Putin has reached the conclusion that confrontation with the West is in Russia's interest. The crisis in Ukraine is a consequence of this antagonism, not the cause.
The public tends to believe that as Obama’s term reaches its end, he will overcome domestic and international restraints to achieve his goals ... and leave behind a significant legacy.
Against the background of worsening relations with the U.S., Israel is strengthening ties with Russia.
Although there is still plenty of time until the nominees for the U.S. presidential election are officially announced and campaigning begins for both parties, the potential nominees — especially the Republicans — have already begun to express their platforms on a variety of issues. Among the most important subjects [Read more]
If North Korea were a halfway normal country, the Pyongyang regime would be content to ridicule this two-hour Hollywood romp from a distance and let it go at that.
North Korean organizations and leading figures will no longer be able to access American banks or financial operations involving the United States. This is the first series of retaliatory measures taken by Barack Obama in response to the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, which aimed at stopping the release of the film [Read more]
The US government, perhaps surprised at the ease with which all financial markets can be rigged, is now ... driving down the exchange value of the Russian ruble by massive short-selling in the currency market.
Russia violated the principles of the World Trade Organization by instituting restrictions in response to the sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and an array of other countries. Assertions like this one form the contents of the report of the office of the U.S. Trade Commission, published [Read more]
Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst based in Washington speaks succinctly, about Obama's wishes in the Iranian nuclear crisis; in the two last years of his term, the president wants to stop the regime in Tehran from making a bomb, but also does not want to bomb its nuclear installations. Keeping indefinite negotiations [Read more]