Despite predictable results, the Russian Duma elections nevertheless brought a few surprises – one of which was that the election had record low voter turnouts and a bigger than expected victory for the ruling party.
Civilizations in the past had to learn the hard way due to little preparation, so it might be a good idea for us to prepare for such interstellar visitors now. It may not be a bad idea to put together a committee, and come up with a checklist with the ultimate goal of developing necessary skill-sets to engage in successful “intergalactic diplomacy”. […]
Given the relative weakness of the “opposition” political parties, no matter how the popular vote is eventually split on election day among these parties, the overall election results will be in favor of the current establishment, with United Russia party still dominating the election defying all possible political alignments among the opposition. […]
North Korea’s latest nuclear test shows that despite its business acumen, China still struggles with geopolitical calculus. There is no way having a nuclear, unstable North Korea on China’s border makes sense for China. It may provide a slight military bulwark against the U.S., but it is a net moral, economic, and political liability. […]
This is not for the captains of industry with thousands of employees or the masters of the Universe with billions in resources. This is for those in the field serving the United States in missions abroad. […]