Obama’s Syria Delaying Tactic

In a press conference earlier today, President Obama very cautiously addressed the question of whether or not Assad crossed the chemical weapons "Red Line." His conclusion? We don't yet know, but if we do find out conclusively it would be a "game changer."

Why Russia Matters

Without Russian support, or at least acquiescence, it is difficult to see how more robust policies of aiding Syrian rebels; or of direct military intervention can succeed

In Russian Journalist’s Death, A Glimpse of Oppression

Vladimir Putin promised to investigate the beating of Mikhail Beketov last year. He never did. In all likelihood, he never will. Journalist murders in Russia rarely get investigated – they’re seen almost as a favor to the establishment. Without national leadership to end them, these murders will just continue.