Lessons to Learn from the Referendum in the Netherlands

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A specter is haunting the European Union: This time it is neither socialism nor communism. These political forces simply do not exist anymore as they withered away after the demise of the USSR in most European countries. This time the specter can be identified as a revolt against the system of anonymous rule of supranational Eurocrats in Brussels and as a protest against elitist power groups in the political spectrum of most countries that are detached from every day experiences and life of their own people.

Does America Need Russia?

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It’s impossible to analyze contemporary US-Russian relations and their future without answering the following question: does the United States need cooperation with Russia? Taking into account the lack of knowledge of Russia among American experts and, put it mildly, wariness towards Russia, it’s highly tempting to answer the question in the negative. However, one shouldn’t hurry to answer.

Constant Western Attempts to Smear Putin Are Ultimately Futile

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The constant attempts to smear Putin as some kind of kleptomaniac totalitarian are largely laughed at in Russia. While they may make some Western activists feel all warm and gooey inside, they are ultimately futile. In fact, they only serve to intensify a siege mentality in Russia that actually heightens support for Putin.

Europe Fights Windmills as Terrorists Strike It at Its Heart

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While the European Union was fighting against “the Russian hybrid war”, the terrorists hit us in “the heart of Europe” – as a slogan at the Brussels Airport, one of the terrorists’ targets, calls the city. Meanwhile the EU political elite in Brussels as well as in many national capitals throughout Europe behaves like Don Quixote.

The Obama Doctrine

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In a long essay based on a series of interviews to The Atlantic the outgoing president, in fact, dwells on his foreign policy legacy, or “The Obama Doctrine.” To put his ideas in a nutshell, the United States must sustain its hegemony and have others do the dirty work. In fact he presents the policy that we refer to as “managed chaos”

Russia and the New Silk Road

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The overland Silk Road Economic Belt comes up against a major power: Russia. Most of the countries targeted by China for inclusion in the Belt are members or potential future members of the Russian-dominated Eurasian Economic Union. The competing Russian and Chinese economic initiatives have the potential to reignite the 400-year contest between Russia and China for influence over the heart of Eurasia.