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There are many who may have already forgotten all about Edward Snowden. However, last year’s movie “Snowden,” directed by one of the best-known Hollywood film directors Oliver Stone, and the recently published book “How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft” by a veteran U.S. investigator of intelligence matters, professor Edward… » read more

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The processes of dissolution that have brought down the East Socialist bloc almost thirty years ago have now spread to the West. The global ideological paradigm, which was so triumphant at the time as to arrogantly proclaim itself “the end of history,” has been suffering one defeat after another. First, in June 2016, Brexit marked… » read more

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With the recent arrest of the Russian economy minister Aleksey Ulyukaev by the FSB, the Russian equivalent of the FBI, the president Vladimir Putin’s purge of the liberal faction within the Kremlin nomenklatura is now in the full public view.[1] This faction is headed by the Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev who succeeded Putin as… » read more

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Putin is no stranger to the ex-Yugoslav republic of Slovenia. In fact, in June 2001, when Slovenia was still neither an EU nor a NATO member state, it was chosen as a neutral meeting place for the first official meeting between him and the U.S. president George W. Bush. Ironically, the meeting took place in… » read more

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For about two decades, it appeared that the end of the Cold War in Europe left the Balkan states with no long-term geostrategic option except the so-called Euro-Atlantic integrations underwritten by the ideology known as Atlanticism. This option reached the peak of its strength after NATO’s military intervention in the Bosnian conflict in 1995 (which… » read more

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Seventy years ago, the organization of United Nations was officially founded in San Francisco, the city I live in at this time. A few days ago, I went to see the mural commemorating this event in the city’s landmark cathedral, Grace Cathedral on California St. Painted by the Bolivian-American artist Antonio Sotomayor, the mural depicts… » read more

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On December 2, 2015, the foreign ministers of NATO member states, including the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, meeting at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, agreed to grant a membership invitation to Montenegro.[1] In response to this indisputable historical fact, the New York Times published two articles, a front page article and an editorial,… » read more

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Some time ago, on a transatlantic flight, for lack of better ideas, I watched “Grace of Monaco”, a film released in May 2014. I expected a romantic melodrama about a famous actress who gave up her professional career to marry a prince. The role of Grace Kelly was played by Nicole Kidman. Yet, fairly quickly… » read more

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After his surprise meeting with the French president François Hollande at a Moscow airport, Putin held an unscripted press conference which lasted a little less than six minutes.[1] From the way he smiled when he took the first question, it was clear that, from his point of view, the meeting went extremely well. And it… » read more

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On December 2, the same day that the Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a surprising gas deal during a press conference with the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, the foreign ministers of NATO countries met in Brussels. The main points of their discussion included the working-out of the so-called ‘Readiness Action Plan’, which… » read more

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