Category Archives: Russia

USA | Sanction Mania vs. Russia

By Stephen F. Cohen

Stephen F. Cohen, professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at NYU and Princeton, and John Batchelor continue their (usually) weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. Previous installments, now in their fifth year, are at TheNation.com.

Russia | US Treasury sanctions individuals, entities over Russia, DPRK-related accusations

US Department of the Treasury on Tuesday announced sanctions on several individuals and entities over their involvement in actions against the US sanction measures on Russia and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

In an announcement, the Treasury targeted two entities and two Russian individuals “in order to counter attempts to evade US sanctions.”

USA | How Russia, China or America Could Accidentally Start a Nuclear War

by Michael Peck

What happens when you use the same satellites to control nuclear forces as well as conventional troops?

Accidental nuclear war, that’s what could happen.

That’s the warning by a Washington think tank, which argues that the U.S. is inviting nuclear war by using the same command and communications systems to oversee both nuclear and conventional forces. But such “dual use” systems risk an inadvertent nuclear war, because an attack on non-nuclear assets, such as satellites or radars, could be perceived as an attempt to cripple America’s nuclear deterrent.

Five-nation deal paves way for tapping Caspian riches

The leaders of Russia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan have signed a landmark deal on the legal status of the resource-rich Caspian Sea, taking a big step towards resolving 22 years of dispute with the prospect of massive financial gains.

South Africa | BRICS Summit Held in South Africa While U.S. Trade War Escalates

By Abayomi Azikiwe

Republic of South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted the 10th BRICS Summit where strong opposition to the burgeoning trade and currency wars initiated by the United States administration of President Donald Trump was assailed.