From Reuters: Russia has left troops behind after staging war games in Belarus despite promising not to, Ukraine’s Commander in Chief Viktor Muzhenko told Reuters. His comments could increase tension between the two neighbors and contradict the Belarussian defense ministry spokesman, who said the last train of Russian troops and equipment had left Belarus on … Continue reading Are The Russians Sneaking Troops Into Belarus?
Sequels are so often disappointing; I'd love to meet someone who thought Independence Day 2 was an improvement. So it is with so-called Cold War 2.0: it can certainly feel meaningless, as Moscow doesn't hope to raise a hammer and sickle above the White House. Perhaps it's better to refer to it as Cold War 1.5, a … Continue reading If This Is Cold War 2.0, Then the Russians Are Winning
So many arguments across the Internet bicker over the same thing: everyone's sources are wrong. To post an article from a UK source automatically makes it suspect of a pro-British bias; anything from the U.S. is Western propaganda; Saudi news agencies get their checks cut by the King, while al-Jazeera is beholden to the al-Thani … Continue reading The How-To Guide to Modern Propaganda: Or, How the Russians Get Kudos For Bombing Syria While the Americans Get Trashed
2014 was a helluva year for Vladimir Putin. He's the first European leader to expand his state since West Germany and East Germany united in 1990. He's the first since Stalin to grow it through military force and get away with it. He's enjoyed sky-high approval ratings, outmaneuvered Obama on Syria, Ukraine, and, arguably, Iran, and … Continue reading Why Russia Is Still Outclassed By The United States (Or: Why Russia Will Lose This Mini-Cold War)
Okay, so they're not 100% back to their "Let's take over the world and put a statue of Lenin on the moon" ways. But Russia is acting quite the bad boy recently; backing Bashar Assad in his murderous civil war, giving covering fire to Iran's nuclear program, and now, seemingly grabbing up the Crimea and … Continue reading What In The Hell Is Russia Doing? (Or, Mr. Putin Would Like a USSR, Please)
(Refer to my previous article about the long term geopolitical history of Ukraine first in case you're new). In the past week, Ukraine's government has gone nuts on its protest movement that just won't take a hint. The resulting bloodshed is pretty ugly and hardly the image people had of Ukraine, which prior to this … Continue reading Ukraine’s Burning Because A House Is Divided