U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin met with members of the punk protest group Pussy Riot on Tuesday to bring attention to human rights abuses in Russia as well as his efforts to expand economic sanctions against top officials in the country.
The conventional view in Washington is that Mr. Putin is a belligerent authoritarian intent upon expanding Russia's borders and confronting the West. What the White House refuses to acknowledge, however, is that the Russian leader is simply acting in what he believes to be his country's best interest.
Friends School students take a trip to Russia in the midst of geopolitical turmoil and find the Russian people to be kind of blase about Crime and the Ukraine, compared to the hyperbole in Western media. The most nerve-wracking part of the trip came at the end, when a pilot strike delayed their departure for a day and a half, and they had to switch from Lufthansa to the Emirates airline.
Right now, as the drama unfolds in Crimea, millions of Marylanders are facing the possible imposition of new and disruptive gas pipelines and compressor stations across much of their state. The gas would come from controversial "hydraulic fracturing" — or fracking — wells spread across the Appalachian region. It would be piped through Maryland to a massive $3.8 billion "liquefaction" plant for natural gas at a place called Cove Point right on the Chesapeake Bay.
At the end of January, a team of chemists and engineers left Aberdeen Proving Ground for the Mediterranean Sea to lead the historic destruction of Syria's chemical weapons. More than two months later, they're still waiting for the mission to start.
Maxim Kozlov will conduct a cello exploration program on Saturday, March 29, for kids ages 5 to 8 at 11 a.m. and ages 9 to 12 at 12:30 p.m. at Ellicott City's Miller Branch Library, at 9421 Frederick Road.
Amid the storm created by Russian President Vladimir Putin's extralegal incursion into the Crimean peninsula, the U.S. and Europe risk allowing an event equally important to Ukraine's future to fall out of focus: the May 25 election in which the divided country is set to select a new president. The credibility, inclusivity and peacefulness of this event are vital to U.S. and European interests.