Ukraine

Financial Chinoiserie

Monday, March 30th, 2015

A most peculiar crisis is developing for the Chinese economy – and, indeed, for the regime — while the world’s attention is riveted on the chaos and terror in the Mideast and Russian aggression in Ukraine. Not the smallest element is the clever manipulation by Beijing’s strategists of the world’s... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 22-27, 2015

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Credit: Office of the Supreme Leader Iran: Why? – Sol Sanders – Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40% living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second largest gas... ...

Weekly Briefing – March 1-7, 2015

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Right: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi described the removal of all sanctions against Tehran as a precondition for a comprehensive deal with the world powers, underlining that Tehran is standing on its positions firmly. On the Road to a “Very Bad Deal” with... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 22 – 27, 2015

Friday, February 27th, 2015

 Drones in the U.S. National Airspace System – Major Stephen Maddox & Captain David Stuckenberg —  in 2014 an American Airlines Group regional jet in Florida nearly collided with a drone at 2,300 feet. This type of UAS is supposed to remain within 400 feet of the surface. A collision... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 16-20, 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

“If Only Germany Had Solved Its Unemployment Problem in 1933, Germans Wouldn’t Have Become Nazis…Er, Maybe not.” – David P. Goldman (Sprengler) Denmark’s Compromised “Values” – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Danes should have known better, but they continue to ignore the writings on the wall. Instead, they have compromised their... ...

Weekly Briefing, February 8-13, 2015

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Deterring ISIL is Not Enough – Rachel Ehrenfeld – “Muslims need to change the religious discourse and remove from it things that have led to violence and extremism.”… President Obama’s requested Congressional authorization to indefinitely use U.S. military forces in “systematic campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria”... ...

The History of History*

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Historians cheat. Mostly, they reconstruct the story of our past as a straightforward narrative with a beginning, middle, and sometimes even an end. What they don’t usually tell us is that a great deal more was going on than that single narrative of events–and, sometimes they have to flip back... ...

Weekly Briefing – February 1-6, 2015

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Hell on Earth –  Dr. Mordecai Kedar@Arutz7 – Burning alive a human being is a method of eliminating enemies that is well known and documented in early Islamic sources, and based on a deductive legal principle of Sharia law… Anyone who attacks Islamic State will be condemned to Hell on... ...

Weekly Briefing – January 24-30, 2015

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

ISIS Advances – January 22-28, 2015 – Rachel Ehrenfeld – As the White House claims its attacks on ISIS have weakened the barbaric jihadist movement, we are witnessing an expansion of its activities. In previously unseen coordinated attacks ISIS attacked Egyptian security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, killing 26 and wounding more than... ...

Weekly Briefing – January 19-23, 2015

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Left: Anti-Israel protestors in Scotland / AP Antisemitism = Islamism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – “Antisemitism can even be found in the halls of the United Nations,” said the joint statement signed by only 40 of the 193 United Nations member states on January 22, 2015. Really? The joint statement was signed... ...

Weekly Briefing – January 12-16, 2015

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Charlie Hebdo – A Missed Opportunity – Rachel Ehrenfeld — In less than a week the free world seems to have lost the United States’ leadership, and the media lost its courage. The winners are the Islamists, whose ‘sensitivities’ apparently weigh more than those of Christians, Jews, Hindus, and all... ...

Weekly Briefing – December 28-January 2, 2014/15

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Cybersecurity and the 114th Congress – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Sony hacking served as a national reminder that cybersecurity should be taken more seriously…In May 2010, former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander lamented, “The scale of compromise, including the loss of sensitive and unclassified data, is staggering,” Miller said.... ...

Weekly Briefing – December 8 – 13, 2014

Sunday, December 14th, 2014

 By 2021 new nuclear missile systems, composed of new warheads and new delivery systems, will constitute 98 percent of Russia’s intercontinental ballistic missile forces. This modernization includes the new RS-24 Yars (which NATO calls the SS-27 Mod 2), shown here, which is a new road-mobile system designed to carry up... ...

The Muslim Brotherhood in Russia – Part 1

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Left: Lenin calling for hard work – Kazakh, Tashkent, 1933 (the Mardjani Foundation) “Russia appears to be taking serious moves to combat the ‘radicalization’ of Muslims within its border.  Recent pro-Islamic reports are complaining that Russia is banning the Islamic hijab—the headdress Islamic law requires Muslim women to wear—and, perhaps... ...

