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The costs and challenges confronting Russia as it tries to convert a Black Sea beach resort into a Winter Olympics venue recall the "hero projects" of the Soviet era, when deluded dictators squandered fortunes trying to reverse the flow of Siberian...
They installed the first outdoor Olympic rings Wednesday in Sochi, Russia, a 60-by-30-foot reminder that Thursday marks a year to go before the opening of the 2014 Winter Games. The temperature was 61. That incongruity brings up the first of a baker's...
President Obama will be formally sworn in for his second term in office Jan. 21. He is the 43rd man to take the oath of office. Yes, Obama is the 44th president, but Grover Cleveland gets counted twice because his terms were not consecutive. To...
Tags: Barack Obama, Grover Cleveland
MOSCOW -- In the largest show of public discontent since President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration last May, thousands of demonstrators marched through downtown Moscow to protest a new law banning the adoption of Russian orphans by U.S. families....
Tags: Justice System, Russia, Judges, Barack Obama, U.S. Congress
President Barack Obama's call during the State of the Union address to reduce the threat of nuclear war could not have been more timely. The day before the president spoke, North Korea tested a primitive nuclear device, and the following day reports...
WASHINGTON -- Top finance officials of the Group of 20 largest economies sought Saturday to allay fears of a currency war, pledging not to target exchange rates to gain a competitive advantage in trade. But the joint statement, issued at the end of a G-...
Tags: Politics, G20, Barack Obama, Currency Values, Government
Re "Putin signs law banning American adoptions," Dec. 29 By denying Americans the ability to adopt Russian orphans in a tit-for-tat retaliation after the U.S. imposed sanctions on the Russian killers of a whistle-blower, does President Vladimir Putin...
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin left little room for maneuvering Thursday when he suggested he was likely to sign the so-called Dima Yakovlev law, which would ban adoptions of Russian children by Americans. The measure, which includes other...
Tags: Politics, Justice System, Russia, Barack Obama, Jacob Zuma
The Baltimore SunWhy is “Trouble Maker,” a K-pop song that's been around for a year, suddenly getting worldwide Twitter love? I blame end-of-year lists and an upcoming awards ceremony. On a less global scale, residents along the East Coast continue to be...
Anyone unfamiliar with the hyperbole of post-Cold War politics might be perplexed by Moscow’s move to outlaw American adoption of Russian orphans. More than 60,000 Russian children once condemned to a hellish institutional life have been brought...
Tags: Justice System, Politics, Nelson Mandela, Barack Obama, Lawyers
To Heather and Aaron Whaley, they're already parents to a 4-year-old girl living in a Russian orphanage off the Sea of Japan. The Frederick couple have never met the child, but they've given her a name — Addie. They've hung pictures of her in a...
Tags: Politics, Justice System, Trials, Judges, Barack Obama
Heating up a rekindling Cold War at the expense of orphaned children is kind of a cuckoo move, but Russia is kind of a cuckoo place. And Vladimir Putin is kind of a cuckoo guy. We thought we had it uncomfortable with President Bush clearing brush on his...
Tags: Russia, Barack Obama, Social Issues, Family, Adoption
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Dec 27, 2012 |Column| Imperial Valley Press Online
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