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Putin Vows To Strengthen Russian Military Against Border Threats

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia needs a mighty military to fend off threats near its borders, President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, a stance that reflects so...

Will the 13th Century Pax Mongolica Return With China's New Silk Road?

Robert Skidelsky | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Robert Skidelsky

LONDON -- Eurasia is an idea whose time, it is said, has come around again. Recent historical research has rescued the old Silk Road from historical oblivion. The late American sociologist Janet Abu-Lughod identified eight overlapping "circuits of trade" between northwest Europe and China that, under the aegis of a Pax Mongolica, flourished between the 13th and 14th centuries.

Democrats Are Ceding Foreign Policy Too Early in the 2016 Election

Erin McPike | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Erin McPike

There's a decent chance the 2016 presidential election will be about national security. If that's the case, recent spin by Democratic pundits may undercut former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's campaign before it has much of a chance to establish itself.

Putin Says Russia Is Beefing Up Its Nuclear Arsenal

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2015 | World

By Maria Tsvetkova KUBINKA, Russia, June 16 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia would add more than 40 new in...

Former Ambassador: A Lot Of Prominent Russians Don't Like The Mess They're In

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.13.2015 | World

Every week The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving world headlines. This time, we speak with Michael McFaul, professor of Politi...

Jeb Bush: Putin Is A 'Bully'

Reuters | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, June 10 (Reuters) - Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Wednesday that Russian Presid...

The Fascinating History Of How Putin Came To Power

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 06.04.2015 | World

Vladimir Putin has been an unyielding leader in Russia for the past 15 years as both a president and prime minister, but you may be surprised to hear ...

Russian Missile Maker Points Finger At Ukraine For MH17

AP | By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 06.02.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian maker of the Buk air defense missile system said Tuesday that it has concluded that Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was downe...

Russia Steps Up Propaganda Push With Online 'Kremlin Trolls'

Associated Press | IULIIA SUBBOTOVSKA | Posted 05.29.2015 | World

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Deep inside a four-story marble building in St. Petersburg, hundreds of workers tap away at computers on the front lin...

Putin Classifies Information On All Deaths Of Russian Troops During Special Missions

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Thursday declared deaths of Russian soldiers during special operations...

Putin Lashes Out At The U.S. For Going After FIFA

Reuters | Posted 05.28.2015 | World

By Darya Korsunskaya and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, May 28 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin defended Russia's right to host the 2018 s...

Burundi, Politics of Ego and Not Ethnicity?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Ethnicity is a tool rather than the cause for the reappearance of discord in Burundi. As means to rationalize his grab for perpetual office, President Pierre Nkurunziza has reached into the bag of tricks of stoking fear of "the other." That is a zombie from the past that can rise from the dead.

John Kerry Meets Putin To Gauge Flexibility On Ukraine, Syria

Reuters | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

By Arshad Mohammed and Denis Dyomkin SOCHI, Russia, May 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met President Vladimir Putin...

John Kerry, Putin To Meet To Discuss Iran, Syria, Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday to discuss I...

These Photos Of Young Putin Give A Rarely Seen Look At Russia's Leader

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.13.2015 | World

The sometimes shirtless, usually serious image of Russian President Vladimir Putin is a ubiquitous sight in international politics. As one of the most...

Chechen Leader Allows His Men To Open Fire On Russian Federal Troops

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 06.23.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — In defiance of those in Moscow eager to curb his powers, Chechnya's strongman leader told his security forces to open fire on Russian ...

Cyprus: Russia's Potemkin Village in the European Union?

Athéna Tacet | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Athéna Tacet

The recent deal between Cyprus and Russia may seemingly have no real short-term impact on the EU or Russia's politics in the Balkans. But it is in fact part of Russia's grand design to bypass the sanctions, stabilize and increase its foreign expansion in the EU, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Five Bizarre Moments From Putin's Marathon Call-In Show

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 04.16.2015 | World

If you had the chance, what would you ask Russian President Vladimir Putin? On Thursday, Putin spent four hours live on Russian state television a...

Marginalize Mideast; End-Stage Childlessness

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 06.12.2015 | World
Robert Whitcomb

The metastasizing Mideast chaos and violence have shown yet again the limitations of American power there. We're backing and opposing groups in a fluctuating toxic religious, ethnic, tribal and national stew and frequently contradicting ourselves as we do.

The Déjà Vu of Russia's Rough Justice

Alex Storozynski | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
Alex Storozynski

As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.

On Beyonce, Putin and Breaking Through Our Growing Illusion of Powerlessness

Lisa Bennett | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Lisa Bennett

Afraid and powerless is an awful combination, especially when it seems other people, mainly the rich and famous, have all the power. But there is another deep, perhaps less often spoken truth these days: And that is, we still want and need to make a difference.

Putin Offers Cooperation With Greece After Meeting With Tsipras

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 06.09.2015 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin offered Wednesday to increase cooperation with Greece on energy and industry — but stopped short o...

Why Putin Needs to Read 'War and Peace'

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 06.06.2015 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

Russian President Vladimir Putin has a secret fascination with Leo Tolstoy. As a young KGB agent, he purportedly made a pilgrimage to the Leo Tolstoy Museum and Estate at Yasnaya Polyana. But for a guy who says Tolstoy is his favorite writer, Putin is, well, a very bad reader.

Moscow Condemns 'Anti-Russian Campaign' In U.S.

Reuters | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

MOSCOW, April 3 (Reuters) - Russia expressed outrage on Friday over a "frenzied anti-Russian campaign" by U.S. media and political analysts, stepping ...

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Vladimir Putin to Margaux Hemingway

Karin Badt | Posted 05.25.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

And if the festival is not enough to intrigue, one can always walk around the port of Thessaloniki, brimming with bars and outside tables, with people enjoying grilled octopus, kalamata olives, melted feta cheese and animated conversation (where is that crisis?)