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The U.S. Capitol is seen here in this January 2018 photo. Three top Russian intelligence officials met with their American counterparts in D.C. in January. Why? (AP Photo)

Pondering the mystery of why the Russians came to Washington

In January, three top Russian intelligence officials met with their peers in Washington, D.C. What was their goal amid the Robert Mueller investigation? An expert on Russia speculates.
Russian diplomats and their families boarding a plane for home after being expelled by Britain. Reuters/Chris Radburn

Is the growing Russia crisis another Cold War conflict? Nyet

The crisis over alleged Russian involvement in a murder attempt on a spy and his daughter in the UK has been called an extension of the Cold War. But that war was about ideology; this crisis isn't.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has been the subject of much scrutiny during his rise to the party’s top position. GCIS/GovernmentZA/Flickr

South Africans are trying to decode Ramaphosa (and getting it wrong)

The study of Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's deputy president and new head of its governing party, is generating a great deal of heat, and not much light.
A worker cleans a statue of Vladimir Lenin in St. Petersburg. But how much Russian history gets whitewashed today? Dmitri Lovetsky/AP Photo

How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?

Because the Kremlin hopes to project strength and unity, history isn't used as much to inform as it is to inspire, with events cherry-picked to fit within a fuzzy framework of 'Russian greatness.'

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