Category Archives: ukraine and russia

Facebook’s unethical business model

Why there’s nothing to like about Facebook’s ethically-challenged, troublesome business model Diane Francis: It’s obvious that the U.S. and Canada should follow the European example of curbing Facebook’s bad practices and protect the privacy of their citizens It’s been a tough week for Facebook Inc. as it capitulated to U.S. Congressional pressure and handed over… Read More

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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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Kiev Ukraine: Keynote for Ministry of Trade on Women Entrepreneurship

I’m thrilled to be the keynote at a Ukrainian event called “SheTalks” which will be attended by women in the city. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Trade to encourage exports, startups and entrepreneurship across Ukraine. The country, notably in the IT sector, is hugely entrepreneurial and its services now represent more than 10%… Read More

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Anti-democracy and illegal crackdown in Ukraine may backfire

Hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stripped Mikheil Saakashvili of his citizenship to silence him, the former president of Georgia was on CNN in New York City badmouthing the oligarchy. Poroshenko’s latest attack on the anti-corruption movement will backfire as Saakashvili becomes a megaphone to the world. He already is a media darling—and speaks five languages—and now… 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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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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