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  • Russia Nationalizes (Robs) Crimea
    Russia Nationalizes, Robs Crimea
    August 8, 2014 Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov announced the new nationalization law and since then some 4,000 companies, organizations, and agencies have lost their properties. They come in the middle of the night and confiscate everything...
  • Russian farm
    Russian food economy: sweet or sour?
    Continuing to gaze across northern Europe, we find that country on so many international lists: Russia.Reports emerging from Russia paint of rosy picture of where the Russian economy is going. The Washington Post reported on Dec. 27, 2014, that...
  • Russian President Putin
    Putin sees NATO as Russia's biggest threat in a new military doctrine
    Relations between Russia and the United States and its allies have sunk to the lowest levels since the Cold War era. The Moscow Times reported on Dec. 26, 2014 Russian President Putin has signed a new military doctrine as Ukraine moves towards...
  • Ukraine votes overwhelmingly to join NATO
    Ukraine votes overwhelmingly to join NATO
    Ukraine's parliament voted this week to drop their long-standing status as a non-aligned country and join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The surprise move comes as the Russian-backed separatists hold territory in the eastern...
  • Black Friday in annexed Crimea
    Black Friday in annexed Crimea
    As of December 26, 2014, Ukraine cut off electricity to Russian-annexed Crimea. Ukraine also discontinued train and bus service to the beleaguered peninsula. Ukrainian security services issued a statement, stating that travel to Crimea is being...
  • Russia's alternative to SWIFT a go and nearly ready to disconnect from dollar
    Russia's alternative to SWIFT a go and nearly ready to disconnect from dollar
    On Dec. 26 the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) launched a global alternative to the U.S. controlled SWIFT system, and is within six months of being fully ready to allow nations and currencies from all around the world to disconnect from the dollar...
  • Putin Becomes Scrooge
    Putin Becomes Scrooge
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called all government officials back to the Kremlin rather than continue on their Holiday vacations. This is a far cry from his annual press conference that he held last week. There he told the Russian people...
  • The release of 'The Interview'
    'The Interview' is making news in Russia
    The release of the highly controversial movie "The Interview" has sparked off news from Russia. A Russian official has spoken out against "The Interview" according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter on Dec. 26, 2014. This...
  • Ukraine food needs increase
    Ukraine: food shortages take their toll
    My latest Huffington Post column was on the emergency food needs in the the war-torn Ukraine. Now comes further evidence of how hunger is escalating there.A new UN report features a survey of civilians in 27 towns in Luhansk and Donetsk, two of...
  • World War 3 pending: Russia boasts nuclear trains and 400 'in place' warheads
    World War 3 pending: Russia boasts nuclear trains and 400 'in place' warheads
    Current tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border, the economic sanctions being imposed upon the continent-spanning country, and the fall in value of the Russian ruble seem to be destabilizing Moscow rule, because why else boast about strategic...
  • In the wake of the Sony hack, Russia buddies up to North Korea
    In the wake of the Sony hack, Russia buddies up to North Korea
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to visit Moscow in 2015, the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Dec. 19, 2014. North Korea’s reclusive leader would be celebrating the anniversary of the...
  • Russia's President Vladimir Putin
    Putin defiant as Russia's economy teeters
    The old conventional wisdom was that Russia was on the march to reestablish the Soviet Empire. Under Vladimir Putin, a man with a great many issues, the Russians were gobbling up parts of the Ukraine. The Baltic States would be next, then Poland,...
  • China steps into U.S. currency war against Russia and offers Putin major support
    China steps into U.S. currency war against Russia and offers Putin major support
    Over the past month, attacks on both oil and the Rouble have created economic turmoil around the world, and especially in the economies of Russia and the European Union. And despite the fact that the United States has chosen Ukraine as ground zero...
  • U.S. & Russia:  On the eve of a possible Military Confrontation
    U.S. & Russia: On the eve of a possible Military Confrontation
    If history is indeed the window to the future, the new U.S. economic sanctions against Russia could result in a military confrontation. Seventy-four years ago, President Roosevelt implemented the Naval Intelligence's October 1940 memorandum,...
  • Ukrainian Turmoil Continues
    Ukrainian Turmoil Continues
    December 11, 2014 brought a truce back onto the table between Ukraine and the Rebel Separatists of Eastern Ukraine and up to the moment no one has died, but fighting continues. The rebels attacked some 26 positions in the last 30 hours. Using...