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Victor Kotsev

Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine
Media Fail, War & Peace

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

May 27, 2014 by

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.

War & Peace

Bulgaria May be the Next US-Russia Flashpoint

Apr 18, 2014 by

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.

A French soldier explains to Vietnamese (er, Malian) children why he thinks he is in their country
Deep Politics, War & Peace

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

Jan 25, 2013 by

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.