Central Asia Hurting as Russia’s Ruble Sinks

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by David Trilling and Timur Toktonaliev Pensioner Jyparkul Karaseyitova says she cannot afford meat anymore. At her local bazaar in Kyrgyzstan’s capital, Bishkek, the price for beef has jumped 9 percent in the last six weeks. And she is not… Continue Reading  

NATO at Wales: To Lead or Not to Lead

U.S. President Obama meets with NATO Secretary-General Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels

by Robert E. Hunter This Thursday and Friday, NATO’s 28 leaders will meet in Wales. This summit will be the most important since the early days after the end of the Cold War. Whether or not it is a success—a… Continue Reading  

MH17: Still Waiting for Evidence

Photo: A memorial at the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which was reportedly show down while flying over Ukraine on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 people on board.

by Derek Davison When flight MH17 was hit with a missile over eastern Ukraine on July 17, US officials immediately blamed pro-Russian separatists for bringing the plane down. Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence “obviously points a very… Continue Reading  

Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic Disaster

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by Robert Bensh Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. The Ukrainian… Continue Reading  

Far-Right Fighters from Europe Fight for Ukraine

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by Fausto Biloslavo Almost 80 years ago, ideological true believers from all over the world flocked to Spain to fight in a civil war, serving in the famed International Brigades on the Republican side. These days, echoes of Spain can… Continue Reading