Russia is facing a terrifying public health threat, a strain of TB almost completely drug resistant. As it struggles to deal with the epidemic after kicking out American aid, the disease is spreading rapidly.
“I spent three months in the hospital and I have been taking the pills for 20 months”, ex-prisoner Ivan tells us. [...]
People & Power investigates claims that Russia’s political supremo Vladimir Putin has amassed a secret multi-billion dollar fortune.
Should we worry if large portions of the public seem aware that the country’s military might and national power have declined, but aren’t unduly exercised because they think America ought to “mind its own business? Yes, according to Mark Steyn’s thesis, developed in After America: Get Ready for Armageddon (2011).
Steyn’s book is [...]
A defense system currently being developed by the U.S. could be a threat to Russia’s security, a high-ranking Russian diplomat said Thursday.
“If we are talking about the existing ballistic carriers with conventional armaments, then it is definitely a path toward escalating conflict with grievous, indeed apocalyptic consequences,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Kommersant.
He said that the development of hypersonic missiles, which [...]
Moscow has a poor track record when it comes to upholding its arms control obligations. With the exception of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which is still in its implementation phase, Russia has violated every arms control agreement the United States has ever concluded with it. Violations include the INF, the 1972 Biological Weapons [...]
As the sectarian violence of Syria’s conflict spills over, the proxy struggles between Lebanon’s influential Shi‘ite organization Hizballah and the staunchly Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have turned into open war
Nasrallah rarely mentions Saudi Arabia by name, only referring to the monarchy in vague terms in order to maintain plausible deniability. But that [...]
Hezbollah accused Israel of assassinating one of its top leaders near Beirut Wednesday at a time of soaring sectarian tensions in Lebanon linked to the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
The slain leader, identified as Hassan Hawlo al-Lakiss, was the most senior figure in the Lebanese Shiite movement to be assassinated since Imad Mughniyeh was [...]
When the leaders of the European Union’s 28 member states gather in Brussels for one of their regular summits on December 19 and 20, it will be the first time in five years that defense policy is on their agenda. In that interim, Europe’s defense deficit has dramatically worsened — that is to say, its [...]
Last fall Rutgers University ocean researcher Oscar Schofield headed a collaborative experiment called Gliderpalooza, which coordinated 15 aquatic, submersible research drones to sample the deep waters off the coastal Atlantic. About 5 feet long and shaped like tomahawk missiles, the gliders beam home their data every time they surface. The propellerless [...]
I can’t pretend to arbitrate between these two camps but I find that far too many observers sympathize with the second camp based on rational impulse. Of course China and Japan wouldn’t fight a war! That’d ruin their economies! I sympathize with the Clausewtizean notion of war being a continuation of politics “by other means,” and [...]