Feb 17, 2015

Moscow carries out snap check of paratroopers in western Russia

Russia’s defense ministry started a snap inspection of its paratrooper units in western Russia on Monday, Interfax news agency quoted the ministry press office as saying. Russia has carried out several unannounced military drills since relations with the West deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, ...

Feb 13, 2015

China's war on Western values

by Minxin Pei

The Chinese leadership's fight against liberalism and "Western values" — such as its intensified Internet censorship and the jailing of human rights lawyers — is directly undermining its efforts to root out official corruption, promote innovation and deepen engagement with the outside world.

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Jan 1, 2015

Putin calls annexation of Crimea a historic 'landmark'

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used his New Year’s speech to hail his country’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula as an achievement that will “forever remain a landmark in the national history.” Putin’s comment in his prerecorded annual address on Wednesday already has been ...

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

The authoritarian leader of Belarus flew into Kiev on Sunday hoping to revive stalled Ukrainian peace talks he has been hosting to calm Europe’s volatile eastern edge. But a high-ranking Ukrainian official said Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko was just as keen to use the ...

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

Nov 13, 2014

Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

Russia’s long-range bombers will conduct regular patrol missions from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine. A statement from Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu came as ...

Western nations' mastery

Oct 31, 2014

Western nations' mastery

by William Pfaff

A British scholar and former wartime army intelligence officer will tell you that there's nothing new about Islamic State, that it is in no way integral to the Islamic religion, and that it is a phenomenon that will pass.

Putin seen digging in for long Ukraine fight

Sep 3, 2014

Putin seen digging in for long Ukraine fight

Riding a wave of military gains by pro-Russia rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin has made it exceedingly clear that he wants a peace deal for Ukraine on his terms and will not be stopped by economic costs. The four-month conflict has now reached a ...