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Ukraine computers infected by powerful virus

Stuxnet-like malware attacking systems in embroiled state; experts suspect Russian involvement   By AFP LONDON — Dozens of computer networks in Ukraine have been infected by an aggressive new cyber weapon called Snake, according to expert analysis. The cyber weapon has been increasingly used since the start of this year, even before protests that led … Continue reading

Putin tells Obama of Russia’s rights in Ukraine

Armed servicemen wait in Russian army vehicles in the Crimean town of Balaclava March 1, 2014. (Reuters) By Staff writer | Al Arabiya News Saturday, 1 March 2014 Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Barack Obama by telephone that Moscow reserves the right to protect its interests and those of Russian speakers in Ukraine, … Continue reading

Russia warns Saudi Arabia against giving Syria rebels missiles

Russia on Tuesday warned Saudi Arabia against supplying Syrian rebels with shoulder-launched missile launchers, saying such a move would endanger security across the Middle East and beyond. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that it was “deeply concerned” by news reports that Saudi Arabia was planning to buy Pakistani-made shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles and … Continue reading

Countries receive terrorist threats for Sochi Olympics

Hungary’s Olympic Committee says it has received an email message written in Russian and English threatening its athletes with terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympic Games. The International Olympic Committee confirmed there was a message but downplayed the severity of it. Bence Szabo, secretary general of the Hungarian Olympic committee, told the sports daily Nemzeti … Continue reading

Putin’s war on Islam

Farid Ghadry There is a big difference between someone waging a war on Islamist terrorists killing in the name of Islam and someone waging war on Muslim women and children. In yet another sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin has declared war on Sunni Islam is his latest attempt at blocking the UN from condemning Assad for … Continue reading

Syria: The Assad Equation

  Hussein Ibish An alarming precedent in international relations is being established in Syria by rewarding gassing civilians The worst fears of those who doubted the wisdom and effectiveness of the agreement between the international community and the Assad regime to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles and capability are rapidly being realized. Today’s “deadline” to … Continue reading

#Syria: The Crossing

  Michael Weiss Dispatch from the Bab al-Hawa border BAB AL-HAWA, Turkey – My cab driver was called Abu Nour, a 30 year-old, high-spirited chain-smoker from Barzeh, Damascus. We got on very well despite the fact that he spoke no English and I spoke little Arabic. “Shou?” “NOW Lebanon.” “Lebanon?” “No, NOW” – here I … Continue reading

The Long-Term Prospects of the Syria Deal

Max Boot | @MaxBoot You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief in Washington over Syria’s apparent acceptance of a Russian plan to dismantle its chemical weapons. This offers the Obama administration an obvious out from what looked to be a losing vote to authorize military action against Bashar Assad. But is it a real … Continue reading

U.S. ambiguity

With the news Tuesday that more and more Syrians are turning to begging in order to survive, another round of international diplomacy looked set to change absolutely nothing on the ground. One almost begins to feel sorry for U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a man who has the thankless task of traveling around the … Continue reading

Ahmadinejad to head to Russia for gas conference, Syria talks

AFP, Tehran Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend next week’s summit of the world’s biggest gas suppliers in Moscow and also hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. “Ahmadinejad will travel to Russia next week to attend the Gas Exporting Countries Forum and hold talks with Mr … Continue reading