Finland and Sweden announced Sunday their intentions to apply for NATO membership, moves that represent a seismic shift in European security policy on Russia.
"Today, Air Force 'pilots' kill enemy combatants halfway around the globe from windowless, air-conditioned, shipping container modules in the Nevada desert."
Any claim to have achieved Kremlin objectives of uniting Ukrainian regions seized eight years ago would have been difficult to substantiate.
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.
Might all the whingeing and slow walking of support be a matter of policy, not pusillanimity or red tape?
Justice for war crimes is an issue that goes beyond the practical difficulty of arresting a head of state in his own country.
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.
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.
There are serious political conditions brewing that threaten 69-year-old Vladimir Putin's 22-year autocratic control over Russia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Food for thought: is there a more effective way to leverage the enormous reach of digital media companies in time of conflict?
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.
Putin has unchecked power after 22 years in the Kremlin during which he systematically dismantled institutions essential to freedom from tyranny.
It just breaks my heart to see what’s happening now, in contrast to our Washington state people's hard work to make a positive and productive relationship with Russia.
Germany was destined to undo what one of its politicians called Britain’s “intolerable hegemony” over the world. Substitute “America’s” and the words could be Xi’s or Putin’s.
“The contrast between how Putin and Zelensky are presenting themselves in this war is striking and symbolic of what is happening on the ground.”
Putin then had the rebel oligarch arrested, put into a courtroom cage and sent to prison for ten years, and picked another oligarch (listed as being sanctioned) to take over the Yukos oil company.
Something about the use of social media in Russia's invasion of Ukraine feels big and new. The scope is larger, the stakes are higher, and this conflict is already far more participatory from major segments of society.
U.S. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, warns that Putin is likely to escalate hostilities with “indiscriminate bombing” of the type that Russia used to destroy regime opponents and infrastructure in Chechnya and Syria.
Ukraine’s mosaic of people lived between turbulent powers.
We can only hope that Putin’s savage, unprovoked action does not lead to World War III which by miscalculation it could, with apocalyptic results.
So much of our national life and debate has been self-indulgent, stupid, and dangerous for so long. Can Putin do what the pandemic could not and wake us up?
Seattle, though relatively unchurched, has a rich tradition of such interfaith services and marches in times of war and pain.