Biden administration to revive military-to-military ties with Pakistan

Gen Lloyd Austin gives his opening statement before the US Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for the post of Secretary of Defence. — Photo courtesy: PBS News Hour The Biden administration sees Pakistan as an “essential partner” in any peace process in Afghanistan and believes that “continuing to build relationships with Pakistan’s […]

Who lost Crimea?

I read with interest the two letters to the editor from Messrs. Martyniuk (January 29) and Mirchuk (January 15) and the two responding letters from Messrs. Lomacky and Vitvitsky challenging their accuracy (“spouting nonsense”), and seeking an apology for “provocative allegations against our president” and “spreading false information.” Apparently, their dispute centered on blame for […]

The disgrace that was the Biden press conference

President Biden called on 10 reporters to answer 30-some questions during his long-awaited first formal press conference on Thursday. But the hour-plus event was a disgrace for some in the press and a dubious performance by the president. The questions for the president were meek and vague, failing to extract any specific information about policies or solutions to the […]

Silicon Valley’s Stripe valued at $95bn after fundraising

Figure makes digital payments firm the most valuable private business to come out of US tech hub The digital payments firm Stripe has been valued at $95bn (£68m) after a funding round that makes the company the most valuable private business to come out of Silicon Valley. The company, which is dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, raised […]

George Woloshyn: Clearing the cobwebs from the Budapest Memorandum

The Budapest Memorandum guaranteed  Ukraine’s security in exchange for its nuclear weapons.  Out of the four signatories, only Ukraine has kept its pledges.  Even in the face of overt hostility, aggression, and invasion of Crimea by Russia, not one of the other three signatories has come even close to fulfilling its explicit and implied guarantees […]

Fear of insider attack prompts additional FBI screening of National Guard troops: AP

The FBI is screening all 25,000 National Guard troops heading to D.C. as fears mount among defense officials that those responsible for security at the inauguration could participate in an insider attack, The Associated Press reported Sunday.  The screening effort comes as D.C. has beefed its security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday and after the […]