The Growing Russian Menace*

Monday, December 1st, 2014

It is not a return of the Cold War – but, in a sense, it may be even more dangerous. For more than four decades, the U.S. and its allies wrestled with a formidable enemy, one armed to the teeth, from nuclear weapons and delivery systems to the best propaganda-subversion... ...

Weekly Briefing, November 10-15, 2014

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Left: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan shakes hands with attendants of the First Latin American Muslim Religious Leaders Summit in Istanbul, where he announced that Muslims discovered the Americas before Columbus. Turkey Reaches Out to Latin America’s Muslims – J. Millard Burr and Rachel Ehrenfeld – Since the fall of... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 26 – November 1, 2014

Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Laser Communications – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Uninterrupted radio frequencies are necessary to guarantee wireless communications. The rapid growth of wireless communication and computing systems with a wide range of applications and services have crowded the airwaves, increasing their vulnerabilities to interference. “I can give you a whole list of interference... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 19-25, 2014

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

Islamist Terrorism in Canada – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The terror attacks in Montreal and Ottawa Canada should have not surprised anyone. The recent jihadist attacks attacks in Montreal and Ottawa came after years of repeated calls to fight the infidel by Canadian Islamist religious and “civic” leaders-including Imams and new... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 12-17, 2014

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Chemical Terrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Last August when President Obama announced the successful elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, he went on the call on the Assad regime to “follow through on its promise to destroy remaining chemical weapons facilities.” At the same time, he stressed his concern “about omissions and... ...

Weekly Briefing, October 6-10, 2014

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Countering BioTerrorism – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Bio-terrorism dates back to the New Stone Age. The Scythians (7th century BC – 4th century AD), the Gauls (Celtic people, 5th century BC – 3rd century AD), the ancient Romans (first and second centuries AD), the Aztecs, and the Mayans have used toxins... ...

Weekly Briefing, September 28-October 4, 2014

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Left: Iraqi Shiite fighters wearing explosive belts Jihad is Jihad is Jihad and It’s Deadly – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The ISIS announcement of  American aid worker, despite his conversion to Islam. Former Army Ranger Peter Edward Kassig, now Abdul-Rahman, will die because he is an American.  For the ISIS and all... ...

Weekly Briefing – September 14-20, 2014

Saturday, September 20th, 2014

Immoral Equivalent – Daphne Netanyahu – There is a reason that criminal law – not just in Israel but the world over – does not define a criminal offense solely by the damage it caused. Judging the morality or immorality of war according to the number of people killed is... ...

Weekly Briefing – September 6-12, 2014

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

The Jihadist Plague on the March – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Al Qaeda’s attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, on September 11, 2001, signaled the beginning of the spreading of the global jihadist plague. The deliberate dismissal of growing jihadist movements the world over has been aided and... ...

Weekly Briefing – August 30-September 6, 2014

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

The Religion of War – Rachel Ehrenfeld – American and European leaders are “shocked” that the Islamic State (IS) barbarians beheaded two American reporters, Steven J. Sotloff and James Foley. Their “shock” is disingenuous and troubling. They react as though such barbarism is something new among Islamists. It is anything... ...

Creation of a Prosperous Economy and A Just Society in Ukraine*

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This was originally presented as a speech at the US-Ukraine Energy-Security Fusion Dialog in Kyiv on August 27, 2014. The famous sociologist and former president of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, when asked why, with all its abundant natural resources, Brazil was still a poor country, responded: “Brazil is not a... ...

NATO, EU Face Acid Test

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Left: Infographic: Map locating clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces created on August 31, 2014. (Reuters) One of the iconic photographic images of recent decades was the film of a young Chinese man standing in front of the lead tank of an armored column on its way to crush the pro-democracy... ...

Saving NATO

Monday, September 1st, 2014

It was one great historical irony that when NATO’s famous Article 5 – an attack on any member is an attack on all and demands their assistance – was invoked, it would be not in the aid of the European states for which the Treaty was designed but for the... ...

Weekly Briefing – August 24-29, 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

ACD NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT — “The ACD/EWI ability to predict future threats is second to none.” – R.James Woolsey, former CIA Director. The latest news about hacking into JPMorgan Chase and other banks’ databases should have not surprised ACD Blog readers. We have been warning against this and other threats... ...

