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This is Watergate 2.0: Trump on the ropes over Russian links

Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S…. Read More

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Putin Struts but his Power Wanes with Oil Price Outlook

The Kremlin’s dirty tricks are dominating the headlines and have plunged the United States into political disarray. Behind these attacks, however, is a Russia that is increasingly weak and vulnerable. What this means for the stability of Vladimir Putin’s regime, however, is anyone’s guess. Russia’s future depends on the price of oil and gas. This… Read More

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Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: Canada Wins and Russia May Lose

There’s hand wringing south of the border over the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. But north of the border there should be celebration. That is because he, like Exxon, admires and understands Canada, and has continued to support pioneer innovations in the Canadian oil industry. Exxon has invested here… Read More

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Trump and Poroshenko: Billionaire Business Presidents who can Stop Putin

Donald Trump wants the Pentagon and America’s allies to spend dramatically more on military defence to protect against terrorism and aggression. What’s interesting is that the poster child for such national mobilization is Ukraine. In just two years since 9% of the country was occupied by Russian operatives and military, Ukraine now has Europe’s second… Read More

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What Does Trump Mean for Ukraine?

Will Trump’s Foreign Policy Make Any Sense? BY DIANE FRANCIS Jared Kushner (L) and Stephen Bannon stand by as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally in Canton, Ohio, September 14, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar The election of Donald Trump marks a turning point in the world of international relations. Speculation abounds as to… Read More

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Ukraine Needs National Reform Coalition to Remove Oligarchy

Mikheil Saakashvili’s resignation this week does not mark the failure of reform efforts in Ukraine. It opens a new chapter. “Odesa can only develop once Kyiv will be freed from these bribe takers, who directly patronize organized crime and lawlessness,” he bluntly told journalists when he announced he was quitting on November 7. This opinion… Read More

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