FROM Andranik Migranyan
After Crimea, What's Putin's Next Move? The US and the European Union have imposed economic sanctions against individual Russian and Ukrainian leaders after yesterday's referendum in Crimea. As if to demonstrate calm and confidence, Vladimir Putin stayed in Sochi for last night's closing ceremonies of the Paralympic Games , where Russian athletes won 80 medals with Ukrainians next with just 25. Elsewhere in Crimea, there was widespread jubilation over yesterday's vote on leaving Ukraine to re-join Russia. But the world is waiting for his next move. Annexing Crimea would be no easy task. Has he gone too far to turn back? Will the West up the ante at great cost to Europe's economy? We look at the options available to both sides and the potential consequences.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.