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Russia shows no signs of abatement in the media. Goble essay dealing with Russian comments on how Russia would handle [rebellious] nations in its hoped for “sphere of influence” is worth widely distributing in US political circles so nobody has any illusions of what Russia’s “Yalta 2.0” deal actually means – endless war across the “sphere of influence”. Lots on propaganda. F-35 trolls persist attacking Donald. Babbage does some original work (for once). Numerous essays on election issues.
Obama administration is close to announcing measures to punish Russia for election interference – The Washington Post A package that would include sanctions and covert action is being finalized.
U.S. senator says Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions Russia can expect hard-hitting sanctions from United States lawmakers if an investigation proves that Moscow interfered in the presidential election, a U.S. senator said Wednesday during a visit to Latvia.
U.S. Senator: Tough Sanctions To Hit Russia, Putin For Cyberattacks A U.S. senator says that Russia and President Vladimir Putin will be hit with tough sanctions as a result of suspected Russian cyberattacks during last month's U.S. presidential election. …
Paul A. Goble | The ugly things Moscow might do if Ukraine is consigned to a Russian sphere of influence | EUROMAIDAN PRESSEuromaidan Press | All too many people in the West are casually talking about recognizing Ukraine as lying within a Russian sphere of influence without reflecting what that might mean for Ukraine and Ukrainians. Such people might want to revise their thinking after hearing what well-connected Russian commentator says should be done in that event. Mikhail Khazin, an economist, a former official in the Russian Presidential Administration, and a member of an experts commission of the Moscow Patriarchate, outlines what he believes Moscow would want if the West acknowledged that Ukraine is in Russia’s sphere of influence. Once Ukraine is acknowledged as part of Russia’s sphere of influence, Khazin says, “everything will depend on what we want. If we want to keep Ukraine whole but loyal to Russia, then it will be necessary to return the Donbas with a change of leadership in Kyiv … Further, counter-propaganda will begin. The population there won’t be delighted in fact.” “There, crudely speaking, will be several million people whom it will be impossible to correct. Well, it will be necessary to liquidate part of them and drive out the rest,” the Moscow commentator says. On the other hand, Khazin says, Moscow may decide to dismember Ukraine. Then, “the picture would be the following.” The eastern portion of Ukraine now “should go into Russia as oblasts with complete de-Nazification and de-Ukrainianization, with a complete prohibition of the use of Ukrainian alphabet, Ukrainian texts, broadcasts and teaching in Ukrainian.”
Over 70 percent of Ukrainians back accession to NATO, – poll 28.12.16 21:15 – Over 70 percent of Ukrainians back accession to NATO, – poll 44 percent of Ukrainians believe acceding NATO is the best option to ensure the country’s security. View news.
Gerashchenko: While Trump is forming his team, Moscow tries to discredit UkraineThe official Moscow has made every effort to discredit the Minsk process, because it is linked to the sanctions, according to Iryna Gerashchenko, Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas settlement. News 28 December from UNIAN.
The Daily Vertical: Putin’s War At Home (Transcript) As Vladimir Putin basks in his victories abroad, problems are piling up at home. Rustam Minnikhanov, the leader of oil-rich Tatarstan, has denounced a recent Kremlin decision to take more of hi…
Russia weaker than West but Putin has significant advantages – British journalistIn terms of figures, Russia is much weaker than the West. However, Vladimir Putin has some serious advantages, which may well prove decisive, a British journalist and publicist Edward Lucas wrote for Tyzhden. News 29 December from UNIAN.
So, You Want to Fight Foreign Propaganda? Think Differently. – To Inform is to InfluenceObviously this article is from April 2016, and some things have changed, but this article is, for the most part, spot on. There are many good suggestions which should be incorporated into a greater overall strategy and plan. </end editorial> Published on April 24, 2016 Alicia Wanless Strategic Communications for Social Change by La Generalista U.S.…
Is Russia Responsible for a Cyber Attack Against the OSCE? | Foreign PolicyIs Russia Responsible for a Cyber Attack Against the OSCE? « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Putin TV: Aleppo Slaughter Is Fake News – The Daily BeastAll of those horrific images coming out of war-torn Aleppo? Totally bogus, say Kremlin mouthpieces and American conspiracy-mongers, who are now calling aid fundraisers ‘professional propagandists.’
Czech Republic to fight ‘fake news’ with specialist unit | Media | The Guardian Centre will tackle interference in upcoming election as fears grow over propaganda websites allegedly linked to Russia
One-and-a-Half Cheers for new Czech centre to resist Political Warfare | In Moscow’s ShadowsOn 1 January, the Czech Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats (CPTHH) is formally opened, within the Ministry of the Interior (MVČR). With a 20-strong staff, its main focus will be to tackle disinformation and political manipulation through the media–and yes, essentially this means Russia’s current ‘political war’ on the West–and to respond openly. My snap…
Germany plans creation of ′center of defense′ against fake news, report says | News | DW.COM | 23.12.2016 Germany’s government plans to create a center to fight “disinformation” online ahead of next year’s elections, a media report has said. The move comes amid reports that fake news influenced the US election.
What China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union | Foreign PolicyWhat China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
Ross Babbage | It is High Time to Outmaneuver Beijing in the South China Sea Editor’s Note: This article is based in part on the author’s recent report for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, Countering China’s Adven
The Last Act of Obama’s Israel Drama May Be His Best | Foreign PolicyThe Last Act of Obama’s Israel Drama May Be His Best « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas
The Obama administration’s inexplicable mishandling of Marine Gen. James Mattis | Foreign PolicyThe Obama administration’s inexplicable mishandling of Marine Gen. James Mattis « | Foreign Policy | the Global Magazine of News and Ideas