Ukraine Formally Orders Troops Out Of Crimea And Surrenders Bases

By: Monday March 24, 2014 6:59 am

Though a plan had already been announced, the Ukrainian interim government has formally ordered Ukrainian troops to leave Crimea. In between the announcement of a plan to withdraw and the formal order Russian forces have been taking over and surrounding Crimean military installations.

Sanctions Target Putin’s Political Allies As Crimea Annexation Bill Moves Forward

By: Friday March 21, 2014 7:40 am

Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to officially annex Crimea, a move the upper house is expected to follow up with today completing the process of annexation under Russian law. This formal annexation makes it increasingly less likely Crimea will ever be returned to Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have already started to withdraw from the region.

The US government’s response has been to place sanctions on Russians believed to be aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

SEC Contacting Financial Firms With Russian Investments

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 1:55 pm

One part of the crisis in Ukraine that seems to be getting left out of the mix is how interconnected many American businesses are now with Russia. Unlike in the Cold War, many American firms both do business in Russia and invest in those doing business in Russia.

So Obama “Did Something” About Crimea

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 10:25 am

Ever since Russia invaded Crimea there has been a clamor in Washington to “do something” even though it has little strategic or economic import to America and we lack any real leverage over the situation. So faced with the pressure “do something” President Obama technically did something today.

Ukraine Will Withdraw Forces From Crimea

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 6:40 am

Despite earlier declarations from opposition leaders in Kiev that the Crimea referendum was illegal and Crimea would always be part of Ukraine, yesterday a plan was announced that Ukraine would pull out all its forces from Crimea. The forces, some 25,000 personnel, will be relocated to parts of Ukraine outside of the Crimea region.

How Liz Wahl Worked With Bill Kristol’s Neocon Think Tank to Plan Her Resignation From RT

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 4:27 pm

Journalists Rania Khalek and Max Blumenthal published a story on the resignation of Russia Today anchor Liz Wahl. It strongly suggests that Bloody Bill Kristol, a fellow for the neoconservative think tank Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI), played a key role in Wahl’s decision to leave the network a couple weeks ago.

After Annexation Ukrainian And Russian Forces Clash In Crimea

By: Wednesday March 19, 2014 6:48 am

Though the people of Crimea overwhelmingly voted to join Russia not everyone in the region is happy about it. Many ethnic Tatars boycotted the election in hopes of denying it legitimacy as their small numbers would not effect the outcome. And some in the Ukrainian military forces in Crimea wanted to continue to assert authority. [...]

Exxon’s Russia Partnerships Challenge US Energy Weapon Narrative

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:15 pm

In a long-awaited moment in a hotly contested zone currently occupied by the Russian military, Ukraine’s citizens living in the peninsula of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia.

But even before the vote and issuing of sanctions, numerous key U.S. officials hyped the need to expedite U.S. oil and gas exports to fend off Europe’s reliance on importing Russia’s gas bounty. In short, gas obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) is increasingly seen as a “geopolitical tool” for U.S. power-brokers, as The New York Times explained.

Franklin Graham Supports Russian Anti-Gay Persecution, Disgraces His Father and His Religion

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 6:31 pm

Not surprisingly and justifiably, Christians have always maintained a fierce devotion to their beliefs. It is a shame that, at least in the case of one Christian, this devotion isn’t accompanied with a desire to speak out for other groups facing the same type of persecution.

Franklin Graham, son of the iconic pastor Billy Graham, chose to go the other direction

Putin Signs Treaty Making Crimea Part Of Russia

By: Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:00 am

The latest development in the Ukraine conflict points to the incredible impotence of the US/EU when their bluff is called. They helped overthrow Russia’s favored leader and when Russia responds all they can threaten to do is sanction them, but not too much. Germany may be willing to take some pain to make a point but is the rest of the EU? And let’s not forget, Russia can always send its oil east to China.

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