Anonymous expert compilation, analysis, and reporting. </end editorial> Russia’s descent continues, as does its self-inflicted destabilization along ethnic and class boundaries. Curiously, China does not agree to support Russian games with the Yuan. Kazakhstan renames capital to Nur-Sultan honoring Nazarbayev. Russia seeks a second airbase in Kyrgyzstan. Much on Belarus – Lukashenko praising the EU,… Continue reading Russia / Strategy Ad Hoc Media Update (76)
If you think Vladimir Putin and Russia are focusing only on Ukraine, the US, and Europe, think again. He’s targeting everybody. Russian President Vladimir Putin may return Japanese islands seized by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II, but only if the Japanese kick Americans off already existing bases on Japanese territories. That… Continue reading Putin Playing Chess With Japanese Islands With Words
Warren A. Stanislaus, The Diplomat Japan is expanding its conception of soft power with the new institutions. Image from article, with caption: Shizno Abe dresses as Mario at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Japan is taking a bolder approach to public diplomacy. After returning to the premiership in December 2012, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe… Continue reading Japan House: Tokyo’s New Public Diplomacy Push
More aggression by Russia, now targeting Japan. Another deployment by Russia. Another provocation. More expenses. No increase in income, amidst a fallow economy. <End editorial> By ITARTASS – March 20, 2017 The Bastion (NATO reporting name: SS-C-5 Stooge) coastal defense missile battalions recently stationed on the Kuril Islands shall defend Russia’s territorial waters, straits… Continue reading Russia Deploys Bastion Coastal Defense Missile Systems On Kuril Islands
I recommend this book by friend and colleague Nancy Snow, who is also a USIA veteran. Biography Nancy Snow is Pax Mundi Professor of Public Diplomacy at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies and Adjunct Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies, Temple University Japan. Snow is media and public relations advisor to Langley Esquire,… Continue reading Japan’s Information War
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan is under attack. 45 servers and 38 computer terminals are infected. Some are calling this a cyberwar. In the article at ITPro, Tom Brewster wisely changes his tune from ‘this is war’ to outright questioning that fact. I agree, as do most experienced people who have a background in National… Continue reading “It’s War, it’s a Cyberwar!”
Today at 1:51 there was a 5.9 earthquake (I’ve seen reports vary from 5.9 – 6.0), with an epicenter in Mineral, VA, just northwest of Richmond, VA, 3.7 miles deep. That is within 2 miles of a nuclear plant. The tremors shook my home a few inches in all directions, my deck was visibly swaying,… Continue reading The Earthquake heard and felt around the world… why?