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Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Permafrost descends on US-Russia ties

On September 24, a bipartisan group of US senators proposed sanctions against Russian officials over the alleged poisoning of the opposition politician Alexei Navalny in Siberia recently.  A targeted bill titled Holding Russia Accountable for Malign Activities Act of 2020 has been introduced by five…

Russia’s ‘White Swan’ bomber is breaking records

It’s the fastest bomber ever built, the largest bomber ever built and the heaviest bomber ever built. Enter the Tupelov Tu-160 “White Swan” — NATO reporting name “Blackjack.” And now, it is a record holder, after a pair of 1980s era Russian Tu-160 supersonic bombers…

China-Russia big jet project faces turbulence

Serious conflicts are stalling Beijing and Moscow’s hook-up to design and develop a wide-body passenger jet to wrest business from Boeing and Airbus.  The pair’s CR929 project to launch a dual-aisle airliner is said to have come to a halt. Widespread dissension among Chinese and…

Russia’s troubled Arktika icebreaker heads north

It’s large and imposing, nuclear powered and it tears through seven-foot thick Arctic ice like a knife — but it has issues, technical issues. We’re talking, of course, about the Arktika, the first of Russia’s new nuclear-powered Project 22220 icebreakers. The largest and most powerful…

Putin Touts Russia’s Coronavirus Vaccine at the U.N. General Assembly

Russian President Vladimir Putin took the opportunity of addressing the 2020 United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday to urge the world to embrace a Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate he approved, despite it not yet passing scientific testing. 0…

China Joins Russian Military Exercises in North Caucasus

China’s military reportedly joined large-scale Russian drills on Monday in southern Russia, part of the two nations’ continued efforts to increase their military cooperation. 0…

Trump Is a Feudal Lord

The Trump administration named New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday, threatening to slash federal funding due to protests against police brutality and property damage. The announcement built on an earlier order that accused several cities of “permitting anarchy, violence, and…

Don’t Make the Election About the Court

I know that Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s empty Supreme Court seat has provoked an epic, long-awaited clash between Democrats and Republicans, that the very principle of judicial independence hangs dangerously in the balance. I realize that the social-media wave cannot be stopped, that the talking heads…

The Immigrants Who Created New Possibilities

Of the many questions at stake in this fall’s election, one of the less obvious is this: Will the United States remain a country where someone like Barack Obama or Kamala Harris—a person of color with immigrant parents—is likely to be born? The answer depends,…

Russian Military Says US Flights Near Crimea Fuel Tensions

MOSCOW—The Russian military on Friday accused the United States and its allies of provoking tensions in the Black Sea region with a sharp increase in the number of bomber patrols and intelligence flights. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi, head of the Russian General Staff’s main operational…

FBI Director: Pandemic Ignites ‘Aggressive, Sophisticated Threats on Many Fronts’

Hostile foreign actors, violent extremists, and domestic criminals are taking advantage of the “unique and unprecedented” impact the Chinese coronavirus pandemic is having on the FBI workforce to wreak havoc in the U.S. on several fronts, the bureau’s director Christopher Wary warned Thursday. 0…

Biden: Russia ‘Is an Opponent,’ China Is ‘a Serious Competitor’

During a town hall on CNN on Thursday, 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden stated that Russia is an “opponent” of the United States, but declined to say the same about China, and instead characterized them as 0…

Russia Announces Troop Build-Up in Far East

MOSCOW—Russia is increasing its military presence in the Far East in response to rising tensions in the wider region, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Thursday. In remarks cited on the defense ministry website, Shoigu said reinforcements were being sent because of tensions in the…

Ukraine-US Military Exercises Begin as Russia Holds Drills in Belarus

KYIV—Ukraine and the United States. launched joint military exercises on Thursday, two days after Russia began joint military drills with forces in neighboring Belarus. The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv said the U.S. Army-led Rapid Trident exercises, taking place near Yavoriv in western Ukraine, would involve…

China, Russia Have ‘Weaponized Space’: Defense Secretary

China and Russia have introduced weapons to space, including killer satellites, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Wednesday. “In space, Moscow and Beijing have turned a once peaceful arena into a warfighting domain,” Esper said. “They have weaponized space through killer satellites, directed energy weapons,…

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