Baza aeriană de la Câmpia Turzii ar putea deveni un punct important al NATO, de supraveghere aeriană cu drone, al mișcărilor Rusiei în regiunea Mării Negre. Generalul-locotenent (r) Ben Hodges a condus comandamentul forțelor americane în Europa până în 2017 și este un foarte bun cunoscător al dinamicii din regiunea Mării Negre și al amenințărilor din partea Rusiei. Într-un interviu pentru Europa Liberă, generalul american a vorbit despre importanța strategică a bazei aeriene de la Câmpia Turzii, din județul Cluj, unde armata SUA vrea să investească o sumă record pentru bazele europene, în 2021 – peste 130 de milioane de dolari, pentru a-i moderniza infrastructura. Generalul Hodges consideră că baza de la Câmpia Turzii ar putea deveni un centru important al NATO pentru supravegherea aeriană și strângerea de informații din regiunea Mării Negre unde, spune generalul, Rusia desfășoară în

On the Yale Daily News (February 29, 1972), the oldest college newspaper founded in 1878 in Yale, one of the first American universities (1701), on the front page in the central article at the top there is a photo of Mao, the Chinese leader of the “great leap forward”. As stated in the English Wikipedia entry (access June 7, 2020) dedicated to the Yale-China Association: “Between 1919 and 1920, future Chairman Mao Zedong had several encounters with the school: he edited its student magazine, re-focusing it on “thought reorientation,” and operated a bookshop out of its medical college”. Below, the text of the Yale Daily News article dated 29 February 1972. ~~~ Yale Group Spurs Mao’s Emergence [Editor of Yale Journal] Below the

Staunton, July 3 – Re-Sovietization is taking place, Yevgeny Trifonov says, “but it is a parody of the original” which may be horrific but won’t cease to be a parody and thus will generate laughter and shame. “But that is its weakness.” The original was backed by “legions of fanatics who could believe because their faith was “strictly logical and not contradictory.” But what Vladimir Putin is promoting has many of the structures but none of the logic and faith, the Russian commentator says. “No one is going to go into battle for the uniqueness of Russian civilization because that notion is anything but convincing.” No one can believe it except for fools ( Under the banners of today, “instead of iron

Staunton, July 11 – It is often said that there is no division of power in Russia, but that is not strictly true. While there isn’t the division between legislative, executive and judicial authority that is the basis of political arrangements in the West, there is an essential division between the supreme power and the bureaucracy, Vladimir Pastukhov says. The London-based Russian analyst says that during the recent debates on constitutional reform far too much attention has been devoted to the extension of Vladimir Putin’s time in office and far too little to two other vastly more important aspects of the Russian political system ( On the one hand, most have ignored that the 1993

Staunton, July 6 – Vladimir Putin’s drive to make Russia ever more authoritarian and centralized has prompted his opponents to think how a democratic and decentralized Russia might look. Some are even proposing the creation of “a United States of Russia,” but the further disintegration of the space Russia occupies is far more likely, Igor Yakovenko says. People ranging from Grigory Yavlinsky of Yabloko to director Vladimir Mirzoyev are calling for the transformation of Russia into a single, United States. The latter is especially instructive in this regard, the Russian commentator says; and he summarizes Mirzoyev’s thought in this way ( A United States of Russia, the director says, is a way for “the peaceful coexistence of ‘two peoples,’ the modern and the archaic. They must not pull each other, neither backwards no forwards. The country is enormous and empty and there is space for everyone. Let us

Staunton, May 5 – Because of the communist ideology they absorbed while growing up, the ruling circles of Russia today really do not understand what national interests are or have any particular interest in being patriotic, attitudes that put them at odds with elites in most other countries and the populations at large in most, Sergey Volkov says. Periodically, the Moscow historian says, Russian officials talk about the need to “’nationalize’” the elites, making it more difficult for them to move money around and thus more attached to the country; but such efforts founder because these fear are “far from being devoted to nation state interests.” It could hardly be otherwise, Volkov suggests, because while there are exceptions, the ruling stratum consists of people who were largely part of the Soviet nomenklatura. And those over 45, the majority, were raised in ways intended to make them opponents of the ideals of

Staunton, July 9 – Vladimir Putin wants the three Baltic countries to become Russian protectorates; and now that he has won the right to stay in power for decades, he is no longer constrained and will take dangerous risks to achieve that, Vladimir Yushkin, head of Tallinn’s Baltic Centre for Russian Studies, says. From the Kremlin leader’s perspective, the British protectorate over Eastern Europe has become the American protectorate; but the presence of ethnic Russian compatriots and Russian citizens means that he “will insist that this protectorate be joint” and that Moscow has the right to engage in “humanitarian intervention” ( According to the Tallinn scholar, Putin’s strategy rests on the assumption that those around US President Donald Trump are not prepared to challenge Putin on this and that the US won’t, in the words of former

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