Sunday, March 30, 2014

That Was the Week in Ukraine: Mafias, Kidnappings, Murders, a Strangelove Summit, Military Options, and the Maidan Murderers Exposed

Screen shot from some of the extraordinary video posted on the BBC Ukraine Crisis timeline.
  • Hitting Russians Where It Hurts
    by James Kirchick March 26, 2014 03:25 PM EDT
    Estonia’s president says go after the Kremlin’s banks like you’d go after a terrorist’s, question the legitimacy of Russian passports, and never doubt Putin’s taste for territory.

  • The Strangelove Summit
    by Christopher Dickey, Jamie Dettmer March 25, 2014 01:30 PM EDT
    More than 50 world leaders assembled in The Hague this week to address nuclear security—and grapple with new threats posed by nuclear Russia.

  • Kidnapped in Crimea
    by Anna Nemtsova March 24, 2014 05:45 AM EDT
    They thought they could reason with the people of the breakaway region, but after mock executions and threats of mutilation, they felt lucky to get out alive.

  • The Mafia Ruling Ukraine’s Mobs
    by Jamie Dettmer March 23, 2014 12:00 AM EDT
    Organized crime helped Putin grab Crimea, and may open the way for him to take more of Russian-speaking Ukraine.

Saudi Arabia's Comic Book Fatwa

Saudi Arabia’s Comic Book Fatwa, 28 March 2014
The president should confront Saudi leaders over the ludicrous fatwa against ‘The 99,’ a ground-breaking Muslim superhero comic.

Audio on PRI's The World: A Saudi fatwa shuns the first comic book to feature Muslim superheroes

Monday, March 24, 2014

Anna Nemtsova: Ukrainian Women Kidnapped by Russians in Crimea Tell Their Tale

The latest from Anna Nemtsova:



Ukrainian Women Kidnapped by Russians in Crimea Tell Their Tale

Two young women talk about their abduction and brutalization at the hands of Russia’s thugs in what used to be Ukraine

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MH370: They're Looking, Truly, In the Middle of Nowhere

Our map accompanying Lennox Samuels' Daily Beast story pretty much tells the tale. You have to zoom out by 13 clicks before you spot the first hint of land ....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Why Putin Did It

The Daily Beast: Why Putin Did It, 18 March 2014
By Christopher Dickey
The Russian president’s speech about annexing Crimea is really about winning back the pride lost when the Berlin Wall fell.