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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12 Sep 2018

Russia’s scramble for influence in Africa catches western officials off-guard

“Russia is engaged in a frantic new scramble for influence in Africa, which is being spearheaded by a rash of military cooperation and arms deals signed across the continent in 2018. The most recent – an agreement for a planned Russian logistics base in Eritrea, which would give it access

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10 Sep 2018

Pentagon, White House consider military strike options on Syria

Trump will have a range of strike options to choose from, as the Pentagon prepares potential kinetic responses to the Syrian government’s threatened use of chemical weapons in Idlib. The American position in the country vis-à-vis Russia and Iran has remained tense, and the use of chemical weapons, plus any

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06 Sep 2018

Senate Quandary: How to Sanction Russia Without Harming Europe

As the U.S. seek new sanction options against Russia, an important obstacle has emerged: the unintended impact new sanctions would also have on European allies reliant on Russian gas imports. With an already-rocky relationship, lawmakers are hesitant to add a new source of difficulty. “I would not support sanctions against

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