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Turkey Downs Russian Jet

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A potentially big complication in an already complicated situation.

Russia Confirms Metrojet 9268 Brought Down By Bomb

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Confirming speculation that had already been all but confirmed, we now know that it was a bomb that brought down a Russian passenger jet on October 31st.

Consensus Continues To Grow That Russian Airliner Was Taken Out By A Bomb

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The investigation continues, but the consensus seems to be growing that Metrojet 9268 was taken out by a bomb.

Politinerds: Andrew Malcom On Russia, China, ISIS, And Syria


Our guest this week on Politinerds was a Andrew Malcom, who makes a return appearance this time to talk about foreign policy issues ranging from Syria and Russia’s intervention in that conflict, the direction or lack thereof in American policy in the war against ISIS and the Syrian Civil War, and the issues at stake […]

U.S. Intelligence: Russian Passenger Jet Likely Brought Down Over Sinai Peninsula By A Bomb

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American intelligence officials are saying that a Russian passenger jet that went down over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula was most likely brought down by a bomb.

Obama Considering Plan That Would Get U.S. Ground Troops Closer To Front Lines In ISIS War

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President Obama is reportedly considering a plan that would put American forces much closer to the ground war in the war against ISIS.

U.S. And Russia Reach Deal On Syrian Airspace

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The U.S. and Russia have reached a much-needed deal to avoid inadvertent confrontations over the skies of Syria.

Malaysian Air Flight 17 Inquiry Finds Plane Most Likely Taken Down By Russian Missile

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A Dutch inquiry has largely confirmed what was widely believed about the fate of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

Russia Aims For Syria, Hits Iran

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Missed it by that much.

Neither The United States Nor Russia Have A Coherent Policy In Syria

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With Russia now launching its own airstrikes in Syria, it’s become obvious that U.S. policy in the Syrian Civil War is irrational and contradictory. And Russia’s policy isn’t any better.

As Far As Europe Is Concerned, The Debate Over The Iran Nuclear Deal Is Over

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Congress is set to debate the Iran nuclear deal next month, but as far as Europe is concerned the debate is already over.

Putin Using Fear Of ISIS To Enhance Russian Influence In Central Asia

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A well-founded fear of ISIS seems to be drawing many of the former Soviet Republics in Central Asia closer to Moscow.

U.S. Poised To Store Military Equipment In Eastern Europe, Baltics

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In what seems to be a clear signal to Russia, the U.S. is considering pre-positioning military equipment in nation’s very close to Russian borders.

Vladimir Putin Decrees That Russian Military Deaths Are Now A State Secret

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If a Russian solider dies, it’s now a secret thanks to a new decree signed by the Russian President.

Ukraine Heads Down The Authoritarian Road With New Restrictions On Speech

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Disturbing developments on the part of the Ukrainian government.

Marco Rubio’s Supposed Expertise On Foreign Policy Leaves Much To Be Desired

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Marco Rubio is often described as one of the GOP’s leaders on foreign policy, but a close look reveals a decided lack of substance.

Minsk Talks Result In Ukrainian Cease Fire Agreement

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A cease fire deal in Ukraine, but a long term settlement will require compromises from both Moscow and Kiev.

Sending Arms To Ukraine Is A Foolish Idea

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Pressure is building on the Administration to send military aid to Ukraine, but it would be a very bad idea.

Russia’s Economic Problems Just Getting More Grim By The Day

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For a year that started out with regaining long-lost territory in Ukraine, 2014 is not ending so well for Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Russian Government Projects Sanctions, Declining Oil Prices, Will Lead To Recession In 2015

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Russia’s own government is projecting that its economy will slip into recession next year. How that will impact Putin’s current belligerence remains to be seen.

German Public Backs Sanctions Against Russia Even If They Hurt Germany

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A new poll finds that a majority of Germans support sanctions against Russia, even if those sanctions end up hurting the German economy.

Merkel Lashes Out Against Russia In Post G-20 Remarks

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Vladimir Putin’s latest actions seems to have exhausted Germany’s patience.

Putin Makes Waves At G-20 Summit Over Ukraine, Reportedly Leaving Early

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Vladimir Putin’s reception at the G-20 Summit in Australia has been less than warm thanks to recent events in Ukraine.

Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine Again, NATO Says

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The Ukraine crisis, which never really went away, is back,

Russian University Removes Statue Honoring Steve Jobs Because Tim Cook Is Gay

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  In the wake of the announcement by Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that, as previous reports had hinted, he is indeed gay, a university in St. Petersburg, Russia has removed a statute that had been erected to honor Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: A Russian monument to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has been taken down, […]

Oil Prices Have Been Falling For Months, And That’s Likely To Have Wide Repercussions


Quietly, oil prices have been falling for months now. That’s potentially a very big deal.

