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    Why Russia is back in Afghanistan
    Nov15

    Why Russia is back in Afghanistan

    Three decades after a humiliating military defeat in Afghanistan, Russia has returned to the scene. This adds Afghanistan to a long list of hotspots – from Syria and Libya to Venezuela and Ukraine – where Moscow’s low-cost, high-impact foreign policy is challenging the West. In Afghanistan, the Kremlin is covertly supporting the Taliban and...

    Explainer: how the latest earphones translate languages
    Nov14

    Explainer: how the latest earphones translate languages

    ShutterstockIn the Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy, Douglas Adams’s seminal 1978 BBC broadcast (then book, feature film and now cultural icon), one of the many technology predictions was the Babel Fish. This tiny yellow life-form, inserted into the human ear and fed by brain energy, was able to translate to and from any language. Web...

    Alexander Dugin, Eurasianism, and the American election
    Nov13

    Alexander Dugin, Eurasianism, and the American election

    Alexander Dugin: the philosopher or prophet who has been touted as ‘Putin s brain’. Electoral affinities Until the last fortnight, an unhappy sequence of natural disasters and North Korean sabre-rattling have kept the investigations concerning Russian interference in last year’s American election out of the international...

    What the charges against Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos could mean for Trump
    Oct31

    What the charges against Manafort, Gates and Papadopoulos could mean for Trump

    Five months into Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of cooperation between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, Americans are seeing the first legal maneuvers in the case. Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates surrendered to U.S. District Court on...

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional
    Oct18

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

    Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders, as I explore in “Russia: The Story of War.” And it plays a...

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional
    Oct18

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

    Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders, as I explore in “Russia: The Story of War.” And it plays a...

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional
    Oct18

    Why Russia thinks it’s exceptional

    Destiny calls upon Russia once more to face the West – or so Russians might believe. America is not alone in projecting itself as an exceptional power and indispensable force for good in the world. Russia makes the same claim. That sentiment is built upon centuries of defeating invaders, as I explore in “Russia: The Story of War.” And it plays a...

    The worrying future for grandparents when migration robs a country of its children
    Oct09

    The worrying future for grandparents when migration robs a country of its children

    huseyin ozdemir1/ShutterstockOne of the central arguments in support of pro-immigration policies in Europe is that developed nations in the West need young workers to help pay for the pensions and healthcare of ageing populations. We can argue over the merits of that into the night, but what is often forgotten is the fate of the older people in...

    Why is the US trying to shut down Russian security company Kaspersky Lab?
    Oct08

    Why is the US trying to shut down Russian security company Kaspersky Lab?

    Eugene Kaspersky Wikimedia, CC BY-SAThe Wall Street Journal has published allegations that the Russian government stole highly sensitive information from a contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA) with the aid of antivirus software from the Russian company Kaspersky Lab. The source of this allegation was “people familiar with the matter”....

    How China’s first ‘silk road’ slowly came to life – on the water
    Oct02

    How China’s first ‘silk road’ slowly came to life – on the water

    Curioso/ShutterstockFew images are more enduring in the historical imagination than the train of two-humped Bactrian camels plodding across desert sands from west to east, or vice-versa, across the vast open spaces of Eurasia. Now that China is edging towards a modern incarnation of the “silk road” it is worth remembering how this emblem of the...

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