Author: Adam Ragozzino

Burkina Faso’s Elections Continue Without The People

What happened Burkina Faso’s elections are scheduled for November 22nd. However, continuing violence from extremist organizations operating within the country triggered a law passed in August that says in the event of “force majeure” (exceptional circumstances preventing the organization of elections in part(s) of the country), the election may continue based on

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How To Rig An Election

What Happened On Monday, September 21st, the NY Times reported that the Biden campaign was preparing for a lengthy legal battle with the Trump administration over election results. In response, Republican Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted, “Dems assemble an army of lawyers to challenge the legitimacy of the election &

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Fourth Coup Succeeds In Mali

On August 18th, Malian military forces surrounded the residence in Bamako where President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse were housed. The soldiers, led by Colonel Assimi Goita and a new organization calling itself the Comité National pour le Salut du Peuple (National Committee for the Salvation of

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COVID-19 Vaccine Hacks Part Of Hybrid Strategy

AT29, a group tied to the Russian FSB intelligence service, has targeted and attacked academic and pharmaceutical vaccine research centers in three countries: Canada, the U.K., and the U.S. The group, known as Cozy Bear, was also implicated in the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s email accounts during the

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Add Physical To Growing List Of Divisions In The U.S.

What happened? On Wednesday, July 24th, the governors from three Northeast states, NY, CT, and NJ, created strong advisories for travelers from states with high rates of infection to self-quarantine for 14 days or face thousands of dollars in fines. On Friday, the United States logged 45,242 new cases of

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Fighting Disinformation In 2020

What Happened? The disinformation campaign initiated by Russia to influence the 2016 United States presidential election never stopped. In fact, the tactics have spread to domestic political parties. Indeed, the Trump administration has not only adopted them, but also improved upon, and integrated them into their everyday political strategy. For

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Mass Producing War

Russia strengthened its position in Syria and Libya this week, challenging U.S. interests in the Mediterranean. In Syria, Russia is poised to sign a 49-year agreement giving the Kremlin free control over the coastal airbase at Himeymin. That’s in addition to the naval facility at Tartus and the newly acquired

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It’s War! …You Just Have To Tilt Your Head A Little

Last week the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published an essay by Chris Brose – “The End of America’s Era of Military Primacy.” It described the inability of the U.S. to adapt to changes in the geopolitical landscape over the past thirty years. The U.S. mistakenly believed “that no adversary would

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Taipei Caught Between Beijing And Washington

The U.S.-Taipei relationship is raising tensions between the U.S. and Beijing. On Wednesday, May 20, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo broke decades of diplomatic protocol when he tweeted congratulations to Taiwan’s newly re-elected leader, Dr. Tsai Ing-wen. In the tweet, Pompeo referred to the new leader as “president”—another serious breach

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Not Another Nuclear Arms Race

Newsweek wrote on May 10th, “Chinese State Media Calls for Building Up China’s ‘Nuclear Deterrent’ Due to ‘Bullying Impulse’ of the United States.” The Chinese state media outlet, The Global Times, published an article calling for China to increase its nuclear arsenal from 290 to over 1000 [warheads] as a

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High Risk, No Reward

Newsweek wrote on April 29th, “Navy sends second ship into disputed waters after china claims it scrambled jets to expel US destroyer.” The day before, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry, violated Chinese sovereignty when it cruised by the Chinese controlled Paracel Islands in

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No Testing, No Contact Tracing, No Normal

On Monday, Reuters reported, “global coronavirus cases pass three million as lockdowns begin to ease.” The pressure is building in many countries to remove restrictions from COVID-19. As unemployment rises, and the public protests to get back to work, governments are looking for a way out of the crisis –

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Trump’s “All or Nothing” Diplomacy Relies On A Morbid Hope

Is Iran’s Virus Fight being Hampered by Sanctions? Iran is asking for the international community to hold the U.S. accountable for what it calls, “cruel and unilateral” sanctions that prevent them from managing the coronavirus outbreak and violate the 2015 nuclear deal. In recent weeks, those sentiments have been echoed

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Be More Panda

Last week, social media reports surfaced of African nationals in China being forced from homes, barred from businesses, subjected to repeated random screenings, or forced to remain in quarantine for additional weeks.

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The Devil That You Know

As SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) spreads around the world, governments are responding with harsh strategies to contain it. In Russia, President Vladimir Putin (PVP) asked citizens to stay in their homes and take the rest of April off from work with pay. Businesses were outraged the government initially

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Migrants Are Everyone’s ‘Problem’

On Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, Reuters reported, “Greece uses tear gas on migrants at border as row with Turkey worsens”. The confrontation came to a head after Turkish officials announced, on February 28th, that Turkey would no longer abide by the 2016 agreement to prevent migrants from crossing into Greece.

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