Russia Has Invaded Ukraine

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A major escalation.

Russia’s Sanctions Against The West Are Hurting Russians More Than The West

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Russia’s retaliatory sanctions against the West are  is having an impact on the average Russian’s food budget: Russia’s embargo on imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week. Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital’s major supermarkets have […]

Germany Ready To Take A Harder Line Toward Russia Over Ukraine?

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The New York Times’ Alison Smale notes that the Ukraine crisis seems to be finally causing the Germans to reconsider their country’s relationship with Russia: BERLIN — Over recent months, something significant has happened in Europe: In the crisis over Ukraine, Germany has assumed leadership not just in its familiar fashion of trying to coax Russia […]

NATO: “High Probability” Russia Will Invade Ukraine

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The rebels in eastern Ukraine continue to suffer setbacks, and Russia is massing troops on the border again.

Ukrainian Forces Reportedly Have Rebels In Donetsk Surrounded

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End game? Or the potential spark of a wider war?

Russia Extends Edward Snowden’s Asylum For Three More Years

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Edward Snowden will be allowed to stay in Russia for at least the next three years: MOSCOW — Edward J. Snowden, the American intelligence contractor who published a raft of secret documents and then fled to Russia, has been granted a three-year residence permit, his lawyer announced Thursday. Anatoly G. Kucherena, the lawyer, told a […]

Russia Imposes Sanctions Of Its Own

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In response to the multiple rounds of sanctions that the West has imposed in response to Russia’s actions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, Russia has banned the importation of a broad range of Western food and agricultural products: MOSCOW — Russia announced on Thursday that it was banning the import of a wide range of […]

New Sanctions Announced Against Russia, But It’s Unclear Russia Will Care

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The U.S. and Europe have announced a new round of sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, but it’s not clear that the Russians will be motivated to change course.

Ukraine Is A Test For Europe. Does It Have The Will To Even Make The Effort To Pass?

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What the West does in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine is largely up to Europe, not the United States.

Initial Flight 17 Investigation Finds Evidence Consistent With Missile Strike

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No surprises so far.

World War One And Ukraine

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History matters.

Russia Getting Ready To Escalate In Ukraine?

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Things are getting serious in eastern Ukraine.

Russians Are Getting A Very Different Version Of The Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Story

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If you live in Russia, you’re getting a different version of the story of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Russians Really, Really Like Vladimir Putin, And That Makes Ending The Ukraine Crisis Harder

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Vladimir Putin has become immensely popular in Russia again, and its not hard to figure out why.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 And The Future Of The Conflict In Ukraine

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Yesterday’s events are likely to be a game changer, but how the game plays out depends largely on how Europe reacts.

Why Were Commercial Jets Flying Over Eastern Ukraine To Begin With?

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Basically, the answer is that nobody really thought there was much of a risk that a plane could be shot down.

U.S. Intelligence Sources Confirm Malaysia Airlines Flight Hit By Surface-To-Air Missile

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Someone took down a Boeing 777 over Ukraine today.

Malaysia Airlines 777 Crashes In Eastern Ukraine, May Have Been Shot Down

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Another incident involving a Malaysia Airlines 777, but this one could be far more serious.

Vladmir Putin Looks To Be Throwing The ‘Pro-Russian’ Ukrainian Separatists Under The Bus

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In the end, the separatists in eastern Ukraine have always been expendable as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned.

Ukrainians Score Big Victory Over Separatists

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Ukrainian forces have recaptured the city of Slovyansk from pro-Russian separatists.

Russia Blocking ‘House Of Cards’ From Filming In Security Council Chamber


The producers of Netflix’s House of Cards are trying to get permission from the United Nations to film in the chamber of the U.N. Security Chamber as they film their third season, but Russia appears to be blocking them: Russia just made a decision that most pay a heavy price for: The Kremlin said “no” to […]

Heavy Fighting Returns To Eastern Ukraine

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The cease fire called by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is officially over: MOSCOW — Heavy fighting resumed in eastern Ukraine early Tuesday, including artillery shelling around the rebel-controlled city of Slovyansk, shortly after President Petro O. Poroshenko declared an end to a 10-day cease-fire and ordered government forces to renew their effort to squash the […]

Ukraine Signs Trade Deal With Europe

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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the trade deal with Europe that his predecessor rejected, setting off a series of protests that led to him being deposed as well as a crisis in eastern Ukraine that continues to unfold: BRUSSELS — Seven months after Ukraine’s former president Viktor F. Yanukovych rejected a sweeping trade deal […]

Is The Next Crimea In Northern Kazakhstan?

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While the world watches Ukraine, Central Asia could also be an area where Russia may seek to expand its territory.

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