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People cast their ballots at a polling station during rebel elections in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. Residents of the eastern Ukraine regions controlled by Russia-backed separatist rebels are voting for local governments in elections denounced by Kiev and the West. (AP Photo)

Russian hybrid warfare in Ukraine

The West is well aware of Russian actions in Ukraine that began with Russian armed forces annexing the Crimean peninsula in March 2014, as well as initiation of the war in Donbas, which unfortunately is still ongoing

The left wants to divide and conquer America

For some time now, I have wondered to myself what the leftists' real goal is as they work to divide the nation, corrupt our youth, destroy our institutions and revel in their criminal behavior to steal elections.

French President Emmanuel Macron, looks on as he visits an EHPAD (Housing Establishment for Elderly Dependant People) in Rosnoy Sur Serre, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, Pool)

The menace of Macron's misguided European army idea

My first reaction when French President Emmanuel Macron said this week that the European Union needed its own army to defend against potential adversaries — including the United States — was to suggest he go to Normandy and ask the 9,000 dead Americans there who saved France, for the second time, what they thought about the idea. But, I'm sure he won't do that.

In this May 4, 2004, photo, a full moon rises above the golden domes of the Orthodox Monastery of the Caves in Kiev, Ukraine. Tensions over the imminent formation of a Ukrainian Orthodox church independent of Moscow are raising fears that nationalists will try to seize Russian church properties.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Ukraine media wars

As we have seen in the United States in vibrant real time over the last several years, the media have become a battleground for the powerful to fight it out with the goal of altering public opinion and, therefore, influencing policy -- in other words, to gain power.

National security adviser John R. Bolton met this week with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and said President Trump intends to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. (Associated Press)

An arms race with Russia? Bring it on

Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning this week of a new arms race and threatening to target European nations that may host U.S. midrange nukes, in response to National Security Adviser John R. Bolton's trip to Moscow this week where he confirmed President Trump's intention to pull out of the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, center, visits a polling station in the southern coastal town of Port Dickson, where Anwar is vying for a seat along with six other candidates, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Voting opened Saturday in a by-election that is expected to see charismatic Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim win a parliamentary seat and return to active politics as he prepare for his eventual takeover from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Gay rights and the path ahead for Malaysia

- The Washington Times

In the wake of the long ordeal of Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim, whose career was derailed for years by legal battles and convictions for sodomy, a campaign against LGBT people in Malaysia has been ramping up since Prime Minister Mohamad Mahathir came to power this year.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to his plane to depart for meetings with Saudi Arabia's King Salman in Saudi Arabia, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018 at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (Leah Millis/Pool Image via AP)

D.C.-Saudi dissident's take on the Khashoggi case

I had the good fortune to sit down recently with a D.C.-based Saudi dissident, and the timing coincides with the Jamal Khashoggi case, which remains the big news following reports Monday that Mr. Khashoggi may have died in a botched interrogation.

In this Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping attends a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Chinese leaders, led by President Xi, promised Wednesday to increase imports and reduce risks in their financial system amid slowing economic growth and pressure from Washington and Europe to open their markets wider. (Nicolas Asfouri/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Beijing's bravado betrays growing case of nerves

Chinese state media has just announced the imminent test flight of a new long-range stealth bomber called the Hong-20. A "military expert" told reporters that "usually, the development of equipment and weaponry of the People's Liberation Army is highly confidential."

The Central Bank of Russia, stands on Neglinnaya Street, Moscow, Russia, on Friday, June 20, 2008. The bank also known as the Bank of Russia, was founded on July 13, 1990. Accountable to the Supreme Soviet of the RSFSR, it was originally called the State Bank of the RSFSR. Bloomberg News

Russia: shades of 2008 crisis

I remember the 2008 financial crisis very well. Actually, I remember it starting in 2006. At the time, I was working at a very large Wall Street investment bank.

In this photo from Tuesday, April 24, 2018 , US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) **FILE**

France decides to confront Iran

The French government has decided it has no choice but to confront Iran after a blatant terror attempt on French soil during the summer against the main Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran, which held a massive gathering in Paris in June.

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) **FILE**

Sex, lies, videotapes and sharia in Malaysia

In elections earlier this year, Malaysia experienced a political earthquake. The party that had ruled the former British colony for six decades, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), via the Barisan Nasional coalition, was pushed out of power. A new coalition, the Pakatan Harapan (PH), was installed in its placed via the May general vote count.

A Russian Il-20 electronic intelligence plane was accidentally downed by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike on Sunday. (Associated Press/File)

Once again, the U.S. has Israel's back

As the bloody Syrian civil war appears to near a climax, the big winners after more than half a decade of carnage and confusion may rate as something of a surprise: Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In this April 2, 2018 file photo, a Chinese flag is seen on the end of a railway track at the Khorgos Gateway, one of the world's largest dry dock in a remote crossing along Kazakhstan's border with China near Khorgos. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) **FILE**

New Central Asia banking center could be global changer

- The Washington Times

The global financial world is changing, as President Trump would say, big league. This week marks the next-level escalation of the trade war between the United States and China, as POTUS attempts to roll back decades of the hollowing out of American manufacturing in favor of emerging markets in the Pacific.

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