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North Korea calls Obama a ‘monkey,’ blames U.S. for internet outage

WASHINGTON, December 27, 2014 – An unnamed North Korean official speaking for North Korea’s National Defense Commission called President Obama a “monkey” on Saturday. In a statement blaming the U.S. for internet failures that plagued the country this week, the official said, “Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a ...

Russian government predicts severe inflation, recession for 2015

WASHINGTON, December 26, 2014 – The Russian economy, already in a slump, will enter a sharp recession next year, accompanied by double-digit inflation. This is according to Russian government ministers, who blame Western sanctions against Russia over the annexation of Crimea and the plummeting price of oil. The sanctions have blocked foreign investment in the ...

Guilty or not: North Korea and the appropriate use of diplomacy

WASHINGTON, December 23, 2014 – Some of the facts about the cyberattack on Sony raise serious questions about the role of North Korea in orchestrating the attack. The FBI noted similarities between the malware used against Sony and malware used against by North Korea against Saudi oil firm Aramco and South Korean firms in previous ...

Cuba, North Korea and Russia: Why sanctions work, and don’t

WASHINGTON, December 20, 2014 – President Obama’s decision to lift some sanctions against Cuba has infuriated some of his opponents and parts of the Cuban immigrant community. They have argued that Cuba’s suppression of human rights warrants sanctions, and that lifting them sends the wrong signal to other nations. Those arguments are based on fundamental ...