Animal Rescuer: Home from the Ukraine War

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A retired truck driver from Lakebay takes a break after volunteering to help abandoned animals and hungry people in Ukraine.

Okinawa’s Colonial Trap

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To many here in Okinawa, the national government’s firm commitment to the alliance just reinforces their own feelings of estrangement.

When Queen Elizabeth came to Seattle

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The sighting was something special for Seattle, which in the 1980s was seldom a must-stop destination for dignitaries.

The UK Gets a New Prime Minister (Meh): Who She Is and What to...

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Only 12 percent of Britons polled by YouGov expect Liz Truss to be a good or great government chief. More than half – 52 percent -- predict she will be poor or terrible.

Six Months In: Where the War in Ukraine Stands

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Half a year after Russia’s invasion, the devastating attacks on Ukrainian fighters have ground down into a deadly war of attrition.

Johnson’s Ghost: The Vanishingly Small Number of Brits who will Choose the UK’s Next...

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The campaign to succeed Johnson is mercifully short and political polling frequent enough to track changes in the fluctuating mood of the electorate.

Averting a Food Crisis? Russia Agrees to Safe Passage for Ukrainian Grain, then Launches...

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“This attack casts serious doubt on the credibility of Russia’s commitment to yesterday’s deal and undermines the work of the U.N., Turkey and Ukraine to get critical food to world markets,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement late Saturday.

Why China Will Not Invade Taiwan

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Many factors argue against a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which would be the equivalent of going to war with your banker.

Report Card: What Biden Got out of His Trip to the Middle East

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With the dumpster-load of diplomatic crises left behind by his America First predecessor, Biden waded into the volatile region with the modest objective of resetting damaged relations with allies and adversaries alike.

Taiwan: What China’s Xi has Learned from Putin’s War on Ukraine

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Xi and Putin speak in the same imperialist language about the historical bonds and blood ties with their coveted territories. They pursue the same legacy of greatest leader of all time.

Ukraine End Game: A Stalemate Between Peace and Justice?

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How will the war end? The answer is a debate that divides into two conflicting strategies of seeking “peace” or demanding “justice,”

Neutrality has Outlived its Usefulness: Finland and Sweden Pick a Side

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Finland and Sweden announced Sunday their intentions to apply for NATO membership, moves that represent a seismic shift in European security policy on Russia.

Top Gun No More: I was a Fighter Pilot. Today’s Remote Killing Machines Replaced...

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"Today, Air Force 'pilots' kill enemy combatants halfway around the globe from windowless, air-conditioned, shipping container modules in the Nevada desert."

Putin Whiffs at Victory Parade: Reality’s a Bitch

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Any claim to have achieved Kremlin objectives of uniting Ukrainian regions seized eight years ago would have been difficult to substantiate.

Macron’s Re-Election Makes Him Europe’s New De Facto Leader

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Mr. Macron won, yes. But France is still in trouble. However his is the last best hope for a unified European voice and strategy for halting Putin’s upending of the world order.

Why is the Biden Administration Slow-Walking Military Aid to Ukraine?

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Might all the whingeing and slow walking of support be a matter of policy, not pusillanimity or red tape?

War Crimes Trials are for Losers: Why Holding Putin Accountable is a Long-Shot

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Justice for war crimes is an issue that goes beyond the practical difficulty of arresting a head of state in his own country.

Alas, Little Chance of Canceling Putin (For Now)

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The stark reality of Russian domestic support in the face of unspeakable brutality and tens of thousands killed on both sides begs the question of what it will take to turn Russians against the war and its Kremlin instigator. 

Succession: Russia’s Troubled Leadership Transitions

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Russia's history is marked by violence and assassinations. Somehow, in some way, Russian politicians must find ways to enable the peaceful transfer of power.

Regime Change? Putin in the Hot Seat

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There are serious political conditions brewing that threaten 69-year-old Vladimir Putin's 22-year autocratic control over Russia.

Are Bans on Russian Vodka Hitting the Wrong Target?

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Stoli vodka, once known as Stolichnaya, has been hit by informal consumer boycotts and some government actions against Russian brands. But it's actually made in Latvia.

Longtime Putin Watcher: This will only End Badly

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He’s neither insane nor suicidal, just determined to go down in history as the leader who restored Russia’s imperial glory, whatever the cost to his own country. I hope I’m wrong about this.

The Shapeshifter World of Ukrainian Presidential Politics

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A lot of Ukrainian politics involves shape-shifting among Russian interests and Trump consultants such as Paul Manafort. Such is the story of Julia Tymoshenko, whom Zelenskiy defeated for the presidency in 2019.

Six Routes Out of the Ukraine War

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There are several win-win solutions, but Putin doesn't seem ready to negotiate and the Ukrainians are currently unlikely to make concessions after spilling this much blood.

Canada Drops Its Vexing, Burdensome Border-Crossing Requirements

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Vaccination rates in Canada have been higher than in America. But Canada still imposed vexing requirements for those crossing its borders. No more -- unless you are unvaccinated.

For Putin, Ukraine Is a Chance for a Soulless Leader to Reclaim Russia’s Soul

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Putin seems to think Russia has lost its soul and his destiny is to win it back—literally, by brute and extremely brutal force, inch by bloody inch across Ukraine.

Why Sanctions Haven’t Worked Before, and Why They May Well Work Against Putin

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This time U.S. and European private companies are taking similar actions, including Boeing and Airbus, both suspending their major operations and no longer providing parts, maintenance, and technical services to Russia airlines.  More evident on the streets of Moscow, the popular McDonalds, Starbucks, and multiple retail food outlets, plus noted credit card companies, are now closed. 

Women’s History Month Is Not the Same This Year, for Today We Are...

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When I mentioned Women's History Month to a friend recently, he reacted with healthy skepticism. He said, "I have to ask what do these months actually do?" It was an apt question.

Do We Need a Voice of America 2.0?

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Food for thought: is there a more effective way to leverage the enormous reach of digital media companies in time of conflict?

The Problem: Putin’s Brain or Putin’s Braintrust?

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Even in the case of a quasi-dictatorship like contemporary Russia, we find a circle of elite advisers around the president. We should pay more attention to this brain trust, and less to Putin’s brain.