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President Of Poland Killed In Plane Crash In Western Russia

by @ Saturday, April 10th, 2010. Filed under Europe, Foreign Affairs, History, Russia

A blow this morning to the Polish government: MOSCOW — A plane carrying the Polish president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife and other high-ranking officials crashed in a heavy fog in western Russia on Saturday morning, killing all aboard, Polish officials said. Russian television showed chunks of still-flaming fuselage scattered in a bare forest near Smolensk, […]

USA, Russia Sign Nuclear Arms Reduction Treaty

by @ Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, Foreign Affairs, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Russia

President Obama and Russian President Medvedev took major steps today to further reduce nuclear arsenals that once terrified the world: PRAGUE — President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a sweeping new arms reduction pact Thursday that pledges to reduce the stockpile of deployed, strategic nuclear weapons in both countries and commits the old […]

Obama’s New Nuclear Policy: Undercutting The Value Of Nuclear Deterence

by @ Tuesday, April 6th, 2010. Filed under Barack Obama, China, Foreign Affairs, Iran, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Russia

Last night it broke that the President would be announcing what is clearly a major change to American nuclear strategy: WASHINGTON — President Obama said Monday that he was revamping American nuclear strategy to substantially narrow the conditions under which the United States would use nuclear weapons. But the president said in an interview that […]

Chechen Warlord Claims Credit For Moscow Terror Attacks, Vows More

by @ Thursday, April 1st, 2010. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Russia, War On Terror

Honestly, this is not a surprise: A Chechen rebel warlord and self-styled “emir” of Russia’s seething North Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for the Moscow metro bombings, which killed 39 people Monday. He warned of more attacks to come. Doku Umarov – whose own violent path has traced a transition from nationalist rebel and president […]

Another Round Of Terror Attacks In Russia

by @ Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Russia, War On Terror

Russia woke up this morning to reports of a new round of terror attacks: MOSCOW — Two explosions killed at least 12 people in the volatile North Caucasus region on Wednesday in what appeared to be attacks targeting the police, investigators from the Russian prosecutor’s office said. One of the explosions was caused by a […]

Terrorist Attacks Stun Moscow Subways

by @ Monday, March 29th, 2010. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Russia, War On Terror

There were back-to-back terrorist attacks on the Moscow subway system this morning: Moscow, Russia (CNN) — Russian investigators combing two subway stations attacked by female suicide bombers think Chechen rebels may have been behind the rush-hour strike that killed dozens of people. “Our preliminary assessment is that this act of terror was committed by a […]

Your Electricity May Be Generated By Nuclear Weapons That Used To Be Aimed At You

by @ Tuesday, November 10th, 2009. Filed under Business, Economics, Russia

According to The New York Times, as much as ten percent of America’s electricity comes from material recovered from old Soviet nuclear weapons: MOSCOW — What’s powering your home appliances? For about 10 percent of electricity in the United States, it’s fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones. “It’s a great, easy source” of […]

Russia Still Not On Board With Iran Sanctions

by @ Wednesday, October 14th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Hillary Clinton, Iran, Russia

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not able to persuade Russia to sign on to sanctions against Iran over it’s nuclear program: MOSCOW, Oct. 13 — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held lengthy talks with senior Russian officials Tuesday as part of an intense American effort to improve relations, but she made few gains […]

The Beginning Of The End Of The Dollar ?

by @ Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Filed under China, Economics, Europe, Foreign Affairs, France, Japan, Middle East, Russia

In a story that’s receiving headline treatment from Matt Drudge, Robert Fisk is reporting in The Independent that several oil producing states, along with China, Russia, and France are working on a plan to abandon the dollar: In the most profound financial change in recent Middle East history, Gulf Arabs are planning – along with […]

Russian President Hints At Cooperation On Iran Sanctions

by @ Thursday, September 24th, 2009. Filed under Foreign Affairs, Iran, Russia

Hard to say whether this is a result of the missile defense decision or not, but it’s certainly a positive development: NEW YORK (AP) — Giving some ground on a top priority of President Barack Obama, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that sanctions are rarely productive but he opened the door to tougher ones […]

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