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Putin’s gangland politics

By Terry Golway
March 3, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin calls them his “brothers” -- this group of burly motorcyclists who see themselves as road warriors fighting for the greater glory of Mother Russia. They’re known as the Night Wolves, and Putin himself has ridden with them on that icon of American wanderlust, a Harley-Davidson.

from The Great Debate:

The power of sanctions against Putin on Ukraine

March 3, 2014

In a crisis moving extremely fast, it is dangerous to say this, but I'm at least somewhat less concerned about this upheaval in Ukraine than other people seem to be, for a couple of reasons.

from The Great Debate:

Putin’s anti-Olympic creed

By Strobe Talbott
February 28, 2014

The Putin era in Russia, now in its 15th year, has given birth to the ongoing diplomatic challenge of reading what’s going on behind the Kremlin leader’s steely eyes.

from Felix Salmon:

Can bitcoin capitalize on the death of Mt Gox?

By Felix Salmon
February 26, 2014

In November, I said that I was waiting for bitcoin to get boring -- and it certainly isn’t boring yet. The death of Mt Gox has created headlines saying things like “Bitcoin future in doubt” and “Mt. Gox Meltdown Spells Doom for Bitcoin”; those, in turn, have sparked their own backlash of people saying that in fact this development is one of the best things that could have happened to the cryptocurrency.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s options for Syria

By Daniel Serwer
February 26, 2014

On Saturday the United Nations Security Council demanded that Syria’s government and its armed opponents end attacks on civilians, allow the delivery of humanitarian aid across borders and battle lines, and protect minorities. The Security Council also called for the lifting of sieges against civilians and said that it would take additional measures if the two parties did not comply.

Britain’s floods: How do we pay the £14 billion bill?

By Guest Contributor
February 25, 2014

Nikolas Scherer is researcher at the Hertie School of Governance and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. The opinions expressed are his own.–

Should We Ban Autonomous Weapons?

By Guest Contributor
February 25, 2014

–Charles Blanchard is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, and a panelist at the Chatham House conference on autonomous weapons. He was formerly general counsel of the US Air Force. The opinions expressed are his own.–

HFT: Separating fact from fiction

By Guest Contributor
February 25, 2014

–Hugh Cumberland is solution manager, financial services at Colt Technology Services. The opinions expressed are his own.–

from Nicholas Wapshott:

Where is Ukraine’s Lech Walesa?

By Nicholas Wapshott
February 24, 2014

The popular pro-Western revolution in Ukraine that has deposed pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich is part of a far wider and longer historical tug-of-love between the West and Russia.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

The case against a Chinese financial crisis

By Anatole Kaletsky
February 24, 2014

A severe slowdown in China is viewed as among the greatest risks facing the world economy this year, and Thursday’s dismal news on Chinese manufacturing output exacerbated these fears. But the really important news from Beijing pointed in the opposite direction: Bank lending in China, instead of slowing dramatically as many economists had expected, accelerated in January to its fastest growth in four years.