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Russian boots on the ground in Syria? Middle East mayhem intensifies

Russian boots on the ground in Syria? Middle East mayhem intensifies
Last month, in a task almost as difficult as Diogenes' search for one honest man, the U.S. allegedly found a staggering 60 'moderate rebels' in Syria to train in its interventionist program to oust Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad 'war against the Islamist terrorists'. This crack team of 'moderate' fighters, trained by the U.S. amid thousands of similarly-motivated terrorists of the Islamic State/al-Nusra/Free Syrian Army variety,...
Chess

Russian-American chess grandmaster: Vladimir Putin is America's reluctant foe

Russian-American chess grandmaster: Vladimir Putin is America's reluctant foe
Editorial introduction Lev Alburt will celebrate his 70th birthday in August. His life was divided in two: the first half passed in the Soviet Union, the second is going on in the USA. In his first homeland, the Odessian GM achieved many successes: he was 3-time Ukrainian Champion, a winner and a prize-winner of numerous international competitions, a repeated participant of the USSR Championship finals which were by then strongest tournaments...
Eye 1

How covert agents infiltrate the internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations

How covert agents infiltrate the internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations
One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It's time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents. Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about "dirty trick" tactics used by GCHQ's...
Quenelle - Golden

If Russia plays by the West's rules it will lose

If Russia plays by the West's rules it will lose
In a recent op-ed for Czech online newspaper Nova Republika Slovak-Ukrainian politician, writer and political analyst Sergei Chelemendik suggested that it's time for Russia to stop playing the game of geopolitics according to the rules established by the West. The writer began his piece by noting that "today there is an elementary truth that is being ignored by philosophers in both Russia and Europe: that history gains a new impetus for...

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