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  • Opinions on Ukraine from US and Foreign Media

    March 14, 2014 7:50 PM 30

    "Name the names, freeze their accounts. But any real effect will require broader sanctions and for that we need European cooperation. The ultimate sanction is to cut off Russian oligarchs, companies and banks from the Western financial system. "That’s the economic “nuclear option” that brought Iran to its knees and to the negotiating table. It would

  • Crimea’s Contested Future

    March 14, 2014 7:45 PM 26

    It was grim and rainy last Friday along Crimea’s Black Sea coast, and Dimitri Semenov was in a dark mood. A former Soviet Army officer and a successful businessman, Semenov is used to taking risks: he goes deep-water diving for fun. These days, though, all he talks about are his worries. “To be honest, I worry about everything,” Semenov said, as we drove

  • Donetsk clashes prove situation in Ukraine out of control – Russian MFA

    March 14, 2014 6:36 PM 32

    Participants of an anti-war rally (L) clash with a pro-Russian supporter during their respective rallies in Donetsk March 13, 2014.(Reuters / Stringer) Bloody clashes in the city of Donetsk that ended with a murder and multiple wounded proves Kiev does not control the situation in Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated, stressing Moscow reserves right

  • ‘Imposing sanctions against Russia isn't a good approach’

    March 14, 2014 3:41 PM 38

    Sanctions will create trouble for the countries imposing them, for European countries and NATO, as well as for the target of these sanctions, for Russia, Alain Corvez, a former adviser at the French Foreign Ministry, told RT. Corvez, who also advised France’s defense and interior ministers, argued that sanctions would not help to resolve the Ukrainian

  • Russian stocks plunge as Crimea sanctions loom

    March 14, 2014 12:51 PM 37

    March 14 2014 at 02:19pm By Reuters Moscow - Russian stock indexes plunged to the lowest levels since 2009 on Friday, two days before a referendum in Crimea that is expected to provoke western sanctions against Russia. At 09:45 SA time the MICEX stock index was down 4.6 percent at 1,191 points after falling more than 5 percent to reach its lowest point

  • Business groups: Don’t go overboard on Russia sanctions

    March 14, 2014 2:21 AM 42

    Business groups representing many of the largest U.S. corporations are urging policymakers to tread softly when crafting sanctions on Russia, raising concerns that overly aggressive measures could fray lucrative relationships with the Kremlin or provoke retaliation by Moscow. No individual company contacted by POLITICO acknowledged lobbying on the issue

  • Crimean parliament guarantees broader rights to Tatar minority

    March 13, 2014 8:33 PM 25

    A resolution passed by the Crimean parliament guarantees proportional representation in the republic’s legislative and executive bodies for the Crimean Tatar ethnic minority and grants their language official status, among other things. The resolution provides for constitutional reform that would amend several key provisions of Crimea’s basic law. Under

  • European Parliament backs common mobile phone charger

    March 13, 2014 2:48 PM 33

    Consumers in the 28-nation EU may soon benefit from a standardized charger and socket for their mobile devices. Compliance among manufacturers by 2017 will be required in a draft law passed by the European Parliament. That paves the way for a common charger for mobile devices to be made available to consumers by 2017. Rapporteur Barbara Weiler said she was particularly

  • Where Modi Runs Could Signal Where He Stands

    March 13, 2014 7:05 AM 29

    India’s principal opposition Bharatiya Janata Party is expected to announce Thursday where its standard bearer, Narendra Modi, will contest national elections from. Political pundits are waiting to see if Mr. Modi — who has recently stayed away from all things that smack of Hindu nationalism — will fight from Varanasi, a temple town and holy place for Hindus

  • Israel Passes Law Drafting Ultra-Orthodox Into the Army

    March 12, 2014 4:44 PM 120

    Israel’s parliament passed a controversial law mandating that some ultra-Orthodox men serve in the national army despite their religious beliefs. The law will take effect as soon as it gets approval from Prime Minister Netanyahu's cabinet Israel’s parliament on Wednesday passed a law requiring at least some ultra-Orthodox men—strictly observant Jews known