The Obama Administration’s tutorials*

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Left: “A Chinese fighter jet that the Obama administration says is similar to that which conducted a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace.Reuters” Objectivity is one of the greatest assets in any human intellectual encounter. But no concept... ...

Weekly Briefing – August 10-16, 2014

Saturday, August 16th, 2014

Left: Qatar pledges assistance to Hamas. Aid to Hamas Boosts Terrorism Against Israel – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Estimates of the cost to rebuild Gaza, range from $455 million to $2 billion to $6 billion, depending on who’s estimating.  The highest figure comes, not surprisingly, from the Gaza-Hamas government. The lowest,... ...

Barbarity*

Monday, August 11th, 2014

It is not the first time leaders of the civilized world have had to cope with a slide into barbarism which not only threatens international peace and stability but the very foundations of modern morality. Nor is it the first time that American leadership has been reluctant to take on... ...

Tsar Vladimir the First*

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Putin Isn’t Trying to Win the Cold War — He’s Refighting the Battles of World War I. World War I was not only one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in history, but arguably the most seminal. The war was a catalyst for the Great Depression, the rise of the... ...

Weekly Briefing – July 27 – August 2, 2014

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

On ACD Time to Hand Out the Goebbels Propaganda Award – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The competition among Western media outlets in spreading pro-Hamas propaganda, thus legitimizing its murderous agenda, should be recognized by giving the most biased anti-Israeli reporting the Goebbels Propaganda Award. Choosing the worst offender will be difficult.... ...

The Bear is Loose

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

No, not the self-designated ursus in the White House, but the Kremlin’s ruler. Having launched a program attempting to reinstate Moscow’s hegemony over the former Tsarist/Soviet Empire, Vladimir Putin now has been hoisted on his own petard. When his naked aggression in Georgia in 2008 elicited no significant American-EU response,... ...

Weekly Briefing – July 20 – 25, 2014

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

On ACD Whitewashing Hamas – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The siding with Hamas, which uses Gaza’s residents – most of whom support the terrorist group’s agenda – as human shields –  is not limited to outsiders. The Israel based organization B’Tselem, which for years has actively promoted alleged Israeli violations of... ...

Testing, testing, testing…*

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

The horror of 298 innocents, oblivious to the warfare 33,000 feet below them, blown out of the sky by criminally negligent fanatics supported by Russian Vladimir Putin, forebodes greater catastrophes. The incident is a part of a worldwide scene wherein Pres. Barack Hussein Obama’s strategy of withdrawal from what he... ...

Weekly Briefing – July 7-12, 2014

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

From ACD WMD and the Islamist Threat – Cory Davenport – The ability for terrorists in the Middle East to get their hands on WMDs has never been greater. It might be easy to look at Libya, which in 2003 agreed to the ending and dismantling of its WMD programs, or... ...

Weekly Briefing – June 29-July 5, 2014

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

From ACD: The Islamist Plague – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Many Western commentators have adopted the narrative that al Qaeda and its ilk are the exception to the “religion of peace” — Islam. Even Hamas, the barbaric Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, a U.S. designated terrorist organization dedicated to the destruction of Israel... ...

Weekly Briefing, June 15-21, 2014

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

From ACD: “Stop! Or, or I’ll Say Stop Again!” (The FCC to China) – Rachel Ehrenfeld – The Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seem to model themselves after British policemen, popularly known as “”bobbies,” whose only regular weapon is a short, wooden truncheon, which they keep out... ...

Weekly Briefing – May 24-30, 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Time to Debunk Political Islam – Rachel Ehrenfeld – Islamism has been accepted by the West as simply another political point of view and its growing efforts and sometimes violent acts to force its dictates, has been met with little, if any resistance especially since September 11, 2001. On May 23,... ...

New Calls for Jihad Against Russia

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Left: Salah al-Din the Chechen, Army of Immigrants and Supporters commander. Right: Abd Karim Krymsky, a Crimean Tatar, deputy commander of the Army of Immigrants (YouTube, May 13, 2014) The Crimean Tatars opposition of Russia is nothing new. In 2010, they opposed the election of the pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych as... ...

