Posts Tagged ‘ John McCain ’

The Man Who Stood Up to Putin

May 10th, 2014 | By

How Russia’s ‘biggest cheerleader’ became the Kremlin’s fiercest critic and persuaded Congress to roll the White House on sanctions. By Matthew Kaminski Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot hit Capitol Hill this week. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were jailed for nearly two years after performing an anti-Kremlin “punk prayer” in…


Putin’s Useful Idiots

Apr 29th, 2014 | By

Slawomir Sierakowski April 28, 2014 Western intellectuals have long had a soft spot for Russia. Voltaire, the French teacher of tolerance and a great friend of Catherine the Great, said that he would gladly move to Russia, though only if its capital were Kiev, not icy St. Petersburg. Johann Gottfried von Herder, the German philosopher…


General and Former Defense Official Urge Nonlethal Military Aid for Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

MICHAEL R. GORDON APRIL 15, 2014 WASHINGTON — Ukraine’s military has an urgent need for nonlethal military assistance like body armor, night-vision goggles, communications gear and aviation fuel to defend against a potential Russian attack, according to a new analysis by a former NATO commander and a former Pentagon official. But wary of provoking Russia,…


The Day the Kremlin’s Propaganda Machine Came to Washington

Apr 1st, 2014 | By

BY HANNA KOZLOWSKA MARCH 31, 2014 – 08:36 PM Under the terms of the sanctions the Obama administration imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea, senior Russian lawmaker Sergiy Zhelezhnyak has been barred from traveling to the United States, but that didn’t stop him from appearing Monday at Washington’s National Press Club for a virtuoso performance…


OP-ED: How Europe Can Help Kiev

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

By SYLVIE KAUFFMANN Published: December 23, 2013 PARIS — On Aug. 1, 1991, President George Bush delivered a memorable speech in Kiev, Ukraine. Poland was free, Germany was reunited, the Soviet empire was falling apart. Yet President Bush, obsessed with stability, warned the Ukrainian people against independence. They should not, he lectured, give in to…


Ukraine Opposition Rallies Protesters to Maidan as Holidays Loom

Dec 23rd, 2013 | By

By Daryna Krasnolutska and Kateryna Choursina Dec 22, 2013 10:05 AM ET Ukraine’s opposition urged protesters at a fifth straight Sunday rally to join its new political movement and keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych for accepting a $15 billion Russian bailout over European Ukraine’s opposition urged protesters at a fifth straight Sunday rally to…


Ukraine’s Revolution – Thoughts as of Dec 19

Dec 20th, 2013 | By

19 December 2013 at 21:24 It’s difficult to believe that only 1 month has passed since Mustafa Nayem first posted a call on Facebook for those who disagreed with the Yanukovych/Azarov government’s about-face on the EU Association Agreement, to gather on Independence Square to protest. Although after 12 years of calling Kyiv home, I’ve become…


Ukraine Protests Surge Before Yanukovych Meets Putin

Dec 16th, 2013 | By

By Daryna Krasnolutska, Kateryna Choursina and Olga Tanas Dec 16, 2013 4:59 AM ET Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych goes to Russia tomorrow for talks on a trade deal as anti-government protests over his decision to scupper a European Union cooperation pact show no sign of ending. Hundreds of thousands joined competing demonstrations of the anti-government…


Ukraine’s Revolution – Update 14 Dec 2013

Dec 15th, 2013 | By

Yesterday afternoon, for the first time since I began calling Kyiv home 12 years ago, I seriously considered evacuating my family from Ukraine’s capital. In the end, my brave wife and I decided not to leave Kyiv – we spent the afternoon today on Independence Square, and walking around the city center, observing and talking…


Exclusive: McCain Flies to Ukraine as Protests Rage

Dec 14th, 2013 | By

By Josh Brogin December 13th 2013 4:06 pm As pro-euro protests continue to rock Kiev, the senator is flying there to show support—the highest-ranking American official yet do so. Sen. John McCain will become the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Ukraine since government violence against street protestors engulfed its capital last week. He will express…