Russia should reconsider security policies

Freedom New Mexico The suicide bombing Monday in Moscow’s busy Domodedovo Airport is a reminder that terrorists of various stripes are still active and that societies with only a few open areas can be assaulted readily. Sadly, there is no such thing as 100 percent security in this or any feasible world. Our hearts are […]

Using taxpayer dollars to help Georgia gamble

Freedom New Mexico President Bush has proposed sending $1 billion in economic and humanitarian aid to Georgia to help that small country on Russia’s border rebuild after its disastrous war with Russia last month. Bush’s gesture indicates a certain amount of bravado and a commendable fellow feeling for a country his administration has encouraged. But […]

U.S. has small role in Georgia, Russia conflict

Freedom New Mexico The still-small but dangerous war that broke out over the weekend between Georgia and Russia is the culmination of decades of mutual hostility fed by centuries of acrimonious history remembered conveniently by partisans on all sides. Also in play were recent developments that made the Caucasus region something of a tinderbox waiting […]

Independence with peace needed for Kosovo

Freedom New Mexico The controversy over the province of Kosovo formally declaring independence from Serbia on Sunday may not turn out to be as explosive as some observers think. But the move is an example of how decisions taken during emotional periods can have consequences years down the road that are not necessarily beneficial for […]

Despite flaws, Yeltsin had marks of true hero

By Freedom Newspapers Boris Yeltsin, the first elected president of Russia in all its long history, died Monday at 76. He may have been a flawed character, a leader who will leave an ambiguous legacy. Ultimately, however, as Leon Aron, author of “Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life” and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, […]

Reaching across the world

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Patricia Gartner wrangles from left, Karissa, 6, Annie, 3, and Mary, 2, after she gave them baths. The three girls are among five of the children living at home with Gartner and her husband, Duane. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The day the Gartners met their son his 10 […]

Russia’s autocratic tendencies should be monitored

By Freedom Newspapers The Russian government has successfully pressured Shell, the Anglo-Dutch oil company, into reducing its stake in a promising but difficult oil and natural-gas field in Siberia from a majority share to a minority share. Gazprom, the Russian state-owned energy group, which has invested little or nothing in exploiting the energy resources on […]

Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

U.S. obligations in Iraq means Russia left unchecked

A confrontation between Russia and its southern neighbor Georgia has serious implications for the rest of eastern Europe, especially other countries that had been forced into the former Soviet Union and resumed independence when that empire collapsed. Perhaps more significant, it is unlikely Russia would have pushed so hard in this small crisis unless it […]

Russian-Iranian uranium deal may avert showdown

Freedom Newspapers The announcement that Iran and Russia have reached a tentative deal for Russia to enrich uranium in Russia for nuclear plants in Iran offers a faint hope that a showdown between Iran and the “international community” over Iran’s nuclear ambitions can be averted — for now. No doubt there will be deviltry in […]

Russian gas cutoff shrewd political move

Freedom Newspapers To some people the decision by Russia last week to cut off natural gas to Ukraine for what ended up being 48 hours was simply mysterious. To others it was essentially a commercial transaction, with Russia (or its 51-percent state-owned natural gas monopoly) simply getting more money from the Ukraine. Still others saw […]

Leonard Horton

Sharna Johnson “Tell them I wont be in to work any more, I’m joining the service,” Editor’s note: World War II officially ended Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese signed surrender terms. We’re honoring the war’s area veterans over the next several months with these brief profiles. Leonard Horton Date of birth: May 27, 1919 […]

Terrorist incident used by Putin to grab power

Freedom Newspapers Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the outrageous terrorist killings of school children in Beslan to reach for more power for himself. Unfortunately, it is all too typical for government leaders to use the fear engendered by attacks to reach for even more power. Putin’s power grab is shocking for being more blatant […]

Russia’s election practices preclude name ‘democracy’

Freedom Newspapers White House officials viewed election results in Russia with mild alarm, murmuring without attribution of a “retreat from democracy.” What the election results demonstrated, however, was that democracy is not enough. Democracy is simply a way of choosing rulers. For people to have a fighting chance of living in a decent society, it […]

Arrest of Russia’s richest man could be election ploy

Freedom Newspapers The arrest of the richest man in Russia, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, on charges of embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion, could be a signal of a titanic political struggle over the future course of the country. Khodorkovsky, who was chairman of Yukos Oil, reputed to be Russia’s richest company, has in the past used […]