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Look for tip-offs from UN General Assembly meeting
  25 Sep 2013     12:03 am

PARIS — You’re probably thinking that there are better things to watch than the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly — like maybe something featuring narcissistic birdbrains or pretentious toddlers. But you can actually get all of the above this week by tuning into the webcast of this annual gathering of world leaders.

Cut through all the posturing and fluffing, and it’s a fascinating exercise in predicting future global events. Playing armchair CIA analyst is a lot more interesting than playing Candy Crush or Angry Birds.
I think back to …

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What we’ve learned in Syria
  11 Sep 2013     12:03 am

The Syrian conflict is far from resolved, but with Russia finally stepping in and offering to broker a solution — something this column has long recommended — a stand-down now seems increasingly likely. As the world now mulls Russia’s proposal for Syria to place its chemical arsenal under international control, what have we really learned so far?

– We’re living in a multipolar world where America is no longer required to take every shot. There’s nothing wrong with passing the ball once in a while. It’s as though it never crossed …

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Why France is suddenly America’s best friend
  4 Sep 2013     12:03 am

It’s like we’re living in some kind of alternate universe where traditional paradigms have evaporated around the Syrian conflict. Suddenly, the fate of the world lies almost exclusively in the hands of France and its pragmatic Socialist President Francois Hollande — and as a-right-winger based in France, I’m strangely comforted by this. France is the kind of friend who won’t always tell you want you want to hear, but they’ll have thought it through.

Arguably, no nation is better positioned than France to mitigate this potential global fiasco. Well, aside from …

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Team Obama needs to put Syrian burden on Russia
  28 Aug 2013     12:04 am

When U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the reported chemical weapons attacks in Syria this week, it was like watching a bad Stanley Kubrick movie cross between “Dr. Strangelove” and “Spartacus.” As in, “I, Spartacus, would like to claim full responsibility for the battles and woes in everyone’s backyard.”

This self-sacrificial impetus to take on all the world’s ills needs to stop, particularly when the crisis of conscience belongs in someone else’s dacha.
Syria isn’t America’s problem to fix — it’s Russia’s. So why is the Obama administration refusing to say …

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Obama is lazy like a fox
  24 Aug 2013     12:03 am

President Obama has demonstrated leadership qualities ranging from poor to nonexistent. But is a president who lacks visible leadership qualities really such a bad thing? Or is he lazy like a fox? A lack of leadership — whether deliberate or accidental — can have a surprising upside, as none other than the French have historically exemplified. (And no, I’m not being facetious.)

As a conservative whose heart leans firmly right, I would have thought the idea crazy until I moved to France four years ago, gaining insight into the mysterious French …

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America’s goodies-for-abuse program
  17 Aug 2013     12:02 am

There’s a grade-school-level international game being played. It’s like the one you played as a kid when you would have a friend punch you as hard as possible in the stomach to see how long you could keep a fake smile plastered on your face. “Oh, THAT didn’t hurt AT ALL! Hit me harder, you wimp!” That, right now, is America — and it needs to stop.

Let’s take two recent beneficiaries of the goodies-for-abuse program: Russia and Pakistan.
Russia apparently doesn’t feel that granting asylum to National Security Agency contractor Edward …

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Meet the mysterious Mr. th3j35t3r
  10 Aug 2013     12:03 am

Major media outlets have featured him as representative of a new generation of “patriot hackers.” He sent an old laptop to the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C., where it’s now on display. He claims to have launched hacking attacks on websites ranging from jihadist forums to WikiLeaks. Last week, a guest on the syndicated radio program “Coast to Coast AM” described the individual hiding behind “The Jester” moniker (or “th3j35t3r” in hacker lingo) as “not somebody in someone’s basement in a T-shirt.”

Except that he does appear to be just …

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How to scare people at your summer cookout
  5 Aug 2013     12:03 am

How about a cheat sheet that you can carry around during the summer cookout season to help you strike up conversations with friends about some topics worth worrying about? While people have been contemplating the possibility of New York City being run by mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, whose underwear seems to be engaged in an ongoing quick-draw contest with his cell phone camera, there are far more formidable threats worth your concern:

1) The Taliban is back, baby — and it’s like they never left. How did that happen? Well, we …

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Russia’s American PR blitz
  24 Jul 2013     12:02 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin cares a lot about what you think — about NSA contractor-turned-defector and Russian asylum seeker Edward Snowden, and pretty much everything else — to the point of spending $300 million of state funds last year on the external audiovisual service RT, designed primarily to spoonfeed the Kremlin worldview to a global audience. And unearthed records show that’s just the tip of a much more insidious iceberg.

Why, you might ask, would an iron-fisted authoritarian care about what the masses outside of his own country think? Well, if …

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Rachel Marsden: Snowden Derails Putin’s Shirtless Summer Tour
  17 Jul 2013     12:03 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin is normally trolling the global media at this time of year by posing shirtless and engaging in various camera-friendly summer sports like swimming and fishing. But this summer, he’s being out-trolled and is stuck answering questions about an entitled American twerp living in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport.

