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Portuguese Officials Searching For Other NATO Moles

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 4:00pm 5/26/2016 at 4:00pm
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Portuguese intelligence officers have decided to search for other moles after they discovered one of their own passed NATO secrets to Russia.

Italian police arrested Frederico Carvalhão, a senior officer in Portugal’s SIS intelligence service, along with an alleged Russian SVR intelligence agent. However, SIS believe others helped Carvalhão extract confidential and...

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Russia Pardons Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 4:30pm 5/25/2016 at 4:30pm
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The Kremlin has officially pardoned Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko after two years of imprisonment and a farce trial in exchange for two Russia Special Forces servicemen.

The Ukrainian and Russian governments did not offer any details about...

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Department of Justice Investigating Russian Doping Claims

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 8:25pm 5/17/2016 at 8:25pm
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The Department of Justice has decided to investigate the massive Russia doping scandal. U.S. courts ruled that prosecutors may charge foreigners abroad if they have connections to the U.S.

The New York Times reported that the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York. The officials have targeted “Russian government...

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Russia Angry Over Ukraine’s Eurovision Win

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 2:30pm 5/15/2016 at 2:30pm
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A few Russian officials have demanded a Ukraine boycott after singer Jamala won Eurovision with her song “1944,” which is about the USSR deportation of the Crimean Tatars.

Well, maybe if Russia did not invade east Ukraine or annex Crimea, people would not hate them so much.

Jamala, a Crimean Tatar, drew inspiration ...

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U.S., Poland Officially Break Ground On New Missile Defense Site

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6:00pm 5/14/2016 at 6:00pm
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The United States and Poland have broken ground on the site of the new defense missile site, which will probably anger Mother Russia. But what else is new?

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work tried to assure by reminding them the site will only protect NATO members:

“Today we stand at a strategic inflection...

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Russia: U.S. Missile Defense in Romania a Threat

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30am 5/13/2016 at 10:30am
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The new U.S. missile defense system in Romania has sent Russia into quite a tizzy. So much so that the Kremlin mentioned nuclear war.

Andrey Kelin, a senior official in the Russian Foreign Ministry, said the actions “by NATO can only exacerbate an already difficult situation.”

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PHOTOS: Europe, Russia Celebrate 71st Victory Day

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00am 5/10/2016 at 7:00am
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Europe and Russia spent the last few days celebrating the 71st Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) to mark the end of World war II.

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Spanish Judge Issues Arrest Warrants for Putin’s Friends, Officials

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 10:00am 5/4/2016 at 10:00am
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A judge in Spain’s National Court has sent out international arrest warrants for Russian citizens, including some close to President Vladimir Putin, allegedly linked to the mafia.

Judge Jose de la Mata, who investigates organized crime, found “very serious facts” against each of the men stemming from the Troika operation. The court...

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General Breedlove: NATO Needs To Focus On Russia

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12:00pm 5/2/2016 at 12:00pm
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Gen. Philip Breedlove, the top military commander of NATO, has warned the organization they need to focus on Russia before he leaves his position at the end of May.

“We see that Russia has not accepted the hand of partnership but has chosen a path of belligerence,” he stated. “We need to...

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Russian Military Jets Buzz U.S. Navy Ship (VIDEOS)

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 8:30am 4/14/2016 at 8:30am
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Vladimir Putin is acting out aggressively again. On Tuesday, Russian military jets flew extraordinarily close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Baltic Sea.

This wasn’t an isolated incident, either. According to various reports, the Russians carried out this maneuver multiple times over two days and American defense experts are stunned.

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Ralph Peters: Putin Now Realizes Iran a Serious Threat

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 9:00pm 3/16/2016 at 9:00pm
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In a rather surprising move, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin announced Monday that he would begin withdrawing troops from Syria the very next day.  Those of us watching the Middle East carefully were not only surprised by the move but also intensely curious about possible motivations and what the move will ultimately...

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Putin orders Russian troops to begin withdrawal from Syria

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, March 14, 2016 at 2:20pm 3/14/2016 at 2:20pm
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This is actually a big deal, if for real.

The Russian air force and associated troops manning the airfield and anti-aircraft systems have been responsible for many of the recent gains by Syrian, Hezbollah, and Iranian-backed foreign militias fighting to keep Assad in power.

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NATO Commander: Russia “weaponizing” refugee crisis

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:15pm 3/3/2016 at 7:15pm
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In the midst of the political circus, I missed this important testimony by the U.S.Commander of NATO about how ISIS has thoroughly infiltrated refugees, and how Russia is using the refugee crisis to undermine Europe.

The Guardian reports:

Refugees from the Middle East and north Africa are “masking the movement” of terrorists and...

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When Bernie honeymooned at Lenin’s Tomb

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:30am 3/1/2016 at 8:30am
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When Bernie Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union in 1988, Andrei Sakharov had already been released from internal exile, Refusniks were allowed to leave the country, the press were discussing the legacy of Stalinism and the state was allowing elements of the free market to take hold.

The country was in the midst of...

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The Foreign Policy Conversation Democrats Would Rather Not Have

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 22, 2016 at 8:30am 2/22/2016 at 8:30am
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If you receive Morning Insurrection, you would have seen Prof. Miriam Elman’s recommendation to read Jonah Goldberg’s piece on the importance of foreign policy in the upcoming election. (If you don’t currently read Morning Insurrection see the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of Legal Insurrection.)

Goldberg wrote:

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Russian Anti-smoking Ad: “Don’t Be Like Obama”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 2:30pm 2/21/2016 at 2:30pm
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Last year there was some speculation that Obama was smoking again–after having quit, he says, because his wife scared him into it.   Whether he is still smoking or not, a Russian advertiser has decided to use the American president’s smoking habit in his or her latest anti-smoking ad campaign.

The tagline:  “Don’t...

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The Russia Reset Has Failed, Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Lost

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:00am 2/10/2016 at 10:00am
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The U.S. move to boost NATO forces in Eastern Europe is another black mark on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy.  The decision to strengthen NATO’s bulwark against further Russian adventurism is sound in itself, but it further exposes the 2009 Russia Reset as a naive, amateurish blunder.  The cost...

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