International Politics & Military: Putin Highlighting Their Defensive Military Stance.
During an interview with Italian-based online presence, Corriere della Sera, President Putin was outspoken regarding North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), of which Russia is not currently a member.
“US military spending is higher than that of all countries in the world taken together,” Putin told the Italian news website. “The aggregate military spending of NATO countries is 10 times, note – 10 times higher than that of the Russian Federation.”
Putin was firm in his message that he believed the world needed to be cautious of NATO and the US, as evidenced by so much spending and proactive approaches around the world. Personally, I think Putin may have a point here. The US is incredibly aggressive, and if I may add, maybe even too much so …intent on being the global police force.
As I stated before, I believe it’s important for us to leave other countries alone, and allow us to address our own internal problems, which will empower all other countries to do the same: Embracing worldwide respect and freedom, honoring national sovereignty for all nations.
Contrary to NATO and the US, President Putin highlighted that Russia has basically no military troops abroad. He was quick to point out that Russia has been actively disarming and dismantling foreign holdings, while the United States of America has kept theirs.
“We have dismantled our bases in various regions of the world, including Cuba, Vietnam, and so on. This means that our policy in this respect is not global, offensive or aggressive….. Everything we do is just a response to the threats emerging against us…. [In fact,] we are not expanding anywhere; it is NATO infrastructure, including military infrastructure, that is moving towards our borders,” pointed out the Russia President.
International Politics: At Its Finest …Is China Hacking the US?
Last month, the US Office of Personnel Management (OPM) allegedly was hacked by China, causing a huge breach in security. As such, it has resulted in an undeclared virtual war with China.
It is believed that China is building an whopping database of personal data taken from Americans by Chinese hackers. This information was received by the Washington Post from US officials and analysts. To be completely honest, I’m not sure if this is true or not (considering the source)….
We often know about false-flags operations and routine dis-information hitting the Internet in order to stir up trouble. I do not know if this is valid and accurate info or made-up propaganda, hoping to sway people into condemning China (again), given they are leading the charge with other BRICS nations in establishing their own financial stability.
Another reason why I’m skeptical is that at the time I’m writing this posting (late Monday night), this story appears only on Business Insider and one other online source. Whereas typically, more valid and more believable stories are found on many online magazines and newspapers. Yet, I found this story interesting enough to include it in our Roundup, as potentially unraveling volleys between US and China.
It is reported that China hacked 4+ million federal employees, retrieving passports, travel logs, and even Social Security numbers. Mark Wuergler, a senior cybersecurity researcher at Immunity Inc., stated, “Personal information is just as valuable as passwords today.”
“Hackers with this information don’t necessarily need a password to access other accounts — almost all of them allow you to reset your password by just supplying it data about yourself,” Wuergler added. “This means that China may have access to a lot more systems, accounts and profiles that are outside of government control.”
“Having a large database of personal information on key individuals that have access to critical infrastructure or classified information gives China an advantage in whatever agenda they have.”
Across our beautiful world, We Are All One.