Andrew Higgins

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Residents of Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine, used plastic sheeting to cover broken windows on Wednesday after a round of shelling damaged the home. Credit Gleb Garanich/Reuters

His country’s oil export revenues and currency have slumped. Its economy is shrinking, and some of his own allies in Moscow have questioned where he is leading them. Yet when President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia sat down Wednesday in the Belarussian capital of Minsk with the leaders of Ukraine, Germany and France to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, he still held the decisive cards.

For months now, Europe’s often fractious leaders have spoken with one voice on Ukraine, ruling out a military solution and pleading with all parties to find a way to resolve the dispute diplomatically. But in Minsk, they confronted the reality that Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

Los ingresos por la exportación de petróleo y la moneda de su país han caído en picada. Su economía se está encogiendo y algunos de sus propios aliados en Moscú se preguntan adónde los está llevando. Sin embargo, cuando el presidente ruso Vladimir Putin se reunió el miércoles en Minsk, la capital de Bielorrusia, con los dirigentes de Ucrania, Alemania y Francia para discutir el conflicto del este de Ucrania, él tenía los ases en la mano.

Desde hace meses, los líderes de Europa, generalmente divididos, hablan con una sola voz acerca de Ucrania, descartando la solución militar y abogando ante todas las partes involucradas para que resuelvan la disputa por la vía diplomática.…  Seguir leyendo »

At a dinner party in Beijing more than a decade ago, Rupert Murdoch, the boss of New York-based News Corp. and a hard-headed arbiter of global opinion, declared that he hadn’t met a single communist during all his visits to China.

With all the noisy debate over China’s gargantuan trade surplus with the United States, its currency policy and its censorship of the Internet, one truth seems self-evident: China may do lots of things Westerners don’t like, but at least it has dumped communism in all but name. After all, how can a country that so often seems to beat the United States at its own capitalist game be considered communist in any meaningful way?…  Seguir leyendo »