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  • Ukraine's threat from within

    Ukraine's threat from within
    It's become popular to dismiss Russian President Vladimir Putin as paranoid and out of touch with reality. But his denunciation of "neofascist extremists" within the movement that toppled the old Ukrainian government, and in the ranks of the new one, is worth heeding. The empowerment of extreme Ukrainian nationalists is no less a menace to the country's future than Putin's maneuvers in Crimea. These are odious people with a repugnant ideology.
  • Vera Chytilova, Key Czech Director of the 1960s New Wave, Dies at 85

    Czech film director Vera Chytilova, one of the leading filmmakers of the new wave of Czechoslovak cinema in the 1960s, has died. She was 85. Czech public radio and television, citing relatives, say Chytilova, often called the "first lady of Czech cinema,...

    Cannes Film Review: 'The Way Out'

    A young gypsy woman trying to lead a "normal" life is in a constant battle against prejudice and her own community's entrenched behavior in "The Way Out." Returning to the milieu of his debut, "Marian," helmer-scripter Petr Vaclav depicts a marginalized...

    In Lviv, Ukraine, the nation's east-west divide is on display

    In Lviv, Ukraine, the nation's east-west divide is on display
    If this western Ukrainian city of Baroque fountains and cobblestone squares seems like a different country from the eastern rust belt besieged by pro-Russia separatists, that may be because, for most of its history, it was. Wooden signs in Lviv's...

    Ukraine troops ambushed by pro-Russia gunmen in eastern town; 14 die

    Ukraine troops ambushed by pro-Russia gunmen in eastern town; 14 die
    At least 14 people were killed and scores were wounded as government forces seeking to win back this eastern Ukrainian city from pro-Russia separatists ran into an ambush Monday set up by the rebel gunmen. Operations by the Interior Ministry, army and...