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22.07.2014

After several hundred years of statelessness, neglect, and battles for independence,Ukrainere-emerged in history with a global tragedy - the disaster at the Chornobyl nuclear plant in 1986. Later Ukraine set two important historic precedents, that positioned Ukraine in the international media spotlight – these were the Orange Revolution of 2004 and the Revolution of Dignity known as EuroMaidan of 2013-2014. The victories of both of these two revolutions testify to both the strengths and the weaknesses of Ukrainians. Why was the second revolution necessary? Only because the first did not yield the desired results. Today Ukrainians are to fulfill their ability to build an effective state. To this day Ukrainian people is not looked upon as a nation-state that can fend for itself, not byRussia, and not by the West...



22.07.2014

Excuse the lurid title, but it’s only a variant of a headline that appeared many years ago in a New York tabloid: “Mother Dies, as Baby Coos.” I can’t speak for the accuracy of that headline, but today’s variant is, alas, all too valid. Because the fact is that Ukrainian soldiers are dying at the hands of Vladimir Putin’s terrorist hirelings as European states—and the European Union—are engaging the Kremlin with baby talk and diplo-babble...



22.07.2014

Xenophobia exists almost everywhere, based as it typically is in a sense of how different other peoples are and how distinctive one’s own is. And it has often been used by political leaders to mobilize their populations or distract their attention from domestic problems. But Russian Ukrainophobia is different in three important ways, Olga Mikhaylova writes today on UAinfo.org, and those differences in turn have serious consequences for the future of Russian-Ukrainian relations and should dictate the world’s reaction to what Moscow is doing...



10.07.2014

The Wall Street Journal last week (June26 and 27) carried a paid advertisement by the presidents and CEO's of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U. S. Chamber of Commerce (USCOC) under the title “America's Interests Are at Stake in Russia and Ukraine.” This lobbying effort against sanctions concluded with a summarizing statement, “U.S. workers and industries pay the cost of unilateral economic sanctions that have little hope of increasing the United States' ability to achieve its foreign policy goal.”...



10.07.2014

Today, in a shipyard in northwest France, two warships are receiving finishing touches. These ships are more than twice the length of a football field. They each can carry 700 troops, 60 armored vehicles, four landing craft, and 16 helicopters. They represent the state of the art in amphibious assault vessels. And when these two Mistral-class ships leave port in France, they’ll sail to Russia where they will enhance the military strength of a nation that forcibly annexed Crimea and is posing increasing challenges to Ukraine and countries across Eastern Europe...



10.07.2014

Dear Mr. President: Best intentions do not lead always to desired results. Such is the case with sanctions that we have been imposing thus far, intended to stem Russian aggression in Ukraine. The most recent imposed against seven Russian separatists in Ukraine are a striking example. The seven sanctioned are all deserving candidates, yet while they may be part of the current problem, they are not part of the solution. These individuals are essentially hired thugs for whom killing or the likelihood of being killed is a daily proposition. Denial of entry into theUnited Statesor freezing their assets, if any, here is as irrelevant asUkraine's President's recent proposal for dialogue with them...



10.07.2014

THE AGREEMENTS signed Friday to bring Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia closer to the European Union could lead to a better life for tens of millions of people in the three former Soviet republics. Sadly, Russian President Vladimir Putin will take it as a setback, since he is more interested in expanding his sphere of influence than in the economic well-being of Russians or their neighbors...



09.07.2014

On the evening of Friday May 30, 2014 several members of SUSK’s National Executive attended a fundraiser for Tribute to Liberty, a non-profit organization whose mission is to build a Canadian memorial to the victims of communism. Given that in Canada, over 8 million people trace their roots to countries that suffered under communist regimes, the memorial will highlight the suffering of victims of communism to countless Canadians while also serving as a beacon of remembrance. For many of the victims, and for their descendants, Canada represents a country of peace, order, democracy, opportunity, and above all, liberty...



09.07.2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper delivered the following remarks at the Tribute to Liberty Dinner in Toronto: “Thank you very much. “Thank you, Senator Ngo for that kind introduction, and thank you all, ladies and gentlemen, for that very warm welcome. “Distinguished guests, colleagues from the Parliament of Canada, ladies and gentlemen. “We know the reason why we’re gathered together this evening, but let me briefly share with you the how. “In 2008, Tribute to Liberty approached our Government with an idea and a question. “First, the idea: to help construct a monument in our Nation’s Capital that would honour for all time the hundreds of millions of men, women and children who have struggled and continue to struggle against the tyranny of communism, those who lived and those who, tragically, did not...



09.07.2014

Dear Secretary Hagel: Several friends of mine who are American veterans of Ukrainian ethnic background have suggested that I write to you about tangible non lethal U.S. military assistance to Ukraine. As you know Ukraine had been decimated militarily, initially because of economic woes, corruption, neglect and more deliberately since 2010 through the joint efforts of the Kremlin and the Kremlin's lackey Ukraine's former president Viktor Yanukovich. The latest efforts were part of a conspiracy to make Ukraine weak and thus susceptible to Russian psychological pressure, intimidation and even physical force...



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