March 14, 2014 |
It will take cool heads to deal with Vladimir Putin after he dismembers Ukraine. And that moment is coming soon. Even as President Obama welcomed the acting prime minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to the White House, the Russian leader advanced toward annexation of Crimea. Putin continues to deny what the whole world sees - that Russian troops have invaded Crimea - while hinting that he might send forces into eastern Ukraine to "protect" ethnic Russians. It's time for Obama and European leaders to look beyond Crimea to how they can prevent Putin from making even more dangerous moves.
March 12, 2014 |
Russia has a great stock market if you are a trader - but not if you invest for the long term. That's the upshot from the last few weeks, ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin concluded the 2014 Sochi Olympics, then promptly moved into Crimea to slap down Ukraine's revolutionary movement. "So far, the economic and political costs for Russia as a result of its aggressive reactions to the revolution in Ukraine look to be significant," said Bill Witherell, chief global economist for Cumberland Advisors, with offices in Sarasota, Fla., and Vineland, N.J. "It is difficult to see a positive outcome on balance for Putin, whatever his planned end game may be. We intend to continue to exclude Russia from our international and global equity ETF portfolios.
March 10, 2014 |
Last week, I wrote that the Ukraine crisis did not mean the return of the Cold War. Since then, I've received e-mails from readers confused about what it does mean and why it should matter to Americans. Their confusion is warranted. The Ukraine crisis is far more complex than a simple matter of East vs. West or Obama vs. Putin. So here are some answers to a few of the queries I've received. If the Cold War is over - meaning the end of an existential and global conflict between two superpowers armed with nukes - why should the United States involve itself with Ukraine?
March 10, 2014 |
Several members of The Inquirer's Philly50 have operations or sell products in Ukraine, so the internal unrest and the Russian intervention have a direct effect on them. For example, Berwyn-based TE Connectivity Ltd. has 90,000 employees worldwide making and selling electronic products to connect energy, data and communications systems in numerous industries. About 600 of those employees work in two locations in Ukraine: a sales office in the capital of Kiev and a manufacturing plant in Ivano-Frankivsk, which is in the western portion of the country.
March 7, 2014 |
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly told President Obama on Sunday that Vladimir Putin was out of touch with reality. When it comes to Ukraine, however, it's not just Putin who seems to be operating in a parallel universe. In Washington, this crisis is causing politicians from both parties to lose their grip. I don't just mean Republican hawks, who see an opportunity to bash Obama for foreign-policy weakness. Or Florida's presidential hopeful, Sen. Marco Rubio, who opposed authorizing force in Syria and now claims Russia's use of force in Crimea threatens to reverse "the hard-fought gains of the Cold War. " Democrats, too, have joined the chorus.
March 6, 2014 |
SOLOMIYA IVAKHIV is like many of her fellow Ukrainian natives living in Philadelphia: waiting on any development in her homeland and praying that Russian President Vladimir Putin pulls back his troops from inside the sovereign nation. And while she and others wait, members of the local Ukrainian community peacefully take to the streets in support of their people back home. They want "to show, to tell Mr. Putin to take his hands off Ukraine," said Ivakhiv, 33. "We will send a message to Putin to stop playing games [by]
March 3, 2014 |
Russia's apparent seizure of Crimea stirred new outrage Saturday from Philadelphia-area descendants of the former Soviet republic, and spurred plans for a demonstration to protest what they call the "aggressive military provocation. " "Events have escalated to an emergency level," said Mary Kalyna of Mount Airy, an organizer with the local group Razom, United for Ukraine, which is cosponsoring a 2 p.m. Sunday rally on Independence Mall. Also expected to demonstrate with banners and flags are members of the Belarus, Georgian, Polish, and Russian communities of Philadelphia.
February 25, 2014 |
At once saddened and inspired by historic events unfolding in Ukraine, demonstrators solemnly gathered Sunday in Center City to bring attention to the loss of life in the Eastern European nation - and to pray for peace. About 200 people assembled in Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall initially intended to mourn the loss of nearly 100 lives in Kiev. But news of the swift dismantling of President Viktor Yanukovych's government boosted spirits. "We are both mourning and celebrating," said Mary Kalyna, 59, an organizer who lives in West Mount Airy.
February 21, 2014 |
To understand why President Obama's Syria policy has failed so badly, look no further than the brutal regime crackdown on political protesters in Ukraine. The link is Vladimir Putin. U.S. officials foolishly banked on the Russian leader to squeeze Syria's dictator into a political compromise at Geneva peace talks. But Putin - who prides himself on displays of bare-chested machismo - disdains political compromise. He prefers strongmen, whether in Syria, Ukraine, or elsewhere, and will back Bashar al-Assad, no matter his war crimes.