War games and even war threats are proliferating in Asia following President Obama's trip. The U.S. and its major ally in Asia, Japan, have pushed back, jointly putting China on notice while continuing to seek peaceful relations.
Both men are taking a turn toward nationalism as they confront internal threats to their leadership. Both countries are facing a slowdown in economic growth that has been the cornerstone of popular support over the past decade, and both are seeing increasing public anger over corruption at the highest levels of government.
Jews are certainly not the world's only scapegoats. It becomes a sickening reality that when political unrest occurs, the people who pay the highest price are the historical scapegoats of past conflicts.
The image of Orthodoxy according to Putin is vastly different, and has been further complicated by some of America's political religious right's agreement with Putin.
Rather than simply managing crises over the short-term, the United States needs to be more organized and realistic when its deals with the Kremlin.
I have been watching Russian and French television all day, and for the former, fascinating TV agitprop -- отдел агитации и пропаганды -- set against the grand fireworks display in Moscow and Sebastopol.
Just when the Obama administration is straining to isolate the Kremlin with a new round of sanctions as punishment for the annexation of Ukraine, a major U.S. ally trotted off to Moscow last week to strike a series of military and economic deals with the Russian government.
I had a conversation years ago with Grigory Yavlinsky, who lost to Putin in Russia's 2000 presidential election. When I asked what Putin was like, Yavlinsky said, "He has the mind of a mid-level KGB officer." That struck me as right then, and in the years since and especially in the last couple of months I think Yavlinsky has been proven right.
Victory Day marks the end of the Great Patriotic War after Germany's surrender to the Soviet Union in 1945.
Putin's tactic is "two steps forward, and one step back". When he takes a step back, the west rejoices, but we should be very careful and watchful. For Putin is preparing the next steps.
Ban Ki-moon could either show courage, boldness, and vision, and forge his historical legacy in Syria before it becomes "his Rwanda," or remain in retreat and be forever remembered as the bureaucratic secretary general who lacked in charismatic and moral leadership.
And the Cold War itself -- this deep, unspoken commitment to mass suicide -- merely went on hold. And now it's back, with the two sides still in command of thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons.
Hillary vs. the media bit is a good narrative frame for her, no matter its accuracy. It's certainly accurate enough to have some credibility. And then there's the fact that the public doesn't think much of the news media. This week, in fact, we've seen how it can work for her.
As a millennial, I lament the fact that I honestly cannot remember the last time I actually purchased a physical, tangible medium that once meant so much more to me than a pair of fashionable pumps or a trendy dress ever could.
Ukraine is at nearly war. The war began in Kyiv on the Maidan in February, when Yanukovych's pro-Russian snipers cut down as many as 100 protesters. Then Crimea, which Putin 'won' but will eventually regret winning. The cost will be long-term and high.
Ukrainian and Russian governments are fighting what Russian experts like to describe as an "information war" and, as someone who covered post-Soviet militaries as a journalist for 15 years, I tend to treat claims and counter-claims made by propagandists with a pound of salt.