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Punishing Putin

April 7, 2014 by Mounir Ghaly

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Since I wrote my blog on Punishing Putin, I received several phone calls from friends offering suggestion. The response I liked best was : "Ignore Him!" Many will say, but you can't ignore him. He just violated several international laws and created a military confrontation in Europe. Well, I agree, no world power can ignore this behavior nor its consequences. But despite this, there is a way to ignore Putin.

Putin must be on an adrenaline rush right now! Those who are in this state of mind will want to keep it going for as long as possible. So, ignoring Putin is a good tactic that should be part of our overall strategy. You can ignore him by not reacting to his agenda! That means the US and Europe must take coordinated steps to roll out own agenda to integrate Ukraine and the Baltic into the Western sphere of politics / defense / economics. This agenda must be divorced from what Putin says or does, i.e. not a tit for tat. It should be a Western centered plan in isolation. This will change the turf of this battle.     Read more

How to Punish Putin

March 31, 2014 by Mounir Ghaly

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Over the last two weeks, Western nations have announced a layered sanctions plan to deal with Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. The layering, Western leaders advised, will be commensurate with Putin's future moves. The truth of the matter is that are few tools to deal with the Ukraine crisis. So, sanctions it is! But, sanctions take a very long time to work.

At their heart, sanctions, by increasing general misery such as scarcity of imports, falling currency, and limited exports, aim at generating a negative reaction from the people of the country against their government. With the Russians, this is not likely to work. The Russians have demonstrated they can tolerate decades of political and economic isolation. The tactic, i.e. sanctions, may work, if the majority of the population is already against Putin and his government, or if Western standards of life are already pervasive in the country that the majority would find their lives difficult. But this is not the case!    Read more

Cold War, Cool War, Old War, New War?

March 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia's recent power plays and provocation, some commentators compare to 1930s Europe, others see the specter of the Soviet spread, but it's really a new challenge to the new world order.

As the US redirects its War on Terror and continues to extricate from Afghanistan, with domestic pressure to reduce the NSA, Putin's push has NATO contemplating the inconceivable.

Aggressive annexation and military moves are met with new tools of sanctions and trade threats. The global gang tries to tame the Russian bear and now the G8 is now, gee, seven.

Is this a Cold War being thawed out, or a non-war nobody's sure how to fight? Whether Cold War, Cool War, Old War or New War,
it's a new year, new fear, or new terror in an unknown era.

Share a night with what you know -- cool beers for a cold war, warm friends & hot topics at your local progressive social club.

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SHOULD NATO CONSIDER MILITARY ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA OVER CRIMEA?

March 21, 2014 by Andrew17

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The Weight of the World, The Wait of the World

March 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Russia has annexed Crimea. Ukraine is pulling out its troops. The world knows it has the burden to respond yet everyone waits to see who will go first.

Obamacare open enrollment ends soon and public perception rests heavily on these numbers. Congress, Courts, consumers have fought their battles -- now it comes down to a game of wait-and-see.

Meanwhile, our news cycles are consumed by the mysterious fate of the Malaysia flight, where the weight of speculation and suspicion takes a back seat to a world that watches and waits.

Usually the news is about the weight of the world. Right now, it seems to be the Wait of the World.

A little less waiting and a little more working might make all the difference in each of these.

No need to watch your wait or wait for your watch -- now is the time for healthy company & hale conversation at your local progressive social club.

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Do you support the White House’s expansion of Russia-related sanctions?

March 17, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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Russians Rush In. Europe, You're Up.

March 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Russians, Russia, Europe, Germany, Ukrainian

After upheaval upends Ukrainian government, Putin's put in a new position, Russians rush in and if you think we are jumping to conclusions you can Crimea river...

Kerry carries on talks, Merkel's murky about actions, McCain's manic, Graham's self-aggrandized while Obama's having long talks with Putin about as constructive as conversations with Congress.

And as we wonder what Putin wants, what Obama will do, where the EU will stand, let's hope we remember to ask the Ukrainians how they'd like to see their own country governed.

The Olympics showcased the world coming together in peace, friendship and healthy competition. Now, Russia has taken its ball and gone home…maybe we should have let them win at ice hockey after all.

It's cold out there, but our company is warm, our conversation cozy and our ideas on fire as you share a drink and what you think at your local progressive social club.

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Will Vladimir Putin pull out of Crimea due to economic pressure from the U.S. and our European allies?

March 3, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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Crimea is a peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea occupies most of the peninsula, while the City of Sevastopol occupies the rest.

