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Whose Siberia?

By Alec Dubro

Siberia’s forbidden hinterlands have long been a source of friction between Russia and China. In recent years, however, the idea that a horde of Asian invaders stands ready to reclaim this land for the Middle Kingdom has inspired the fevered minds of both right-wing Americans and Russian nationalists. Nevertheless, tensions along the eastern Siberian frontier are just that—tensions. And there is nothing to indicate that Beijing sees a suicidal invasion as preferable to simply buying Siberian resources, and letting the Russians live with isolation, cold, and summer mosquitoes. But then again, conspiratorial minds will always discount the likely explanation in favor of an apocalyptic one. Read full article.

 

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Andrew C. McCarthy

The National Review writer and former federal prosecutor thinks that all “Islamists,” both peaceful and violent, intend to overthrow the U.S. government.

J. Michael Waller

Waller, a neoconservative academic at the Institute of World Politics, uses his blogs to hype purported threats about sharia law and to promote the argument that the United States should “snatch” the founder of WikiLeaks and pursue espionage charges against him.

American Security Council

Once described as the “heart and soul of the military-industrial complex,” the American Security Council was an influential old-guard conservative group during the early Cold War whose coalition-building efforts prefigured the work of neoconservative groups like the Project for the New American Century.

Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs

An academic center of the American conservative movement, the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs has been a vigorous defender of the war on terrorism and an unequivocal supporter of militarist Israeli policies.

Institute of World Politics

The Institute of World Politics is a Washington, D.C.-based graduate school closely tied to right-wing networks in the United States.

 

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Donald Trump was one of the many bets the Russians routinely place, recognizing that while most such bets will never pay off a few will, often in unpredictable ways. Trump’s actions since taking office provide the strongest evidence that this one bet is paying off handsomely for the Russians. Putin could hardly have made the script for Trump’s conduct at the recent NATO meeting any more to his liking—and any better designed to foment division and distrust within the Western alliance—than the way Trump actually behaved.


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The former Kansas congressman and now Secretary of State in the Trump administration once told his constituents in Wichita, “The threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the way and the light and the only answer.” In this conception, if totalitarianism or terrorism is the content of the Iranian policy, then the Islamic Republic is its enabling form.


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