(The Guardian) – The US has not reacted to the expulsion of Ryan Fogle, who was caught in a sting operation while allegedly attempting to recruit an FSB agent.
The Federal Security Service in Russia has revealed the identity of the CIA’s station chief in Moscow in a breach of protocol.
The revelation, made [...]
I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that there’s a vibrant and growing community on the Internet composed of allegedly lucid people who are unshakably convinced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is being framed for the Boston Marathon bombing. Despite the growing mountain of evidence against Tsarnaev and his late brother, and despite the fact that Tsarnaev has [...]
John Kerry made an interesting statement yesterday on behalf of the United States:
ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance, including food rations and medical supplies, to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid to change President Bashar al-Assad’s “calculations” and expedite [...]
The new Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, is the executive in charge of the largest government entity in the world if you combine budget, personnel, equipment, and the 1,000 United States military installations around the globe. The organization is so large; it is hard to imagine the challenge of knowing what one needs to [...]
Russia is about to send warships into the Mediterranean in support of Syria’s president. Again.
MOSCOW – Russian warships are returning to the waters near Syria in a new demonstration of the Kremlin’s interest in the outcome of the crisis there.
The Russian Defense Ministry told the RIA-Novosti news agency on Tuesday that four large [...]
Ria Novosti, February 15
Buildings across Russia’s Chelyabinsk Region were damaged by falling meteorite particles and the shock waves and sonic booms caused by them, Russian officials said on Friday morning.
A roof and wall partly collapsed at a zinc factory in Chelyabinsk Region after it was struck by the shock wave from the [...]
The world is on the brink of a fresh “currency war,” Russia warned, as European policy makers joined Japan in bemoaning the economic cost of rising exchange rates.
“Japan is weakening the yen and other countries may follow,” Alexei Ulyukayev, first deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank, said at a conference today in Moscow. [...]
In the New York Times today, Samuel Charap lets the U.S. see itself as others see it.
Many people in the Russian foreign-policy establishment believe that the string of U.S.-led interventions that resulted in regime change since the end of the Cold War — in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya — are a threat to [...]
BBC – Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested some opposition politicians are in the pay of foreign interests, saying it is unacceptable.
In an annual state-of-the-nation address in Moscow strong on patriotic themes, he talked of the need to preserve Russian national identity.
He urged more births, saying a family with three children should [...]
Maybe the Maya were right after all…
Syrian forces have mixed chemical weapons and added them to bombs in preparation for possible use on President Bashar Assad’s own people, Fox News confirms.
A senior U.S. official told Fox News that bombs were loaded with components of sarin gas, a deadly nerve gas. Syrian forces [...]
I’m late to this party, but it just occurred to me that it is 200 years since Russia defeated Napoleon. The Battle of Borodino was the turning point of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia.But I haven’t totally missed the anniversary. The last of the Grande Armée straggled out of Russia on December 14, according to Wikipedia. [...]
AP, November 16
Washington – Flashing some postelection bipartisanship, House Democrats and Republicans joined forces Friday in voting overwhelmingly to end Soviet-era trade restrictions so that American manufacturers and farmers can take advantage of Russia’s expanding and more open markets.
The vote to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia has been a top priority [...]
BBC, November 14
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law redefining treason in Russia amid fears it may be used to stifle dissent.
Now not only Russians working for foreign intelligence can be convicted but also citizens who pass state secrets to any foreign organisation.
Even if no secrets have been divulged, the treason charge [...]
Perhaps that’ll teach the American government not to criticize Russia’s electoral process!
The U.S. presidential election will be neither free nor fair, and President Barack Obama will win a second term in office thanks to an election campaign marred by violations. That’s according to a new report commissioned by Russia’s Central Election Commission, [...]
Turkey is upping its pressure on its Western allies by calling for “direct humanitarian intervention”, with Western forces protecting that humanitarian mission, inside Syria. The Turkish foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, told the Guardian in an exclusive interview:
“We want the international community to find a solution to resolve this issue inside Syria. All means can [...]