What Russia wants

first_imgWhat does Vladimir Putin really want? It may sound like an easy question, or maybe a setup for a bad joke. But according to John Beyrle, a former U.S. ambassador to Russia who spoke Monday evening at a Harvard Institute of Politics roundtable on that nation and its leader, it’s a crucial question for the next White House occupant to understand.What Putin wants, said Beyrle, is respect, and he can choose startling ways of getting it.“Our nuclear relationship with Russia is the main existential issue,” Beyrle told the Harvard Kennedy School panel on “Challenges for the Next President: The Crisis With Russia.” “Putin has boasted about Russia’s nuclear might, so the taboo of using one’s nuclear arsenal as a bragging point has been broken. That should give us all pause. Most people wouldn’t understand the details of a modern nuclear arsenal, but they do understand a senior Russian official who boasts the ability to reduce the U.S. to rubble.”As moderator and former CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty pointed out, circumstances in Russia can change by the day, with the weekend’s Syrian ceasefire and legislative election as the most recent examples. Yet the panelists agreed that the next U.S. president needs most of all to understand Russia’s overall mindset.Panelist Maxim Boycko, a visiting lecturer in economics at Harvard, pointed out that the main lesson of last weekend’s legislatives election wasn’t that Putin seized more power, but that only about half of the populace voted. That indicates a certain apathy setting in during the Putin era. “I wouldn’t say that Putin is the problem or the solution; he is a fact. If you look at the Yeltsin and the Gorbachev eras, there was a sense that the Soviet Union was opening up. That’s not something we see anymore.”The two principal U.S. presidential candidates have far different approaches to Russia. Donald Trump has made headlines by speaking well of Putin, while Hillary Clinton has taken more of a hard-line, “almost a macho approach,” as Dougherty put it. Yet the panelists emphasized that the choice doesn’t boil down to one candidate wanting to appease Russia and one wanting to confront it. Beyrle said Putin wants to be understood, not necessarily to be coddled. And while Trump has proclaimed admiration for Putin, that’s not the same thing as offering a coherent strategy.It wouldn’t hurt, Boycko suggested, for the two nations’ leaders to have a personal relationship. “It’s very hard for me to comment on Donald Trump, but the personal aspect is quite important. The question is how the two interests can be aligned with each other, and that starts with a deep understanding of the other side — what it is that the other side needs from this relationship. Whichever candidate can do that better would have the best chance of improving the relationship.”Beyrle noted that Putin’s ties with the United States have been somewhat aggressive dating from his first meeting with President Obama, when he laid out a “tremendous list of grievances.” The narrative of Putin’s reign, Beyrle said, involves righting wrongs that he believes were done when the Soviet Union fell apart, its satellite nations drifted away, and NATO strengthened. “He and the people around him want a say in the major international issues, and they feel they’ve lost that.”Beyrle rejected the notion that Russian leadership would necessarily be friendlier to Trump’s approach.“I can’t discern any coherent foreign policy out of Mr. Trump,” Beyrle said, and he suggested that the Kremlin can’t either. “The things Mr. Trump says may be pleasing to them, but they don’t know anything about his policies. Secretary Clinton by contrast has a well-defined policy that has been spelled out. It’s likely that the Kremlin would rather deal with that than with the unknown quantity of Trump.”In a question-and-answer session afterward, Dougherty discussed another contributing factor: the television network RT (formerly Russia Today), and its rather dark impact on the Russian mindset. “The anchors are young, so it looks like a regular television network. But I believe their mission is to undermine and attack Western democracy and the belief that it can work. The message is ‘Everybody lies. Maybe we lie, but the Americans lie too.’ So it’s meant to undermine faith in anything. That’s dangerous and nihilistic. But in the context of social media, it works.”last_img read more

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Gerrit Cole breaks silence on why he joined New York Yankees

