Russia http://www.kunc.org en More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained http://www.kunc.org/post/more-diplomacy-fewer-military-missions-5-obama-statements-explained In an interview with NPR, President Obama says now is an appropriate time to step up aid to moderate Syrian rebels. Thu, 29 May 2014 09:11:00 +0000 57122 at http://www.kunc.org More Diplomacy, Fewer Military Missions: 5 Obama Statements Explained How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture http://www.kunc.org/post/how-soviet-kitchens-became-hotbeds-dissent-and-culture When Nikita Khrushchev emerged as the leader of the Soviet Union after Stalin's death in 1953, one of the first things he addressed was the housing shortage and the need for more food. At the time, thousands of people were living in cramped communal apartments, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/05/20/314054405/how-russias-shared-kitchens-helped-shape-soviet-politics">sharing one kitchen</a> and one bathroom with sometimes up to 20 other families.<p>"People wanted to live in their own apartment," says Sergei Khrushchev, the son of Nikita Khrushchev. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:22:00 +0000 The Kitchen Sisters 57019 at http://www.kunc.org How Soviet Kitchens Became Hotbeds Of Dissent And Culture Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? http://www.kunc.org/post/putins-chess-moves-ukraine-brilliant-tactics-bad-strategy The game of chess is a national pastime in Russia. And you might say that Vladimir Putin is playing a high-stakes game of geopolitical chess when it comes to Ukraine.<p>Western leaders are plotting how to counter Putin's latest moves with economic sanctions. So to get some insight into what might come next, we talked to an economist who knows Russia — who is also extremely good at chess.<p><strong>Putin Playing From A Weak Position</strong><p>Kenneth Rogoff is a world-renowned economist and professor at Harvard. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 55725 at http://www.kunc.org Putin's Chess Moves In Ukraine: Brilliant Tactics, But Bad Strategy? Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict http://www.kunc.org/post/why-chocolate-bargaining-chip-ukraine-russia-conflict In the political battle between Ukraine and Russia, one of the biggest pawns is chocolate.<p>That's because the current front-runner in Ukraine's presidential race is <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2014/04/01/297857025/still-reeling-from-crisis-ukraine-prepares-for-presidential-vote">Petro Poroshenko</a>, known as "the Chocolate King." His billion-dollar empire was founded on candy factories.<p>Poroshenko's chocolate became a bargaining chip in the confrontation with Russia last July, as Ukraine was moving toward a landmark trade agreement with the European Union. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Corey Flintoff 55279 at http://www.kunc.org Why Chocolate Is A Bargaining Chip In The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote http://www.kunc.org/post/still-reeling-crisis-ukraine-prepares-presidential-vote After a winter of lightning-fast changes – a president ousted and a peninsula apparently lost to Russia — Ukrainians are beginning to look ahead to elections on May 25 to replace Viktor Yanukovych.<p>The opposition leader who seemed to have the inside track a few weeks ago, ex-world champion heavyweight Vitali Klitschko, has taken himself out of the running. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Peter Kenyon 55094 at http://www.kunc.org Still Reeling From Crisis, Ukraine Prepares For Presidential Vote