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    North Korea And Russia’s Latest Deal Undermines America’s ‘Weaponization Of Finance’ Plan
    Jan21

    North Korea And Russia’s Latest Deal Undermines America’s ‘Weaponization Of Finance’ Plan

    North Korea and Russia’s latest liaison suggests that Washington’s strategic weaponization of finance may not be working. Russia’s Ministry for the Development of the Far East recently announced that Russian businesses doing trade through North Korea’s Foreign Trade Bank can make payments in rubles. And last October the...

    Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions
    Jan21

    Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions

    Last month, as President Obama prepared to sign tougher sanctions legislation aimed at Russia, the top White House economist, Jason Furman, boasted that the West’s economic warfare was already bringing Russia to its knees. “If I was chairman of President (Vladimir) Putin’s Council of Economic Advisers, I would be extremely...

    Assessing–Threat Assessments
    Jan21

    Assessing–Threat Assessments

    The United States’ military is reported to greatly exaggerate the threat posed by China’s and Russia’s navies according to a prize-winning column in the Washington Post by Walter Pincus. Others have written about this bias, but Pincus documents it very effectively and above all succinctly. Pincus starts by summarizing a recent...

    Ukraine asks International Monetary Fund for new financial rescue program as economy worsens
    Jan21

    Ukraine asks International Monetary Fund for new financial rescue program as economy worsens

    The head of the International Monetary Fund says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has asked for a new program of financial rescue loans. …read more Source: FOX...

    Russia Says It’s Helping Restore Cease-Fire in Ukraine
    Jan21

    Russia Says It’s Helping Restore Cease-Fire in Ukraine

    As violence flared in southeastern Ukraine, the Russian foreign minister said his government had secured a promise from separatists to honor a cease-fire brokered in September. …read more Source: The New York...

    Know Right Now: AK-47 Rifles to Be Manufactured in the U.S.
    Jan21

    Know Right Now: AK-47 Rifles to Be Manufactured in the U.S.

    The official United States distributor of Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles has announced it will be producing them domestically after sanctions on Russia prevented them from being imported. Watch today’s Know Right Now to find out more about these (soon-to-be) American-born rifles. …read more Source:...

    How to Survive a Russian Invasion
    Jan21

    How to Survive a Russian Invasion

    With its mild climate and shuttered nuclear reactor, Lithuania has spent more than 20 years of independence largely free of both natural and technological disasters. But a new emergency-response manual being distributed by the Defense Ministry aims to prepare Lithuanians for a catastrophe far worse than a chemical spill or the occasional tornado....

    Russian FM says Moscow hopes for success of Syria talks
    Jan21

    Russian FM says Moscow hopes for success of Syria talks

    Sergey Lavrov told Wednesday’s press conference that Russian diplomats wouldn’t try to mediate the talks expected later this month between the Syrian government and the opposition. Russia, which has staunchly backed Syrian President Bashar Assad throughout the nation’s civil war, hopes the talks could raise its international...

    Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, says Ukraine talks should focus on frontline
    Jan21

    Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, says Ukraine talks should focus on frontline

    MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow proposed Wednesday that both Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels pull heavy weapons back to a previously agreed-upon division line to help reduce hostilities, but said nothing about the rebels surrendering any territory they gained by violating the peace deal. On the ground, fighting between Ukraine and … …read...

    New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback
    Jan21

    New flashpoint in east Ukraine; Russia backs arms pullback

    MOSCOW — Separatist forces in eastern Ukraine deployed large quantities of arms and manpower Wednesday to an emerging flashpoint, undermining hopes for a new peace initiative taking shape. Ukraine’s president to cut short a visit to Switzerland to deal with the unfolding crisis. …read more Source: Boston...