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Author Archives: Meredith Smith

Yanukovych’s Dilemma

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Ukrainian protestors toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev’s Independence Square last Sunday in a symbolic gesture of rejection against Russia’s historical influence in the country. Yet, Ukraine remains inexorably tied to its old Soviet master economically, politically and culturally, making any divorce between the two extremely painful, particularly for Ukraine. When the calculation […]

Europe’s Syrian Jihadists Spark Worry As They Return Home

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Not unlike the Spanish civil war in the 1930s that spawned the famous Brigadas Internacionales, military units made up of lefty civilian volunteers from all over the world, to fight Franco’s fascist regime, the Syrian conflict has attracted thousands of young European muslims. These men are now beginning to trickle back home, perhaps a little […]

Criticising Ukraine: Fair or Foolish?

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Since Croatia’s ascension, Ukraine is one of the next in line hoping to participate in the Brussels community. While Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, has been encouraged by various EU leaders in guiding his country’s European aspirations, bashing Ukraine has also become a popular pastime. Kiev has been depicted as flirting with both Russia to the […]

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