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U.S. and Russian Generals Call for Reducing the Risk of Inadvertent Nuclear War
In an important New York Times op-ed , retired U.S. and Russian Generals James Cartwright and Vladimir Dvorkin call for the two countries to take steps to reduce the risk of nuclear weapons being launched by mistake, particularly during a time of crisis. End Launch-on-Warning In particular, they...
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They Have ‘Propaganda,’ US Has ‘Public Diplomacy’–and a Servile Private Sector
The New York Times headline ( 4/15/15 ) paints a dire picture: Turmoil at Voice of America Is Seen as Hurting US Ability to Counter Propaganda But wait a second–isn’t Voice of America itself a propaganda outlet ? Not in the New York Times stylebook, apparently. The piece, by Ron Nixon, describes...
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Why We Must Return to the US-Russian Parity Principle
[Author's note: The text below is a somewhat expanded version of remarks I delivered at the annual US-Russia Forum in Washington, DC, held in the Hart Senate Office Building, on March 26.) When I spoke at this forum nine months ago, in June 2014, I warned that the Ukrainian crisis was the worst US-...
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In Final Interview, Günter Grass Warned Against 'War Everywhere'
Nobel-award winning author and social critic Günter Grass, who died this week at the age of 87, said in his final interview that he worried humanity—now 15 years into the 21st century—could be "sleepwalking" into another world war. "We have on the one side Ukraine, whose situation is not improving...
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Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Mideast
Former Washington insider and four-star General Wesley Clark spilled the beans several years ago on how Paul Wolfowitz and his neoconservative co-conspirators implemented their sweeping plan to destabilize key Middle Eastern countries once it became clear that post-Soviet Russia “won’t stop us.” As...
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Nuclear Threat Escalating Beyond Political Rhetoric
As a new cold war between the United States and Russia picks up steam, the nuclear threat is in danger of escalating – perhaps far beyond political rhetoric. Randy Riddel, a former senior political affairs officer with the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) told IPS he pities the general...
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Putin Was Ready To Go Nuclear Over Crimea, Documentary Reveals
Russian President Vladimir Putin was willing to ready Russia's nuclear arsenal during last year's conflict over Crimea, he reportedly said in a pre-recorded documentary broadcast on Russian state television on Sunday to mark the one-year anniversary of Moscow's takeover of the Black Sea peninsula...
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Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe
CIA Director John Brennan told TV host Charlie Rose on Friday that, on assuming office, President Barack Obama “did not have a good deal of experience” in intelligence-related matters, adding – with remarkable condescension – that now “he has gone to school and understands the complexities.” If...
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As Hawks Urge Obama to Send Weaponry to Ukraine, EU Officials Push for Peace
Even as some U.S. and European officials urged the Obama administration not to provide weaponry and further military assistance to Ukraine—among the options being weighed by the White House—the second-highest ranking U.S. diplomat warned on Friday that pressure to arm Kiev-backed government forces...
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Playing Chicken with Nuclear War
The United States and Russia still maintain vast nuclear arsenals of mutual assured destruction, putting the future of humanity in jeopardy every instant. But an unnerving nonchalance has settled over the American side which has become so casual about the risk of cataclysmic war that the West’s...
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