Tag: Ukraine

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Ukraine must be rebuilt.  And Russia should pay for it.  Under crippling sanctions, western countries have seized Russian sovereign assets.  Instead of “War Reparations” as occurred after the First World War, there is an easier source of money.  During the sanctions, Russian sovereign assets were [Edit.] frozen seized.  I propose that they should be used […]

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Join Jim and Chad as they celebrate the U.K. lifting its fracking ban. They also react to reports that Senator Susan Collins will support Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, essentially ensuring Jackson a spot on the high court. And despite assurances they are pulling back from Kiev, the Russian military continues its campaign.

This week on “The Learning Curve,” co-host Cara Candal talks with John Lewis Gaddis, the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F. Kennan: An American Life. He shares some of the wider background knowledge, major historical themes, and key events that today’s students should know about the Cold War and its impact. He discusses the life and legacy of George F. Kennan, the subject of his Pulitzer-winning biography, who was the architect of America’s Containment policy toward Soviet communism and understood the true character of the Russian people and why communism would fail. They survey some of the outstanding political, military, literary, and religious leaders, as well as the murderous dictators, of the Cold War era. Prof. Gaddis explains why the West has often seemed less resolute towards Communist China and Putin’s Russia since the Cold War, and explores what teachers, students, and the public should know regarding Russia’s long-standing goal of dominating Ukraine. The episode concludes with a reading from Prof. Gaddis’s book, The Cold War: A New History.

Stories of the Week: In Massachusetts, education policymakers are moving ahead with a second review of the Boston Public Schools (BPS), which may lead to state receivership, after reports found that 16,000 BPS students attend schools performing in the bottom 10 percent statewide. Pioneer Institute’s Senior Fellow Charles Chieppo, most recently co-author of a RealClearPolicy op-ed on this topic, joins Cara for an in-depth discussion.

Join Jim and Chad as they analyze how China’s ‘zero-COVID’ strategy is having a tumultuous effect on it’s cities and economy. They also shake their heads at a new report that found as much as $80 billion was stolen from the Paycheck Protection Program. And in another press conference fumble, President Biden may have admitted that the U.S. is training Ukrainian troops in Poland.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to a new NBC poll that has President Biden’s approval rating at a record low 40%. They cringe at Biden’s gaffe-stricken trip to Europe and what it means for American foreign policy. And your favorite podcast hosts share their opinions on Will Smith’s public slapping of Oscars presenter Chris Rock.

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I spend a couple of hours every day following the Ukraine War on YouTube.  I will check in with You Tube a dozen times to watch how the fronts are evolving.  Ukraine is 9 hours ahead of us, meaning that when it is 6:00 a.m. in Arizona, it is already 3:00 p.m. in Ukraine, and […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they react to encouraging reports of Ukrainian resistance against the Russian military, including the sinking of the Russian landing ship called “Orsk”. They breathe a sigh of relief as Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer confirms fellow Justice Clarence Thomas is OK and recovering from an infection. And a $700 million dollar yacht allegedly belonging to Vladimir Putin is sitting empty off the coast of Tuscany as the Russian crew working on it suddenly abandoned the vessel.

Join Jim and Greg as they wonder if Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s inability to define “woman” disqualifies her from the high court. They cover Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s announcement that many more interest rate hikes are coming and that inflation may last for three more years. And Russian Climate Envoy Anatoly Chubais steps down, citing his opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.

Jon Wellinghoff, an energy consultant and former FERC Chairman, joined “Plugged In” host Neil Chatterjee to dive deeper into the conflict in Ukraine and how dangerous a vulnerable grid system can be.

Wellinghoff said it is through coordination within agencies such as DHS and Energy to ensure that the grid could withstand threats against the grid that he said are becoming more sophisticated. He offered several ideas on how to support the grid including encouraging more people to invest in electric vehicles and other more distributed resources.

Join Jim and Greg as they applaud the GOP’s ingenious new strategy to register angry voters at the gas pump ahead of the upcoming midterms. They rebuke Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger for his preachy and illogical call for Israel to do more for Ukraine. And despite nobody inviting him, Dr. Anthony Fauci returns to warn that mandates and other measures may need to return if COVID numbers begin to climb again.

 

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This essay is written to provide some insight on how one traditional Catholic, Roberto de Mattei sees the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and one more traditional Catholic that agrees with him. The message of Fatima is the key to interpreting the dramatic events of the last two years, and in particular what is happening in […]

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There has been a lot of referring to the US commitment to protect Ukraine, that gave up their nuclear weapons in the 90’s.  These references are to something called the “Budapest Memorandum”.   There are actually two memoranda, one for Belarus and one for Ukraine and they were signed off on 5 December 1994.   They are […]

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Autocracy and Quality: Why the Russian Empire Has No Clothes

 

In January 1937, the USSR commissioned a census. It was the first census conducted since 1926. The census was not intended for public dissemination. Instead, it was developed purely for leadership decision-making purposes. When the data was collected and reported, it showed a massive level of mortality due to the famines of 1932-3. The data, while accurate, was unacceptable. As a result, all of the statisticians involved with the project were arrested and executed. Again, the data was never intended for public consumption. The leadership themselves could not allow themselves to be exposed to data that contradicted what they wanted to hear.

The 1937 census was a powerful illustration of the most corrosive effects of autocratic management: the loss of real-world feedback in the service of effectively closed-loop management ambition.

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Sam Brownback, a former senator and governor of Kansas, joined “Plugged In” host and former FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee to relate his experience wearing many different hats in government, including diplomacy, to the conflict in Eastern Europe and its impact on energy.

Brownback said as the war in Ukraine worsens and more sanctions are placed on Russian oil, President Vladimir Putin may look to China for a way out. 

Hubwonk host Joe Selvaggi talks with former CEO of Kyiv Post and senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War Nataliya Bugayova about her research on the rise of Vladimir Putin and how it can inform understanding of the Russian invasion, particularly when viewed through the eyes of Ukrainians.

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Russia to Seize Hundreds of Leased Airliners

 

According to Joe Blogs, Russia has just passed a law allowing Russian airline operators to simply declare themselves the owners of commercial aircraft leased from western companies.  Ireland likely hardest hit, IIRC.  These are Airbus and Boeing aircraft owned by leasing companies, but the deals are off, and the planes are due to be repossessed.  How?  Aye, there’s the rub.

Over 500 aircraft worth over $10 Billion may simply be swiped from the western owners.  This is another destruction of wealth, not just a transfer.  The aircraft are no longer supported with parts and inspections from manufacturers and owners.  And a great number of the planes are grounded anyway — Russian airlines don’t have as many destinations to go to these days.