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Cold War

Engaging Russia: Energy Could Still Be the Answer

Macha Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Macha Levinson

Russia needs Western know-how and financing to exploit its vast energy resources. And the US needs new energy suppliers until country is effectively weaned off foreign oil.

Getting Warmer

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

While Obama promised an end to the Iraq disaster, he once again left open the door to the United States being trapped in an even more treacherous quagmire in Afghanistan.

The 10% Solution

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

If each country can reduce defense spending by 10% each year, with the resultant savings being applied to renewable energy and climate change, that would be a nice start.

Revealing Secrets

Belinda Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Belinda Cooper

East Germans stormed the Stasi 19 years ago today and began to dismantle the secret police apparatus. As a new administration takes over in the US, we might take to heart the lessons learned about openness.

Gazprom Promises To Restore Gas To Europe (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Hanna Ingber Win | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Gazprom pledged to restore gas to Europe on Thursday, on the condition that international monitors check supply flows in Ukraine, reports Spiegel. Thi...

Russia Turns Off European Gas Supplies Sparking Fears Of New Cold War

The Independent | Daniel McLaughlin in Budapest and Vanessa Mock in Brussels | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Fears of a deep chill spread across Europe yesterday after a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices cut supplies to the rest of the continent ...

Defense Budget '09: Still Fighting the Soviets, or Preventing Genocide?

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

We have to do something about our current situation. We're spending more and more on defense and purchasing less and less security for it.

What a Year It Might Be

Gary Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

2009 could be the year when America and Russia decide to make dramatic reductions in nuclear weapons and convene an international conference of all nuclear nations to agree to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth.

12 Key Things About The Mumbai Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

Last week's terrorist siege of Mumbai has created a new geopolitical crisis, with many angles and complications that will make President-elect Barack Obama's life even more complicated.

The Shout Heard Round the World: Obama as Global Leader

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

Obama is the American President, but he is, in many respects, also the world's President. What he does will matter to young and old across the globe. The world, like America, is waiting for him to lead.

Restore the Voice

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

The international buzz caused by President-elect Obama earlier in the month offers him an opportunity to revive what had been a valuable American resource for so many years.

Cold War Hawks Nesting with Obama

Robert Scheer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Improved relations with Russia are critical, but it is disquieting that some of Obama's closest advisers have a history of needlessly provoking tension with the Russians during the Cold War days.

Looking Backward-McCain Style

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

By alluding to incidents that happened almost 40 years ago and making charges that would have made Joe McCarthy proud, McCain supporters are, almost literally, fighting the last (Cold) war.

Star Trek 11: The Obama Factor

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

After years of inactivity, Star Trek has been re-energized by J.J. Abrams, and supposedly transformed in such a way that connects it to its roots while making it relevant again.

Senator McCain: One More Such 'Victory' and We're Ruined

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

McCain's insistent claims that the US is winning the war in Iraq thanks to his "surge" strategy is the military-political equivalent of the junk securities that Wall Street's shady financiers have been peddling.

A New Cold War Does Not Benefit Obama

Lionel Beehner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lionel Beehner

McCain likes to say that Obama is willing to lose a war (in Iraq) to win a campaign. Interestingly, it appears that McCain is willing to start a new cold war to win a campaign.

John McCain and Russia

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

The latest campaign twister from John McCain is that he is not questioning Barack Obama's patriotism, only his judgment. But what kind of judgment ha...

Russia and the West Under Clinton and Bush

Derek Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derek Shearer

The good news is that Russia is no longer governed by an expansionist ideology, and in fact, it is not a strong country, but still a weak one -- the country's economy is a one trick pony.

Putin Checkmates Bush in Eurasia

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Margolis

The west must accept Russia has vital national interests in the Caucasus and the former USSR. Russia is a great power and must be afforded respect. The days of treating it like a banana republic are over.

Goodbye Good Ole Boys, Hello Hollywood? How Will Obama Handle the Oil Industry?

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Vivian Norris

The Republicans will always back a pro-oil immediate future, until their own voters, and the lobbyists filling their coffers with dollars, stop supporting them.

Did McCain Help Bait Russia into Georgia?

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Lauria

Who benefits most from painting this a revival of Soviet-era aggression? John McCain. The Georgian crisis has created a campaign issue he can run on.

President George W. Bush Made Obama Possible

Seth Swirsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Swirsky

Americans could only consider an Obama, because of the remarkable success of President Bush, through his decisive actions, in ratcheting down the fear Americans felt for many years after 9/11.

Mixed Signals

Murray Fromson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Murray Fromson

While Washington always seems to know how to deal with Moscow in blunt, threatening language, it best beware that the times are a-changing. Nationalism and pride are on the march in Russia.

Return of the Evil Empire?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Feffer

Russia is attempting to recapture some of the glory of the Soviet empire. And while dying empires are bad enough, states that try to turn back the clock can be even worse.

Is Anybody Watching? How the Olympics Lost the Race to Reality TV

Vanessa Richmond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vanessa Richmond

Sports fans may still be watching, but the Olympics have gone quiet on the pop culture radar. The Games used to be the champion of reality TV, but now the new generation of reality TV athlete is faster, higher and stronger.