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      Russia is very happy that Donald Trump won
      Nov10

      Russia is very happy that Donald Trump won

      In this Nov. 9, 2016, photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a toast during a ceremony for receiving diplomatic credentials from foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. In careful phrasing befitting the spy he once was, Vladimir Putin has made it clear he expects a great deal from President-elect Donald Trump. And, the...

      Donald Trump may not become president, but his nuclear policy may live on
      Nov07

      Donald Trump may not become president, but his nuclear policy may live on

      Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, speaks during a campaign rally late Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Denver. (Credit: AP) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. Once upon a time, when choosing a new president, a factor for many voters was the perennial question: “Whose finger do you want on the nuclear button?” Of all the...

      Donald Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin won’t pay off: There is absolutely nothing to admire about Russia’s economy under Putin
      Nov07

      Donald Trump’s bromance with Vladimir Putin won’t pay off: There is absolutely nothing to admire about Russia’s economy under Putin

      Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Andrew Harnik/Nati Harnik/Photo montage by Salon) Tuesday, many Americans will head to the polls in a U.S. economy that is on much firmer footing than it was eight years ago amid one of the worst economic crises since the Great Depression. Despite the slow pace of post-recession recovery, by most measures...

      And just like that, Steven Seagal has become a Russian citizen
      Nov04

      And just like that, Steven Seagal has become a Russian citizen

      Steven Seagal became a Russian citizen on Thursday, per a decree from Vladimir Putin. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Under the Russian constitution, the president has authority over ‘issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation and the granting of asylum.’” The black belt martial artist-turned-action movie star “has been insistent...

      Russia and America talk about Syria using different narrative strategies, and it’s causing harm
      Nov02

      Russia and America talk about Syria using different narrative strategies, and it’s causing harm

      U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, right, attend a meeting where they discussed the crisis in Syria, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Pool Photo via AP) (Credit: AP) This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original...

      What will happen when Mosul falls?
      Oct31

      What will happen when Mosul falls?

      Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces advance toward Islamic State positions as fighting to retake the extremist-held city of Mosul enters its second week, in the village of Tob Zawa, outside Mosul, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. A convoy of special forces advanced toward the village of Tob Zawa, Monday, encountering roadside bombs and trading heavy...

      Is Donald Trump a Russian agent?  A nonpartisan guide to national security and foreign policy issues in the presidential election (part I)
      Oct31

      Is Donald Trump a Russian agent? A nonpartisan guide to national security and foreign policy issues in the presidential election (part I)

      Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/Alexei Druzhinin/AP/Evan Vucci/Photo montage by Salon) According to Hillary Clinton and her supporters, Donald Trump is crazy friendly with Russian president Vladimir Putin, a bad man who hates America and threatens its interests, and therefore Trump cannot be trusted even with U.S. intelligence...

      What the Reykjavik summit can tell us about the “new Cold War” 30 years later
      Oct22

      What the Reykjavik summit can tell us about the “new Cold War” 30 years later

      FILE – In this May 24, 1985, file photo, President Ronald Reagan works at his desk in the oval office of the White House as he prepares a speech on tax revision. In an editorial published on June 2, 2016, the San Diego Union-Tribune urged Republican readers to write-in Reagan instead of voting for Donald Trump in California’s GOP...

      Without debate, we need to talk about Afghanistan: Remember the longest-running war in our nation’s history?
      Oct21

      Without debate, we need to talk about Afghanistan: Remember the longest-running war in our nation’s history?

      U.S. service members pay their respects during a memorial ceremony for six Airmen killed in a suicide attack, at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan (Credit: AP/Tech. Sgt. Robert Cloys) We have now concluded the presidential debates. Through three debates neither former Secretary Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump — nor any of the moderators — have...

      Donald Trump keeps falling for Vladimir Putin’s praise and propaganda, and it’s finally hurting his campaign
      Oct20

      Donald Trump keeps falling for Vladimir Putin’s praise and propaganda, and it’s finally hurting his campaign

      Vladimir Putin; Donald Trump (Credit: Reuters/RIA Novosti/Brendan McDermid/Photo montage by Salon) One of the most memorable moments of Wednesday’s presidential debate was when Hillary Clinton told Donald Trump that Putin preferred him because “he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” Trump’s response was a...