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FILE - In this March 2, 2018 file photo, former Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych gestures as he speaks at a news conference in Moscow. A lawyer representing Yanukovych said on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, that his client will be unable to appear before a Kiev court because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File)

Yanukovych trial bleeds into Ukrainian presidential election

- The Washington Times

The trial of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych continues to go on and on; it is now bleeding into the Ukrainian presidential election in 2019, where the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko is losing to veteran politician Yulia Tymoshenko, who holds a double-digit lead.

In this Dec. 1, 2018, file, photo released by the press office of the G20 Summit Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a plenary session on the second day of the G20 Leader's Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (G20 Press Office via AP, File) **FILE**

A discussion with Ali al-Ahmed in light of the Khashoggi assassination

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the "Khashoggi Affair," where a Saudi operative turned political commentator, was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey. We thought the time was right to sit down with Al-Ahmed again, to discuss the future of Saudi-American relations. He had a lot to say.

The slaying of Mr. Khashoggi, an American resident, journalist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has strained Riyadh's diplomatic credibility around the world. (Associated Press/File)

Khashoggi killing 'was meant to send a message'

Since we last spoke to Ali Al-Ahmed of the Gulf Institute here in Washington, D.C., much has changed with the Khashoggi Affair, where a Saudi operative turned political commentator was butchered in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

FILE- In this May 29, 2018, file photo George Soros, Founder and Chairman of the Open Society Foundations listens to the conference after his speech entitled "How to save the European Union" as he attends the European Council On Foreign Relations Annual Council Meeting in Paris. Having already acknowledged that it did opposition research on Soros, Facebook says No. 2 executive Sheryl Sandberg had asked staff if the billionaire philanthropist had financial motivations against the company. The Friday, Nov. 30, statement is in response a New York Times article that describes Sandberg asking Facebook staff to look into Soros' financial interests in speaking out against the company in January. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File) **FILE**

Kyrgyzstan latest target for misguided leftist misrule

Mr. Soros and his acolytes have also long been active in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The recent confirmation of Mr. Lu as U.S. ambassador to Bishkek, fresh from his tour in Tirana, raises fears that yet another country struggling to recover from the hangover of Soviet misrule is about to be prescribed precisely the wrong policy medicine.

Illustration on climate-change predictions by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trump is right about climate change, China and the Democrats

After just finishing the revealing book by Michael Pillsbury, "The Hundred Year Marathon," which outlines in frightening detail the slow but deadly quest of China to dominate the United States, and their deceit and subterfuge to achieve that goal, I am more convinced than ever that the climate change scam is funded and enabled by the Chinese state, and yes, as a weapon to destroy the West.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attends a joint news conference with his Dominican Republic counterpart Miguel Vargas following their talks in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. Regarding the incident where a Russian coast guard fired on three Ukrainian boats Sunday and then seized them along with the crews Lavrov said Monday that Ukraine has violated international law and provoked Russia by sending its navy vessels through the Kerch Strait without permission. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Ukraine's Poroshenko wants to stay in power

There are many facets to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict - the obvious and the more opaque. The obvious is that Russia has aggressively used its power over the Kerch Strait to harass Ukrainian shipping and block Ukrainian ports such as Mariupol.

People cast their ballots at a polling station during rebel elections in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels are voting for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West. (AP Photo)

Russian hybrid warfare in Ukraine

The West is well aware of Russian actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, as well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which unfortunately is still ongoing

The left wants to divide and conquer America

For some time now, I have wondered to myself what the leftists' real goal is as they work to divide the nation, corrupt our youth, destroy our institutions and revel in their criminal behavior to steal elections.

French President Emmanuel Macron, looks on as he visits an EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Elderly Dependant People) in Rosnoy Sur Serre, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

The menace of Macron's misguided European army idea

My first reaction when French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that the European Union needed its own army to defend against potential adversaries — including the United States — was to suggest he go to Normandy and ask the 9,000 dead Americans there who saved France, for the second time, what they thought about the idea. But, I'm sure he won't do that.

In this May 4, 2004, photo, a full moon rises above the golden domes of the Orthodox Monastery of the Caves in Kiev, Ukraine. Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists will try to seize Russian church properties.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Ukraine media wars

As we have seen in the United States in vibrant real time over the last several years, the media have become a battleground for the powerful to fight it out with the goal of altering public opinion and, therefore, influencing policy -- in other words, to gain power.

National security adviser John R. Bolton met this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and said President Trump intends to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. (Associated Press)

An arms race with Russia? Bring it on

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning this week of a new arms race and threatening to target European nations that may host U.S. midrange nukes, in response to National Security Adviser John R. Bolton's trip to Moscow this week where he confirmed President Trump's intention to pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, center, visits a polling station in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson, where Anwar is vying for a seat along with six other candidates, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Voting opened Saturday in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Gay rights and the path ahead for Malaysia

- The Washington Times

In the wake of the long ordeal of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, whose career was derailed for years by legal battles and convictions for sodomy, a campaign against LGBT people in Malaysia has been ramping up since Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir came to power this year.

Illustration on freedom of religion by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Is Central Asia becoming a model for religious tolerance?

The tri-annual Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held this month in Astana, Kazakhstan, is a gathering of the world's top clerics to try to bring understanding between different religious faiths, and also to unite against religious extremism.