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Ukraine’s Disinformation Battle: Little Green Men, Hamsters and the Fog of War

Disinformation is thick over Ukraine now, providing a 21st Century version of the Cold War propaganda battle between Russia and the U.S. Here, we take a look at a cycle of obfuscation we’ve seen plenty of times before, and the risks it brings to the heart of Europe.

Bulgaria May be the Next US-Russia Flashpoint

As tensions in Crimea and eastern Ukraine escalate, it’s a safe bet that most Western eyes have not been on Bulgaria. Yet the country—with its seven million people—may prove to be a crucible of the confrontation between East and West.

From the Algerian Terror to Al Qaeda Meets Mali: West’s Hidden Agenda and One Big Mess

Trying to understand the story of the Algerian hostage crisis? French (and soon US) intervention in neighboring Mali creeping onto your radar? A trip through some baffling landscape reveals some familiar landmarks.