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    Eight Arctic countries to sign historic coast guard deal in Connecticut
    Oct22

    Eight Arctic countries to sign historic coast guard deal in Connecticut

    All eight Arctic nations — including Canada and Russia — are to sign a historic deal next week for their coast guards to work together in the treacherous and increasingly accessible waters of the North.Creating the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is considered a significant step forward for international co-operation in the region and will flesh out...

    Critics Laugh At Latest Poll Showing Sky-High Support For Putin
    Oct22

    Critics Laugh At Latest Poll Showing Sky-High Support For Putin

    By Vladi Vovcuk Critics of Russian President Vladimir Putin are snickering at poll results claiming he has an approval rating of 90 percent. In a slew of sarcastic posts and memes, they’re slamming the findings as skewed and joking that by the end of the year, support for the president will soar into the triple digits. The poll findings...

    Interview With Estonian Foreign Minister, Marina Kaljurand
    Oct22

    Interview With Estonian Foreign Minister, Marina Kaljurand

    Marina Kaljurand is Estonia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to becoming Foreign Minister in July 2015, she was a long-time Estonian diplomat, and an ambassador to the United States, Mexico, Canada, Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel. Her time as ambassador to Russia from 2005-2008 was particularly tumultuous, as she presided over a period...

    I Live Without Borders
    Oct22

    I Live Without Borders

    This speech was delivered at Wired 2015. There is the sad Russian joke about a Russian going through passport control and he gets asked by an officer: “Occupation?” “No,” replies the Russian. “Just visiting!” Every time I go through passport control somewhere, I am really lost when an officer at border control...

    A Lenin statue in Ukraine got a Darth Vader makeover
    Oct22

    A Lenin statue in Ukraine got a Darth Vader makeover

    Lenin has gone to the dark side — at least in Ukraine A statue of the controversial Russian leader that stands in the city of Odessa received a “facelift” — Lenin’s head was replaced with Darth Vader’s, according to several local reports. See also: Russia’s ambassador to the UK mixed up Kal Penn with a terrorist...

    Why Obama Should Not Be Using Our Military for Political Leverage
    Oct22

    Why Obama Should Not Be Using Our Military for Political Leverage

    President Obama will veto the defense authorization bill today with a photo-op, and by doing so will highlight Washington at its worst. Instead of dealing with the bill on its merits, Obama is using the defense bill for political leverage. This is the wrong way to handle our national security. Many Americans rightfully find Washington’s way...

    Kumbaya (Not)
    Oct22

    Kumbaya (Not)

    In his new film Taxi, Iranian director Jafar Panahi is having a conversation with his young niece. They’re sitting in the cab Panahi is driving. The Iranian government has banned the director from making films, so he’s ostensibly found an alternative means of making money and of making films. He’s set up a camera on the...

    Russia planes fly out of base in western Syria
    Oct22

    Russia planes fly out of base in western Syria

    HEMEIMEEM AIRBASE, Syria (AP) — Since early Thursday morning, Russian combat jets have been taking off from this base in western Syria, heading out for more of the heavy bombing runs that have allowed Moscow once again to portray itself as a major global player capable of projecting military power far from its borders.The Russian Defense Ministry...

    Russia gives media a look at Syria air operations
    Oct22

    Russia gives media a look at Syria air operations

    HEMEIMEEM AIRBASE, Syria (AP) — Since early Thursday morning, Russian combat jets have been taking off from this base in western Syria, heading out for more of the heavy bombing runs that have allowed Moscow once again to portray itself as a major global player capable of projecting military power far from its borders. The Russian Defense...

    Putin’s Gift
    Oct22

    Putin’s Gift

    Russia’s sudden, invigorated military posture in Syria has set Western foreign policy pundits on their collective ear. President Vladimir Putin, they say, is further reigniting a cold war with the West, attempting to distract the world from his misdeeds in Ukraine, aggressively reinforcing Russia’s strategic military posture in the...