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A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Why the West Gets Putin So Wrong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Putin is being consistent with his training in martial arts and the KGB -- he is disciplined, calculating, precise, and seized an opportunity that presented itself in pursuit of his objectives. His thought process is not driven by Western principles, but, rather, realpolitik.

'Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean...' Putin Paranoia Borne Out by U.S. Attempt at 'Color Revolution' in Cuba

William Bradley | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

You know the old saying. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

Russia's Economy -- a Crevasse in Putin's Armor

Michael Kay | Posted 03.14.2014 | World
Michael Kay

It may be too late for the U.S. administration to salvage Crimea in the short term. But crafting an energy strategy that bolsters future geopolitical security for Europe and Ukraine would exploit the homemade crevasse in Putin's armor.

Ukraine 2014 Is Grenada 1983

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Before the U.S. gets too worked up about the Russian "invasion" of Ukraine, it should recall its own invasion in 1983 of the idyllic island of Grenada some 100 miles from the United States.

5 Reasons America is the Villain Hollywood Needs

Elford Alley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Elford Alley

You know what's missing from the latest James Bond films, or any of our recent action movies? A villain. With the Cold War over and the Soviet Unio...

Dear Mr. Putin: How Dare You?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Dear Mr. Putin: I read your NY Times op-ed Thursday. I have two questions for you: how dare you, and, what the hell were you thinking? But I mu...

UK Halts Inquiry Into Ex-Spy's Mysterious Death

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

By Michael Holden LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - The British government has turned down a request for a public inquiry into the murd...

Latest Snowden Revelations: How Very Far We've Come From the Days of 'Gentlemen Do Not Read Each Other's Mail'

William Bradley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Where do we draw the line on surveillance? Or will we draw no line at all, using 9/11 as the rationale for an era of ubiquitous surveillance of all, demonstrable friend and potential foe alike?

Putin's Stage

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin loves being the center of attention. And his decision not to extradite fugitive Edward Snowden to the United States has now found him at the center of an East-West standoff.

Welcome to the Decentralization of Your Life

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

The world has become de-centralized. Your life is decentralized in ways you could not have imagined even 10 years ago. You carry the power of what was the world's most powerful computer 20 years ago in your pocket now.

Tselkov In New York: Brutal Beauty at the Back of the Candy-Store

Simon Hewitt | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

After wowing London with his Last Supper at Saatchi during the Winter, Oleg Tselkov hit New York this Spring.

Amnesty International Offices Searched

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors and tax police searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International and several other rights groups Monday, c...

Museum of Communism: Prague's Past Lives on in Cuba's Present

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The first surprise was at the entrance, where the woman who was selling tickets had the courtesy to let me pass free, due to the fact -- she explained -- that I came from Cuba.

Mourning Stalin With a Giggle

James Heffernan | Posted 05.05.2013 | Politics
James Heffernan

On this day, as on every anniversary of Stalin's death, I imagine my friend Stefan standing up there somewhere next to a cloud -- and giggling till the tears roll down his cheeks.

Movie Review: Phantom

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Phantom supposedly is based on actual events. But that doesn't lend it weight, authority or even a modicum of dramatic sense.

Lawyer For Poisoned Russian Ex-Spy Accuses UK Of Cover-Up

AP | CASSANDRA VINOGRAD | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

LONDON -- A lawyer for the family of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko accused the British and Russian governments Tuesday of trying to stymie a...

Putin's Russia Now World's Largest Gold Bullion Buyer -- Why?

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.14.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Given the stakes at hand, would it be a real surprise that with its wealth and given the economic and strategic importance of oil revenues to Russia's well being, and with the talent at hand, that Russia is doing whatever it can to keep the price of oil high and ever higher still?

In the United States-Pakistan Impasse the Winner Is: Russia

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

The Central Asian exit plan will cost the American taxpayer more than twice as much as the Pakistani alternative.. Worse, the plan's success depends completely on the goodwill of Russia and its mercurial Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

SLIDESHOW: CIA Spy Tools You've Never Seen Before

Reuters | Patricia Reaney | Posted 07.18.2012 | Weird News

By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK (Reuters) - The mysterious cloak and dagger world of international espionage and its real-life heros and vi...

Ex-KGB Boss Wins Presidential Election In South Ossetia

AP | MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 06.08.2012 | World

TBILISI, Georgia — A former KGB chief on Monday scored a victory in the runoff presidential election in Georgia's breakaway province of South Os...

Forget the Film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: See the BBC Original

Eric Margolis | Posted 05.30.2012 | Entertainment
Eric Margolis

Writing about films is not something I often do, but as an old Cold Warrior who has covered intelligence matters for decades and been involved in a few, the thrilling book Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is right up my dark alley.

Oil Embargoes, Sherlock Holmes, and the Russian Butler

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.21.2012 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

The tumult and fabricated anxieties over Iran's oil supply give ample cover to an oil price veering ever higher -- prices explained away by the political tensions at hand. But the question needs to be asked -- what is really driving oil prices?