Russia’s economic & political clout

Anne Applebaum points out that Russia has a smaller population than Nigeria or Pakistan, with an economy about the size of Italy’s.  But it has a lot of economic and political clout–possibly enough to thwart the recently-imposed sanctions for what Vladimir Putin is doing to the Ukraine and other of his neighbors–thanks to an intentional strategy of investing in politically-connected corporations. [Read more...]

USA and Europe agree on sanctions against Russia

President Obama announced an agreement with the European Union that would slap what could be some serious sanctions on Russia, an attempt to punish Vladimir Putin for his aggression in the Ukraine.  Europe had resisted imposing sanctions, but the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner has changed its collective mind.

Details of the sanctions after the jump.  Do you think actions like these will make Putin more peaceful, or might they have unintended consequences? [Read more...]

Meriam Ishag is safe

The Sudanese woman who had been sentenced to death for refusing to recant her Christianity was released last week after another detention.  She made her way to Italy with her family, where she had an audience with the Pope.  She is reportedly headed to the United States. [Read more...]

The new world disorder

British journalist Peter Foster, writing in the London Telegraph, sees the shooting down of the Malaysian airliner over the Ukraine as just one symptom among many of the global order coming apart.  And with the disengagement of the United States and the timidity of Europe, conditions are starting to resemble the way things were just before World War I. [Read more...]

Evidence about the Malaysia Airlines shoot-down

As Vladimir Putin blames Ukraine for shooting down the Malaysian Airliner and conspiracy theorists blame the Illuminati (all those “7s”:  A Boeing 777, flight MH-17, on 7/17), the evidence is building that ethnic Russian amateurs were playing with the toys that Moscow had sent to them to disrupt the Ukrainian government.

Also, the Russian separatists who control the area of the crash have removed the bodies and some of the debris, reportedly including the plane’s “black box.”  Video has also emerged of anti-aircraft missile batteries being driven back across the Russian border.  One of them has a missile missing.

Among many other concerns:  What if other terrorists get their hands on this technology?  After the jump, details about the evidence. [Read more...]

Civilian airliner shot down over Ukraine

A Malaysia Airline Boeing 777 was shot down over the Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew.  Most were Dutch and Australian.  As many as 23 may have been Americans.  [UPDATE:  Only one American has been identified.] The plane was reportedly brought down by a Russian anti-aircraft missile, and pro-Russian separatists are being blamed. [Read more...]


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