Under the Gun: Russia Ramps Up Defense Spending and Looks Inward
Lost amid the chaos of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a little-noticed development in the western press about the Russian defense industry.
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Ankara softens on Iraqi Kurd independence
Some Kurdish women living in northern Iraq are training to be peshmerga, as the self-ruled Kurdish region's militia is known.
No, Vladimir Putin is not taking a step back
Recent media reports suggest that Vladimir Putin asked the Russian Parliament to rescind himself from any military mandate in Ukraine and most people welcomed the gesture, believing this is a move meant to restore the order in Eastern Ukraine.
Alexander Dugin and Ukraine
I first came across the name Alexander Dugin several years ago. I dismissed him as a fringe character and a total crank.
The color of the Russian 'green card'
Three years ago "elections" were held in Russia which were essentially a game of musical chairs between Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in the roles of president and prime minister.