Tag: Crimea

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. In Which I Offer Faint-Hearted Praise of Victor Yanukovych, or, A Letter to Dr. Rahe


shutterstock_176640020Dear Paul,

Your posts on Ukraine have turned my thinking right around: Either the United States stands up to Vladimir Putin over his invasion of a historically complicated but nevertheless sovereign nation or we’ll find Putin emboldened on the Black Sea and the Baltic, and other bad guys emboldened—well, everywhere from Syria to the inner counsels of the Chinese military in Beijing.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Putin Tightens the Screws — by Judith Levy


The always interesting Julia Ioffe has a chilling piece up at The New Republic about what Vladimir Putin and his associates have been getting up to back home while the rest of the world wrings its hands about Crimea.

Their moves include, among many others:


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. How to Write a Lead


shutterstock_13795741Yesterday morning, the lead article in The Wall Street Journal started with the following paragraph:

More than 95% of Crimeans voted to break way from Ukraine and rejoin Russia, according to preliminary results, in a referendum that raises the stakes in the most acute East-West confrontations since the Cold War.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Worst Optics Ever?


Needing to calm a nervous world and to show a steely resolve to a militaristic Russian leader, President Obama made a tough statement on Ukraine. From an elementary school alphabet rug.