June 24, 2015                            
Dossier: U.S. Space-War Operations Center


Pentagon expedites space-war center to counter Russia, China


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Khodorkovsky: Putin clash with West protects elites, doomed to fail

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia's richest man and now a virulent Kremlin critic living in exile in Switzerland, claims that Russian President Vladimir Putin is "manufacturing" the crisis in Ukraine as a way to distract the Russian public and media from the Russian government's epic corruption.

Khodorkovsky took on Putin in a recent speech to the Atlantic Council, a prominent Washington think tank. He has been at odds with the Russian government, especially its domineering president, for over a decade.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

"The cooling of relations has been inspired by those Russian elites who want to hold on to power. They desperately used an image of an enemy who would distract the attention of the populace from the corruption and inefficiency that exists."

The report claims British intelligence is being forced to recall operatives working in "hostile conditions" for fear they may be targeted, blackmailed or killed.



Analysts warn S. Korea putting China ties ahead of national security
South Korea is bending to China's will in resisting an adequate missile defense system, analysts and government officials say. The United States has urged the deployment of a THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) battery in South Korea, but the move sparked strong protests from China. A group of ruling party leaders in Seoul have recently gone public in favor of the THAAD deployment to better cope with the mounting nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.
East Asia Report
Putin to join China's anti-Japan victory parade that defies history


Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Government, now in Taiwan, led the resistance against Japan. The ruling Chinese Communist Party played a peripheral role.



U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur (at microphone) watches observes Japan's surrender aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Sept. 2, 1945.   Department of the Navy

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