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      The Other Front in Ukraine’s War for Survival
      Feb05

      The Other Front in Ukraine’s War for Survival

      Brandishing a yellow hunk of metal from what he claimed was a public bus hit by a missile from pro-Russian separatists, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made an emotional plea for western assistance during his speech at the World Economic Forum at Davos. His appeal didn’t go unnoticed. The increasing brutality of the war in eastern...

      Europe’s Energy Independence Drive Goes off the Rails
      Feb05

      Europe’s Energy Independence Drive Goes off the Rails

      A year ago, Russia’s lunge into Ukraine seemed to be focusing European minds on the dangers of depending on Moscow for their energy supplies, pushing countries across the continent to scramble onto the shale-gas bandwagon in a quest to copy U.S. success and move towards having the ability to produce all the energy they need on their own....

      What Germany Owes Ukraine
      Feb05

      What Germany Owes Ukraine

      In a state visit to Hungary on Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel reiterated what has become her mantra ever since Russian tanks, men, and materiel began pouring over the border into Ukraine last spring. “I am convinced that this conflict cannot be solved militarily,” the Queen of Europe, now entering her 10th year as the most powerful...

      FP’s Situation Report: Iran covers for Syria’s use of chemical weapons; Washington wants help from Europe in Ukraine; Ashton Carter walks an easy path to a tough job; and much more from around the world.
      Feb05

      FP’s Situation Report: Iran covers for Syria’s use of chemical weapons; Washington wants help from Europe in Ukraine; Ashton Carter walks an easy path to a tough job; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat Iran gives Syria cover on chemical weapons. The United States wants to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against his own people. Iran is using a series of backchannel diplomatic maneuvers to protect him. FP’s Colum Lynch with the exclusive: “The latest sign of...

      Defense Nominee Will Have an Easy Path to a Difficult Job
      Feb05

      Defense Nominee Will Have an Easy Path to a Difficult Job

      Ashton Carter, the White House’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, only left the five-sided building a little over a year ago, but his nomination hearing Wednesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee highlighted just how much the world has changed in the meantime — and just how difficult his new job will be as a result. When Carter...

      Crowdfunding the War in Ukraine — From Manhattan
      Feb05

      Crowdfunding the War in Ukraine — From Manhattan

      At French Roast, a bistro on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Ivan Rodichenko remembers when a machine gun took his comrade’s head clean off — and what happened next. “The Russians took his cellphone out of his pocket and rifled through his contacts. They found the numbers for his parents and his girlfriend and called them to say Oleh was...

      Inside the Obama Administration’s About-Face On Arming Ukraine
      Feb05

      Inside the Obama Administration’s About-Face On Arming Ukraine

      Since last year’s start of the crisis in Ukraine, the White House repeatedly has turned down requests from Kiev for weapons. Over the last four days, American policy has shifted so dramatically that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said late Tuesday he is certain guns are coming. Part of the reason for the turnabout is the deteriorating...

      US Leans on Europe For Stronger Smackdown Against Russia
      Feb04

      US Leans on Europe For Stronger Smackdown Against Russia

      With Russia accused of escalating aggressions in Ukraine, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is pushing Europe anew to step up its own response. European officials are set to meet next week on whether to extend and broaden economic sanctions to punish Moscow for its military meddling in eastern Ukraine and goading separatists there into violence....

      FP’s Situation Report: Islamic State brutally murders Jordanian hostage; Jordan responds with executions; Oil fails the Islamic State; U.S. eases foreign surveillance; and much more from around the world.
      Feb04

      FP’s Situation Report: Islamic State brutally murders Jordanian hostage; Jordan responds with executions; Oil fails the Islamic State; U.S. eases foreign surveillance; and much more from around the world.

      By David Francis with Sabine Muscat The Islamic State sets a new standard for savagery. Jordan’s government had been negotiating in good faith to secure pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh’s release. But according to Jordanian television, the terror organization was playing a sick game: The hostage was burned alive a month ago and his brutal death...

      Ukraine Fights Second Enemy: Corruption
      Feb04

      Ukraine Fights Second Enemy: Corruption

      While Ukrainian troops are fighting off a renewed offensive by separatists in the east, Kiev is launching a new battle against corruption in the ranks of its own bureaucracy. Cracking down on tax fraud is one of the first priorities. On Monday, Feb. 2, Ukraine started a new electronic system for corporate tax filing to try to eliminate about $1...