Even Democrats don’t see him as a strong leader in the world at this point of his presidency.
Six years into Obama’s presidency, the public is losing faith that our president can command the respect of other nations. It’s not hard to see why.The Olympics in Sochi came to an end last week, and less than a half-day’s drive away, Ukraine is in a state of turmoil, with its leader having fled the capital in the face of protesters demanding reforms. In Venezuela, over a dozen are dead and CNN has been booted from the country in protests against a government that has long stifled democracy and impoverished its own people.
Putin says the events in Kiev signal the return of fascism to Europe, even as he foments anti-Semitic sentiment at home. Why the West must not believe his misinformation campaign.
Here we have a country—Russia—where hunting for gays and for northern Caucasian facial features is becoming a national sport.Here we have a country where, on April 20, Adolf Hitler’s birthday, “non-Slavs” are invited to stay home lest something terrible happen to them.Here we have a country where, when a thousand young people take to the streets in 2006 to protest a bill before the Duma to ban Jewish groups suspected of having made a “pact with the devil,” they donned masks for fear of finding their faces on the Facebook page of a “white patrol” hit-man who would come and bust their head.
Russia's president is really worried about what it will do to the environment. OK, not really.
Vladimir Putin just hates fracking—at least, he hates it when other countries do it. As the Russian president told an economic conference last year, in places where companies are fracking to extract natural gas, they turn on the faucet and “black stuff comes out of the tap.” Consider the environment, he begged his audience. While you’re at it, consider the many European countries that depend on Russia for their natural gas or might compete with it as suppliers.
The heroes of the Maidan forced a corrupt president to relinquish power even as snipers picked off their comrades—and now they're vowing to stay put in Kiev indefinitely.
The password to this fervent Ukrainian winter revolution has been ‘Slava Ukraina’—Glory to Ukraine —which when spoken to the tough protestors guarding Maidan elicits an immediate smile and a resounding cry of ‘Geroyem Slava’—Glory to the Heroes. For the first months of the heroic revolution, I understood this inspired verbal exchange with protestors as a ritual, rooted in the need to boost morale. At the time, ‘heroes’ were still a vague concept, characters from Hollywood films and Soviet propaganda, with no relation to real life.
Got an extra $5 million? Then you can become a citizen of the country of your choice.
By Robert Frank | CNBC Reporter and Editor The wealthy often buy their most prized possessions at auction: art, jewelry, wine and even mansions.Now they might be able to bid on an even bigger auction prize: visas.In the latest twist to the global drama over luring rich emigres from China, Russia and other countries, an immigration official in the U.K. is proposing a plan to auction off visas to the overseas rich, with minimum bids starting at $4 million.
They represented a strongman’s allies in Washington. Now that the strongman is hiding, they’re not sure who they serve.
Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s deposed autocrat, could probably use his lobbyists in Washington now more than ever. The only problem at this point is that the lobbyists themselves are not sure whether they still work for him. It's a risk built into the business of lobbying for foreign clients. Every now and again, the guys writing the checks are ousted from power. Take the government of Ukraine. Two heavyweight lobbying firms sold their services to represent an innocuous sounding think tank based in Brussels, Belgium called the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU).
With reports of Russian troops landing in Crimea, pundits are warning of a repeat of Georgia in 2008—but the reality is far more complicated.
KIEV—Sunday night, the subway stations within Maidan were cleared. Hours before, what was an intricate security system of multiple checkpoints has now changed. There are still checkpoints on the perimeter, but inside this city within a city a cathartic feeling of victory has replaced the frantic terror that permeated in Euromaidan after police snipers under former President Viktor Yanukovych’s command began shooting protestors in a final desperate attempt to gain control of Kiev.
With Ukraine’s MPs voting to send the former president to the Hague for trial, Yanukovych’s whereabouts are the question haunting Kiev, Russia and the West.
That is the question haunting Ukraine. After the bloodbath in Kiev, which left some 100 people dead last week, Yanukovych fled the city, leaving an interim government tenuously in charge. Yesterday, they issued an arrest warrant for the former leader—but his whereabouts remain the object of much rumor and speculation.“Yanukovych disapeared,” the new interior minister and former opposition MP Arsen Avakov posted in his Facebook in amazingly informal manner.
The evangelical organization that describes itself as a Christian mafia has been the hidden hand behind Uganda’s anti-gay bill, along with Rick Warren, the gay-bashing pastor who presided at Obama’s first inauguration.
The President of Uganda has just signed into law extreme anti-gay legislation. In addition to imprisoning anyone who counsels or reaches out to the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community in Uganda, the law establishes a crime of “aggravated homosexuality” which include acts where one person is infected with HIV, “serial offenders,” and sex with minors. “Aggravated homosexuality” is punished with life in prison. A previous version of the law, amended after worldwide protests, proscribed the death penalty.
The punk collective’s two most high-profile former members landed afoul of the cops during massive protests in Moscow over the show-trial of eight activists.
Barely 24 hours had passed since the closing ceremonies at Sochi before the Russian government set about locking up its opposition again. This time it was a dragnet arrest of protestors, outside a Moscow courtroom at Manezhnaya Square, who were there in a show of solidarity with the Bolotnaya defendants—eight members of the May 2012 demonstration opposed to another stolen parliamentary election. While all eyes were glued to Olympic ice hockey or to a crushed-velvet revolution in Ukraine, the Bolotnaya Eight were busy being found guilty of “mass rioting” in a show trial which revealed, as Amnesty International’s John Dalhuisen put it, “a criminal justice system that is entirely malleable to the dictates of its political masters.
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