Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

The Turkey Istanbul tunnel under the Bosphorus

Summary: Monday's post looked at how China's Belt and Roads Initiative was spurring growth in the less developed areas of Asia and Africa -- and linking those nations more tightly to China. Here Stratfor looks at how the B&R initiative links to Europe, the end of its new Silk Road. China uses the EU's weakness as an … Continue reading Stratfor explains how China’s Belt and Roads Initiative might reshape Europe

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Did NATO betray Russia, breaking the deal to stay out of Eastern Europe?

Summary:  The news that "NATO invites Montenegro to join alliance, defying Russia" has sparked return (again) of stories that the US broke its deal with the Soviet Union to stay out of Eastern Europe. These accusations by Putin and other Russian leaders frame and poison relations with the West. Here are the facts. Putin's claims … Continue reading Did NATO betray Russia, breaking the deal to stay out of Eastern Europe?

How the world looks from Russia. It’s a picture the US media don’t show.

Summary: The US news media flood us with facts (mostly correct), but seldom show us how the world looks like from the perspective of our foes and rivals. Here we have a senior Russian official who explains that the world is in fact far different than we see it.  That's a valuable gift.  {2nd of … Continue reading How the world looks from Russia. It’s a picture the US media don’t show.