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    The Wonkiest Yard
    Dec31

    The Wonkiest Yard

    Since the 2014 midterm-election rebuke, President Barack Obama has been talking about the coming two years – his last two years in office – as the “fourth quarter” of the football game. Here at Shadow Government, we think this is an illuminating metaphor for thinking about the foreign policy challenges and opportunities confronting Team Obama....

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane
    Dec31

    Watch North Korea’s Supreme Leader Fly A Plane

    North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, is depicted in propoganda as a man of extraordinary abilities. A couple of years ago, the hermit nation announced that its supreme leader mastered the art of driving at the young age of three. And by the time Kim reached his eighth birthday, the future despot could pilot automobiles at speeds of up...

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’
    Dec31

    Putin hails Crimea annexation as ‘most important milestone’

    Russian President Vladimir Putin used his New Year’s address to hail the March annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region as “the most important milestone in the country’s history.” …read more Source: Los Angeles...

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015
    Dec31

    What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

    Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for what the world would look like in 2015. It’s a world that seems familiar in some ways, and utterly foreign in others. And...

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014
    Dec31

    The Best Worst Quotes of 2014

    What a year it’s been. In 2014, we discovered new purported threats (Ebola/Islamic State), militarily intervened in yet another country (Syria), and got reacquainted with old interventions (extending combat operations in Afghanistan and redeploying troops to Iraq). In thousands of press conferences, congressional hearings, speeches, and...

    The Ruble Is Plunging
    Dec31

    The Ruble Is Plunging

    The ruble is collapsing again. The currency dropped another 5% on Wednesday. Over the course of the day, it got as weak as 62.03 rubles to $1, but right now it’s around 60.2 rubles to $1. The ruble closed on at 56.71 on Tuesday. The currency’s plunge coincides with Brent oil falling to a 5.5-year low on Wednesday — down as low as...

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address
    Dec31

    Putin Praises Crimea’s ‘Return Home’ in New Year Address

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised New Year’s address on Wednesday that the “return home” of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula to Moscow’s control would forever remain an important chapter in Russia’s history. Putin is facing the biggest challenge of his 15-year rule as the Russian economy is sliding...

    Putin hails Russia’s annexation of Crimea as historic
    Dec31

    Putin hails Russia’s annexation of Crimea as historic

    Russian President, who praises Crimea’s ‘return home’ in his New Year’s speech, also sends messages to heads of state …read more Source: The Globe and...

    Russia Starts A New Economic Union Tomorrow And It Already Looks Like A Disaster
    Dec31

    Russia Starts A New Economic Union Tomorrow And It Already Looks Like A Disaster

    A huge new economic union will begin tomorrow. You might not have heard about it, though, because its biggest member — Russia — has been a little preoccupied with its own economy recently. The Eurasian Economic Union (EEA), which succeeds the Eurasian Economic Community and customs union, begins on Jan. 1, 2015. It’s made up of Russia,...

    New Year’s Eve messages include speculation about Ukraine-Russia conflict
    Dec31

    New Year’s Eve messages include speculation about Ukraine-Russia conflict

    JC FinleyKIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 31 (UPI) — On the eve of the new year, world leaders reflected on the status and future of Ukraine and Russia relations. …read more Source: United Press...