Hacker Claims Breach of Russian Ministry Website (US News and World Report)

A lone wolf hacker known as Jester claims to have hacked a Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Jester claims to have been a former U.S. soldier in Afghanistan who now works in cybersecurity and intelligence, and to have launched cyberattacks against hundreds of websites, particularly those that support jihadists.

VIDEO: The State of U.S.-Russia Relations (Council on Foreign Relations, feat. Stephen F. Cohen)

ACEWA Board Member and Princeton and NYU Professor Emeritus Stephen F. Cohen,  The Brookings Institution’s Fiona Hill and Columbia University Professor Emeritus Robert Legvold discuss the current state of relations between the United States and Russia, including cooperation on strategic initiatives in Syria, tensions surrounding the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the post–Cold War expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and recent allegations of Russian-sponsored cyberattacks.

Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly (Robert Parry)

Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington’s foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum “group think” that risks life on the planet, says Robert Parry.

Compare the coverage of Mosul and East Aleppo and it tells you a lot about the propaganda we consume (Patrick Cockburn)

Destruction in Aleppo by Russian air strikes is compared to the destruction of Grozny in Chechnya sixteen years ago, but, curiously, no analogy is made with Ramadi, a city of 350,000 on the Euphrates in Iraq, that was 80 per cent destroyed by US-led air strikes in 2015.

The Slide Toward War With Russia (The Nation)

The Nation has long argued that “no modern precedent exists for the shameful complicity of the American political-media elite” in the rush to a new Cold War. As German Foreign Minister Frank-
Walter Steinmeier recently observed, “It is an illusion to believe this is the old Cold War. The new times are different; they are more dangerous.”

Putin’s Response Options To U.S. Cyber Attack (Jeffrey Carr)

We already have enough real problems with Russia in Syria and Ukraine. Someone, maybe Russian, has embarrassed the Democrats but there’s no hard proof as to who’s responsible. And the bottom line is that the DNC bears at least some of that responsibility no matter who attacked them.

PODCAST: Did the White House Declare War on Russia? (Stephen F. Cohen)

Nation Contributing Editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions of the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) Cohen reports that a statement by Vice President Joe Biden on NBC’s Meet the Press on October 16, released on October 14, stunned Moscow (though it was scarcely noted in the American media).

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