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    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...

    There Were More Deaths From Deliberate Plane Crashes Than Accidental Ones in 2015
    Jan05

    There Were More Deaths From Deliberate Plane Crashes Than Accidental Ones in 2015

    The number of accidental airline plane crashes dropped to a historic low in 2015, which meant that for the second year in a row, the number of people intentionally killed in airline planes exceeded the number of people killed in plane accidents. There were eight accidental airline plane crashes last year, the fewest since 1946, according to...

    Tomas Berdych advances to 2nd round at Qatar Open
    Jan05

    Tomas Berdych advances to 2nd round at Qatar Open

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Third-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round of the Qatar Open by beating Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday. …read more Source: CNS...

    Restless in Russia: The Kremlin Braces for a Possible Spring of Discontent
    Jan05

    Restless in Russia: The Kremlin Braces for a Possible Spring of Discontent

    Predicting a coming Russian revolution has been a favorite hobby of Russia watchers for years now. But since President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the doomsaying has intensified, as plunging oil prices and Western economic sanctions wreak havoc on the Russian economy. Yet even though the ruble has lost over half its...