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Finally, referring to the situation in Syria, he said the agreement to destroy Syria's chemical weapons confirmed the indispensable role of the U.N., and together with the negotiations on Iran's nuclear program showed that "any international problem can and should be resolved exclusively through political means, without resorting to forceful actions that are rejected by most nations in the world."

We may never know all the behind-the-scenes negotiations over Ukraine; however, the entire thrust of Putin's speech lends credence to his assertion that Russia wants a three-way negotiated solution. Even if we assume that Putin does not believe his own lofty words, that is less of a problem than the fact that American politicians do believe theirs, which reject compromise and negotiations in favor of the big stick. Whatever the future of Russia, as 2013 draws to a close, it is clear to anyone who looks beyond the New York Times that the world is increasingly weary of America's bullying.   

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Born in Philadelphia, I spent most of my adolescent and adult years in Europe. I began my journalistic career at the French News Agency in Rome, spent two years in Cuba finding out whether the Barbados were Communists before they made the revolution ('Cuba 1964: When the Revolution was Young'). After spending half a decade in Eastern Europe, and a decade in the U.S., studying Global Survival and writing speeches in the Carter State Department, I wrote the only book that foresaw (more...)

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As long as Americans are deprived of the views of ... by Deena Stryker on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 8:38:48 AM
Great article Deena and very, very informative. Th... by Jeff J. Brown on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 1:00:00 PM
Yes, but on this side of the Pacific Pond very few... by Deena Stryker on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:26:34 PM
Super Article Deena, a nice change from the usual ... by jean labrek on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 4:08:41 PM
Little by little, the truth comes out - and dawns ... by Deena Stryker on Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 4:34:09 PM
So, in short, Putin is good?... by BFalcon on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 1:20:59 AM
'Good' is not an adjective that I would apply to a... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 8:57:37 AM
Rather than generalizing I prefer individual facts... by BFalcon on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 8:59:48 PM
Quite a mixture here: Fact: Putin runs Russia as a... by Deena Stryker on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 9:27:21 PM
What you seem to admire is, I believe, called enli... by BFalcon on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 10:49:16 PM
In the interest of 'full exposure', that depends o... by Deena Stryker on Monday, Dec 23, 2013 at 3:39:57 AM