A stinging rebuke from the head of the International Monetary Fund IMF has underscored the precarious spot in which Ukraine finds itself despite Kyiv's repeated pledges to tackle corruption and enact major reforms. The IMF's stark language set off alarm bells in Kyiv, where President Petro Poroshenko quickly telephoned Lagarde to assure her and allies such as the United States that he recognized the need to "reboot" the government. The government's approval ratings have tumbled and it could face a no-confidence vote in the coming days, ushering in more uncertainty for a country already on a war footing. But Poroshenko's quoted remarks to Lagarde also appeared to highlight the risk in the current climate of dramatic showdowns in Ukraine, whose economy and currency have collapsed since unrest in unseated a pro-Russian president and unleashed invasion plans in Moscow. Poroshenko reminded critics of the desire to avoid "snap elections, which would only deepen the political crisis and worsen conditions for carrying out reform," according to a statement on Poroshenko's website. As the stakes in Ukraine have risen -- along with the notion that Ukraine is a testing ground for Western resolve in the face of a newly assertive Russia -- expectations have mounted that Kyiv must implement market and democratic reforms to justify outside support.
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Men Still Have an Edge in Communist Vietnam’s Gender-Equal System | Voice of America - English
Ukraine had one of the lowest levels of reported anti-Semitism incidents in Europe - just 13 cases l. You don't need to remind Ukrainian Jews of their long history of oppression at the hands of local authorities. In light of the past, how is the remaining ,strong Jewish community faring in newly independent Ukraine, particularly in the wake of recent Maidan protests, renewed nationalism and war with separatists in the east? When it comes to such questions, views can be somewhat nuanced. To be sure, right-wing and anti-Semitic political parties, such as Svoboda, are a concern in current day Ukraine.
How the Ukrainian peace deal is faring, and what lies ahead as the sides try to implement it
If a basic tenet of communism is equality, including based on gender, then from some points of view the Socialist Republic of Vietnam would seem to be faring well on its founding ideology. Women are visible everywhere across the country of million people, whether they are running iconic companies, government ministries, or single-parent households. Female Vietnamese also show up in jobs stereotypically associated with males, such as construction workers, taxi drivers, and police officers. But when considering all of the data that indicate Vietnam is ahead of most other countries in gender equality - like the percentage of women who are in the labor force or who are chief executive officers - it is easy to overlook the fact that men still have an edge in so many areas. In addition to the wage gap, there is the matter of unpaid labor.
A pro-Russian rebel stands guard as women walk along a street not far from the front line near Donetsk airport in the city of Donetsk, eastern Ukraine Sunday, Nov. The pro-Russian rebels are holding the elections that were dismissed by Ukraine and the West as illegitimate. KIEV, Ukraine — Two months after Ukraine signed a truce with pro-Russian rebels, daily fighting continues in the east and other key conditions of the deal haven't been met. Despite persisting hostilities, Russia and Ukraine have struck a multibillion-dollar gas deal that has eased fears that Russian gas supply to Europe might be disrupted. Here is a look at the agreements between the neighbors, what has been achieved and the challenges that lie ahead.