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When Definite Meets Defiant

February 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

One day, the Ukrainian leader definitely stood firm. The next, he was ousted by a defiant nation and is on the run as the world races to react.

Not long ago, same-sex marriage was a certain loser. Now courts in Utah, Oklahoma and Texas challenge bans and the AG says states don't have to defend those laws while AZ's right-wing gov vetoes anti-gay legislation.

Recently, Chris Christie was the GOP's great hope. Polls now remind us how quickly fortunes can change.

When yesterday's assumptions run into today's reality, definite meets defiant…and there's no sure thing.

A lesson worth all of us remembering, whether you're Comcast devouring the media, the GOP licking its lips at the mid-terms or Hillary Clinton reading the latest polls,

Share predictions and predilections over a pint as you share your night with political pals at your local progressive social club.

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Civil Unrest and the Uncivil Rest

February 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia, Pussy Riot's post-prison protests lead to arrest under Putin's police power and assault by Cossack militia members.

In Ukraine, anti-government unrest has exploded into clash and confrontation with a death toll dangerously rising.

Syria's Civil War is anything but civil, yet attempts at talks are just as tumultuous while the world fails as good neighbors or negotiators.

Country after country faces upheaval, some democratic, some downright destructive, but government actions and global reactions have inflamed, infuriated and fed the fires.

It's a time of civil unrest and the uncivil rest. If only everyone could take a breath and a rest.

For now take a break to share a beer while sharing ideas with old friends and new at your local progressive social club.

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In Some Events the US Should Not Go for the Gold

February 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As the Olympics begin in a country that is a leader in silencing dissent and imprisoning citizens, it would be a good time for the United States to close Guantanamo and reform policing tactics.

In the world spotlight stands Russia, a champion in spying on its own people, while the US confronts its own NSA excesses and could change course on domestic surveillance.

Putin’s nation is a winner’s circle for oligarchs, but America competes with its growing inequality -- though it would do better to not be a victor in wealth stratification and economic injustice.

Americans may win our share of Olympic medals but in authoritarianism and corporatocracy let’s allow Russia to come in first — there’s no need for America to go for the gold.

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The World Misses Mandela, While Some Miss The Point

December 12, 2013 by Living Liberally

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As the world marks the passing of a historic figure, a man who united through words and action, some critics decided that the real story is who the American President shook hands with.

As the world reflects on how apartheid ended, how a nation sought to heal, the global community's role and the lessons we could learn for today's challenges, a few lash out at Newt Gingrich for words of sympathy.

As the world remembers an aging, beloved leader who emerged from prison with a message of peace, too many of us forget the real struggle that came before: fierce, hard, at times violent and unapologetically radical.

Now - and onward - the world misses Nelson Mandela. Let's not also miss the point of his life and his impact.

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Do you think the media in the U.S is too easy on the Israel government?

October 20, 2013 by THE POLITICUS

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This poll opens on December 31, 2014.

Is Syria in Hot Waters or US?

October 1, 2013 by Khan Jamshaid

1. Syria remained subject to a bloody turmoil for over two years in 21st Century which promised highest civilization in the history of our planet. Over a hundred thousand innocent fellow humans killed and over a million Syrian citizens displaced. United Nations remained a silent spectator throughout the Syrian’s massacre and so are all the Global Heads of the States “The Hon’able Members of UNO”. What a tremendous conspiracy against an elected government and UN recognized sovereign state. Who financed, armed and patronized the Opposition Party of Syria! Who is a threat to Syrian’s integrity and their solidarity! Who promoted Civil War in Syria! Who will own & justify the innocuous blood of one hundred thousand Syrians!    Read more

Diplomacy With Iran: Where We Stand and What To Expect

September 25, 2013 by mfzernin

The UN General Assembly meetings this week offer President Obama a chance to capitalize on recent diplomatic developments with Syria and to extend a hand to new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani in the hopes of launching renewed negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. In an op-ed in the Washington Post last week, Rouhani urged other leaders “to respond genuinely to my government’s efforts to engage in constructive dialogue.” It is critical for Obama to show that his administration is willing to answer Iranian concessions with some relief of sanctions that Rouhani can bring to the Iranian people.

Iran is Ready for Talks

A prominent adviser to the Iranian leadership, Amir Mohebbian, explains that Iran’s leaders see the next six months represent the best opportunity to reach an agreement, before campaigning for parliamentary elections begins in March. This is a window the US cannot afford to miss. It is time for the US to offer a reasonable deal that would signal to the Iranian people that the West is willing to work towards a larger agreement.    Read more

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