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The (First) Russo-American Cyberwar: How Obama Lost & Putin Won, Ensuring a Trump Victory

... charge of a relatively weaker Russia taking on the most powerful nation in the world and regardless of the election’s outcome, Putin had already won: he took to heart von Clausewitz’s maxim that “War is the continuation of policy [or politics] by other means,” something that Obama seems to have missed. Putin had essentially “weaponized” WikiLeaks (and, in the process, the unwitting U.S. news media) against Clinton, the Democratic Party, the U.S. electoral process,...

17.12.2016 22:44:00

EXCLUSIVE: Top Trump Aides’ Deeper & Linked Roles in Putin Agenda Revealed; Russian Mafia Nexus With Trump & Aides Goes Back Years

... commercial dispute court in Stockholm, Sweden. If it seemed the players of Team Putin gave up too easily on having RUE taken out of the game, they had other plans in motion to counter Tymoshenko’s effort to limit Russian influence in Ukrainian politics. Criminal Scheme #2: Manafort Key Agent in Laundering Dirty Gas Money to U.S. During Crackdown Even before Putin agreed to let Tymoshenko kill RUE, his agents—including Firtash, Mogilevich, and Yanukovych (the latter with Manafort ...

17.11.2016 16:11:00

Republic of Georgia Shows Trump & His Fans Depressingly Normal

The worst thing about Trump? Globally, people like him and his supporters are everywhere and their politics maddeningly banal, as the ethno-centric politics of hate in the Caucasian Republic of Georgia demonstrate frightening similarities to the same politics in the Unites States of America. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981) ...

12.10.2016 15:03:00

Trump, Putin, Russia, DNC/Clinton Hack, & WikiLeaks: “There's Something Going on” with Election 2016 & It's Cyberwarfare & Maybe Worse: UPDATED 8/15

... and ethnic Russian divide within Ukraine, with Yanukovych allying with the ethnic Russian camp that feels strongly tied to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin in particular has a history of trying to manipulate, strong-arm, and dominate Ukrainian politics, with Yanukovych acting as key agent for advancing Russian interests in Ukraine. Behind the scenes and unofficially, Manafort worked as a campaign consultant for Yanukovych, already surrounded by a cloud of corruption at this time, who was ...

16.08.2016 17:46:00

Western Democracy Is on Trial, More than Any Time Since WWII

... parties that border on being fascist; they are often against the European Union and are forcefully hostile to immigrants and refugees. Leaders like Angela Merkel of Germany, trying to show kindness and compassion to refugees, may be ousted sooner by politics rather than later for her troubles, and other governments balk at attempts to coordinate regional refugee and economic policies. In France, a rising far-right party funded by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government may possibly come ...

17.04.2016 14:28:00

Claiming Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Created ISIS Problem Is Absurd; Here Are the Top 5 Reasons Why

People claiming that the withdrawal from Iraq of U.S. forces carried out by the Obama Administration from 2010-2011 explains the rise of the terrorist group ISIS have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. A simple look at the timeline, geography, facts, context, and history concerning the withdrawal and the rise of ISIS makes this abundantly clear and provable beyond any reasonable doubt. Ultimately, Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki's policies and the dynamics of Syria's raging...

15.01.2016 16:37:00

Russia Reaping What It Sows in Syria: Putin Puts Russia on Path to Peril & Destabilizing Middle East; Downing Russian Plane by Turkey Latest Result

In the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian military jet that violated its airspace and Russia’s resulting casualties, tensions are certainly on the rise. Despite the fact that these tensions should not be overblown, important questions about Putin’s aims need to be addressed. Yet in the end, the saddest thing is how avoidable this incident was and how easy it would be to improve this situation dramatically. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter @bfry1981), originally...

13.12.2015 16:44:00

Terror in Paris: Time to Think, & Sit Down, Shutup to the Ideologues

This was written as the Paris attacks unfolded. I have preserved the unfolding nature of the original piece to connect the reader in a deeper sense to what I was feeling as I wrote this. As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it. This is a time to be smart, but it is also a time to marginalize unhelpful, myopic voices, be they those of bigots or those...

21.11.2015 13:33:00

Putin’s Reckless Syria Escalation Makes Russia, Russians, Target of Global Jihad (Again)

By intervening squarely on the side of Shiite Bashar Assad against his own mainly Sunni people and the entire Sunni Middle East, Russia may once again be the center of attention from the global Sunni jihadist movement. But, unlike the 1980s in Afghanistan, these mujahadeen are much more experienced, much more sophisticated, much more capable, have a larger radicalized population from which to draw, and are able to strike anywhere, including Russia itself. By Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook...

