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Tigers and Lambs

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Are economic sanctions, pinpointed and limited, enough to slay the Russian dragon that has made a spire in southern Ukraine? With a leader willing to okay a land-grab of such grandeur, atop signing the original law into place permitting military force in Ukraine for the broad purpose of “defending Russian-speaking citizens,” is the questions really worth asking at this point? Even with protests of the movements at home the Kremlin appears to be feeling little to no pressure on the national and international front, more or less providing a green light for further violations of sovereignty by other big global players. Human Rights Watch(HRW) reports there has been a “crackdown on free expression and assembly,” while hundreds have been detained “in some cases arbitrary and others by unnecessary force,” principally within Moscow. Could this be Russia back on its way to the Stalinist style power trip fueled by a corrupt government? Putin’s behavior does not bode well for any members of the international community. The precedent of little to no consequence in the face of a hostile takeover of a neighboring country sends a message to other countries with a bone to pick with others that their actions will hold no consequence. While the world makes the call to Putin for an end to the chaos he has unleashed, the spotlight should also accommodate leaders of the EU and US to provide true punishment beyond weak economic sanctions. If the opposing world powers cannot bare their teeth in the face of aggression, how long will we wait before the next snap of a twig that brings the wailing lamb to the jaws of the tiger. -Shivite12

HRW article here: www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/18/russia-government-tightens-screws-after-sochi

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Shameful Performances

Shameful Performances

Yesterday, Crimean citizens voted in a landslide 95% majority, to secede from Ukraine and align itself with its previous ruling power, Russia. This particular piece of democratic action has been at the center of the global stage since protests climaxed in Ukraine in January. Since then events have continued to escalate, almost setting off a bloody conflict between Russia and Ukraine amidst a myriad of provocations. The Ukrainian government, however, was wildly put off by the secession, and like the United States, Japan, and other western powers refuses to recognize the democratic(that some would argue corrupt) process that took place in this southern coastal region. I find myself haunted by many questions in the aftermath of the vote, with two in particular unable to leave me be. The first is for Vladamir Putin of Moscow’s leadership, I ask: With all the protests outside the Kremlin, and the economic sanctions placed on you by the U.S. and the E.U., was it all worth it? I speculate you miscalculated and now sit with an entire caribou kicking and screaming on your plate rather than the delicious flank you were awaiting. Eat up. And a question for the desk of POTUS, Barack Obama, Is military dominance in the world worth running to the rescue of every European country that experiences strife? And on top of that is it worth our international reputation to turn all red in the face with Russia when our international rhetoric is already filled with lies and double standards(I.e. Russia violates Ukrainian sovereignty, which we proceed condemn, yet we violated Iraq’s among others)? Hypocrisy rarely benefits the international community. -Shivite12

Putin’s Poker Face

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Let’s be transparent with ourselves reader, we understand Russia’s global image. One of rigidness, adaptation in harsh circumstances, tough demeanor, the list goes on. Let’s face it during this chaos in Ukraine Vladamir Putin’s PR team has been banking on the “tough Russian,” and “non-negotiable James Bond villain,” look. Yet this show of muscle from the Kremlin since the occupation of Crimea has done little to boost international faith in Russia. The Kremlin would do well to ask themselves this: What kind of economic sanctions is Crimea worth, and in the fallout should they choose to dominate the region what will be their next move? -Shivite12

(Title link leads to Daily Beast article discussing the risks Russia undertakes with their decision to occupy Crimea)

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