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    Polish Defense Minister Wants to Almost Double Size of Army
    Jan05

    Polish Defense Minister Wants to Almost Double Size of Army

    Poland’s minister of defense says the country should increase its army to 150,000 soldiers, almost double its current size, Polish weekly military magazine Polska Zbrojna reported on Monday. Speaking about his assessment of the armed forces since stepping into the office late last year, Antoni Macierewicz said there needs to be a move to...

    Experts: Cyber Attack in Ukraine a Doomsday Scenario
    Jan05

    Experts: Cyber Attack in Ukraine a Doomsday Scenario

    A destructive cyber attack on power companies in Ukraine last month was an unprecedented event that increases the threat to critical infrastructure around the world, experts say. Hundreds of thousands of homes lost power just before Christmas in western Ukraine after malicious code infected multiple utility companies. Radio Free Europe/Radio...

    Cola Wars: Coke Stirs Outrage With Map Showing Crimea As Russian
    Jan05

    Cola Wars: Coke Stirs Outrage With Map Showing Crimea As Russian

    Coca-Cola Russia, the affiliate for the global beverage giant whose iconic advertising campaign once tried to make drinking soda synonymous with global harmony, has found a new way to do just the opposite after wading into the geopolitical standoff over Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    New Russian Strategy Document Calls NATO a ‘Threat’
    Jan05

    New Russian Strategy Document Calls NATO a ‘Threat’

    On December 31, President Vladimir Putin signed off on a new national security strategy for Russia that unequivocally identifies NATO as a threat. The new strategy, observers say, reflects the recent deterioration in relations between Russia and the West, following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern...

    New Navy leader: Nukes ‘foundational to our survival’
    Jan05

    New Navy leader: Nukes ‘foundational to our survival’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In his blueprint for a stronger Navy, the sea service’s new top boss, Adm. John M. Richardson, is blunt about what he thinks matters most: nuclear punch. Battling terrorists is today’s problem, but in looking toward a farther horizon, Richardson wants a Navy built to counter unpredictable future threats from other...

    Ukrainians’ Outlook on Life Getting Bleaker as Uneasy Ceasefire Continues
    Jan05

    Ukrainians’ Outlook on Life Getting Bleaker as Uneasy Ceasefire Continues

    The quality of life in Ukraine fell to a record low in 2015, according to a recent poll by U.S. survey agency Gallup. The economic crisis in Ukraine exacerbated by the still unresolved conflict in its eastern Luhansk and Donetsk regions, has prompted 79 percent of Ukrainians to consider themselves “poor” in 2015, up from 62 percent in 2014. Over...

    Cyberattack On Ukrainian Power Grid Looks To Some Like An Apocalyptic First
    Jan05

    Cyberattack On Ukrainian Power Grid Looks To Some Like An Apocalyptic First

    Electronic-security experts claim a blackout in Ukraine last month marks the first time they can pin a major power outage directly on a targeted cyberattack. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Where is Russia actually Mordor? In the world of Google Translate.
    Jan05

    Where is Russia actually Mordor? In the world of Google Translate.

    MOSCOW – Those who tried to use Google Translate to switch Ukrainian into Russian this week may have found an unexpected message in their documents: the “Russian Federation” turned into “Mordor,” and Russia’s top diplomat was translated as a “sad little horse.” It was unclear whether the cheeky messages were the result of a hack […]...

    Ukraine Calls on U.N. To Send Peacekeepers to War-Torn East
    Jan05

    Ukraine Calls on U.N. To Send Peacekeepers to War-Torn East

    Ukraine has proposed a series of measures to the U.N. for the resolution of the conflict in the country’s east, including a request to consider sending a U.N. peacekeeping mission. Vladimir Yelchenko, Ukraine’s permanent representative to the U.N. presented U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with several proposals on how the...

    What Analysts Miss about the Russian Orthodox Church
    Jan05

    What Analysts Miss about the Russian Orthodox Church

    A recent, long article in the Christian Science Monitor profiles the revival of Orthodoxy’s political influence in Russia, arguing that religion is filling the void left by the collapse of Communism. A taste: [J]ust before the mid-December blastoff of the latest Soyuz mission to the International Space Station, the countdown procedure was...