Is Spying an Art or a Crime?

July 21, 2021

The New York Times on Monday reported that the US has accused China “of breaching Microsoft email systems used by many of the world’s largest companies.” On the same day, The Washington Post announced the findings of an investigation into “spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments...

Biden’s Optimism vs. the Media’s Pessimism
June 18, 2021

Biden’s Optimism vs. the Media’s Pessimism

They Are Coming for Us
June 09, 2021

They Are Coming for Us

US, NATO and the Question of Russia
May 31, 2021

US, NATO and the Question of Russia

Media: How Debunked Stories Continue to Thrive

Media: How Debunked Stories Continue to Thrive

May 19, 2021

On May 6, The Daily Devil’s Dictionary dared to express surprise at the latest example of Russia-related fearmongering by the respectable corporate media. When Christopher Miller, who had recently risen to fame as acting defense secretary in the waning months of Donald Trump’s presidency,...

Biden Changes the Russia Equation

Biden Changes the Russia Equation

May 18, 2021

The Biden administration is posing some stark choices for its European allies. It is not only challenging them to stand more firmly against the Kremlin, but is expanding America’s expectations of what democracy should be inside their own countries. President Joe Biden’s tough position on...

Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

Russia Ramps Up Pressure Against Kremlin Critics

May 05, 2021

Visibly weakened following a hunger strike in prison yet full of his usual verve, Alexei Navalny appeared before a court via videoconference on April 29 to appeal his fine for the defamation of a World War II veteran just as branches of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) were being shuttered...

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

EU Concern Over Ukraine Is Not Enough

April 13, 2021

Hostilities between Ukraine and Russia reached an alarming level last week when further Russian troops were deployed on the Ukrainian border. Despite a statement from the Kremlin describing the act as “not threatening,” Kyiv accused Moscow of moving thousands of soldiers to its northern and...

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

Fair Observer Scoop: Putin Engineered the Blockage of the Suez Canal

April 01, 2021

MSNBC’s star journalist Rachel Maddow was ready to break the news but hesitated when certain insiders worried that, if the accusation was not borne out by verifiable facts, the reaction might further damage the reputation of a news organization whose ratings have been plummeting for the past two...

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

Influence Has Become Democracy’s Influenza

March 19, 2021

Two months after the departure of Donald Trump, the world is seeking to understand the contours of the new administration’s still hesitating foreign policy. US President Joe Biden made a bold step forward this week when he vowed to pursue the fantasy of Russiagate, the Democratic equivalent of...

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

Georgia’s Democracy Is on the Brink of Chaos

February 26, 2021

The ongoing political crisis in Georgia has been ramped up a notch over the last few days. The polarization of Georgian society, which is reflected at the political level, has reached a new high after the parliamentary elections last October, but especially so since the arrest and imprisonment of...

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

Russia Joins the Red Sea Scramble

February 09, 2021

Russia has come back to the crowded Red Sea. On November 11, 2020, the Russian government announced its agreement with Sudan to establish a naval base at the city of Port Sudan. While the Russian navy already enjoys access rights to the port, the concession with Khartoum envisages the creation of...

Will the US and Russia Start Over?

Will the US and Russia Start Over?

February 05, 2021

It’s winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious...

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

The US Will Need Turkey to Counter Russia

February 01, 2021

When it comes to the already abysmal Turkish-American relations, Joe Biden’s presidency is being viewed as an ominous train wreck waiting to happen. The president-elect has previously signaled that his administration would “tame” Turkey for policies Ankara has pursued...

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