Misreading Ukraine

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Left: Bernard-Henri Levy in Kyiv An international “intellectual marathon” of political thinkers of divergent persuasions took place in Kyiv, on May 15-19, 2014, to discuss Ukraine’s future. “Ukraine: Thinking Together” was the brainchild of the New Republic’s literary editor Leon Wieseltier and Yale historian of Central and East Europe Timothy Snyder. The conference... ...

Putin’s Regime and the Russians

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The original foreign policy neocons were right to argue that the character of a country’s political regime could tell one a good many things about the motivations behind its foreign policy. How the U.S. could have ended up with a 21st-century foreign policy that openly rejects the idea that regime character... ...

Putin, Bluffer-in-Chief

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The current extremely successful campaign of aggression by Russia’s dictator-candidate Vladimir Putin illustrates two of the fundamentals of geopolitical history: * A demagogue’s capability of achieving remarkable results through bluff. * How history often turns on relatively small margins only later to be dis-remembered. Putin, with a home front in... ...

American Internationalists and the Real World

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Americans’ contemporary thinking about the international political mess has the tendency to group the elites in the West as right or left, and ignore the distinction within political and religious blocs. And despite the evidence, many in the West, continue to believe that individual and political freedoms, that we cherish... ...

Russia: The Geopolitics of Natural Gas

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Russia’s economic weakness lies in its dependency on natural gas, which represents nearly 60 percent of its exports. This dependency, which led Senator John McCain to describe Russia as “a gas station masquerading as a country,” should make economic sanctions an effective way for the West to stall or reverse Russian... ...

“Czechoslovakia” or “Finland”

Monday, April 21st, 2014

All historical analogies are odious, some dead white man – probably a Frenchman – has said. Obviously, he meant that times change, the cast changes, the nuances change, the world moves on, and no geopolitical situation really replicates an earlier one. Some historiographers go even further; they say that for... ...

Weekly Briefing, April 12-18, 2014

Friday, April 18th, 2014

          From ACD Blaming the Jews. Again — Rachel Ehrenfeld ––  Blaming the Jews, is a tradition in the borderlands of East Europe, where numerous governments and insurgency groups felt free to “use the Jews,” as the saying goes, blame them for whatever real or often trumped-up economic or other... ...

Blaming the Jews. Again.

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Blaming the Jews is a tradition in the borderlands of East Europe, where numerous governments and insurgency groups felt free to “use the Jews,” as the saying goes, blame them for whatever real or often trumped-up economic or other problem they failed to resolve, to divert their  critics’ attention, while massacring... ...

Misreading Russia

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Andrei Zubov, a well-respected Russian historian at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, was recently fired because of an op/ed that aptly compared Putin’s annexation of Crimea to Hitler’s annexation of Austria and the Sudetenland in 1938-39. In response, one of Putin’s intellectual henchmen, Andranik Migranyan, justified Zubov’s firing... ...

The Cool War Cometh II

Monday, March 24th, 2014

There is presently about as much confusion as when the U.S. entered The Cold War against the Soviet Union in the late 1940s. But there are fundamental defining differences to what is likely to be an equally long and complex new struggle between the U.S., its allies and Moscow. The... ...

ACD Weekly Briefing, March 15 – 21

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

Obama and Kerry Deny Recognition of Israel as the Jewish State, by Rachel Ehrenfeld On March 20, 2013, in Jerusalem, President Obama recognized Israel as the Jewish State. Moreover, he insisted the “Palestinians must recognize that Israel will be a Jewish state, and that Israelis have the right to insist upon their... ...

U.S. Futile Sanctions Against Russia

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Barack Obama today announced that 7 Russian and 4 Ukrainian citizens who will be sanctioned by the United States as retaliation for Russia’s expected unlawful takeover of the Crimea.  This comes after Crimea’s 95-percent-plus decision by referendum to leave Ukraine and join the Russian Federation, and before Russia’s recognized Crimea’s... ...

ACD Weekly Update, March 8 – 14

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin refuses to announce that he will not annex Crimea to Russia even if Sunday’s referendum outcome will favor such action, Rachel Ehrenfeld says in Crimean Tatars, However, in seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin may well have bitten off more than he can chew.  This, not because he... ...

Crimean Tatars and Jihad

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Left: Crimean Tatars hold flags during rallies near the Crimean parliament building in Simferopol this week. (Baz Ratner/Reuters) In seizing Crimea, Vladimir Putin may well have bitten off more than he can chew.  This, not because he lacks the power to suppress all opposition to a Russian takeover there, including... ...

