This week marks the first anniversary of Russia's legal annexation of Crimea, a territory of Ukraine that was seized in the aftermath of a revolt in Kiev.
The Russian president's perceived provocations are leading many former East bloc nations – from Poland to the Baltics – to start their own military readiness campaigns.
This week's round-up of global commentary includes discussion about Japan revising its Constitution, bias against Canadian Muslims, partnership between South Korea and Japan, explaining Putin's high ratings, and Western media coverage of violence against Muslims.
Kiev says that rebels have blocked rescue workers from reaching the mine, where dozens are feared dead.
This week's round-up of global commentary includes a call for less talk more action against the Islamic State, Iraq seeks allies against IS, why Russians think the way they do, how South Korea is adapting to change, and helping child brides.
A newly forged cease-fire all but collapsed as government troops withdrew from the transit hub of Debaltseve in what appears to be another implicit victory for Russia's Vladimir Putin.
An internationally brokered cease-fire took effect Sunday. But fighting between Army forces and rebels raged in the strategic rail hub, with both sides refusing to withdraw heavy weaponry.
The Kremlin has been able to make its decisions without public scrutiny, despite the disparate Russian elites jockeying for the president’s ear. Even those directly involved have no idea with whom else Putin may be consulting.
Russia’s leader keeps his relationships in the Kremlin's halls of power private. But military and security types seem to be gaining favor over once-prominent oligarchs and ideologues.