first_img The MLB Winter Meetings promised some huge deals and they did not disappoint. While Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon made $245 million switches to Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels respectively, they couldn’t top Gerrit Cole’s record trade. New York Yankees signed Gerrit Cole for a record $324 million in a deal running through for nine years.  Also Read: Madison Bumgarner Chose To Play For Arizona Diamondbacks Due To His Horses: ReportsMLB: Gerrit Cole reveals why he joined New York Yankees First Published: 18th December, 2019 20:26 IST Also Read: Gerrit Cole Clicked By Wife In New York, All Smiles Ahead Of Big Yankees UnveilingGerrit Cole will be officially unveiled as a New York Yankees player on Wednesday, but TMZ managed to get an interview with the superstar. Cole was busy signing baseballs and taking selfies with the fans. When asked why he joined the Yankees, Cole replied that the Yankees history, the fans and the competitiveness wooed him to join the New York franchise.Also Read: MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates Sign Up Socrates Brito, Miguel Del Pozo And Phillip EvansGerrit Cole to New York Yankees: No beard for Cole?Gerrit Cole was sporting a beard while he answered the questions which led to the question of whether he’ll be going clean-shaven, which is in all seriousness, is a Yankees tradition. Cole’s response was not clear due to the ample amount of disturbance and noise, but it seems like Gerrit Cole will part with his beard. Gerrit Cole’s switch to the New York Yankees was one of the biggest stories in Major League Baseball in the past few weeks. Cole, who was a free-agent before signing for the Yankees, was also linked with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the LA Angeles. Gerrit Cole’s move to the New York Yankees saw veteran Didi Gregorius depart to the Philadelphia Phillies for one-year $14 million deal.Also Read: Didi Gregorius Blames Gerrit Cole For Losing New York Yankees Spot In Phillies Unveiling Sreehari Menon “Are you excited to be a Yankee?”Gerrit Cole: “Of course.”“What about being a Yankee excites you?”Gerrit Cole: “What doesn’t excite you?” pic.twitter.com/94d67N8kZr— Jake Montgomery (@JakeM0NTGOMERY) December 16, 2019 LIVE TV Written Bycenter_img Last Updated: 18th December, 2019 20:26 IST Gerrit Cole Breaks Silence On Why He Joined New York Yankees Gerrit Cole’s future was one of MLB’s hot topics during the Winter Meetings. The superstar pitcher has now revealed why decided to join the New York Yankees. WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Emeka Ogbuh Strike Keeps Heartland Fans Hopeful

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was a nervy encounter in Owerri but Heartland came out 1-0 winners courtesy of an Emeka Ogbuh strike on the 64th minute of the encounter to keep their fans dreaming of another season in top flight league.With this win, Heartland now need to win their final match in Jos next week against Plateau United to beat the drop.Ogbuh was a thorn in the flesh of Kano Pillars but goalkeeper, David Obiozor seemed to have an answer for everything Ogbuh and the rest of the Heartland attackers threw at him.As early as the 3rd minute Ogbuh had the first shot on target in the game but it was saved by Obiozor.Obiozor, who left Heartland at the start of the season was again called upon on the 12th minute to rescue his side and he did when he saved a long range effort from Anthony Oussou who saw the keeper off his line.The fans had voiced their displeasure with Oussou early in the game and Ramsome Madu took him off on the 38th minute for Chidiebere Ajoku.A minute before half time it was Obiozor again to the rescue as he parried a Rolland Koffi effort for corner.A rare opportunity for Pillars to score in the first half was just on the dot of half time as a quick counter attack saw Shagari Mohammed at the end of the move but his effort was saved by Emmanuel Iwu.In the second half it was an all Obiozor affair as he saved from Prince Dike on the 50th minute, Rolland Koffi on the 55th, and Macmarcel  Obioha on the 62.The save off MacMarcel was a penalty after Nura Ibrahim had handled the ball in the box.Obioha’s lazy effort was parried by Obiozor who also saved the rebound.But two minutes after the penalty miss, Ogbuh rose highest to head home a corner kick to hand victory over to the home side.On the 58th minute, Heartland took off Hamzat Owolabi for Emeka Atuloma.With fifteen minutes left on the clock, Baba Ganaru of Pillars decided to throw in Prince Aggrey to replace Rasaq Adegbite and then Nafiu Ibrahim came on for Shagari Mohammed.Heartland, needing to score one more goal brought on Bright Ejike for Prince Dike but Obiozor continued his retinue of saves. Ganaru threw in Mubarak Sa’id for Amos Gyang but the score line would not change and Heartland ended up winners.“Hard work and God gave us the victory,” Heartland coach, Ransom Madu told NPFL.ng after the game.“A lot of people were thinking about our next game against Plateau United but it was all about this one. Now we have taken the three points so it’s time to think of the next game,” Madu said. Kano Pillars coach, Baba Ganaru insisted that his boys were unlucky not to take the few chances they got in the game.“It was a good game. We both played very well and created chances but Heartland used theirs while we missed all of ours,” Ganaru told NPFL.ng Ganaru added that the missed the services of five key players who were ill just before the game.Gambo Mohammed, Rabiu Ali, Chris Madaki, Bala Mohammed and Adamu Hassan did not make the trip to Owerri.last_img read more

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