Gen. James ‘Chaos’ Mattis. U.S. Marine Corps photo No general gets four stars without at least a few of them by KEVIN KNODELL James “Chaos” Mattis is on his way to becoming the Trump Administration’s new Secretary of Defense. He’s widely celebrated as a man of humble roots with a reputation as... Read more
Trump’s election victory ended the ‘Age of Great Expectations’ and left a void by ANDREW BACEVICH The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the... Read more
The World Today with Susan E. Roberts, only on Chinese state-owned media. CGTN capture CGTN makes me sleepy by ROBERT BECKHUSEN China Global Television Network, a state-owned news network rebranded from the former CCTV News, launched on Dec. 31, 2016. It’s available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic and Russian — and the... Read more
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin on Dec. 31, 2016. Office of the President of Russia photo But either way, Putin wins by MATTHEW GAULT Cloak and dagger secrecy is so Cold War. It’s 2017. Privacy is dead and both people and governments commit atrocious acts in the open. That’s the point. If a... Read more
Jeeping around the Reichstag in Berlin. Imperial War Museum photo Podcast — the British politician’s two seminal speeches reshaped the West by MATTHEW GAULT At the end of World War II, Winston Churchill lost his reelection bid for Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The British Bulldog was down, but not out. He worried of... Read more
U.S. government art The Democrats’ cyberattackers had lots of practice by DAVID AXE On Dec. 29, 2016, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center confirmed again what they had initially warned about months earlier — that the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. presidential election.... Read more
The international body is flawed, frustrating and very necessary by KEVIN KNODELL The United Nations was born out of the ashes of World War II. Throughout the Cold War, the world body proved a valuable venue for mediation and helped prevent several conflicts before they started. But America’s president-elect Donald Trump... Read more
A rebel strolls in Aleppo. Photo via Wikipedia But political settlement comes with some big catches by BENEDETTA ARGENTIERI In early November 2016, Syrian regime officials were clear. “Once Aleppo is retaken, there is going to be a turn in the war,” a source said on the sidelines of a... Read more
J. Alex Halderman. Photo via Vice Motherboard U.S. voting systems are vulnerable to attack by JOSEPH COX After partial vote recounts in certain states, U.S. election officials found no evidence that votes had been manipulated by a cyberattack on voting machines, security researchers told an audience at the Chaos Communication Congress... Read more
File photo of Pres. Barack Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson at the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. DHS photo Here’s what you can do to protect yourself now by ROBERT BECKHUSEN & JOSEPH TREVITHICK In the lead up to and after the 2016 presidential election, the United States made... Read more
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