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Fidel Castro retired today saying he will not seek another term. Kosovo has also declared its independence against the threats of Serbia and Russia. When one revolution closes the door another opens a window…news and analysis on the flip… (more…)

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In what is beginning to read more like a spy novel everyday, relations between Russia, Caucusus’, and the UK have moved a little closer to a state of unravel today with the mysterious death of Badri Patarkatsishvili. Patarkatsishvili, a Georgian oligarch who has been self-exiled in London, died today of a heart attack. The death which is being investigated by UK authorities, has sparked speculation of murder on the order of the Litvineko assassination in 2007. (more…)

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Britain has closed two branch offices of its British Council in Russia, this was prompted by consistent staff harrassment at these branch offices, believed to be the result of devolving relationships between Russia and the UK since the Litvinenko assassination. We were unable to find any comment from Russian authorities on this, but the British authorities were very blunt in their displeasure with this situation. (more…)

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Way back in June we reported on Russia saying that if the US built a missile shield in East Central Europe that they might be forced into a counter attack, training their weapons on those borders. Now the president is running into a bit of trouble going forward with this plan, Poland wants to wait for the results of the upcoming US elections and public opinion in both Poland and Czech Republic (where the shield would be located) is 70-80% opposed. An expert at the RAND corporation has commented that true to form, Bush has mishandled this whole thing from the beginning thinking he could slip it in under the radar.

“This [proposed radar base] project has not been, in my view, well handled from the beginning,” said F. Stephen Larrabee, a senior analyst at a U.S.-based nonprofit research organization RAND Corporation. “The basic problem is that the Bush administration didn’t realize how politically sensitive this issue was going to be, and didn’t realize the many ways Poland and the Czech Republic have become more ‘Europeanized’ … [where] public opinion has gotten more important,” he said. “They used to be authoritarian countries, and the Bush administration thought they could do this behind the scenes.”

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There is a lot going on in Putin’s Kingdom, from elections, to Iran sanctions in light of the new NIE and we’ve got a round up of all the events inside the Federation. (more…)

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Who’s on First?

Well it looks like Putin is doing a good job of keeping all of this bases covered. The news is abuzz with stories from Russia, ranging from elections to nukes. Here’s a round up. (more…)

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