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Today on “Kresta in the Afternoon” – Mar. 3

Talking about the “things that matter most” on Mar. 3

4:00 – Eyes of the World Focus on Ukraine
Ukraine accused Russia today of pouring more troops into Crimea and giving its forces an ultimatum to surrender as world leaders grappled with Europe’s worst standoff since the Cold War. Russia’s Black Sea Fleet swiftly denied any such demand as “nonsense” and the country’s parliament speaker said there was no need yet for Moscow to use its “right” to launch military action in Ukraine. We talk to our source on the scene, Tetiana Stawnychy.

4:20 – Culture, Its Delights and Distractions

5:00 – How to understand Putin’s Ukraine strategy
To understand what motivates Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Ukrainian crisis and how he will proceed, we have to recall two key things about his strategy and his tactics. First, Russian foreign policy — whether under Brezhnev, Yeltsin, Putin or anyone after him — is informed by three imperatives: Russia as a nuclear superpower, Russia as the world’s great power, and Russia as the central power in the post-Soviet geopolitical space. And second, it is a power that is political, economic, cultural, diplomatic and most certainly military. We talk to Leon Aron, resident scholar and director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

5:20 – Kresta Comments

5:40 – Court Rules School Can Ban U.S. Flag Shirts to ‘Avoid Violence’
Last week the Ninth Circuit court of appeals affirmed a decision by a lower federal court in San Francisco that upheld a school district’s ban on the wearing of American flag shirts on a California high school campus in 2010 during Cinco de Mayo (May 5th)—a Mexican holiday. Attorney Robert Muise, who argued the case before the Ninth Circuit, commented: “It is truly a sad day when government officials are permitted to ban the American flag on a public high school campus for any reason. Here, school officials feared that our clients would offend ‘Mexican’ students if they wore their flag shirts to school on Cinco de Mayo, so they ordered the students to either remove their shirts or leave school in direct violation of their First Amendment rights.” On May 5, 2010, school officials from Live Oak High School in the Morgan Hill Unified School District, California, prevented five students from wearing American flag t-shirts because the officials did not want to offend “Mexican” students on “their day.” Rob joins us.

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