It’s time to stop Putin

by Gary Kasparov, Washington Post When Vladi­mir Putin formally annexed Crimea this week, he acted in defiance of the predictions of many pundits, politicians and so-called experts. Perhaps Putin was not impressed by their sound reasoning and elegant discourse on how his invasion and annexation threatened Russia’s interests. But the main problem…

Crimea annexation frightens Patriarch of Moscow

by Vladimir Rozanskij Moscow (AsiaNews) - When last March 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the federal parliament in impassioned defense of Great Russia, to justify the annexation of the Crimea, the expressions on the faces of the front rows of the assembly betrayed an unusual concern. Amid the Imam's…

Latvians honor Nazi allies from World War II

About 1,500 Latvians on Sunday celebrated Legionnaires Day — which their government abolished in 2000 — by paying tribute to World War II veterans who fought alongside Nazi troops. After a church service in the Lutheran Cathedral in Riga, the capital, the marchers went to the Freedom Monument, where they…

Crisis stirs old fears for Ukraine’s Jews

by David Filipov DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — In the warm glow of a spring evening, the central square in this eastern Ukrainian city bustles as shoppers crowd a pedestrian mall with shiny storefronts. Children spin on a brightly colored carousel. But behind the glimpses of ordinary life lies a terrible history:…

Three Jews Among Those Killed in Ukraine Uprising

Balaclava-clad far-right paramilitaries fire into the air at the funeral in Ukraine of an anti-government protestor. This is not a tribute to a fellow right-wing nationalist, but to a Jewish construction worker, Alexander Scherbanyuk. Of the approximately 100 people killed during the protests in Kiev that swept Ukrainian President Viktor…
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