainly a tragedy in human terms, but we need not, and should not, allow emotions to misguide us into making it into a political tragedy as well. If we...

Downing of Jet Could Escalate Ukraine Crisis - Karen DeYoung, Wash Post

The downing of a Malaysian commercial airliner flying at 33,000 feet over Ukraine could dramatically broaden the Ukrainian crisis, even before it is determined who bears responsibi...

MH17: Wars Have Bloomed from Far, Far Less - Paul Daley, The Guardian

Rapid and precise responses are demanded – but publicly displaying genuine empathy and leading public grieving is just as critical for world leaders, including Tony Abbott....

MH17 Spells Disaster for Putin - Romesh Ratnesar, Bloomberg Businessweek

The apparent downing of Malaysia Airlines (MAS:MK) flight MH17, possibly by pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, is a horrifying tragedy for the families of the 295 passengers an...

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  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

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