Countries and Regions

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

(Reuters) - Russia signaled concern on Wednesday at Estonia’s treatment of its large ethnic Russian minority, comparing language policy in the Baltic state with what it said was a call in Ukraine to prevent the use of Russian. Russia has defended its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula by arguing it has the right to protect Russian-speakers outside its borders, so the reference to linguistic tensions… Read more →

Ted Cruz: Obama Needs to Stop 'Agonizing' Over International Law, Realize Putin Wants to Reassemble the Soviet Union

Ted Cruz: Obama Needs to Stop ‘Agonizing’ Over International Law, Realize Putin Wants to Reassemble the Soviet Union

In his most aggressive criticisms on the subject to day, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said President Obama should stop “agonizing over what our respective legal teams think” and wake up to the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a quest to reassemble the Soviet Union. “Today his sights are set on Ukraine, but if he continues undeterred tomorrow… Read more →

Chancellor Merkel outlines German position ahead of EU summit on Crimea

Chancellor Merkel outlines German position ahead of EU summit on Crimea

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany supports tighter EU sanctions on Russia over its annexation of Crimea. This came ahead of an EU summit in Brussels to discuss the bloc’s collective response. Chancellor Merkel used her speech to the Bundestag on Thursday to tell lawmakers that her government supported plans to step up sanctions on Moscow as a result of… Read more →

SHAPIRO: 'Mind Your Own Business' Impossible in Leftist America

SHAPIRO: ‘Mind Your Own Business’ Impossible in Leftist America

When I was a kid — which wasn’t that long ago, given that I just turned 30 in January — I recall hearing a popular phrase on the playground: “Mind your own business.” MYOB reared its head whenever somebody threatened to rat out a fellow student for anything from harmless roughhousing to juvenile delinquency. The phrase is sometimes attributed to… Read more →

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

Ticking Timebomb: Moscow Moves to Destabilize Eastern Ukraine

…Will Conflict Split Ukraine? Indeed, the conflict could ultimately split Ukraine — with the east turning to Moscow and the west to the European Union. If that were to happen, it’s possible the new government in Kiev would lose the part of the country that is most important economically because the coal mines and the steelmaking plants of the east… Read more →

Russian forces storm Ukraine base in Crimea, U.S. sees 'dark path' to isolation

Russian forces storm Ukraine base in Crimea, U.S. sees ‘dark path’ to isolation

(Reuters) – The United States warned Moscow it was on a “dark path” to isolation on Wednesday after Russian troops backed by unarmed volunteers stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in the Crimean port of Sevastopol and raised their flag. The dramatic seizure came as Russia and the West dug in for a long confrontation over Moscow’s annexation of Crimea, with the United States… Read more →

China Begins Trading Yuan Directly with New Zealand

China Begins Trading Yuan Directly with New Zealand

In the latest sign that China is looking to replace the dollar as the international reserve currency, China’s central bank announced today that it would be engaging in direct currency-to-currency trading between the yuan and the New Zealand Dollar. The People’s Bank of China called this a “significant step forward” according to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua. This marks just the… Read more →

Ukraine PM: Conflict With Russia Entering 'Military Stage'

Ukraine PM: Conflict With Russia Entering ‘Military Stage’

Ukraine’s Western-backed prime minister said on Tuesday that his country’s conflict with Russia was entering a “military stage” following claims by Kiev that one of its officers was shot and wounded in Crimea. “The conflict is shifting from a political to a military stage,” Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told an emergency government meeting. “Russian soldiers have started shooting at Ukrainian… Read more →

Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers

Venezuela In Turmoil For Lack Of Flour, Milk And Diapers

Alvaro Villarueda starts his morning the same way every day — putting in a call to his friend who has a friend who works at a Caracas, Venezuela, supermarket. Today, he’s looking for sugar, and he’s asking his friend if he knows if any shipments have arrived. As he talks on the phone, his wife Lisbeth Nello, is in the… Read more →

Obama Budget Director’s Stunning Refusal To Admit President’s Plan Hikes Spending

WASHINGTON, March 5–When President Obama submitted his budget yesterday to Congress, the Associated Press observed that it “lays waste to the spending caps that the White House and Congress agreed to late last year…” In the next year alone, the plan would increase spending by $56 billion above the statutory caps, and the total 10-year spending breach would be $791 billion—all funded by a massive proposed tax increase.

Yet when President Obama’s budget director testified before the Budget Committee today, she refused to even answer a simple question about whether or not the President wants to spend more than the law allows.