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Geopolitics

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch Dead At 88

AP, NEW YORK POST (U.S.)

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NEW YORK- Former New York Mayor Ed Koch died early Friday at the age of 88. A spokesperson said that Koch, who ran NYC city hall through most of the 1980s, died of congestive heart failure.

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PATRICK J. CASHIN & US NAVY

In and out of the hospital for the last few months, Koch was moved into ICU yesterday as his condition worsened, reports the New York Post.

According to the AP, Koch embodied New York for the rest of the world. He won a national reputation with his feisty style and his trademark question, "How'm I doing?".

During his years as mayor, 1978-1989, his tight policies pulled the city out of severe financial trouble. After leaving elected office, he worked as a lawyer but remained active in the Big Apple’s political scene.

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Ed Koch Bridge Lasse Fuss

His legacy lives on in the name of the bridge at 59th Street in Manhattan that connects the borough to Queens, that was renamed in his honor in 2011 as the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge.

The New York Times described Koch as a "colorful, candid New Yorker who led city through crisis."

Here are two other New Yorkers singing about the bridge now named in his honor:


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Will Winter Crack The Western Alliance In Ukraine?

Kyiv's troops are facing bitter cold and snow on the frontline, but the coming season also poses longer term political questions for Ukraine's allies. It may be now or never.

Ukraine soldier in winer firing a large canon with snow falling

Ukraine soldier firing a large cannon in winter.

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — Weather is a weapon of war. And one place where that’s undoubtedly true right now is Ukraine. A record cold wave has gripped the country in recent days, with violent winds in the south that have cut off electricity of areas under both Russian and Ukrainian control. It's a nightmare for troops on the frontline, and survival itself is at stake, with supplies and movement cut off.

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This is the reality of winter warfare in this part of Europe, and important in both tactical and strategic terms. What Ukraine fears most in these circumstances are Russian missile or drone attacks on energy infrastructures, designed to plunge civilian populations into cold and darkness.

The Ukrainian General Staff took advantage of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's visit to Kyiv to ask the West to provide as many air defense systems as possible to protect these vital infrastructures. According to Kyiv, 90% of Russian missile launches are intercepted; but Ukraine claims that Moscow has received new weapon deliveries from North Korea and Iran, and has large amounts of stocks to strike Ukraine in the coming weeks.

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