Liberty's light dims
in former USSR

by Toby Westerman -- The torch of liberty has grown dimmer in the former Soviet republic of Ukraine – as it has across most of the territory of the old USSR – more…

Moscow: Anti-terror expansion 'very dangerous'

by Toby Westerman -- Russia, touted as a key U.S. partner in the war against terror, describes the possibility of further U.S. action in the war against terror as "aimed at subjugating" more…

German prof brands
bin Laden video 'faulty'

by Toby Westerman -- According to a professor of Arabic language and culture at the University of Hamburg, Germany, the U.S. Department of Defense tape purporting to provide conclusive evidence of Osama more…

Most Russians 'regret'
end of USSR

by Toby Westerman -- According to a recent poll conducted by the Public Opinion Fund, a frequently cited independent Russian research organization, 80 percent of the Russian population "regret the breakup of more…

Al-Qaida fighters
welcomed home

by Toby Westerman -- While some captured Taliban fighters have been portrayed as "humiliated" and "sobbing," other Islamic militants are well on their way – or have already arrived – home. "Once more…

Tide of Russian
anti-Americanism coming?

by Toby Westerman -- The U.S. announcement of its withdrawal from the 1971 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty “may provoke a rise in anti-American sentiments in Russia,” according to official Russian sources. “Far from more…

Russia backs U.S. gun-control advocates

by Toby Westerman -- Making a link between U.S. gun sales and "global instability," Moscow has lent its support to American gun-control advocates. Russia supports restrictions on U.S. gun ownership, according to more…

Moscow 'vehemently' opposes attacks on Iraq

by Toby Westerman -- "Russia is vehemently opposed" to a U.S. attack on Iraq, and President George W. Bush's demand that Iraq allow the re-entry of U.N. weapons inspectors "is used as more…

Russia to the rescue?

by Toby Westerman -- Moscow believes the U.S. "cannot guarantee" the security of its allies in Europe and that Western Europe, therefore, should turn to Russia as a new alliance partner, according more…

USSR successor gaining power

by Toby Westerman -- The Commonwealth of Independent States, or CIS – formerly the weak successor to the defunct Soviet Union – is beginning to assert itself as "an authoritative international organization more…