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Tymoshenko Grandstands As Ukraine Hangs By A Thread

Today, Ukraine needs leadership who will sacrifice for a nation badly wounded by the last six weeks, not mere politicians looking for another photo opportunity.

Europe’s Credulity on Display: Were Ukrainian Snipers Backed by Maidan Leaders?

Why is the EU hiding the “more and more strengthened” conclusion that the very people in power in Kyiv were behind the events that brought them to power?

Yulia Tymoshenko: Her Past is Her Prologue, Again and Again

While cast in the role of heroic martyr and freedom fighter, she has rallied millions to her cause. In power, she has been little different from the overwhelmingly male leaders against whom she has contrasted herself.

West Sowing a Bitter Harvest in Ukraine

In any democracy worth its name, these men would be behind bars for using force to get them what democratic elections did not. Because they have powerful international backers, they are not.

Why Join the EU?

Dealing in Eastern European finance is a fast way to learn that outside of a few countries, the advantages of European ties are ephemeral at best.

Kyrgyzstan Moves to Become Formal Russian Vassal State

However brief its renewed moment in the sun, it appears Russia may once again be called an empire — and all for a few billions of dollars.

Leaked Phone Call Shows Western Incompetence in Ukraine

This does nothing to encourage the West’s attempts to portray itself as an inevitable and calm future for Ukraine, which until just days ago was its entire foreign policy in the East.

Slavery Unending in Central Asia

Those countries that are working toward Western ideals, however haltingly, are the good ones. The satrapies of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan do not care, and so medieval brutalities are commonplace.

A Failure of America’s Fading Leadership in Ukraine … and in Europe

It is a stunning indictment of American foreign policy failures, and by implication, it is also a rebuke to Europe, whose oblivious handling of Ukraine’s bid for an Association Agreement was almost a cry for help.

Lithuania’s Drive for the Euro: Here We Go Again

Lithuania’s banking and monetary systems are a bit of a mess, making this a reachable goal but a difficult one.