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    Consumer Confidence Tanking in Russia and Other CIS Countries, Surveys Indicate
    May05

    Consumer Confidence Tanking in Russia and Other CIS Countries, Surveys Indicate

    Image: Russian Matroshka. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Russian consumer confidence is the worst in a decade in one recent survey, and near the low-water mark in another. In addition, the Russian public is becoming exhausted with having to count kopeks and go without, according to experts commenting on the situation. Consumer confidence that is...

    Contemplating War in Europe
    May05

    Contemplating War in Europe

    During one of my recent research trips to Germany, among a small discussion group, a colonel in the German Bundeswehr raised a few eyebrows with an off-the-record observation: If Russian President Putin, he posited, ever unleashed his large and powerful mechanized forces across the North European Plain – through Belarus, Poland, Germany and...

    Russia Announces New Military Divisions to Counter NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe
    May05

    Russia Announces New Military Divisions to Counter NATO Deployments in Eastern Europe

    Russia on Wednesday warned against NATO’s proposed military buildup in Poland and the Baltic region, saying it would retaliate by shoring up its western and southern flanks with three new divisions. The new divisions will likely be spread out across the country’s borders with Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Finland, Azerbaijan and the...

    Nazi Trials
    May05

    Nazi Trials

    By Eliza Gray/Detmold More than 70 years later, the prosecution of a 94-year-old former SS guard renews questions about how to assign blame for the Holocaust On a cold, gray morning in February, Irene Weiss was waiting patiently in the courtroom in Detmold, a small city in northern Germany. She had come a long way from her home in Virginia to...

    Heavy Armored Military Column Spotted Moving Toward Frontline in Ukraine
    May05

    Heavy Armored Military Column Spotted Moving Toward Frontline in Ukraine

    A video that appears to show pro-Russian rebels moving heavy weapons toward the contact line with Ukrainian troops is adding fuel to warnings by independent observers that neither side is upholding the withdrawal agreement. Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s eastern region of Luhansk are bound by a ceasefire...

    Russia to Deploy Troops to Counter Growing NATO Presence
    May04

    Russia to Deploy Troops to Counter Growing NATO Presence

    Russia says it will deploy three divisions of troops along its borders to counter NATO’s increasing military presence in Eastern Europe. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Wednesday after a meeting in Moscow that the new divisions will be stationed along Russia’s western and southern borders. “The Defense Ministry is taking a...

    Pragmatic Engagement
    May04

    Pragmatic Engagement

    The United States is exceptionally secure. No country today presents a clear and imminent security threat in the way that Germany, Japan, or the Soviet Union did in the 20th century. In the short and medium term there is also no alternative value system that could displace America’s conception of individual liberty and a market-oriented...

    America’s Pivot to Asia Actually Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia
    May04

    America’s Pivot to Asia Actually Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

    In 2011, the Obama administration launched an approach to East Asia called the “rebalance to Asia.” One aspect of the rebalance was supposed to be strengthening security relationships in Southeast Asia, including through bilateral security assistance. Yet an analysis of U.S. security assistance to Southeast Asian nations shows that,...

    NATO Alliance Gets New Supreme Commander
    May04

    NATO Alliance Gets New Supreme Commander

    NATO’s new supreme allied commander, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said Wednesday the alliance should consider what weaponry it could provide so Ukraine can better combat a pro-Moscow insurgency. “I do believe that we should support the Ukrainians with what they need to successfully defend their territory and their...

    NATO alliance gets new supreme commander
    May04

    NATO alliance gets new supreme commander

    NATO’s new supreme allied commander, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, said Wednesday the alliance should consider what weaponry it could provide so Ukraine can better combat a pro-Moscow insurgency. … Click to Continue » …read more Source: The News...