Reading the tea leaves in Ukraine.
A news roundup for April 8
What's going to happen next? Here are four possible scenarios.
Over the weekend, pro-Russian protesters rioted in the eastern Ukrainian cities of Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kharkov. They took over government buildings and arms caches, waving Russian flags and chanting things like "Novorossiya" ("New Russia"). Their aim: to declare independence from Ukraine and, perhaps, become federal provinces (oblasts) of Russia. Early Monday, separatists in Donetsk declared the creation of the "Donetsk People's Republic" and set a referendum date for May 11.
In the wake of the Ukraine crisis a rampant chauvinism has been unleashed, while sanctions on Russia have created the kind of atmosphere dictators love.
“We in Ukraine feel cheated, we feel that we were betrayed,” he said.
Tuvalu (pop. 10,782) has turned its back on big bad Vladimir Putin.
Getting to the truth about Ukraine is not easy, but one thing is clear: Do not watch Russian television if you want some semblance of it.
And it's asking for your help.
A week before the Olympic Games opened in Sochi, the Kremlin sicced its hounds on Dozhd TV, the last independent news channel in Russia. The channel has been around since the spring of 2010, when the warm breeze of pseudo liberalization swept through Moscow at the height of Dmitry Medvedev's pseudo liberalization.
The consensus in Ukraine is that LGBT groups should wait 30 years for their civil rights.
The ways the U.S. and E.U. sanctions against Russia could cause an economic crisis.