The Donald on Crimea

David Marples Donald J. Trump’s co-chairman, Sam Clovis, maintains that the presidential candidate “was thinking about something else” when he made his comments on Crimea to ABC network’s “This Week” program (July 31, 2016) (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/trump-crimea-ukraine-sam-clovis-226501 ). Yet they are consistent with his astounding lack of knowledge about all parts of the world beyond the borders […]

Ukraine and Russia: Rewriting Histories

David Marples Introduction The 2016 commemorations of victory in World War II illustrate the growing divide between Russia and Ukraine, one that mirrors their current conflict over Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine. Whereas Russia celebrated the traditional May 9 with ceremony and military swagger, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, clashes broke out between pro-Russians and young Ukrainian […]

THE DNR, ‘GRISHA P’, AND ‘SPEAKING THE TRUTH’

David Marples The Ukrainian conflict has been characterized by propaganda on both sides. Perhaps that is unsurprising in a military situation. But what is of note is that observers and analysts who would not appear obliged to take on partisan positions have sometimes done so. This article focuses on one such journalist whose name is instantly […]