Secret-leaking former NSA contractor Edward Snowden recently attended a press conference inside the airport’s transit zone and indicated that he would seek asylum in Russia — well, until something better comes along. The fugitive with a revoked passport who has yet …

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Rachel Marsden: Did Iranian meddling prompt Egyptian uprising?
  10 Jul 2013     12:02 am

In January, Egyptian newspapers reported that the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, had traveled to Cairo that month to meet with Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s aides about setting up a spy service that would answer to Iran and circumvent the Egyptian military. Were the Egyptian people really going to sit back and allow Iran to take over their country?

Imagine a conflict in which American, Egyptian and Israeli intelligence are all on the same side as the Egyptian people, draining the swamp of the Islamic extremists who subverted Egypt’s …

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Foreign outrage over Snowden affair is laughable
  3 Jul 2013     12:02 am

Ever since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden fled the job he held for three months, taking four laptop computers full of U.S. intelligence with him to Hong Kong and Russia, other countries have become “outraged” by the Snowden disclosures about American intelligence practices. What, exactly, is so alarming? Apparently, the fact that spies actually spy. Give me a break.

The average person might be excused for being surprised at what spies actually do, and by Snowden’s revelations about passive data mining — even though such programs have existed for years. The …

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Decrypting Snowden’s Russian layover
  26 Jun 2013     12:03 am

PARIS — “A traitor is always useful,” a Russian security service friend said to me while discussing NSA contractor turned defector Edward Snowden’s arrival in his country.

Snowden has fallen into the open arms of Mother Russia, where he was greeted at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport by a Russian security service contingent. The plan reportedly was for Snowden to pass through Russia en route to another country, after sharing America’s stolen secrets with Hong Kong authorities. As luck would have it, not only does Snowden lack the visa required to set foot …

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Rachel Marsden: Edward Snowden And The Dangers Of Amateurism
  19 Jun 2013     12:04 am

PARIS — Anyone who knows anything about the real world of intelligence and espionage knows that James Bond is a joke who wouldn’t survive his first day on the job (and not just because he’d fall asleep during static surveillance). But just try explaining to people that Agent 007 bears absolutely no resemblance to the reality of espionage profession. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that intelligence-leaking NSA contractor Edward Snowden — with his lack of understanding of the intelligence apparatus, given that he’s a tech guy and not …

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Rachel Marsden: NSA’s PRISM Program Falls Victim To An Ego Trip
  12 Jun 2013     12:04 am

PARIS — Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor on the lam for having dumped some classified documents on the desk of a British reporter, says that he doesn’t consider himself a hero, but his girlfriend’s blog paints a different picture, with delusions of grandeur dating back more than three months. If only the NSA’s PRISM Program was as significant as their sense of self-importance.

Snowden’s Hawaii-based dancer-girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, repeatedly refers to herself as a “super hero” on her blog, which is full of weird, spy-related postings that have …

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Rachel Marsden: Who are Turkey’s agents provocateurs?
  5 Jun 2013     12:04 am

PARIS — To believe the media narrative, the “Arab Spring” has arrived in yet another Islamic nation — Turkey this time — snowballing at record speed from a single protest over the fate of trees under an urban-development plan. This simplistic explanation might have more merit if Turkey wasn’t the staging ground for Western interests in Syria.
Spontaneous, organic protest movements have certain characteristics. They’re relatively small and easily contained. Without being fueled deliberately, they burn out quickly. Perhaps most notably, they have an acute, compelling genesis. Someone taking to Twitter …

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Rachel Marsden: Russia’s big test
  29 May 2013     12:02 am

PARIS — The war in Syria is Russia’s to lose. Arguably, it could very well end up being Russia’s biggest test as a player on the world stage since the end of the Cold War.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, are meeting here in Paris this week to discuss the possibility of discussions. The topic of whether to allow Iran at the adults’ negotiating table with the nonplastic cutlery is sure to come up, further delaying any seriousness to the notion of ending the …

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Rachel Marsden: Fogle fiasco underscores America’s intelligence problem
  22 May 2013     12:02 am

PARIS — Given that no one is officially denying it, it’s fairly safe to say that Russia’s domestic security service recently slammed America’s foreign spy service face-first into the Moscow pavement — blond wig and all — in the person of diplomatic staffer and unconfirmed CIA case officer Ryan Fogle.

When you’re benefiting from official diplomatic cover and find yourself tucking your hair into a blond wig and heading out with your compass and a written cash-for-treason offer for your target, perhaps you should revise your plan. The asset you recruit …

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Rachel Marsden: China’s low-profile imperialism
  15 May 2013     12:02 am

PARIS — Hardly a day goes by without America-bashers accusing the U.S. of “imperialism” or “interventionism.” Meanwhile, China is largely exempt from that sort of criticism from the same crowd. If only they’d listen to the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and a few other stray voices.

In late 2011, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel in Morocco with Lamido Sanusi, the aforementioned Central Bank of Nigeria governor, who’s on a mission to clean up Nigerian corruption. Sanusi told me that the moment an official can …

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Rachel Marsden: Is America about to checkmate Russia?
  8 May 2013     12:02 am

PARIS — As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with his Russian counterparts this week in Moscow to discuss Syria, much of the world is wondering what America’s endgame is. But what if we are already witnessing it? What if America’s ultimate exit strategy for the Syrian conflict is to have it grind on ad infinitum because there’s very little advantage to doing anything else?

Increasingly, it’s Russia that has the most to lose from the ongoing hostilities in Syria. What if America has successfully applied the old Soviet-era (and …

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