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E.J. Dionne Jr: Obama beyond the foreign policy sound bite

WASHINGTON — In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violati…

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George F. Will: Does Putin have an eye on Baltic States?

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.

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David Ignatius: Mulling a Ukraine policy in Colorado conference

ASPEN, Colo. — At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

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David Ignatius: Ukraine poses existential crisis for Obama, too

WASHINGTON — As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t, as the limited…

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
American Tradition Partnership Ukraine

American Tradition Partnership Ukraine

A recent email sent by the American Tradition Partnership on the subject of the upheaval in Ukraine.

April 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Congress must withstand pressure to export LNG

The Ukraine-Russia crisis has Congress and the Obama Administration rushing to consider monumental changes to accelerate exports of natural gas that will permanently and negatively impact the energy landscape for natural gas domestically, due to OPEC-linked liquid natural gas prices.

April 01, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Fighting anew for democracy against pugnacious Putin

BRUSSELS — President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and justice. Would that it were so.

March 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Geography matters more to Putin

WASHINGTON — Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: "If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus." Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 19…

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Robert J. Samuelson: Russia's (overblown) natural gas weapon

WASHINGTON — The continuing Ukrainian crisis has cast a specter over Europe: a natural gas cutoff. Russia supplies 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas. In any tit-for-tat exchange of sanctions, this seems the ultimate weapon, dwarfing almost anything Europe and the United States could deploy.…

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Guest opinion: Georgia redux: Putin tries old tactics in Crimea

Here in the Caucasus Republic of Georgia, my friends and neighbors were not surprised by Russia’s invasion of Crimea. After all, Georgia has suffered at the hands of similar Russian practices since 1992.

March 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Will Putin's Ukraine gamble backfire?

WASHINGTON — It’s a stunning comparison that, in some ways, explains everything about the crisis in Ukraine. Back in 1990, average per-person incomes in Poland and Ukraine were roughly equal, about $8,000 in each country. By 2012, they no longer were, reports economist Anders Aslund of the P…

March 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

E.J. Dionne Jr.: GOP agrees with Obama strategy, but blames him anyway

WASHINGTON — Certain political cliches cry out to join the list of the biggest lies in the world. Today's candidate: Partisan politics stops at the water's edge.

March 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Russian revanchism: Putin's catastrophic error in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Napoleon is said to have cautioned during an 1805 battle: "When the enemy is making a false movement, we must take good care not to interrupt him." The citation is also sometimes rendered as "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Whatever the precise wording, …

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ID thieves seeking more than just money

Most people think of identity theft as a risk chiefly to their money and their time — the hundreds of hours it may take to get everything straightened out again. But financial loss is only one of the problems that can occur, according to Roger Gravgaard of Billings, who represents Legal Shie…

July 22, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Russian college students in Billings to work

Russian college students in Billings to work

Twenty college students from Russia and the Ukraine are in Billings for the summer, working, practicing their English and hoping to do a little traveling.

July 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Ukrainian women

Ukrainian women

Ukrainian women are seen selling vegetables in Skadovsk, Ukraine. They were some of the women Heather Nitz, of Billings, interacted with during her two years volunteering in the Ukraine with the Peace Corps.

February 26, 2011 12:15 amLoading…
Heather Nitz

Heather Nitz

Heather Nitz of Billings poses outside the Peace Corps office in Kyiv, Ukraine before returning home after spending two years volunteering with the Peace Corps from 2003 to 2005.

February 26, 2011 12:15 amLoading…
Heather Nitz

Heather Nitz

Heather Nitz, an intern at the Friendship House in Billings, teaches Ariauna Quinones, 7, how to play Uno on Thursday at Orchard Elementary in south Billings. Nitz spent two years volunteering with the Peace Corps in the Ukraine from 2003 to 2005.

February 26, 2011 12:15 amLoading…
Stint in Ukraine was realization of childhood dream

Stint in Ukraine was realization of childhood dream

Heather Nitz's desire to become a Peace Corps volunteer dates to her days as a child watching Saturday morning cartoons.

February 26, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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