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Russia Is Returning to Soviet Military Strategy

Alexander Golts | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Alexander Golts

With oil prices falling, corrupt officials see defense spending as their last opportunity to pocket government funds -- and they have no intention of sharing that windfall with foreign defense industry competitors. Putin's recently announced policy of substituting Russian goods for previously imported products will enable those senior officials to siphon off a significant portion of budgetary funds.

On Hollande and the Ukraine Crisis

Charles Kolb | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

Since Putin's annexation of Crimea and his obstruction in Eastern Ukraine, France has still moved ahead to satisfy its contract with Russia. France should not stand alone in a commercial confrontation with Russia.

San Diego Winter Weekender

Scott Bridges | Posted 03.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Scott Bridges

It's chilly out, and by San Diego standards, that means the mid- to high 60s. And while the birds fly south for the winter, Southern Californians are better served by terrestrial transportation. And while driving is always an option, America's Finest City is nearly equally accessible by train.