03.10.2015 12:32:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part II: Syria

... end of Bush’s first term and all of his second (this poisonous political atmosphere only got worse after Obama was elected). Furthermore, if Obama was able to muster Congressional support, it would empower him that much more in the public and politics senses. And yet, Obama’s putting so much power and influence in the hands of Congress on so crucial an action showed that he had learned almost nothing at all from his previous interactions with Congress, whether with insecure Democrats ...

03.08.2015 13:05:00

Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy (Sensibly): Part I

... to avoid reaching out to Sunnis and Kurds. So by the time the Obama Administration completed the withdrawal of U.S. troops in December 2011, I had come to agree that, having spent blood and treasure to give Iraqi politicians breathing room to make politics work—the explicit stated objective of the “Surge”—while having seen no serious effort at politics on the part of Iraq’s government, having seen that our leverage and influence (being eclipsed by Iran) was clearly ...

07.06.2015 22:25:00

There Is No Logical Argument Against the Iran Nuclear Deal

The only alternatives to this deal are the destructive status quo of continued stalemate and standoff that destabilizes the whole region or even more open military conflict that endangers everyone in the region (including Israel). Ignore the naysayers and give this deal a chance. by Brian E. Frydenborg (LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter @bfry1981), April 4, 2015 (updated April 5th) Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here and also published by Stupid Party Math v. Myth here thanks to Patrick...

29.05.2015 19:32:00

Israel's Election, Netanyahu, Gaza, & the Struggle for Israel's Soul

Or, how answering "Who controls Gaza?" can tell you a lot about why Israel's election is so important. While this was written the day of Israel's election, the analysis still rings true and, sadly, Israel has chosen Netanyhu and chosen to be the Israel that denies its actions and responsibilities in Gaza, just as it has chosen occupation over peace and has chosen to deny the reality of its deteriorating situation with Palestinians and the international community. Originally...

28.03.2015 19:37:00

A Reality Check on U.S.-Russian Relations: Not Time to Relax, but Not Time to Panic, Either

By Brian E. Frydenborg, February 26th, 2015 (updated February 27th-28th) Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you can follow me there at @bfry1981) One of the sad things about looking at current commentary about Russia, America, and the state of their relationship is the lack of measured and reasoned...

27.02.2015 05:12:00

The Ferguson Intifada, or Why African-Americans are America’s Palestinians

If white Americans and Israeli Jews want African-Americans and Palestinians to cease with the ruckus, they must make their own societies and governments cease systematically bringing the ruckus to these darker-skinned neighbors of theirs. By Brian E. Frydenborg, originally published January 7th, 2015 If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you...

02.02.2015 16:14:00

In Time, Expect Big Changes in America's Middle East Relationships

When It Comes to U.S. Relationships in the Middle East, Expect a Lot More Change in Coming Years and Decades. By Brian E. Frydenborg, originally published January 5th, 2015 If you think your site or another would be a good place for this content please do not hesitate to reach out to me! Please feel free to share and repost on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter (you can follow me there at @bfry1981) 2014 has certainly been a year of change. While an ostensible explanation for this would be the...

19.01.2015 17:46:00

Why Isn’t Anyone Giving Obama Credit for Ousting Maliki?

... Iraq—including 40,000 defenseless Yazidi civilians who could all perish or be killed in a matter of days—or the country of Iraq in the face of such a reckless and violent onslaught and possible formal disintegration? The Solution: Local Politics First, or No Cavalry Obama brilliantly approved and executed a plan that minimized the potential pitfalls and maximized the potential payoffs of both action and inaction. For one thing, he decided that in the process of helping Iraqis in this ...

13.01.2015 18:52:00

Your preferred candidate? None!

... to take part in elections due to their wider disagreement with the political system, or due to feeling of senselessness of voting in Russia, but also in the central and Eastern Europe (CEE) as a whole. People feel disconnection between themselves and politics and often feel much apathy towards any possible change. The tendency of deteriorating turnout in CEE countries seems to be a trend for the running decade, and Russia, with fluctuation around 60-ish %, is not an exemption. I am convinced that ...

25.10.2013 10:42:00

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