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How the U.S. Should NOT Resolve the Ukrainian Crisis!

Perhaps in a mockery of former President George W. Bush’s now-infamous assessment of what he saw in Vladimir V. Putin’s eyes, Senator and then-presidential hopeful John McCain had this to say in a 2007 speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition: “I looked into Mr. Putin’s eyes and I saw three things––a K and a G and a B.” Read the rest of this entry

The Case for a De-centralized Olympic Games

The Olympic Games held at Sochi have only just begun, and already they are marred by their exorbitant cost, much of it owing to corruption and the threat of terrorism by Chechen jihadis.  Environmentalists balk at the industrial stain to Sochi’s pristine ecology, while political activists protest the harassment of homosexuals and the wrongful imprisonment of anti-Putin demonstrators.  Even geologists, namely one Dr. Sergei Volkov, a former consultant to the Russian Olympic Committee, express their concern that a new 31-mile road and railway system between the mountainous Krasnaya Polyana (where the Olympic snow events are to be held) and the nearest airport in Sochi could aggravate a region prone to landslides. Read the rest of this entry

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