21 Sep 2018

U.S. sanctions China for buying Russian fighter jets, missiles

The U.S. State Department and Treasury has imposed sanctions on the Chinese military for their purchase of military systems and weapons from Russia in breach of U.S. sanctions against Russia for their 2016 election interference. The sanctions will exclude China’s Equipment Development Department, responsible for weapons and equipment acquisition, from

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20 Sep 2018

Putin says Russia perfected weapons based on Syria campaign

A major power has not fought a major war against another major power for decades. And while this longstanding “great power peace” has been accompanied by measureless benefits (avoiding nuclear war, etc.), one challenge is that new weapons remain largely untested on the battlefield. With the rapid technological advancements of

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19 Sep 2018

Russia backs off threats after US Marine Corps show of force in Syria

In early September, Russia threatened operations or precision strikes within the deconfliction zone, home to deployed US soldiers, after accusing the US-led coalition there of harboring terrorists. Responding to these threats, the US carried out a large show-of-force exercise. Since these exercises, there has been no further threats or contact

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19 Sep 2018

‘Fort Trump’: US considers permanent base in Poland

Poland has been inviting the US to open a permanent base in the country since the second Bush administration, and the US is increasingly considering the possibility under the Trump administration. Following a meeting with the Polish president, Trump stated, “Poland is willing to make a very major contribution to

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18 Sep 2018

Next trade war front: export bribery

Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and India do not work to prevent corruption by firms, according to studies by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Transparency International. Singapore, China, India, and Hong Kong, accounting for 18% of world exports, are not signatories of the

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18 Sep 2018

In the Balkans, Russia and the West Fight a Disinformation-Age Battle

Ahead of an regionally-important Macedonian election that could move the country towards NATO membership, Russia has launched a massive disinformation campaign to incite unrest, encourage fears, and reduce voter turnout. America and the EU have made efforts to counter this campaign, with U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and several

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18 Sep 2018

German Troops Face Russian ‘Hybrid War’ in Lithuania: Merkel

Germany is increasing its military cyber capabilities, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel, in response to Russian cyber attacks against its troops in Lithuania, NATO’s eastern flank. “Hybrid warfare is not something that we are very used to. You clearly experience this here in very specific wakes…it’s not for nothing that

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17 Sep 2018

Russia holds naval drills in Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concern

“Russian troops taking part in the country’s largest-ever war games on Saturday held drills in the Sea of Japan, despite Tokyo’s concerns about a Russian military buildup in the area. The exercises were part of the Vostok-18, or East-18, war games that kicked off in eastern Russia on September 11

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17 Sep 2018

Torture in Russia′s prisons becoming ′more sophisticated and brutal′

Video evidence and testimonials indicate that the use of torture, as well as its sophistication and brutality, is on the rise in Russia. One lawyer and activist noted that “torture in pretrial custody is an even bigger issue than the torture of regular inmates. In pretrial, authorities use torture to

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13 Sep 2018

$42 billion in deals reportedly signed at forum in Far East

Putin has touted the outcome of the recent Eastern Economic Forum attended by the leaders of China, Russia, and Japan as massively successful. Significant economic investment deals were reportedly inked, at a time of economic import as both Russia and China are dealing with the fallout of U.S. tariffs. Putin

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