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28 April 2015
Asia & Pacific
Brave New World
Connecting The Pieces
Stockholm Syndrome: Finland Starts Seeing 'Secret Submarines'
Finland's "submarine" incident on Tuesday could be the spread of long-standing Swedish paranoia about "Russian submarines" to the country, Finnish political analyst Jon Hellevig told Sputnik.
Republican Candidates to Hound Hillary Over Clinton Foundation Allegations
Experts say that US Republican presidential candidates will stick with the story of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of foreign government donations to the Clinton Foundation as long as they can gain politically.
US Intelligence Community Abuses the Worst in Recent History
Intelligence community abuses are worse under the 2001 US Patriot Act than at previous times in US history, retired intelligence officials told Sputnik on Monday.
Attempt to Isolate Russia, Carry Out Regime Change is Doomed - Stephen Cohen
Not a single modern global security threat can be dealt effectively without Russia's cooperation, Stephen F. Cohen stressed, adding that Ukraine has already cost America in terms of its national security.
US-Japan Military Alliance Faces Critical Turning Point
Although Japan still remains one of America's closest allies in the Asia Pacific region, some of Tokyo's actions should worry Washington, Ted Galen Carpenter stressed.
EU Tries to Regain Moscow's Trust Despite US Displeasure
It seems that Europe is inclined to re-establish political and economic relations with Russia, deteriorated over the Ukrainian turmoil, and to revive the idea of the free trade zone "from Lisbon to Vladivostok," George N. Tzogopoulos noted.
Guantanamo 'Does Make You Wonder About the Quality of Our Leadership'
The annual London Marathon has beaten its own record by attracting almost 38 thousand runners this Sunday. Many were raising money for charity but one competitor ran for freedom.
Blame Lies at Kiev's Door: Ceasefire Violations in Ukraine
Everyone who is following the Ukraine story knows that Kiev has repeatedly violated the Minsk II accord, Jim W. Dean noted, stressing that practically all of the shooting violations in eastern Ukraine were on Kiev's side.
Silk Road Project May Facilitate Resolution of South China Sea Disputes
The 21st Century Maritime Silk Road project could resolve the longstanding South China Sea maritime disputes that have always been considered a stumbling block to multilateral collaboration in the region.
EU Falls Victim to Its Own Geopolitical Adventurism in Ukraine
European proponents of the Eastern Neighborhood Policy (ENP) made a huge mistake when they tried to integrate Ukraine into the EU orbit, completely ignoring the geopolitical interests of Russia, Matthew Dal Santo noted.
Obama's Successor Unlikely to Soften US Stance on Russia
US President Barack Obama's successor is unlikely to soften Washington's stance on Russia, stated Ariel Cohen, suggesting that Ukraine will remain "at the heart of the conflict" between the Kremlin and the White House beyond the 2016 presidential election.
Obama's Strategic Agility: US Wants to Have a Finger in Every Pie
Although US President Obama vowed that "a decade of war is now ending" in 2013, the US troops have got bogged down in three conflict zones, while Washington takes regular lethal actions in at least five countries, Michael Crowley noted.
Americans Steal Retirement Payments of Deceased Relatives
Specialists from the US Department of Justice and Social Security Administration say that some US citizens fraudulently hide the deaths of family members in order to continue receiving their Social Security retirement payments.
Obama Earns a Failing Grade for Lack of Transparency on Drone Strikes
US experts said that the US President Barack Obama administration would earn a failing grade for its lack of openness about the US drone strikes policy.
Iranian Dilemma: US Demonstrating Double Standard Approach
The nuclear arms control negotiations between the United States and the USSR in the 1970s and 1980s had less significance than the current talks with Iran, said Michael Mandelbaum, stressing that stakes in the Iran talks are "extraordinarily high."
Obama Losing Credibility Over Continued Drone Strikes
Law Professor Stephen Vladeck told Sputnik that Barack Obama is losing trust and credibility after he failed to disclose information about the extent of US drone strikes.
Ring of Fire: Asia-Pacific to Face Mega Disasters and Uncertain Future
Natural disasters pose a serious threat to the East Asia and Pacific region, which is affected by cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, and floods. The damages caused by Asia-Pacific disasters between the years 1980 and 2011 have amounted to $453 billion.
Greece Could Give Up ‘Economic Logic’ for Politics on Russian Gas Offer
A political approach to Russia's economic proposal to invest in a gas pipeline running through Greece may prevent Athens from pursuing its own economic interests, a Greek expert told Sputnik on Friday.
US On Horns of Dilemma: How to Defeat ISIL and Contain Iran
Together the United States and Iran could easily defeat Islamic State, but this victory would play into hands of Iran and its Middle Eastern allies and ruin Washington's relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel, a US expert noted.
Will AC Milan Follow in Marco Polo's Footsteps?
The owners of AC Milan have called for calm amid Italian media frenzied speculation about the sale of the coveted football club. Silvio Berlusconi's daughter Marina has described the situation as "delicate", as "many incorrect and untrue things having been said". "Silence is a must" - urged the head of Berlusconi's business empire.
Vietnam Historians Challenge New US Film Portraying 'Last Days' of War
Russian Army: Contract Soldiers Outnumber Conscripts First Time in History
European Stocks Retreat on Greek Risks, UK Slowdown
Next Stage in Global Monetary War: China Close to Stimulus, US Fed Cautious
Two Young Diplomats Among Russians Missing in Nepal
Russian T-14 Armata: Most Powerful Tank in the World in Details
Looking Through 15 Years of Power: Putin Unveils Never Known Details
Finland 'Bombs' Mysterious Underwater Object Near Capital
German Army Has No Chance Against Russian Tanks - German Newspaper
Baltimore Under Siege as Police & Protesters Battle in the Streets
From Moscow to Berlin on Bikes: Night Wolves' Victory Day Rally
Taking the Low Road
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What do you think about Obama's recent speech featuring the "anger translator?"
It was hilarious! I wish politicians would show more wit and openness
I think it was inappropriate. The US president has a reputation to uphold