KIEV, Ukraine — Kateryna Filip was a certified English teacher in her homeland. She now works abroad as a cleaner. It was tough decision but one she is convinced will ensure her three children have a brighter future. The 34-year-old is among the millions of Ukrainians who have left the country as part of a devastating brain drain. She says the lack of well-paid jobs, rampant corruption and a war with Moscow-backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine made her and her husband, Vasyl, decide to seek a better life in the Czech Republic. "There is nothing waiting for our kids here," Kateryna Filip says while sitting in a pizza joint in the heart of Kiev. "We love Ukraine, but it doesn't love us back." While there are no official statistics as no census has been conducted since 2001, it is estimated that as many as one in 15 Ukrainian citizens is working abroad at any given time. Deputy Prime Minister Hennadiy Zubko has called the exodus "one of the greatest threats facing Ukraine after … [Read more...] about Brain drain devastates a country that turned its back on Moscow and embraced the West
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KIEV, Ukraine — Bricks, safety helmets and remnants of barricades are piled in makeshift memorials in the cobbled streets near Kiev's main square. At least 50 anti-government protesters were killed here five years ago Wednesday, including many who were shot by snipers. It was the bloodiest day of months of demonstrations triggered by pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych's refusal to sign an agreement to forge closer ties with Europe. Photos of the fallen remain scattered around the perimeter of Maidan Nezalezhnosti, or simply Maidan, as it's called by locals. Many show the spots where protesters were fatally shot and are draped in blue and yellow ribbons — the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The dozens of people who lost their lives during the Maidan Revolution became known as the "Heavenly Hundred." A stretch of the street where many of them were killed now bears that name. For days before Wednesday's anniversary of the massacre, mourners have brought flowers and candles … [Read more...] about A massacre, a toppled pro-Putin president, and a country ‘saved’
For years Venezuela has been on the brink – on the brink of economic collapse, starvation and total chaos. Once the most affluent country in Latin America, this is a nation in freefall. Hyperinflation and wartime levels of violence can kill...and Venezuelans are dying. In hospitals unable to provide the care they need or in the streets at the hands of armed gangs vying for money and power. But how did the country that sits on the world’s biggest oil reserves get here? Many blame the so-called Bolivarian revolution, and the man who embodies what is left of it for bringing the country to its knees. Nicolas Maduro virtually inherited power from his predecessor and mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013. But his authority came into question when he was re-elected for a second term last year in a vote that was contested by much of the world. Last month Opposition Leader Juan Guaido invoked a constitutional provision to declare himself interim president and got the support from the US, EU … [Read more...] about “It is not possible to have two presidents in a country.” Nicolas Maduro speaks to Euronews
There are currently four countries officially being considered for membership of NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization). The latest, the Republic of North Macedonia, joins Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Ukraine. Skopje is set to sign an "accession protocol" with NATO on Wednesday that begins the process of joining the alliance. It comes after the country settled a decades-long name dispute with neighbour Greece, who had previously blocked attempts by Skopje to join. But will the Republic of North Macedonia get the green light? What does a country have to do to be a member? How do you join NATO? Before a country can be invited to join NATO, it must satisfy three prerequisites to be eligible for membership: The country must be geographically within Europe. This is despite the US and Canada being two of NATO's founding members. The country must be a democracy. The country must have the capacity and willingness to contribute to the security of the Euro-Atlantic area. If these … [Read more...] about The Republic of North Macedonia inches closer to joining NATO, but how does a country get invited?
Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press Published 12:55 PM EST Jan 2, 2019 It doesn’t matter whether a Michigan man is a spy or not, his being held “hostage” by the Russian government should signal a threat to all Americans who travel abroad personally and professionally, said a Chicago-born financier who lives in London and runs a global investment firm. “The standard protocol with countries that accuse each other spying is to deport the suspects, not arrest them,” said Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, which was the largest foreign investor in Russia until he was expelled by Vladimir Putin in 2005. “For example, when the Dutch government caught four Russian agents red-handed trying to attempt a cyberattack on the chemical weapons testing facility in The Hague, they grabbed them and sent them to the airport and deported them to Russia,” Browder told the Free Press on Wednesday morning by telephone from London. … [Read more...] about Vladimir Putin foe: Paul Whelan spy arrest in Russia a threat