On May 8, the British Royal Navy destroyer HMS Dragon sailed from the naval base at Portsmouth on an urgent mission — to find and follow the Russian aircraft carrier Kuznetsov and six accompanying vessels steaming through the English Channel.
The Great Debate
In all the brouhaha about the Veterans Administration — the alleged misconduct and malpractice in Arizona, and the ensuing calls for the head of Secretary Eric Shinseki — it is crucial that the issue not be treated solely as a referendum on Shinseki, and on the Obama administration generally.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in late 1991, Ukraine has tried — and repeatedly failed — to transform itself into a stable, prosperous democracy. The presidential elections on Sunday, May 25 offers another opportunity to make that happen, for Ukraine to come out from Russia’s shadow and the shadow of its own corrupt post-Soviet limping economy.
If Swiss banks were to cast off their usual discretion and make a marketing pitch these days, it might start off something like this:
Elections will begin on Thursday across the 28 European Union member states to elect national representatives to the European Parliament, which regulates trade, borders and some elements of foreign policy. Though this is a continent-wide election, voters historically use it to send a message to their own nation’s governing party. With the meteoric rise of anti-European populism on the political left and right, however, things promise to buck that trend this time.
Recent events have driven home two stark truths: racism continues to percolate throughout our society and conservative Supreme Court justices appear determined to prevent us from doing anything about it.