A Glimpse At Russia’s Blocking Of Western News Agencies And Its Own Amid Moscow’s Invasion Of Ukraine

It’s nothing less than a revival of a new Cold War to counter VOA and BBC broadcasts during Russia’s assault and occupation of Ukraine. The international community, the United States and NATO are all reacting vigorously to the latest news about Russia’s forces threatening Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, and its southern shore communities. The Associated…

A Pair Of Crises: Ukraine And Afghanistan

As 2022 dawned six weeks ago, it was difficult to imagine that America would be reading headlines about two new life-threatening crises in Europe and Asia: *In Europe, Russian threats to invade neighboring Ukraine, potentially causing the loss of thousands of lives. *In Afghanistan, a growing hunger crisis that could kill 23 million people after…

No Discernable Progress In Ukraine Talks

Shortly after Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev on January 19, the Voice of America gained an authoritative readout from America’s top diplomat on how Washington views the Ukraine crisis. During an exclusive Kiev interview with Secretary Blinken shortly after his meeting with Mr. Zelensky, VOA’s East Europe…

A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine?

David Sanger of the New York Times sums up the crisis crisply: —Russian troops are encircling Ukraine from three sides. —There are warnings of crushing Western sanctions against Russia if more of Moscow’s troops enter Ukraine. —Yet there are still “off-ramps” in the crisis.  Soon, the United States and NATO are expected to react forcefully…

What’s Ahead Following A Russian War Threat In Vienna?

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, puts it bluntly. “As people see unaccountable rulers (those not empowered in free elections) prioritize their own interests over that of their publics,” he contends, “a popular demand for rights-respecting democracy remains strong.” The second week of 2022 appears to have been crucial in determining whether or…

Foreign Policy Trends To Look For: 2022

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) focuses on four foreign policy news stories to follow this year. “Any one of them,” the CFR website says, “could turn into the dominant news event of the year — or fade away.  We’ll know in 12 months which will sizzle and which will fizzle.” The top four are:…