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    Mike Pence Embraces the Foreign Policy That Republican Voters Rejected
    Oct05

    Mike Pence Embraces the Foreign Policy That Republican Voters Rejected

    Pundits say that Mike Pence performed better in his debate than Donald Trump did in his. I’m not so sure. Yes, Pence was better stylistically. He spoke more crisply. He more deftly pivoted away from uncomfortable subjects. But on both trade and national security, Pence hewed to the established conservative script. Trump discarded it. And of...

    Russia Suspends Nuclear Agreement, Ends Uranium Research Pact With United States
    Oct05

    Russia Suspends Nuclear Agreement, Ends Uranium Research Pact With United States

    By Lidia Kelly MOSCOW (Reuters)–Russia said on Wednesday it was suspending its nuclear and energy research agreement with the United States as a countermeasure against Washington for imposing sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. The government also said it was terminating for the same reasons an agreement between its nuclear corporation Rosatom and...

    Nobel Prize Laureate Alexievich Baffled By Putin’s Actions In Syria
    Oct05

    Nobel Prize Laureate Alexievich Baffled By Putin’s Actions In Syria

    Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian author awarded the Nobel Prize for literature last year, said she can’t understand what Russia’s military is doing in Syria. In an interview with RFE/RL’s Current Time TV, Alexievich told host Timur Olevskiy that she found Russia’s actions in Syria “incomprehensible.”...

    Can Mike Pence’s Denial of Reality Work for Him?
    Oct05

    Can Mike Pence’s Denial of Reality Work for Him?

    Life moves pretty fast, Ferris Bueller observed, and had he been a pundit, he might have added that narratives move even faster. It was just Tuesday night that Mike Pence was being declared the obvious winner of the vice-presidential debate. Scarcely 12 hours later, the story of the day is the huge gulf between what Pence said about Trump and...

    We Take You To The Frontlines Of Ukraine’s Proxy War Between The West And Russia
    Oct05

    We Take You To The Frontlines Of Ukraine’s Proxy War Between The West And Russia

    The West has used everything from signals intelligence operations, espionage, fighter jet saber-rattling, and diplomatic standoffs to stem the rise of Russian influence around the world. These efforts are coming to a dangerous head in Ukraine a classic Eastern Bloc proxy state where the presence of NATO troops is driving tensions to Cold War-era...

    The Perils of Putin’s ”Manual Controls”
    Oct05

    The Perils of Putin’s ”Manual Controls”

    This article is the third of three essays on the possible collapse of Putin’s Russia. The second is here.In the study of post-post-Cold War Russia, Kremlinology has been superseded by Putinology, variously hailed as an indispensable tool or derided as a pathetic pseudoscience. This increasing focus on the persona of Vladimir Putin is in...

    Scientists Claim Crimea Is Literally Moving Closer to Russia
    Oct05

    Scientists Claim Crimea Is Literally Moving Closer to Russia

    Russian officials have long argued that Crimea’s history and language make it Russian territory. Now Moscow is resorting to science to argue Crimea’s future lies closer to Russia than Ukraine. Experts from Russia’s Academy of Science (RAN) claim that Crimea as a land mass has physically been moving towards Russia since 2014,...

    The 8 Most Important Quotes From The Vice Presidential Debate
    Oct05

    The 8 Most Important Quotes From The Vice Presidential Debate

    On America’s choice”There is a choice for the American electorate: Do you want a ‘You’re hired’ president in Hillary Clinton or a ‘You’re fired’ president in Donald Trump?” Tim KaineOn Pence and Trump “Six times tonight I have said to Governor Pence, I cannot imagine how you would defend...

    About Germany
    Oct05

    About Germany

    Impromptus today is a continuation of my “Baltic Journal”: Part III. I touch on many issues, some of which deserve to be more than touched on. For instance, Germany.I’ll tell you how it comes up. NATO has decided to send battalions to the Baltic states next year. This is one of the steps that the alliance has taken in response to Vladimir...

    EU roadmap for relations with Iran ignores its anti-Semitism, terrorism
    Oct05

    EU roadmap for relations with Iran ignores its anti-Semitism, terrorism

    (JTA) — The European Parliament is set to vote on a roadmap for relations with Iran that critics charge sidesteps Tehran’s endorsement of anti-Semitism, terrorism, and calls to destroy Israel. Compiled by Richard Howitt, a member of the European Union’s legislative arm for Britain’s Labour Party and a close ally of party leader...