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    How Russia and China Are Cooperating to Dismantle America’s Dominance of the Internet
    May05

    How Russia and China Are Cooperating to Dismantle America’s Dominance of the Internet

    Did the Cold War even end? Moscow and Beijing, deeply resentful of American power, are again finding ideological common cause, jointly aiming at two pillars of the post-Cold War dispensation: a borderless Internet and international civil society. They are doing so on the declared basis of national sovereignty. Modern nationalism has proved much...

    Russia’s Dysfunctional Defense Industry Needs Urgent Reform
    May05

    Russia’s Dysfunctional Defense Industry Needs Urgent Reform

    Roger McDermott Russia, Defense Industry, Modernization, Russian Armed Forces, Russia The dysfunctional nature of an unreformed defense industry is ignored by the state’s leadership at its peril. Despite Russia’s defense budget sequestration, ranging from 5 to 10 percent depending on the source, the political-military leadership...

    Bloody Money (Trailer)
    May05

    Bloody Money (Trailer)

    In 2014, Western countries made Ukrainians a promise. They pledged to recover money stolen by the country’s deposed president and his cronies, and to return it. Ukraine was in desperate need of funds, as it sought to repel a Russian invasion, to maintain basic services, to pay its foreign debt, and to end once and for all its crippling...

    Residents Plant Gardens As Shells Fall In Avdiyivka
    May05

    Residents Plant Gardens As Shells Fall In Avdiyivka

    The people of Avdiyivka in eastern Ukraine have been surrounded by fighting for two years now. With Russia-backed separatists and government troops trading fire just kilometers away, locals do their best to carry on with their daily lives. (Olga Kalinichenko, RFE/RL’s Current Time TV) …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Clinton and Trump: Visions of America Abroad
    May05

    Clinton and Trump: Visions of America Abroad

    Despite the media’s best efforts to keep us guessing, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are now the overwhelming favorites to represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the presidential election in the fall.And as Donald Trump’s speech last week made clear, they represent two very different potential trajectories for...

    Kasich’s Foolish Hawkishness
    May05

    Kasich’s Foolish Hawkishness

    John Kasich finally dropped out of the race yesterday. Foreign Policy describes his departure this way: Ohio Gov. John Kasich, the most experienced Republican on national security remaining in the 2016 election, suspended his campaign Wednesday — leaving one of the least experienced presidential candidates to the GOP presidential nomination....

    The New Front In Cybersecurity: How to prevent hackers from taking down critical infrastructure
    May05

    The New Front In Cybersecurity: How to prevent hackers from taking down critical infrastructure

    BI IntelligenceOn December 23, 2015, hackers took down the power grid in a region of Western Ukraine, triggering the first blackout ever caused by a cyber attack. This attack was part of a broader trend, as hackers are increasingly exploring ways to target critical infrastructure like power grids, transportation systems, hydroelectric dams, and...

    Russian Lawmakers Push To Regulate Officials’ Online Behavior
    May05

    Russian Lawmakers Push To Regulate Officials’ Online Behavior

    Russian state officials and civil servants might soon have a bit more to worry about than Internet trolls, as lawmakers are proposing that all state employees report to their bosses what private information they have made public online. Vladimir Burmatov, from the ruling United Russia party, and Andrey Lugovoy, from the nationalist LDPR party,...

    Man Gets Shock of a Lifetime When He Opens Suitcase in His Parents’ Basement and Discovers Dark Family Secret
    May05

    Man Gets Shock of a Lifetime When He Opens Suitcase in His Parents’ Basement and Discovers Dark Family Secret

    Simon Pasternak recalled the shocking moment he discovered his uncle Dirck, a relative shrouded in mystery, had fought with the Nazis during World War II. His discovery was all the more shocking, because half of Pasternak’s family is Jewish. The Danish writer described in an op-ed in Britain’s Daily Telegraph how he uncovered the...

    Concerts: Want to dance? Our 13 picks of the week
    May05

    Concerts: Want to dance? Our 13 picks of the week

    A great deal and a great show are good ways to start the weekend, and it’s only $5 to see L.A. post-punk band Corners play House of Targ on Thursday. The morose pop band is obviously, and literally, influenced by the seminal Joy Division, but Corners songs vary, made intriguing by lighter and heavier touches of incongruous surf rock sounds...