The Myth of the West’s Threat to Russia

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Much Western thinking about the causes of the Russo-Ukrainian War is rooted in a myth. It posits that the West—or, more specifically, NATO—attempted to wrest Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence, thereby forcing Vladimir Putin to defend Russia’s legitimate strategic interests by going to war with Ukraine. RealClearDefense – By Alexander J. Motyl The logic is impeccable. The only problem is that ... Read More »

When thieves shout to tterrorize the owners

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Why the silence by our leadership? By Haris Kyriakides Our supposed to be friends and strategic Western allies are outraged by the Cyprus Government’s  “mistake” to proceed with bilateral agreements with Russia. The Lords are going to discuss the matter in the House of Lords of the Old Albion.   At the same time, Nicosia officially  mumbles like a cry-baby complaining ... Read More »

New Zealand spying on Pacific islands, Snowden leaks say

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BBC – New Zealand is conducting mass surveillance over its Pacific neighbours, reports citing documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden say. Calls, emails and social media messages were being collected from Pacific nations, the New Zealand Herald said. The data was shared with other members of the “Five Eyes” network – the US, Australia, Britain and Canada. Mr Snowden leaked ... Read More »

Croatian President Eases Tensions on Bosnia Visit

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On her first official foreign visit since becoming Croatia’s new President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has sought to play down controversies over the status of Croats in Bosnia. BalkanInsight – Elvira M. Jukic BIRN Sarajevo Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic sought to calm concerns about her views on Bosnia on her first official visit abroad, to Sarajevo on Tuesday. After meeting Bosnia’s Presidency, members of parliament ... Read More »

Operation to retake Tikrit begins: Iraq state TV

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Backed by allied Shiite and Sunni fighters, Iraqi security forces on Monday began a large-scale military operation to recapture Saddam Hussein’s hometown from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), state TV said, a major step in a campaign to reclaim a large swath of territory in northern Iraq controlled by the militants. BAGHDAD – The Associated Press – ... Read More »

Japan’s Master Plan to Defeat China in a War

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How Japan can defeat China without catching up. The National Interest – Kyle Mizokami In recent years, significant attention has been paid to the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). China’s defense budget, which has increased ten fold in the last twenty five years, has funded the construction of a modern, ocean-going navy. This includes the recently fielded aircraft carrier, Liaoning, as ... Read More »

Abbott, Key to discuss Iraq commitment

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AAP Herald Sun – A JOINT operation in Iraq is likely to be the focus of talks between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his New Zealand counterpart John Key. THE pair meet in Auckland for an annual bilateral leaders discussion on Saturday morning. Mr Key recently committed to send 143 NZ troops to help train Iraqi forces in the fight against ... Read More »

Is the Hellenic Armed Forces Dying?

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These are interesting times for Europe – and in particular for Greece. While leaders of European Union (EU) member countries worry about the recidivist tendencies of an emboldened Russia, the emerging underbelly of the EU – diplomatically and economically – now lies in Greece. A strange coalition of extremist parties from the left and right now sits atop the government ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to allow Israel use of its airspace to strike Iran – report

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RT – Saudi Arabia has reportedly agreed to let Israel use its airspace to attack Iran if necessary, in exchange for “some kind of progress” on the Palestinian issue, Israel’s Channel 2 TV station quoted an unnamed European official as saying. “The Saudis have declared their readiness for the Israeli Air Force to overfly Saudi air space en route to ... Read More »

Have Russia and Cyprus tied a military knot?

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RIAC - Two days ago there was a meeting at the highest level between the President of Russia Mr. Vladimir Putin and Cyprus President Mr. Nicos Anastasiades. Nine agreements were signed. Experts from Cyprus and Greece share their views on Cyprus-Russia agreements struck on February 26, 2015 with RIAC. Petros Zarounas A Cypriot expert on international relations, Executive Security at ... Read More »