Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:47 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:47:57 GMT
How speedy or slow is your state on the road? Cars.com wanted to find out. The automotive website used information from the Governors Highway Safety Association to determine the average speed of eachFull Story >
How speedy or slow is your state on the road? Cars.com wanted to find out. The automotive website used information from the Governors Highway Safety Association to determine the average speed of each state.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 5:50 AM EDT2014-09-02 09:50:09 GMT
Pete Rose will coach first base for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 2. The Freedom will also retire Rose's #14 during the game that evening. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. against the RiverFull Story >
Pete Rose will coach first base for the Florence Freedom on Tuesday, September 2. The Freedom will also retire Rose's #14 during the game that evening.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:40 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:40:42 GMT
Major League Baseball players are teaming up with the baseball apparel company 108 Stitches to Strike Out Cancer. The players and the company are working together to make Sept. 2 the first ever StrikeFull Story >
Major League Baseball players are teaming up with the baseball apparel company 108 Stitches to Strike Out Cancer.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:32:32 GMT
U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says it is inappropriate to throw the full weight of the law at a family who spirited their ill 5-year-old child out of the country in order for him to receive a revolutionary...Full Story >
U.K. prosecutors have withdrawn the arrest warrant in the case of a British couple who took their 5-year-old son to Spain in hopes of getting a new type of radiation therapy for his brain tumor.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:32 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:32:28 GMT
The deputy head of Iran's nuclear department has told The Associated Press that the Islamic Republic has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts.Full Story >
Iran has disrupted plots by foreign spies to recruit its nuclear experts and stopped sabotage attempts through faulty foreign equipment supplied for its facilities, the deputy head of the Islamic Republic's nuclear...Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:55 GMT
U.S. military forces attacked the Islamic extremist al-Shabab network in an operation in Somalia on Monday, the Pentagon said, in a strike a Somali official said targeted the group's fugitive leader.Full Story >
Al-Shabab's top leader was traveling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike, a member of the Somali Islamic extremist group said Tuesday.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:22 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:22:25 GMT
The U.N. is warning that food prices are rising in countries hit by Ebola and that it'll get worse because many farmers won't be able to access fields during the upcoming harvests of rice and corn.Full Story >
Food in countries hit by Ebola is getting more expensive and will become scarcer because many farmers won't be able to access fields, a U.N. food agency warned Tuesday.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-09-02 14:01:28 GMT
Yemeni officials say the country's President has dismissed the Cabinet and partially reversed an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite rebels holding anti-government...Full Story >
The Yemeni president on Tuesday dismissed the Cabinet, firing the prime minister for the first time in two years, while partially reversing an earlier decision to lift fuel subsidies in a bid to end a standoff with Shiite...Full Story >
(RNN) – Russian aggression is likely not over in the Ukraine, said one foreign policy expert.
"(There is) a strong possibility they will invade eastern Ukraine," said former Reagan national security adviser Bud McFarlane.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has amassed thousands of troops in Russia just across the border from Ukraine where they have been holding military exercises.
The groundwork for destabilizing Ukraine is already laid, says Olena Nikolayenko, a native of Ukraine and an expert on Russia. The propaganda war is already in full tilt, says Nikolayenko, a professor of international political science at Fordham University in New York. To justify an intervention into Ukraine, Putin is trying to establish that ethnic Russians living in Ukraine are being mistreated, Nikolayenko said.
"The volume and the magnitude of state propaganda on Russian TV is stunning," she said. "For example, the Russian TV Channel 1 reported that thousands of ethnic Russians are currently fleeing Ukraine, and showed images of a line in front of a border checkpoint. But Russians forgot to remove an image of the name of the checkpoint from the clip so it can be clearly seen. The footage came from a very busy checkpoint on the Polish-Ukrainian border, and there is no flight of ethnic Russians from Ukraine."
McFarlane also says there is every indication that Russia seeks to subvert eastern Ukraine and may urge for a separation referendum similar to the one just approved on Sunday in Crimea.
Nikolayenko agrees, and says that Putin has to keep in mind the yearning for democracy millions hold on to inside Russia itself. "Putin would like to gain control over eastern and southern parts of Ukraine," she said. "If Ukraine succeeds in joining the EU (European Union), it will significantly undermine the image of omnipotent Russia in the region. And it might inspire Russian civic activists to mobilize for regime change."
She added that so-called Russian "tourists" have arrived in several Ukrainian cities located within a few miles of the Russian-Ukrainian border, attempting to instigate pro-Russian sentiments and destabilize the political situation in the country. "In the near future, the Russian government is likely to interfere with the conduct of the presidential elections in Ukraine scheduled for May in order to place a Russia-friendly politician into the president's office," she said.
The energy weapon
McFarlane says there are concrete steps American and its Western allies can take to slow Russia down and empower Eastern Europe.
