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Putin Declares War on Ukraine. The Why and What Next

Putin Declares War on Ukraine. The Why and What Next:

The internal issues of former Soviet republics, you see, are not truly internal issues of sovereign nations. This is because, by Stalin’s very conscious design and very deliberate border drawing and population movement, most former Soviet republics are ethnic hodgepodges. So Ukraine has a sizable Russian population. Ditto Estonia, ditto Georgia, ditto Kazakhstan. And, according to Putin’s unspoken doctrine, anywhere Russian citizens are determined to be at risk, Mother Moscow can intercede with force on their behalf.

Worth a read. The current Ukraine crisis is crazy complex and TV reporting seem more focused on what Obama might do rather than what the facts on the ground are.

Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States Monday of living beyond its means “like a parasite” on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.

From Putin says U.S. is parasite on global economy | Reuters

Putin is an awful proto-despot that is holding back both political and economic development in his country. But his comments on the dollar should be a warning. The way the Tea-Party wing of the GOP is acting, they are actively hurting the ability for the US economy to repair itself.