July 29, 2016 |
You can't make this stuff up. No, you wouldn't want to make this stuff up about a presidential candidate who could wind up running this country. Donald Trump actually said yesterday that he hoped Russia had hacked into Hillary Clinton's email server and would now release 30,000 emails. In other words, the GOP candidate sanctioned cyber-spying by a foreign nation in order to influence an election in his favor. This just as U.S. intelligence agencies say they are highly confident - as are well-known cybersecurity firms - that it was Russian government spy agencies that hacked into the Democratic National Committee's emails, 20,000 of which were released the day before the convention with the clear intent of undercutting Clinton.
June 24, 2016
By Steve Welch With a coworker's son trying to decide between Stanford and Rice, I offered him my perspective on a history to come: Britain exits the European Union. Voters are frustrated with government because of growing income inequality, which is driven by education inequity, technology, and globalization. But those are complicated, so politicians stick to talking points and blaming each other. The voters blame refugee migration for their problems but also realize that the government, trying to be politically correct, is not being honest with them.
May 5, 2016 |
Last month, unarmed Russian fighter jets buzzed within 30 feet of a U.S. Navy destroyer in the Baltic Sea and also barrel-rolled a U.S. reconnaissance plane flying over that sea. In part, these provocative stunts were a message from Moscow of its continuing displeasure at the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia, former Soiet republics that had the temerity to join the European Union and NATO. Equally outrageous - from a Kremlin perspective - Baltic leaders are demonstrating how Europe could break away from its dangerous energy dependence on Russia, which Moscow cleverly wields to manipulate European politicians.
February 12, 2016 |
Vladimir Putin seems to be the only leader who knows what he's doing in Syria. While the Obama team was desperately pursuing a diplomatic solution to the conflict, Putin was busy with more practical matters: cementing his proxy Bashar al-Assad in power by military force. Backed by indiscriminate Russian airpower, Syrian troops and foreign fighters trained by Iran have nearly encircled Syria's second-largest city, Aleppo, a key rebel base. At Thursday's talks in Munich, the United States, Russia and other powers agreed on a vague "cessation of hostilities" - not a formal ceasefire - that supposedly will take place in a week.
June 5, 2015 |
'I can tell you outright and unequivocally that there are no Russian troops in Ukraine," Russian President Vladimir Putin told a live TV audience in April. He was flat-out lying. Moscow has armed and directed the so-called "rebel forces" in eastern Ukraine and bolstered them with its own troops. Thousands of Russian troops are massing on Ukraine's eastern border, possibly poised for a further invasion. Yet Western leaders still won't publicly challenge Putin's lies. "If you don't call it by what it is, there is less pressure to confront the real issues," John Herbst, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, told me this week.
March 5, 2015 |
PATRIOTS OWNER Robert Kraft had preferred seating at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress at the U.S. House chamber yesterday. Kraft sat in the second row, directly behind Netanyahu's wife, Sara, and to the left of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel. No word on whether Netanyahu tried to pull a "Putin" and steal Kraft's most recent Super Bowl ring. During a 2005 trip to Russia, Kraft showed Putin his hefty jeweled ring from Super Bowl XXXIX, when the Patriots beat the Eagles.
December 30, 2014 |
Sometimes it seems as if America, at 238 years old, is suffering from a sort of midlife crisis that has it questioning its strength and leadership. Questioning is fine; few are pleased with Washington these days. But it was more troubling to hear some critics suggest that President Obama should be more like Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some were apparently impressed by the machismo Putin displayed in invading Ukraine even though it was morally wrong. Much of that sentiment evaporated as casualties mounted in the war Putin incited to keep Ukraine firmly in Russia's orbit rather than the European Union's.
September 8, 2014 |
In 1949, George Orwell published Nineteen Eighty-Four , his famous portrait of a totalitarian regime whose "Ministry of Truth" spews rank propaganda called "Newspeak" that turns historical facts on their head. Newspeak has been alive and well these past weeks in Moscow, where President Vladimir Putin flatly denied any Russian presence in Ukraine, even as thousands of Russian troops and heavy weapons invaded that country. What's more disturbing is that NATO leaders meeting in Wales last week to discuss Ukraine refused to denounce Putin's aggression as an "invasion.
August 10, 2014 |
Vladimir Putin is mad and has vowed revenge. Will it include a cybercrime wave directed at the West? And if yes, has it already begun? Some minds are connecting two prominent news stories of the last week. Maybe it's paranoia. Maybe it's silliness. And maybe it's an understandable question. Even if there's no direct link, in a bigger, elusive way, hacking is a vital part of Russia's effort to learn what it wants and thwart what it doesn't. Like most other countries. The first story broke Tuesday, when Hold Security of Milwaukee announced it had found records of an enormous theft.