Corey Flintoff http://www.kplu.org en After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge http://www.kplu.org/post/after-referendum-eastern-ukraine-different-visions-emerge In eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists are claiming independence based on a victory in a hastily organized referendum. Now, they're resisting a nationwide presidential election that's scheduled for May 25.<p>With Russian troops still massed near the border, Ukrainian and international mediators are trying to find a solution for the crisis.<p>There are some very different visions of the future for the volatile region.<p>One is expressed by Serhiy Taruta, a Ukrainian billionaire who's been appointed governor of the Donetsk region by the government in Kiev. Wed, 14 May 2014 22:51:32 +0000 Corey Flintoff 16571 at http://www.kplu.org After Referendum In Eastern Ukraine, Different Visions Emerge Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://www.kplu.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:46:46 +0000 Corey Flintoff 15797 at http://www.kplu.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi? http://www.kplu.org/post/now-games-are-over-what-will-happen-sochi The <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/theedge/2014/02/23/281585938/flame-to-go-out-in-sochi-torch-passes-to-pyeongchang">closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics</a> in Sochi featured a particularly captivating image: an aerial view of the coastal Olympic village, with the stadiums set like jewels among sparkling avenues, set off by the flash of fireworks in the night sky.<p>It seemed as if Russia, and especially President Vladimir Putin, had achieved everything that could be hoped for from a world-class sporting event.<p>But like the spectacular closing ceremony itself, a lot of the best effec Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:59:07 +0000 Corey Flintoff 14043 at http://www.kplu.org Now That The Games Are Over, What Will Happen To Sochi? Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' http://www.kplu.org/post/russias-cossacks-ride-back-history-patriots The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of security for the Olympics.<p>The Cossacks, trying to enforce a government ban on protests, knocked band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to the ground, lashed her with a horse whip, and roughed up other musicians.<p>There was no pretext that the band was violating any laws, and there were no charges filed aga Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:40:11 +0000 Corey Flintoff 13988 at http://www.kplu.org Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots' Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator http://www.kplu.org/post/sochi-was-once-vacation-spot-fit-dictator Long before it became an Olympic host city, Sochi was a favorite getaway for one of history's most ruthless dictators: Josef Stalin.<p>The Soviet leader had a villa built in the hills overlooking the Black Sea, and he visited it during some of the most tumultuous years of his reign.<p>The villa, known as Stalin's dacha, or summer house, was built in 1934, and he used it until the end of World War II in 1945. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 18:38:40 +0000 Corey Flintoff 13865 at http://www.kplu.org Sochi Was Once A Vacation Spot Fit For A Dictator Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals http://www.kplu.org/post/russians-fear-sochi-legacy-black-widows-not-gold-medals Two weeks before the Winter Olympics, Russian security forces are reportedly searching for potential suicide bombers, at least one of whom may already be in the host city of Sochi.<p>The suspects are thought to be linked to Islamist militants who are fighting to throw off Russian control and create a fundamentalist Muslim state in Russia's North Caucasus Mountains.<p>Police have been circulating leaflets at hotels in Sochi, warning about women who may be part of a terrorist plot.<p>They are known as "black widows," sent to carry out suicide bombings in revenge for husbands or family members ki Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:20:13 +0000 Corey Flintoff 12862 at http://www.kplu.org Russians Fear A Sochi Legacy Of 'Black Widows,' Not Gold Medals What's Driving Russia's Tactical Change On Syria? http://www.kplu.org/post/whats-driving-russias-tactical-change-syria For months, Russia has been playing a defensive game on Syria, blocking U.N. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 22:56:24 +0000 Corey Flintoff 9971 at http://www.kplu.org What's Driving Russia's Tactical Change On Syria? Obama's Military Tactics: Risky Missions, Elite Units http://www.kplu.org/post/somalia-rescue-obama-again-turns-elite-unit President Obama has authorized several risky military missions in the past year and can claim major successes: the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan; the airstrike that killed terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen; and the ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan.<p>The latest operation, a hostage rescue in Somalia carried out by Navy SEALs, is part of a pattern established by a commander in chief who has shown a clear preference for limited, small-scale military action.<p>The operation freed two aid workers, 32-year-old American Jessica Buchanan and 60-year-old Dane Poul Thisted. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:46:03 +0000 Corey Flintoff 3933 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's Military Tactics: Risky Missions, Elite Units Viral images, the military's recurring nightmare http://www.kplu.org/post/viral-images-militarys-recurring-nightmare The U.S. military says it's investigating a video that appears to show Marines desecrating the corpses of Taliban fighters killed in Afghanistan. Regardless of those findings, the outrage in the Islamic world is likely to be severe, as with other disturbing images that have surfaced during U.S. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:45:59 +0000 Corey Flintoff 3711 at http://www.kplu.org Viral images, the military's recurring nightmare In India, the pressure cooker of college admissions http://www.kplu.org/post/india-pressure-cooker-college-admissions This can be a harrowing time for high school seniors and their parents in the U.S. as they wait to hear from college admissions offices. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:22:45 +0000 Corey Flintoff 3665 at http://www.kplu.org In India, the pressure cooker of college admissions