April 24, 2014 |
THE HEADLINE shouted, "All citizens of Jewish nationality!" The document ordered all Jews over age 16 to register or face deportation, calling them "hostile to the Orthodox Donetsk Republic. " The words stunned Jewish residents of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on the first night of Passover, when masked men carrying a Russian flag started handing out sheets with the chilling announcement to community members as they left the synagogue. "Evasion of registration," it warned, "will result in revocation of citizenship and . . . confiscation of property.
April 11, 2014 |
FOR WEEKS, Semyon Bluzer's daughter has lived captive in her apartment in downtown Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine, just 25 miles from the Russian border. "At 5:30, she goes home and locks the door," said Bluzer, a Ukrainian-American who lives in Northeast Philadelphia. Bluzer's nightmare predictions that pro-Russian separatists would seep into eastern Ukraine, destabilize the region and try to take hold of cities like Kharkiv, his hometown, have been unfolding into a scary reality.
March 30, 2014
For dear old State's students With voting on trustees to begin April 10, Pennsylvania State University needs a board of trustees that will focus on its future, not the past ("Business leaders vying to be Penn State trustees," March 23). As parents of two Penn State students, we support the candidates endorsed by the Upward State slate - including Julie McHugh, Dan Cocco, and Matt Schuyler - because they are focused on putting students first and making a Penn State education more affordable and accessible.
March 14, 2014
AND SO it's back to the Kardashians for the U.S. of ADD. As of Sunday, the New York Times kicked Ukraine off its front page, a sure sign that the establishment (let's revive that useful word) is sensitive to the growing ridicule over its claims of national interest in that floundering, bedraggled crypto-nation. The Kardashians sound enough like one of the central Asian ethnic groups battling over the Crimea lo these many centuries - Circassians, Meskhetian Turkmen, Tatars, Karachay-Cherkessians - so the sore-beset American public must be content that they're getting the news-of-the-world.
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]