Miles Yu

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Russia’s Navy seeks return to glory days in hot spots and cold Arctic

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The post-Soviet ebb of Russian naval glory seems to be over under a more aggressive President Vladimir Putin. That seems to be the unmistakable message Moscow is trying to send to the world. In recent weeks, President Putin ordered a dramatic increase of Russian naval presence in the […]

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NATO states announce missile shield already in place

NATO states announce missile shield already in place

Compiled by Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com NATO took a step forward toward completing a comprehensive ballistic missile shield by announcing that an “interim capability” to destroy incoming missiles was already in operation. “The United States and our European allies are investing in common security and it is an excellent example of the renewed culture of cooperation” […]

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Kasparov checkmated world's top computers but could not best Putin's political muscle

Kasparov checkmated world's top computers but could not best Putin's political muscle

By Lev Navrozov Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess grandmaster, widely regarded as the greatest chess player of our time. In 1985, at age 22, Kasparov became the youngest-ever undisputed World Chess Champion. In 1989, Kasparov defeated the chess computer Deep Thought in both games of a two-game match. In 1996, he won the match […]

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Revisiting the 'Revolution' of 1917 to put the Putin of today in context

Revisiting the 'Revolution' of 1917 to put the Putin of today in context

By Lev Navrozov What’s this? Don’t I know what is going on in Russia? The entire world is watching! And here I am recalling oh, God, those horrible events of 1917! The trouble is that as a result of chasing after what is happening this month, this day, this hour, this minute in a certain […]

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From Stalin to Putin: Moscow maintains uneasy balance of power in Northeast Asia

From Stalin to Putin: Moscow maintains uneasy balance of power in Northeast Asia

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The resurgence of Vladimir Putin as president of Russia ushers in a new era of power politics and diplomacy in Northeast Asia with implications that may not be good news for either the United States or China. Campaigning against strong opposition from the educated, intellectual, often critical elite of […]

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Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

Regime security, not national security, is dominant priority in Beijing and Moscow

By Sol W. Sanders Minxin Pei, the most original of current Sinologists, makes the point authoritarian/totalitarian regimes inherently prioritize requirements for protecting regime leaders over long-term national interest. To preserve the former’s power, they sacrifice the latter’s needs. In the process, they encourage breakdown in the world order. Beijing is now demonstrating the phenomenon in […]

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Introducing Putin’s real No. 2 man: The sinister Vladislav Surkov

Introducing Putin’s real No. 2 man: The sinister Vladislav Surkov

By Lev Navrozov The Russian press reported early in January of 2012 that a week before significant change had taken place in President Dmitri Medvedev’s Administration: Vladislav Surkov, a deputy prime minister in the Russian government, will be responsible for the modernization of education, science, and healthcare as well as for the development of the […]

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Waiting for someone to please do something, the world waits some more

Waiting for someone to please do something, the world waits some more

By Sol W. Sanders Looking around the world, the striking characteristic is waiting out a number of crises. Their outcome seems almost artificially suspended, and their interaction on one another and their ultimate effect on the world is at issue. We start with the Euro. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s supplications in Beijing were perhaps laudable but a […]

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2012: What a year and it's just starting!

2012: What a year and it's just starting!

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — It’s once again time to peer into the foggy crystal ball and try to decipher the future political trends and events. Indeed, after the roller-coaster year of 2011, it’s hard to imagine that 2012 could hold some equally disquieting social, political and economic turmoil. But few predicted the […]

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Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

Not satire: Putin wins 'Confucius Peace Prize' for Chechen War

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — George Orwell would have laughed at the very notion. Russian Premier Vladimir Putin has won a curiously-awarded Peace Prize for his military attack on Chechnya in 1999, and his “iron hand and toughness” in dealing with separatists near and far, the old fashioned way. For his bellicose actions, […]