Garry Kasparov: Putin’s Culture of Fear and Death

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Russia's opposition supporters carry a banner reading These bullets in each of us during a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. Russia’s opposition supporters carry a banner reading These bullets in each of us during a march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on March 1, 2015. Photo: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
Boris Nemtsov, my longtime friend and colleague in the Russian opposition, was murdered in the middle of Moscow on Friday night. Four bullets in the back ended his life in sight of the Kremlin, where he once worked as Boris Yeltsin ’s deputy prime minister. Photos showed a cleaning crew scrubbing his blood off the pavement within hours of the murder, so it is not difficult to imagine the quality of the investigation to come. Continue reading

Netanyahu, Obama and the Geopolitics of Speeches

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By George Friedman

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is visiting the United States this week to speak to Congress on March 3. The Obama administration is upset that Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu without consulting with the White House and charged Boehner with political grandstanding. Netanyahu said he was coming to warn the United States of the threat of Iran. Israeli critics of Netanyahu charged that this was a play for public approval to improve his position in Israel’s general election March 17. Boehner denied any political intent beyond getting to hear Netanyahu’s views. The Obama administration claimed that the speech threatens the fabric of U.S.-Israeli relations.

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