Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)
Apr16

Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)

Why did President Obama decide last week, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, to cut the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal four years earlier than required under the 2010 NEW Start Treaty? For Italy’s Libero Quotidiano, columnist Glauco Maggi writes that not only are most E.U. leaders on Putin’s side, but President Obama ‘is a left-wing ideologue, a slave to a pacifism divorced from reality, who knows only how to...

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To Beat Putin, West Needs Armor, Not Empathy (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Apr16

To Beat Putin, West Needs Armor, Not Empathy (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

Does historical fear explain German ‘understanding’ for Vladimir Putin’s behavior in Ukraine? For the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, columnist Volker Zastrow challenges the idea that Moscow is justifiably indignant after NATO broke its promise not to expand NATO, and warns that hand-wringing and ‘false empathy’ will do nothing to address the security problem Russia represents. According to Zastrow, only...

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Dmitry Kiselyov: Russia Has Taken West’s Place as Beacon of Free Expression (Izvestia, Russsia)
Apr14

Dmitry Kiselyov: Russia Has Taken West’s Place as Beacon of Free Expression (Izvestia, Russsia)

Have the United States and Europe shown that they have a diminishing commitment to free expression, whereas Russia has an increasingly greater such commitment? In this interview with Izvestia, Dmitry Kiselyov, one of the titans of Russia’s state media and man with Vladimir Putin’s ear, reacts to critics that call him anti-gay, attacks sanctions against him as an attack on all journalists, and defends Russia’s state...

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Lech Walesa: Europe ‘Cannot Count on the United States’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)
Apr11

Lech Walesa: Europe ‘Cannot Count on the United States’ (Rzeczpospolita, Poland)

When it comes to the handling of the Ukraine crisis, Cold War leader of the trade union Solidarity, former Poland President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa has some choice words for President Obama, NATO, and the West – and for Poland’s new batch of leaders. Mr. Walesa recently gave this interview with the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita, in which he explains what he would do in the face-off against Vladimir...

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Hagel Must Be Told: China is Not Russia (Huanqiu, China)
Apr09

Hagel Must Be Told: China is Not Russia (Huanqiu, China)

Is part of America’s ‘Asia Pivot’ to use China’s territorial disputes with Japan and the Philippines to gain leverage over Beijing? This editorial from China’s state-run Huanqiu exhorts Chinese officials not to be too polite with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is now in China after stopping in Japan. According to the government mouthpiece, it must be made abundantly clear to Hagel that ‘China is...

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