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  • Moscow 2012 and Sochi 2014: My Russian adventure

    By Jared Sichel

    February 7, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    As I'm want to do when I travel, I try to keep a daily journal of who I saw, what I ate, where I went, etc. It's always a pain to do at the time, and always worth it afterwards. Last night, as I read through the journal entries I made when I traveled to Russia in Spring 2012 (March...

  • Russia to deliver advanced missile system to Syria as planned

    June 20, 2013 | 8:03 am

    Russia’s foreign minister said his country will honor an agreement to provide the S-300 advanced air defense missile system to Syria.

    Sergey Lavrov on Thursday told Russian State TV that Russia will “honor all our contractual obligations.” He confirmed that the contract with...

  • June 20, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 20, 2013 | 3:24 am

    The US

    Headline: Obama's Nuclear Proffer Gets Russian Rebuff

    To Read: David Rothkopff thinks that fear and worst case scenarios have been playing too big a role in US foreign strategy-

    From the invasion of Iraq to the Patriot Act to the embrace of torture to the expansion...

  • June 18, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 18, 2013 | 3:20 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin differ on Syria during tense talks

    To Read: Vali Nasr believes that the results of the Iranian elections should make the US rethink its Iran policy-

    Washington must realize that its success in rallying the international community to isolate...

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  • June 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 17, 2013 | 3:23 am

    The US

    Headline:  Obama, Putin to meet for talks on Syria at G8 summit

    To Read: According to Doyle McManus, Obama is following the 'Aspin Doctrine' doctrine in Syria ('a slope isn't slippery if you're willing to walk away')-

    Obama was left with two unpalatable options:...

  • Russia’s Putin says Iran nuclear push is peaceful

    June 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he has no doubt that Iran is adhering to international commitments on nuclear non-proliferation but regional and international concerns about Tehran's nuclear program could not be ignored.

    Putin, whose country is among six world...

  • Russia to send Syria air defense system to deter ‘hotheads’

    May 28, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Russia will deliver an advanced air defense system to the Syrian government despite Western opposition because it will help deter "hotheads" who back foreign intervention, a senior Russian official said on Tuesday.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also accused the European...

  • May 7, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 7, 2013 | 3:26 am

    The US

    Headline: Kerry meeting with Putin on Syria

    To Read: Foreign Relations Council fellow Ray Takeyh examines historical cases of successful US policy shifts and tries to understand what these usually entail-

    In essence, for the United States to move from failure to...

  • Abbas wants peace talks with Israel this year

    March 14, 2013 | 6:49 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he hoped peace talks with Israel would restart this year although the chances of a resumption seemed slim.

    Abbas made his comments during a meeting in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who said Russia...

  • This week in power: Livni, Putin, Soldier pic, Save the date

    By Danny Groner

    February 21, 2013 | 2:50 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Livni appointment
    Tzipi Livni is the first person named by Binyamin Netanyahu as a partner in a new coalition. Livni will be in charge of reviving the peace process with the...

  • Assad chemical weapons plans blocked by Moscow

    July 24, 2012 | 3:29 pm

    Increasingly under pressure by rebels intent on unseating him, Bashar al-Assad has considered using chemical weapons against his enemies but Washington and Moscow have formed an unlikely alliance to force him to abandon such plans.

    Analysts and diplomats across the region and beyond...

  • Putin: Russia already recognizes Palestine

    June 28, 2012 | 9:03 am

    Russian President Vladimir Putin told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Moscow already has recognized a Palestinian state.

    “We [recognized Palestine] 25 years ago, and our position has not changed,” Putin told Abbas on Tuesday during a visit to Ramallah, the Times...

  • Russia eyes building more nuclear plants for Iran

    November 10, 2011 | 2:50 pm

    Russia, which built Iran’s first nuclear power station, said on Thursday it might help the Islamic Republic construct more atomic plants—dangling a carrot in front of Tehran amid tense diplomacy over its nuclear program.

    Oil-producing Iran finally plugged the $1 billion Bushehr...

  • Will new ‘Cold War’ play out in Middle East?

    By Leslie Susser

    August 27, 2008 | 5:12 pm

    When Prime Minister Ehud Olmert goes to Moscow next month, his first order of business will be to make sure the Russians don't sell sophisticated new weaponry to Syria that could alter the military status quo in the Middle East.

    Last week, Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Russia...

  • Emergency aid mission to Georgia: Find every Jew

    August 19, 2008 | 6:41 pm

    TBILISI, Georgia (JTA)—Some ran Friday when the bombs fell on Tskhinvali, some on Saturday when they fell on Gori and some on Sunday when the Russian tanks rolled into Georgia proper.

    The Jews of Georgia scattered, disappeared and resurfaced in refugee camps, relatives’ homes or at...

  • From the people who brought you the Iraq war comes . . . The ALL NEW Cold War

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    August 15, 2008 | 9:09 pm

    Wait a minute: I thought the greatest threat to the American way of life was Saddam Hussein?  OK, he’s dead. 

    Then the greatest threat must be leaving Iraq.  But now President Bush seems ready to adopt Barack Obama’s withdrawal timetable.  Hold it, it’s Iran.  We have to be ready...

  • Jews trapped on both sides of Russian-Georgian conflict

    August 13, 2008 | 12:48 am

    MOSCOW (JTA) -- Vissarion Manasherov left his city as the bombs were falling.

    One day later, on Monday, with bombs still falling, he returned to Gori, a city at the edge of war, to convince the few Jewish families still in the area to leave. The Russians were at their doorstep, he...

  • Georgia on his mind

    By Steve Greenberg

    August 12, 2008 | 6:54 pm

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  • Will Europe Back Hamas Sans Conditions?

    By Dan Baron

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Cracks are showing in the international demands on Hamas to recognize Israel and renounce terrorism before it takes over the Palestinian Authority.

    Ignoring the preconditions, Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered to host leaders of the radical Islamic group in Moscow,...