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Weekend Roundup: Chernobyl Remains a Warning Against a New Nuclear Arms Race

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.29.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe. More than an accident, it was the beginning of the meltdown of the Soviet Union and defrosting of the Cold War. Mikhail Gorbachev has written that Chernobyl "was an historic turning point" and "perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later." The secretive, cover-up culture of the Soviet state, he recalls, kept timely information from getting to the top so a quick response could be formulated. "The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else," says Gorbachev, "opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost."(continued)

Inside The Siberian Cafe Dedicated To Vladimir Putin

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.14.2016 | World

If you've ever wanted to enjoy a leisurely meal with Russian President Vladimir Putin staring at you, here's your chance. All you need to do is travel...

Russian Jets Make Aggressive Maneuver Near U.S. Ship

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.13.2016 | World

WASHINGTON, April 13 (Reuters) - Two Russian warplanes with no visible weaponry flew simulated attack passes near a U.S. guided missile destroyer in t...

Putin Lists U.S. As One Of The Threats To Russia's National Security

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 01.02.2016 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 2 (Reuters) - A new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of ho...

Putin: Trump Is Brilliant

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.18.2015 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday, but declined to weigh in on whether the real esta...

Dangers of U.S. Addiction to Regime Change

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Policy implementation in the Middle East, especially in fighting the burgeoning threat of ISIS, depends on the trust of the citizens of these nations. Iraq and Libya may have taught our policy makers to be more cautious, but regime change in Syria continues to be our policy.

A Walk in the Woods: A U.S. - Russia Rendezvous, in a "No-Try" Zone?

Joseph Cooper | Posted 11.06.2015 | Books
Joseph Cooper

"Andrey, this is our best proposal to date. The President has dedicated himself to the image of peacemaker. He wants to do some lasting work. You s...

What Putin Should Say at the United Nations

Stanley Weiss | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York for the first time since 2005. He is expected to talk about Russia's increased military activity in Syria and the role that Russia hopes to play in battling the Islamic State.

Air Force Head Considers Russia 'Biggest Threat' To U.S. National Security

Reuters | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - Russia is the biggest threat to U.S. national security and America must boost its military presence throughout Europe e...

Putin Calls Obama To Talk Iran, Ukraine And ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, their first call since February, to d...

Putin Calls Obama To Talk Iran, Ukraine And ISIS

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

WASHINGTON, June 25 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday, their first call since February, to d...

Putin Says Russia Is Beefing Up Its Nuclear Arsenal

Reuters | Posted 06.16.2016 | World

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

Now Is Not the Time to Give Up on Russia

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Now is not the time for the U.S. and Europe to give up on Russia. Now is the time for the West to do everything in its power to help Russia realize its vast potential.

Kerry: U.S. Considering Extra Sanctions On Russia

Reuters | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics

LONDON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday the United States and its allies were not prepared to play games with Russia...

Who Wins Hockey's New Cold War? Nobody.

Paul Stewart | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
Paul Stewart

It concerns and disgusts me that there are some folks in North America who are taking a perverse pleasure in the fallout and the collapse of the ruble. Part of the beauty of hockey at its best is its ability to transcend borders and politics.

Are the U.S. and Russian Governments Once Again on the Nuclear Warpath?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Lawrence Wittner

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War and decades after the signing of landmark nuclear arms control and disarmament agreements, are the U.S. and Russian governments once more engaged in a potentially disastrous nuclear arms race with one another?

Not Everything Happening in the Middle East Is Bad

Abdullah Gül | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Abdullah Gül

The removal from Syria of the Assad regime's stockpile of chemical weapons shows that joint efforts can yield positive results. Likewise, by agreeing to extend the international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, the parties to the talks have kept alive the promise of a final deal, which would be a great victory for multilateral diplomacy.

Ignoring 'Cold War II' Won't Make It Go Away

Pyotr Romanov | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Pyotr Romanov

Ordinary citizens remain calm because of the simple fact that they typically do not know the full picture -- nor do they try to know it. It is easier to live that way. Just the same, it is time to wake up and recognize what is happening. This is no Hollywood blockbuster unfolding outside our windows, but a force majeure of international proportions. True, it is not the first that the world has experienced, but knowing what hardships previous conflicts have brought to mankind should motivate us to try to prevent any more from occurring.

Joe Biden Condemns Russia's Actions In Ukraine As 'Unacceptable'

Reuters | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics

* Biden visits Kiev on anniversary of pro-EU protests * Kiev accuses Russia of firing artillery across border * U.S. ple...

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

Russia Today Versus the World

Frank A. Weil | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Frank A. Weil

We get bogged down in daily squabbles in the news. Perhaps it is time for a bigger, broader vision to be advanced on the world stage.

American Plane Crossed Into Sweden To Evade Russian Fighters

The New York Times | MICHAEL R. GORDON | Posted 08.03.2014 | World

WASHINGTON — In an encounter reminiscent of the Cold War, an American reconnaissance plane crossed into Swedish airspace last month as it sought to ...

MH17: Cold War Replay?

John Feffer | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

Before this war in Ukraine claims more victims and sends U.S.-Russian relations into a deep freeze, both Obama and Putin need to realize that both sides benefit a great deal more from cooperation than confrontation.

Obama's Foreign Policy (or 'Lack Thereof')

Vicky Kelberer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Vicky Kelberer

Even before the current crises in Ukraine, Syria, and Iraq, criticism of the Obama administration's foreign policy had become so intense that it reached a boiling point over the past year.

Joe Biden Warns Russia Of Greater Costs If It Meddles In Ukraine Election

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

* U.S. on campaign to reassure allies over Ukraine crisis * Russia says Ukraine vote could deepen divisions (Adds meeting with PM P...