Putin praises Russian military, says modernization to continue

Dec 20, 2014

Putin praises Russian military, says modernization to continue

Boasting about the Russian military’s capability, President Vladimir Putin vowed Friday to continue an ambitious weapons modernization program with a particular emphasis on nuclear strategic forces. The move came amid Russia’s escalating standoff with the West. Speaking at a meeting with Russia’s top military ...

Dec 18, 2014

Will U.S. move bring an end to its secret operations against Cuba?

For over half a century, the U.S. government’s schemes to overthrow the Castro government were, if not successful, always creative: the poisonous cigars, the exploding seashell, the secret Twitter-like service in Cuba. President Barack Obama said Wednesday the U.S. will re-establish diplomatic ties with ...

Dec 16, 2014

Despite robust truce, Russia plots pain for Ukrainian economy

Fighting in eastern Ukraine between government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces has ground almost to halt. That should be good news for Ukraine, but Russia looks intent to pile on the economic misery. In a detailed Op-Ed piece Monday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ...

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

Dec 16, 2014

Can identifying mental illness stop lone-wolf terrorist attacks?

A radical Muslim killed a soldier outside Canada’s Parliament. A right-wing extremist opened fire on buildings in Texas’ capital and tried to burn down the Mexican Consulate. An al-Qaida-inspired assailant hacked an off-duty soldier to death in London. Police said all three were terrorists ...

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Dec 15, 2014

Russian arms sales soar on domestic spending

Sales by Russian arms manufacturers continue to expand despite a downturn in global defense spending, a Stockholm-based think tank said Monday. The buyer responsible: the Russian government. “The remarkable increases in Russian companies’ arms sales in both 2012 and 2013 are in large part ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...