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    Obama and the Red Crayon

    Lines don’t mean anything to President Obama. Domestically, he has no trouble stepping outside the lines of the law—even laws he championed—to suit his agenda. When it comes to foreign policy, he has a red crayon he likes to pull out from time to time—but it’s the washable kind. No … More

    The Protesters' Cry for Freedom

    The international scene in the past couple of weeks was supposed to be a smiling gathering of nations for the Olympics. That has been overshadowed by violence in Ukraine and Venezuela, where protesters are demanding leadership that would address their concerns of freedom, both personal and economic. Where is President … More

    As Kyiv Burns, the Obama Doctrine Is Going Down in Flames

    The Obama Administration’s lack of leadership on international crises has become so apparent that even The Washington Post is launching broadsides at the White House. In a tweet highlighting a major piece on Ukraine and Syria, the Post declared: “The ‘Obama Doctrine’ flounders as Kiev and Syria crumble.” This is, … More

    Heritage Takes the Message of Economic Freedom to Ukraine

    The Heritage Foundation sought to bring a small measure of encouragement to Ukrainians this week as they continue their months-long protests for democratic and market reforms in the streets of Kyiv and throughout Ukraine. At a presentation sponsored by the U.S.–Ukraine Business Council and the Bleyzer Foundation on February 13, … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The political crisis that consumed Ukraine for the past two months is showing signs of positive developments. President Viktor Yanukovich is beginning to meet some of the demands of the demonstrators, but the opposition is still demanding early presidential elections. What are the latest developments in Ukraine, and why did … More

    Why the Russia Terrorist Attack Should Worry Americans

    This week’s terrorist bombings in Russia allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region should be of deep concern to us — and not just because of the Winter Olympic Games next month in Sochi. Of course, the two bombings in two days in Volgograd that killed some 30 … More

    Volgograd Terror Wave Threatens Sochi Olympics, Russian Civic Peace

    Russia’s holiday cheer was shattered by brutal suicide bombings on December 29 and 30 in the city of Volgograd that killed at least 31 people. Many experts believe that the bombings, which come just weeks before the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, are an attempt by North Caucasus … More

    Q&A on the Crisis in Ukraine

    The brutal dispersal of demonstrators in Ukraine last week led to dozens wounded—and a public protest movement which now surpasses the Orange Revolution of 2004. Demonstrators want Ukraine in Europe—and President Victor Yanukovich out of power. Ariel Cohen, Heritage’s Senior Research Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies, gives some perspective … More

    Russia Silences Political Opponents Through Judicial Abuse

    Outspoken anti-corruption crusader and whistleblower Alexei Navalny may face up to 10 years in prison in Russia for money laundering. Just weeks ago, a Russian court suspended a sentence he was serving for charges on embezzlement. This suggests that the siloviki (men of force) faction in the Kremlin is trying … More

    Russia Should Drop “You Are with Us or Against Us” Mantra

    Recently, several of Russia’s “younger siblings,” such as Ukraine and Moldova, finally got a chance to partially break from the Russian bear hug and opt for a closer integration with the West. They are members of the Eastern Partnership with the European Union, a close cooperation program with the EU, … More