Lite Sanctions for Russia

18ukraine5-master675Lite sanctions by Obama and the E.U.are all that have been waged against the Kremlin’s upper-crust probably because of close trade ties between Russia and the rest of the Continent.

I do not have any answers for the problem, either, without starting WWIII.

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Russian Troop Movement On Ukrainian Border

russia-operations-map-1-600A report in the NYT on Russian troop movement, placement, and battle exercises along the Ukrainian border. It also outlines that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has come down with some hard-hitting speech that warns Russia of harsh sanctions if the policies of the 19th and 20th century return. But the bad part is that Russia is a strong trading partner with Germany.

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U.S. Spying on Euro Allies Discussion

ObamaANDfriendsRFD-sfSpan-v2The NYT has a great running series entitled “Room for Debate” that features four experts who give differing opinions on recent and prolific news issues that must be read. It is a worthwhile read every time.

This time it’s about the recent Snowden-released revelation that the U.S. is spying on European and U.S.-allied leaders through the N.S.A.

Read this piece for four great perspectives on this issue and “like” the series on Facebook.

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Too Much Austerity in E.U.

Flag of European UnionA good feature in the NYT reports that all of the austerity measures undertaken by the European Union are starting to backfire in the face of pro-cuts politicians. The people are now too unhappy with all of the “fiscal consolidation” and elections are soon coming up for some important leaders, like Germany’s Angela Merkel. So now it looks like these important nations will be turning to stimulation, rather than consolidation, too fight high employment and general economic stagnation.

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