Let’s be clear: The villain in Ukraine is the odious Vladimir Putin. This ruthless apparatchik has taken a page out of Hitler’s playbook, justifying his incursion into Crimea by citing the need to defend his allegedly embattled fellow countrymen.
Steven Seagal, actor/producer/screenwriter/martial arts expert (but not law enforcement officer?) went on Russia Today to discuss the events in the Ooh-crain (sic). It’s about as glorious as you’d expect.
The International Man
Ukraine is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic country of 47 million people whose political freedoms have historically been subject to outside interference both in peaceful times and during political upheaval. Yet Ukraine is not merely a relic from World War II, nor the Cold War.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, today weighed in on the escalating tensions in the Ukraine, where a standoff with the Russian military has led to a full-blown international crisis.
The new mayor, who seems eager to comment on foreign policy topics, including Israel and sanctions against Iran, sharply criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin for his incursion into the Crimean peninsula.
Around the town
A senior American official has already apologized for uttering “fuck the E.U.” in a leaked phone conversation, but Congressman Peter King commended her sentiment this morning in a radio interview, telling the host, “good for her.”
Mr. King told radio host Geraldo River that he agreed with the comments made by Victoria Nuland, the country’s top diplomat for European and Eurasian affairs, and made it clear he is absolutely not a fan of the European Union–which he called “self-righteous.”
Antisemitism and Celebrities
Journalists who protest the government in Ukraine are getting brutally attacked, including prominent Ukrainian journalist Tetyana Chornovol, who required hospital treatment after a Dec. 25 beating. These photos are graphic. (Kyiv Post)
More Rubles Than You Know What To Do With
Sometimes there are so much information about the world, it’s hard to keep it all in your head. How many municipalities does Greenland have? Who owns the Canary Islands? Do we know anything about Madagascar except for cars and that animated movie with comedian Chris Rock?
So we can forgive you for forgetting that Ukraine has been beseiged in its parliament by the All-Ukrainian Union “Svoboda” movement, a nationalist uber-right-wing Slytherin-esque party that is really interested in bloodlines and keeping up the traditions of the neo-Nazis. For the past several years, Svoboda has been gaining momentum with its anti-Russian sentiment, gaining 12 percent of the national vote in the last election cycle.
Which is all terrible, but you know, the anti-Semitic Svoboda party has been rising to power for some time. Why do we suddenly care?
We care because they started attacking on our own territory. We care, in short, because one of their leaders started going after Mila Kunis.
Buyers are already starting to despair when it comes to finding ultra high-end New York properties, especially after casino king Steve Wynn reportedly snagged the $77.5 million duplex penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton.
And in the future, the market may get even tighter for buying-crazed billionaires, with a new crop of Russians and Ukrainians eager to snap up trophy properties, a new CNBC video warns.
The proliferation of international art biennials continues. Culture officials in Ukraine announced that the nation will debut a biennial in Kiev, Ukraine, in May of next year. Leaders have selected a seasoned curator, David Elliot, who organized last year’s Sydney Biennale, as artistic director of the event, which will be held in the capital city’s National Culture and Art Museum Complex.
Stefania Dovhan curled up on a bench inside New York City Opera. She leaned her head against the railing of the lobby balcony and gazed out over the Lincoln Center plaza toward the Metropolitan Opera House. She had been there a few days before to see the famous Zeffirelli production of La Bohème, and she’d Read More