Are Russian oil companies funding environmentalists?

A newspaper is reporting that Russian oil companies connected to Vladimir Putin are funding some American environmentalist groups that are trying to stop the practice of fracking.  Russia is, of course, not particularly interested in saving the American environment, but, like Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich country has an interest in cutting the growth in American oil production due to this kind of technology. [Read more...]

NATO gets relevant again

We might agree that Russia’s incursion into the Ukraine, while regrettable,  doesn’t concern us.  But if Vladimir Putin did the same thing to Estonia, another bordering country with a large and complaining Russian minority, we would be at war.  That’s because Estonia and the other Baltic Republics are members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).  The members of that organization, founded to deter the Soviet Union, have a pact that an attack on one member nation is an attack on them all, and that they will all go to war against the attacker.  Tomorrow a NATO summit begins, and it’s being hailed as the most important since the end of the Cold War.

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Russia invades Ukraine!

Russia has reportedly invaded the Ukraine, sending two armored columns that captured a town near the border. [Read more...]

Russian bombers in American airspace

Russia is responding to our sanctions and expressing its leader’s contempt for what he considers American weakness by sending nuclear bombers into American airspace.  This has happened 16 times in the last 10 days. [Read more...]

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...]


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