Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

Aug 28, 2014

Battle for key southeast coast heats up in Ukraine

The battle for Ukraine’s strategic coastline heated up Wednesday as a local mayor reported that pro-Russian rebel forces entered a key town in southeast Ukraine after three days of heavy shelling. Novoazovsk, a resort town of 40,000 on the Sea of Azov, lies in ...

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

Jul 8, 2014

Crimea euphoria fading for Russians

When she was asked to give up a day’s pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger. Why should she subsidize others when struggling to make ends meet herself? Living in southern Russia close to the border with Ukraine, ...

Jun 18, 2014

Kishida to delay visit to Russia again

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida plans to delay his visit to Russia to September or later out of consideration for Japan’s alliance with the United States, a country that has taken a tough stance toward the Kremlin over the crisis in Ukraine, government sources said ...

Jun 11, 2014

U.S. foreign policy marked by blatant hypocrisy

by Ramesh Thakur

It is a truth universally acknowledged that behavior by others inconsistent with social norms is condemned as hypocrisy but similar discrepancies in our own conduct is rationalized as understandable prioritization in the face of multiple goals. When the military deposed Egypt’s first freely elected ...

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

May 30, 2014

Second European team missing in east Ukraine

A second team of European monitors was reported missing in restive eastern Ukraine on Friday despite army claims it had regained control over much of the separatist rust belt. The United States meanwhile voiced growing concern over the sudden appearance of fighters from Russia’s ...

Ukrainian choppers blast defiant rebels at Donetsk airport after election

May 26, 2014

Ukrainian choppers blast defiant rebels at Donetsk airport after election

Three Ukrainian helicopter gunships mounted a heavy attack on the rebel-held international airport terminal at Donetsk on Monday, firing rockets and cannon and throwing out decoy flares as militants shot at them from the ground. The Mi-24 helicopters raked the recently built concrete-and-glass building ...

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

May 1, 2014

Abe, Merkel stand firm on sanctions

Germany’s Angela Merkel and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Wednesday that the leading industrial powers would stand united on further sanctions against Russia if needed, despite Moscow’s threat to retaliate against foreign energy companies. Both are struggling to strike a balance between admonishing Moscow ...