A dangerous moment for Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire

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Behind the scenes, U.S. diplomats are rediscovering Ukraine as a foreign-policy priority. On Jan. 15, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland met with a key Kremlin adviser at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s beachfront residence on the Baltic Sea. Nuland, the top U.S. diplomat responsible for European affairs, had traveled to Russia’s heavily militarized Kaliningrad region to… Read more »

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The world, as it was in 2015

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Displaced residents from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing violence from forces loyal to the Islamic State in Sinjar town, walk towards the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Sinjar mountain, near the Syrian border with Iraq, August 11, 2014. Photo: Reuters

There is always a dash of the emotional, a pinch of the nostalgic, which takes over your sensibilities with the end of a year. And a year is but time that loses itself in space in ways decreed by nature’s laws. As you watch the sun set on a year, in the cold silence of… Read more »

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Russia in a turbulent time

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The Egyptian born debonair actor Omar Sharif’s passing on July 10th marks the end of an era. After hearing the sad news, I immediately sent a text to my best friend Maryam (a diehard fan of Omar Sharif). She instantaneously texted me back. Her message read: ‘I really thank God for giving us novels like… Read more »

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