Ukraine hands Russia its pretext

Could somebody please explain to the CIA why the optics of sending John Brennan to Kyiv were so bad?

Seymour Hersh strikes again

Ukraine: How to avoid a war

Is this crisis heading for a resolution or an explosion? It depends whether Putin thinks the annexation of Crimea is enough compensation for the humiliation he suffered when Yanukovych was overthrown.

The return of the dictators

Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf isn’t the only ex-dictator who’s returned to the scene of the crime. But why?

Putin is overplaying his hand

It’s hard to see how Kerry and Obama can support Russia's plan to effectively dismantle the Ukrainian state.

Libya faces partition

As oil exports slump, the story of the Morning Glory tanker shows the country’s regional rifts.

Climate change: Documenting the blindingly obvious

The real message of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report is that the main impact is on the food supply.

Nigeria: Is 100 years enough?

You might say that Nigeria survives because it is dysfunctional.

Welcome to the temperate zone

The first hypothesis for the extreme weather trend in North America and Europe blamed a slowing of the northern hemisphere’s polar jet stream.

Ukraine: Putin’s choice

Will he stop at Crimea, or push further into the country?


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