TOM PLATE WRITES — Without becoming too defensive about America at this rocky passage in its political history (well, it is difficult to defend), I nonetheless will offer something of a defense, since almost no one else wants to try, but maybe someone ought to. So we start with this: Whether…Full Article WASHINGTON: HOW COULD A NUCLEAR ACCIDENT EVER POSSIBLY TAKE PLACE?
(AMI NOTES: Moon Chung-in is a distinguished professor at Yonsei University and the special advisor for unification, diplomacy and national security affairs for South Korean President Moon Jae-in. His essay, condensed via common use courtesy, was produced by The WorldPost, a partnership of the Berggruen Institute, and The Washington Post.)…Full Article SINGAPORE SUMMIT: COOPERATION TRUMPS GO-IT-ALONE FOR EAST ASIAN STABILITY
JACQUELINE DILANCHYAN WRITES – Jaws, as well as reputations, dropped after a second athlete from Asia was caught doping at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. After Japanese speed skater Kei Saito was sent home from the Olympic Village after becoming the first athlete at the 2018 Olympic Games to return…Full Article RUSSIA: CURLING SCANDAL FLOORS WORLD OPINION MORE THAN SPEED-SKATER KAITO
SEBASTIAN SEGURA WRITES – Russia has threatened to ban U.S. media in retaliation for pressure being put stateside on Russia Today, a TV station viewed by many as a propaganda channel for the Kremlin. The threatened ban also comes after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s statement that Russia bought thousands of…Full Article MOSCOW: FROM RUSSIA, BUT NOT WITH LOVE
SEBASTIAN SEGURA-ACOSTA WRITES – On September 20th, renowned actor, Morgan Freeman, became the recent victim of Kremlin criticism after making a video calling for an investigation of Russia’s confirmed cyber-meddling in U.S. affairs. Soon after the video went live, social media bots, paid trolls, and the uninformed public ravaged the…Full Article RUSSIA: FACEBOOK PLANS TO RELEASE OVER 3,000 RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA ADS
The following letter, in translation, was recently sent from the Kremlin to Trump Tower in New York: HIS EXCELLENCY DONALD TRUMP PRESIDENT-ELECT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Dear Mr. Trump, Please accept my warmest Christmas and New Year greetings. Serious global and regional challenges, which our countries have to…Full Article RUSSIA: THE PUTIN LETTER TO TRUMP