As Ukraine Conflict Heats Back Up Scholars Point to NATO Expansion as Cause of Tensions

By: Thursday November 13, 2014 10:25 am

Now that NATO has claimed to have seen Russian military equipment entering Ukraine in the past few days and prospects for peace appear elusive some scholars are beginning to analyze how we got here. The charge of a “Russian invasion” was made previously by the government in Kiev, though government officials would not disclose how they knew about it. It was speculated at the time that NATO intelligence was the one behind the charge as Kiev was unable to properly monitor the Russian-Ukraine border.

 

Gorbachev Warns of US ‘Triumphalism’ and ‘New Cold War’ at 25th Anniversary of Fall of Soviet Union

By: Monday November 10, 2014 11:35 am

The former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, used the occasion of commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall to warn that the world was on the brink of a new Cold War.

Ukraine Ceasefire Collapses With Artillery Assault on School

By: Thursday November 6, 2014 2:56 pm

Fighting resumed today in East Ukraine. Artillery fire in the Donetsk region has already killed two teenagers who died when a shell hit their school. The teens were playing soccer on their lunch break when a shell hit their high school killing them and injuring an estimated four others who are said to be in intensive care. The combat comes in the aftermath of the election of separatist leaders in Donetsk and Luhansk who are seeking to secede from Ukraine.

Authorities in Kiev claim the rounds came from separatist fighters while separatist authorities in Donetsk have blamed Kiev and said the government has started a new military offensive.

Russia Recognizes Separatist Elections In East Ukraine

By: Monday November 3, 2014 11:26 am

Russia has recognized controversial elections that occurred in the separatist regions of Donetsk and Luhansk and called on the government in Kiev to stop military action in order to negotiate with those who won the elections. Vote results from the elections showed that separatist candidates had prevailed by wide margins meaning that the political leadership in those areas would continue to be seeking independence from Ukraine.

Late Night: MENA Mashup: Bibi, ISIS, and Our Coalition of the Willing

By: Monday October 6, 2014 8:00 pm

Once again Bibi is lying through his teeth, let’s delve into some of his asinine assertions…

Ukraine Defense Minister Says NATO Countries Now Shipping Arms To Kiev

By: Monday September 15, 2014 9:20 am

The Ukraine Defense Minister has now confirmed what many have long suspected, NATO member countries are supplying the government in Kiev with weapons to kill the separatists in East Ukraine. This poses some interesting questions given that Ukraine is not a member of NATO nor are the government in Kiev and its “volunteer” militias being particularly observant of any of the international rules of war.

Ukraine President Says No Military Solution To Crisis, May Need To Decentralize Power

By: Friday September 12, 2014 10:03 am

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko has conceded that there is no military solution to the crisis in Ukraine. Though initially the war in East Ukraine against separatists was called a counter-terrorism campaign, after a string of defeats by forces (semi-)loyal to the government in Kiev it seems Poroshenko is changing part of the approach to the crisis.

Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance

By: Monday September 8, 2014 11:11 am

The footage of President Obama strolling through the ancient ruins at Stonehenge was an apt bookend to the meeting of NATO, a Cold War relic that should have been abolished after the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. But while hundreds of protesters marched through the streets calling for NATO to be dissolved—“From Iraq to Ukraine, NATO only causes pain,” they chanted—NATO leaders saw the crisis in Ukraine as an opportunity to breathe new life into the moribund military alliance.

Ukraine and Separatists Sign Ceasefire

By: Friday September 5, 2014 7:51 am

The government in Kiev and separatists in East Ukraine have signed a ceasefire to go into effect today 3 pm GMT. The ceasefire, if it holds, could help end a conflict that has already claimed over 2,000 lives. The agreement comes as Ukraine President Poroshenko lobbies NATO for aid and membership and as NATO member states such as the US consider more sanctions against Russia.

The peace talks that led to the ceasefire were conducted in Minsk, Belarus.

NATO to Stage Exercises in West Ukraine, Russia to Stage Exercises in Southern Russia

By: Thursday September 4, 2014 6:44 am

What could go wrong? In a sign of increasing tensions both NATO and Russia will be staging high profile military exercises aimed at influencing the crisis in Ukraine. The escalation of military posturing comes after escalations of rhetoric.

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