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Who Is Supporting Ukraine’s Top Presidential Candidates?


With just a few days remaining until the first round of Ukraine’s presidential elections on March 31, recent polls show Volodymyr Zelenskiy holding on in top place, with the support of almost 25 percent of likely voters. Yulia Tymoshenko, supported by 19 percent of likely voters, is in second place, followed closely by the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, with 17 percent.

Outsider Candidates

Nasrin Sotoudeh: The Pride of Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh, the fearless Iranian human rights lawyer, was sentenced in March to a lengthy prison term, based on multiple charges, including propaganda against the state, advocating against the death sentence, membership in a human rights organization, appearing in public without the hijab, disturbing public order, and “encouraging corruption and prostitution.” Sotudeh was already serving a five year prison sentence probably for representing a group of women who, in protest against the forced wearing of the hijab, removed their head covering in public.

War and Peace in Ukraine’s Presidential Race


Brexit Confusion Reigns in London

With 19 days left before Britain formally exits the European Union on March 29, the House of Commons once again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's latest withdrawal agreement. A deflated and exasperated May has now promised a ‘free vote’ tomorrow in parliament where MPs will decide, without pressure from the government, whether Britain should leave the EU without a deal.