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Now Buoyed By The FBI, Clintons Fight To Hold On Against Trump ... Or, Not Quite Tales From The Vault

William Bradley | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
William Bradley

With just six words, "We have not changed our conclusions," FBI Director James Comey may have ensured a perilous victory for Hillary Clinton. The hotl...

If Only She'd Used Two Smartphones ... Or, Two Cheers for Hillary Clinton

William Bradley | Posted 11.01.2016 | Home
William Bradley

Thoughts of what might have been with Hillary Clinton, and what was with Ralph Nader ... If only Hillary Clinton were not so notoriously, well, non-...

Halloween, With Its Hobgoblins of the Recent Past, Comes Early for Hillary Clinton

William Bradley | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home
William Bradley

Ah, those hobgoblins of the past. It turns out that elections are over when they are over. Just a day after the latest Wikileaks/KGB data dump reveal...

The Looming Legitimacy Crisis (Or, Who Does Russia Really Want As President?)

William Bradley | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
William Bradley

So maybe Donald Trump's candidacy really is dead this time. Unlike all the other times the media and various high-minded types who have consistently f...

What The Colin Powell Hack Means

William Bradley | Posted 09.16.2016 | Home
William Bradley

In a close election, and, barring some big mistakes by Trump, this is a close election, any significant drop-off could be fatal to Clinton chances.

Israeli Researchers Say Mahmoud Abbas Was A KGB Spy In The 1980s

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home

JERUSALEM, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Soviet-era documents show that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas worked in the 1980s for the KGB, the now-defunct inte...

Hillary Needs Collective ADD With This News

William Bradley | Posted 09.04.2016 | Home
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton had better hope that few are paying attention over the long Labor Day weekend and that those who are quickly forget. And that the news...

The Undead: Is Trump the Zombie or the Vampire of American Politics?

William Bradley | Posted 08.15.2016 | Home
William Bradley

We have a big pop culture-related question about Donald Trump. (No, not if he is "fired." We're mostly past "reality" TV and well into appalling reali...

Trumped? Really Now, Not So Fast

William Bradley | Posted 08.05.2016 | Home
William Bradley

Well, he's really done it this time, hasn't he?

If Putin Wants to Stoke Chaos and Discord in the West, Trump is His Man

Garry Kasparov | Posted 11.07.2016 | Home
Garry Kasparov

SPLIT, Croatia -- A "Manchurian candidate" Trump may or may not be, but there is no doubt he is extraordinarily disruptive and unpredictable. He already has American allies around the world nervously making plans in case he's elected.

"Never get into an elevator with a Polish blonde" and Other Advice from the Cold War

ADST | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home

During the Cold War and beyond, Western diplomats had to constantly keep their wits about them when serving in the USSR and the Eastern bloc as they w...

The West Is Oblivious to Russia's Geopolitical Game in Syria

David Oualaalou | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home
David Oualaalou

If history is any indication, this would not be the first time Mr. Putin has used a military drawdown to resolve a deadlocked political scene such as the one in Syria.

The Truth about Liberation Theology

Kerry Walters | Posted 01.07.2017 | Home
Kerry Walters

Some claims are so outlandish, so absurdly counterfactual, that they ought to stagger belief. But never underestimate human gullibility. We're w...

How KGB Training Shaped Putin's Highly Unusual Walk

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.15.2015 | Home

A long-standing peculiarity in Russian president Vladimir Putin's walk — with his right arm held almost immobile, while his left arm swings freely ...

A Third Intifada?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Arnold Steinberg

Vladimir Putin is only nine years older than Barack Obama, yet they somehow are of a different generation. How could this be?

The US Embassy Moscow Fire of 1977

ADST | Posted 09.02.2016 | Home

Diplomats working in the USSR had to contend with a wide range of difficulties -- poor bilateral relations, KGB surveillance, tough living conditions, Russian winters. For those serving in 1977, you could add one more thing to that list -- a massive fire.

Litvinenko Lawyer Accuses Putin Of Personally Ordering Former Spy's Murder

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 01.11.2017 | Home

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is a “tin pot despot” who personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agen...

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2016 | Home
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Movie Review: Child 44 -- Leave This One Behind

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.18.2015 | Home
Marshall Fine

Certainly the pedigree of Child 44 makes it seem promising. But the timing of the release -- April, a pre-summer graveyard -- and the fact that it wasn't screened for critics until shortly before opening both mitigate against it. 

Boris Nemtsov: Alive in Death

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.02.2015 | Home
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Far from falling back into line and yielding to terror, tens of thousands of Russian men and women, in the manner of the French who so recently proclaimed "Je suis Charlie," came out to shout "I am Boris" into the ears of Vladimir Putin, who has never faced an adversary as vibrantly alive as this newly dead man.

Obama Looks to Expand the Wars

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2015 | Home
William Bradley

Obama's war powers proposal justifies operations against vaguely defined "associated" people and entities. Put that together with the post-9/11 authorization for anti-Al Qaeda operations and you have a blank check to do pretty much anything, anywhere, any time against anyone who evinces admiration/sympathy/solidarity for Isis or Al Qaeda.

Lubyanka Runs the New Russia, Much Like the Old Soviet Union

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.25.2015 | Home
Doug Bandow

Even during the worst of the U.S.S.R. the square was more symbolic than threatening. For the most part no one went to the Kremlin to die. Very different, however, is Lubyanka, just a short walk up Teatralny Proezd past the Bentley and Maserati dealerships.

Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.18.2015 | Home
Stephen Schwartz

Why are anti-Islam rallies taking place in a part of Germany where there are almost no Muslims? One explanation might be that having little experience with Muslims, the inhabitants of Dresden are frightened of any newcomers, especially refugees from Syria. But other factors merit consideration.

Spies That Live Among Us

Joe Navarro | Posted 12.31.2014 | Home
Joe Navarro

With satellites, Internet security breaches and code breaking, can't the Russians get the information they need without resorting to moles? The answer may surprise you.

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | Home
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.