Rachel Marsden

Posted July 23, 2014

Here we go again with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry leveraging a tragedy to make another "strong case" based on limited evidence. We have already seen this in the case of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and chemical weapons. Now it's Russian President Vladimir Putin's turn for the global smear treatment.

Posted July 16, 2014

We've all received emails purporting to be from our bank or email service provider, with instructions to click legitimate-looking links that would no doubt compromise our computer systems. If government intelligence services are just getting into the same game now, then the lack of return on the intelligence budget investment should be of more concern than the potential for abuse.

Posted July 09, 2014

Humanitarianism and charity can't always be taken at face value, if only because there is no better front for less-than-altruistic endeavors. Most people simply assume that charity automatically equates to goodwill.

Posted July 02, 2014

The Islamic terrorist army often referred to as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has made a faster womb-to-superstardom ascension than Justin Bieber.

Posted June 25, 2014

PARIS -- The irony of recent U.S. foreign interventions is that despite Uncle Sam's best efforts, the ultimate benefactor ends up being America's primary economic rival in the area in question. It should come as no surprise that the two economic rivals who usually benefit are China and Russia, both absolute masters of subversion.

Posted June 18, 2014

The fact that U.S. President Barack Obama is putting hundreds of boots back onto the ground in Iraq to protect American interests is the result of some bad decisions and missed opportunities to correct course. Except that Russian President Vladimir Putin had already staked out the proper course -- and the Obama administration seems intent on turning every action into a political spitball aimed at getting Putin's attention.

Posted June 11, 2014

On June 6, the Central Intelligence Agency joined the social media platform Twitter with its first tweet: "We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet." Presumably this is an attempt by the agency to develop its "brand." Here's why this is a really bad idea:

Posted June 04, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama recently agreed to the release of five Taliban leaders from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for an alleged U.S. military deserter.

Posted May 28, 2014

PARIS -- An intriguing social phenomenon prompted a horrific killing spree in Santa Barbara, California, last week, and the same phenomenon might help explain the surprising results of last weekend's European Parliament elections.

Posted May 21, 2014

The U.S. Justice Department filed charges this week against five Chinese military officers, accusing them of hacking American companies to steal secrets, including the nuclear energy company Westinghouse.

Posted May 14, 2014

As a chronic immigrant, I'm loath to support immigration policies that might make life difficult for anyone seeking to legitimately integrate into and contribute to an adoptive nation. Nonetheless, as the Obama administration attempts to reform U.S. immigration policies, there needs to be some standard of selection for immigrants.

Posted May 07, 2014

The good news is that the Obama administration plans to create a lot of new jobs. The bad news is that those jobs will mostly be in Asia.

Posted April 30, 2014

A Cold War is purely an intelligence war. If you go on a Ukrainian geopolitical bender in front of a former KGB chief like Russian President Vladimir Putin without having a firm grasp of the opposition's mind-set, you risk launching yourself into a wall like some kind of drunken frat bro on a Slip 'n Slide.

Posted April 23, 2014

The day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met for Ukraine crisis de-escalation talks in Geneva with his Russian and European counterparts in an attempt to stabilize the country, Kerry's department released a statement that undermined America's own economic and national security -- again.

Posted April 17, 2014

Russia and the West are both warning of the risk of escalation to a civil war in Ukraine between pro-Russian and pro-Western factions. Rhetoric is heating up, with each side referring to members of the other's ground team as "terrorists," setting the stage to justify any potential opposition force.

Posted April 09, 2014

While America was busy providing Cubans with baseball stats and the sort of cultural softballs that surely Cuba's ruling enemies of freedom would never permit, the Chinese telecommunications company Huawei was busy upgrading Cuba's Internet infrastructure, and China was working with Venezuela to build an underwater broadband linkup for the island.

Posted April 02, 2014

In an apparent effort to fight bribery with even more overt state-sanctioned bribery, the battle for the hearts and minds of Ukraine has devolved into two suitors -- the West and Russia -- flashing their respective bank account statements.

Posted March 26, 2014

Any analytical position that results in disagreement with Obama when Russian President Vladimir Putin happens to be on the other side of the debate means that you're a commie or a commie sympathizer. Except that there's a problem with that theory, and with all the hyperventilating over this new Red Scare: Russia isn't the Soviet Union, and Vladimir Putin isn't Vladimir Lenin.

Posted March 19, 2014

The West wants Russia to leggo its Eggo, and that's just not going to happen. So now here comes the pain, comrades. European sanctions are no joke. They involve the European bureaucracy, whose primary purpose is to act as a supermax prison for wallets in order to keep the socialist dream alive.

Posted March 12, 2014

America's decreasing influence in the Middle East and Eurasia might be the result of deliberate strategic policy. Or it's simply ineptitude -- in which case it's infinitely better for indecisive paralysis to prevail over uninformed proactivity. Either way, it's not a bad thing.