West unprepared to deal with modern conflict

Russia’s actions in Crimea a template for other aggressive states

West unprepared to deal with modern conflictEDMONTON, AB, Mar 20, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Of all the harsh lessons being learned by overly idealistic observers of international politics in recent weeks, perhaps none is so poignant as the one taught by the vote at the UN Security Council on March 15 over a resolution aimed at deeming the Crimean referendum illegitimate.…

The Great Game is (back) on

Putin’s European ambitions on hold as EU delays two Russian gas pipelines

The Great Game is (back) onRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Mar 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Great Game is (back) on! A maze of pipelines crisscrossing Ukraine, carrying Russian gas to Europe, makes Kiev strategically important to both Moscow and the West.Kiev is dependent on Moscow for its energy. And 34 per cent of Europe's natural gas needs are also met…

‘Free World’ needs to grow a backbone before handling Putin

Before the bombs start flying, however, the West needs to be clear about what it stands for

‘Free World’ needs to grow a backbone before handling PutinEDMONTON, AB, Mar 9, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Last week Hilary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State, compared Russia’s invasion of Crimea to Hitler’s 1938 occupation of the Sudetenland (Western Czechoslovakia) in the run up to the Second World War. While making clear she was not comparing Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, Clinton also suggested…

Ukrainian blues

The combination of ethnically-linked identities and related grievances can have very nasty consequences

Ukrainian bluesTORONTO, ON, Mar 5, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Stratfor’s George Friedman has written the best thing I’ve seen on the developing situation in Ukraine. I liked it because it put its finger on something that had nagged at me. Like most of us, my instinctive reaction was – and is – to identify with the…

Canada has a diplomatic role to play in Ukraine

But red lines, threats, and one-upmanship will not work

Canada has a diplomatic role to play in UkraineEDMONTON, AB, Mar 4, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The Canadian government has taken a hard-line stance against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, in fact, has vowed to work with other western allies to take any measures necessary to curb Russia, short of deploying military forces of our own. But this is…

One step closer to World War III

For Vladimir Putin, the principles of the United Nations no longer apply; might makes right

One step closer to World War IIIEDMONTON, AB, Mar 3, 2014/ Troy Media/ - “This is not a red alert . . . this is actually a declaration of war against my country,” On Sunday Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk set the record straight. This is not a local rebellion, not simply an act of aggressive intimidation. Russian troops have invaded the sovereign territory of…
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