Category Archives: Geopolitics

Stalin’s genocide in Ukraine in the 1930 still shapes Ukrainians and Russians

In the 1930s, Joseph Stalin committed crimes against humanity by purposely starving to death more than four million Ukrainians for resisting his Five-Year Plan to collectivize agriculture. Millions more fled and in 1937, Stalin executed or imprisoned hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian leaders and influencers. For three more generations, Russia kept Stalin’s genocide hidden until… Read More

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Trump Must Resign or Be Forced Out

Branding and celebrity are the new gold, but branding is tricky and can work in reverse. One year ago, the Grand Old Party co-branded by nominating a narcissistic novice named Donald Trump as their candidate and now faces a backlash after Trump failed to condemn white supremacists and Nazis who violently protested in Charlottesville. Within… Read More

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IMF and EU must stop the looting of Ukraine

Imagine if, on June 14, Ukraine launched its first independent anti-corruption court and began hearing dozens of cases against people in high places. Imagine if, by mid-July, several oligarchs and public officials were convicted of corruption, and their assets confiscated. Unfortunately, neither are true. A June 14 deadline for the court imposed by the IMF… Read More

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Ukraine — Barbarians at the gate from Russia and inside too

Lviv is Ukraine’s most beautiful city, an exquisite UNESCO World Heritage site that has survived attacks and changed hands for seven centuries. The city is a successful IT hub and its hotels, restaurants, and architecture attract 2.5 million visitors a year. Since 2006, its reform-minded mayor and city council have upgraded infrastructure and enticed industry… Read More

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Canada should stop Chinese takeover of Vancouver tech company

Ottawa inked the takeover by the People’s Republic of China of a tech company called Norsat International in Vancouver. The company sells satellite-communication systems to the U.S. military and agencies and now a Washington D.C. commission has red-flagged this deal as a threat to U.S. national security. This permission should never have been granted to… Read More

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Putin’s folly and more is good news for Ukraine

Ukrainians are finally starting to see that “spring has arrived” following a string of positive developments. “It’s the Ukrainian national habit to complain, but there has been a lot of good news lately,” said Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Trade Nataliya Mykolska in an interview while on a trade mission to Canada. “Naftogaz won the Stockholm… Read More

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Trump already a lame duck President

Donald Trump is an inappropriate President and has not delivered anything more than a Potemkin Presidency. Grigori Potemkin erected phony portable settlements along the Dnieper River to deceive Czarina Catherine the Great that her reign was creating prosperity. After she passed, the structures would be disassembled and re-assembled further along her route to lengthen the… Read More

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