Read it later Major Western powers appeared ready for a showdown with Russia at the U.N. Security Council after demanding on Wednesday the renewal of the mandate of an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. In effect, Western powers were demanding that the U.N. extend Syria toxic gas inquiry.
Read it later Source: Bloomberg – by Michael Dempsey (Putin Is Losing the Long Game on Foreign Policy) The notion that Russian President Vladimir Putin has outsmarted a series of American presidents and dramatically strengthened Russia’s position globally has become the conventional wisdom in recent years. Many Western analysts and policy makers
Read it later Source: The Cipher – by Levi Maxey (What Dirt Does Russia Have on You?) Using what is known as kompromat – a contraction of the phrase “compromising materials” – Russia intertwines modern media and methods of intimidation that ring of Soviet-era tactics. While widespread influence operations using social
Read it later Source : The Nation – by Juan Cole (What Russia’s Syria Intervention Tells Us About Its Interference in the US Election) Playing on ethnic and racial divisions has become a hallmark of crony-capitalist Russia. The attempted Syrian revolution is over save for the shouting, and the winner