The Real “Red Line”*

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Recorded history is generally a straight-line narrative, often written with prejudice, and as the cliché has it, by the victors. Only those involved in writing it, or more importantly, living through it, know the many cross-currents that, because they do not present a clear picture of events, defy immediate balanced... ...

Obama-Putin Kool-Aid

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Media coverage regarding America’s response to Putin’s takeover of Crimea demonstrates the success of the Obama administration’s propaganda maxim blaming successive American administrations for atrocities at home and abroad. Some of our pundits apparently have drunk what might be called the Obama Kool-Aid, i.e., apologies for the United States’ mostly... ...

The Cool War Cometh*

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

No, Russian President Vladimir Putin has not ushered in the return to The Cold War with his assault on the integrity of Ukraine. But he has confirmed that the United States and his Russian regime–very likely as long as he lasts–is engaged in a bitter new geopolitical contest. The Obama... ...

Putin’s “Show of Power” in Ukraine

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

“Ukraine Must Reject Roots of Violence. If Ukrainians seek a brighter future, they must recognize, isolate and reject the inclinations to use violence that are now (emphasis added) deeply rooted in the country’s political culture…” said a recent publication by the Wilson Center. But violence in Ukraine is nothing new.... ...

ACD Weekly Briefing

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Recent ACD Publications and Highlights: Muslims in Ukraine: A Small Problem Amid a Larger One, By J. Millard Burr While ousted President Viktor Yanukovich’s press conference diverted the media’s attention, Russians forces, allegedly took over two airports in Crimea. Earlier today, Mufti Kamil Samigullin, chairman of the Spiritual Muslim Board... ...

Muslims in Ukraine: A Small Problem Amid a Larger One

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

“Crimean Tatars and Pro-Russian activists clashed outside a local parliament building in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.” (Washington Post, 26 February 2014) In a long and detailed article on recent events in the Ukraine the Washington Post provided a tantalizing snippet, noted above, and then provided no further comment on an incident... ...

A World Ablaze – But Different Fuels*

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

A bane of modern military studies (let’s eschew the term “science”) is the concept of counter-insurgency–the idea that indigenous revolts around the world can be analyzed with “the scientific method” and that a set of general principles, if implemented, could cure the problem. Common sense tells us that the essence... ...

In a World He Never Intended (To Make)

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The Obama Administration’s foreign policy begins to look like that tightly wound ball of crocheting thread that the kitten has been playing with for several hours and is now finally completely unraveling. How innocent the kitty is may be a question in the eye of the beholder. But the disarray... ...

Telling the Truth about Ukraine’s rising Anti-Semitic “Svoboda” Party: An Eye-Opening Experience – with Portents for Ukraine’s Future

Friday, June 21st, 2013

On May 24, my commentary, “Svoboda Fuels Ukraine’s Growing Anti-Semitism,” (originally published in the Algemeiner), Raising concerns about growing anti-Semitic political forces in Ukraine. I have noted the overtly anti-Semitic, anti-Russian and anti-Polish rhetoric of Svoboda (“Freedom”) party. The rich history of Nazi-like symbolism and glorification of Ukrainian collaborators with... ...

Svoboda Fuels Ukraine’s Growing Anti-Semitism **Exclusive**

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The rise of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is barely noticed in State Department’s recent International Religious Freedom Report for 2012. This is especially alarming, because even in the best of times, anti-Semitism is as prevalent in Ukraine as coal in Newcastle. The collapse of the Soviet Union gave rise to nationalist far-right... ...

Ukrainian Premier Outlines Plans For The Future

Monday, April 23rd, 2007

The April 2 decree of Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko to dissolve the parliament and hold new legislative elections generated a political crisis that is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon. Reminiscent of the social unrest during the 2004 Orange Revolution, demonstrators are again filling Kiev’s main squares. This crisis originated... ...

Ukraine's Opposition Fraud

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

The Election in Ukraine suffered not only from government fraud, as has been widely reported. I know because I was a member of a group of 62 U.S. and foreign observers sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe, a nonpartisan... ...

Ukraine's Opposition Fraud

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2004

The Election in Ukraine suffered not only from government fraud, as has been widely reported. I know because I was a member of a group of 62 U.S. and foreign observers sponsored by the Institute for the Study of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Eastern Europe, a nonpartisan... ...