"Ukraine‘s vulnerability rests on its reliance on Russian gas," he said. "There are ways to relieve that. That is to find alternative sources and develop pipelines that make gas available without coming through Russia."
He said gas could be sent to Europe through Azerbaijan and Turkey, a NATO member. "That would supply that huge demand without relying on Russia," he said. He also said America needs to urge European countries to suspend the planned South Stream pipeline that would make Europe even more dependent on gas from Russia.
An opportunity for the West
Without strong action now, Russia will be emboldened, McFarlane said. Russia will move beyond Crimea and into eastern Ukraine, Poland, Hungary and Romania, he said. But Putin's aggression does present an opportunity for the West to regain its footing.
"The West – Europe and the United States – are the best hope for the principles of the rule of law, freedom, individual initiative and self-reliance," he said, adding that America needs to rally Europe and remind it of what principles hold the West together. He said failure to do so would undermine the future of those values throughout the world.
Right now McFarlane said there is not an appetite in NATO for military action, and that it would be America's responsibility to build momentum for such a decision.
He said President Obama also should use this occasion to reverse his 2009 decision to not put in missile defense systems to protect Eastern Europe. The plan, which would have put the interceptor missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic, was opposed by Moscow.
Nikolayenko said the U.S. and its allies can put the hurt to Russia and Putin's allies if they have the will. Many prominent Russians enjoy the pleasures of the West and lead a double life, she said. "Russia should be expelled from the G-8 immediately. It does not belong to the club of democratic and high-income states," she said. "In addition, Western governments can introduce economic sanctions that will penalize Putin's entourage for Russia's belligerent foreign policy. While Russian politicians publicly express anti-Western sentiments, they go shopping in Paris, send their kids to study in London, and buy assets in Europe and the United States. Western governments can freeze their bank accounts and seize their assets with the intent to investigate embezzlement or money laundering charges against them."
Putin's track record, goals
Putin seeks to bring all the former Soviet republics, with the exception of the Baltic States, under his control, Nikolayenko said. And he has been active in expanding his reach in nations bordering Russia, sometimes at the expense of America. "In addition to Ukraine, Armenia was bullied into halting negotiations with the European Union in November of 2013," she said. "The national parliament of the Kyrgyz Republic, located on the border with China, voted in favor of shutting down a U.S. Air Force base and leasing the base for the Russian troops for the next 15 years. The list goes on."
She said Putin wants to be remembered as a leader who revived Russia's greatness and restored Russia's control over Eastern Europe and Central Asia. His natural enemy is the desire most people have to live in freedom.
"Putin is obsessed with the idea of building the Eurasian Union and bringing all the former Soviet republics, with the exception of Baltic States, under Moscow's control," she said. "But it is impossible for him to achieve this goal if democratic institutions take root in the former Soviet republics because most people aspire to live in a free and democratic state. Obviously, Russia is not a democracy and it seeks to support autocrats in the region. To date, only Belarus and Kazakhstan joined the Customs Union with Russia."
Belarus is widely known as Europe's last dictatorship, and has been run by Alexander Lukashenka for the past 20 years, while Nursultan Nazarbayev has ruled Kazakhstan since the collapse of communism.
Nikolayenko led a group of Fordham students on a trip to the Ukraine in 2013, where they stayed with students from Ukrainian Catholic University, many of whom have been involved in protests in Ukraine.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 9:21 AM EDT2014-09-02 13:21:44 GMT
A Russian official is complaining that EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso breached confidentiality when he quoted President Vladimir Putin as saying Moscow could take over Kiev in two weeks if it wished.Full Story >
Russian military forces have been spotted in both major rebel-held cities in eastern Ukraine, an official said Tuesday, prompting Ukraine to declare that it now has to fight the Russian army, not just the separatists.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-09-02 08:11:43 GMT
President Barack Obama is traveling to Russia's backyard for the second time this year to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security.Full Story >
For the second time this year, President Barack Obama will travel to Russia's backyard to assure nervous nations of his ironclad commitment to their security. But his objectives will be clouded by the West's...Full Story >
Monday, September 1 2014 11:01 PM EDT2014-09-02 03:01:11 GMT
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Monday, September 1 2014 12:29 PM EDT2014-09-01 16:29:04 GMT
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.Full Story >
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Monday, September 1 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:17:32 GMT
A part-time computer science UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17.Full Story >
A UC Professor is missing and his family is desperate to find him. Kentucky State Police says no one has seen or heard from Randy Russ since Aug. 17 Russ is a part-time computer science professor at UC.Full Story >
Tuesday, September 2 2014 12:29 AM EDT2014-09-02 04:29:46 GMT
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize...Full Story >
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Friday, July 18 2014 6:53 AM EDT2014-07-18 10:53:02 GMT
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
"This tragedy has rocked the foundation of our community." With those words, Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes said what so many in Gulfport and on the entire Gulf Coast were feeling Thursday as news broke about the death of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson.Full Story >
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:59:09 GMT
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >