If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
My experiments at getting this site set up to feed neatly into Twitter have been a little frustrating, but there is partial success to report. As of now, every time a new blog post or Pick of the Day are uploaded, the site will automatically send a Tweet into the Centre for Journalism account that Nick Poskitt and Becci Hughes set up for us a while back.
You can find it a www.twitter.com/cfjkent - and I've also added a menu link to it on the home page.