Russia suspends Nuclear Security Pact with U.S.

By: Soondos Mulla-Ossman ~Staff Writer~ Since the final years of the Cold War, Russia and the United States have signed and followed through with a series of accords to reduce the size of nuclear arsenals and limit nuclear usage. In spite of souring relations over the past few years between the U.S. and Russia the agreements have remained intact. This changed when Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree suspending his agreement for both the original Nuclear Security Pact and its many amendments. This particular pact is significant not only because of its enactment but also what it involves: Both … Continue reading Russia suspends Nuclear Security Pact with U.S.

Panama Papers expose fraud

By: Max Bruns and James Neyer ~Staff Writers~ Detailed information about more than 214,000 offshore companies listed by the Panamanian corporate service provider Mossack Fonseca was recently released to the public. After a year-long investigation of a 2.6 terabyte leak to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), 149 documents and preliminary news reports were released on April 3. The Panama Papers, as the ICIJ reported the leak is called, contains 11.5 million documents dating back four decades, and every company or individual related to Mossack Fonseca is mentioned, according to the New York Times, CNN and The Guardian. The actual … Continue reading Panama Papers expose fraud

Putin, the kleptocrat?

Professor discusses life, politics of Russian President By: Jess Larkin ~Copy Editor~ Amidst the conflicts in Russia regarding Ukraine and the seizure of Crimea, President Vladimir Putin maintains the image of a virtuous and nationalist leader that helped Russia escape from corruption and weakness in the 1990s. Karen Dawisha, a Soviet and Russian politics professor from Miami University, portrays a more unfamiliar Putin in her book “Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia?” Dawisha spoke on Dec. 1 in Cintas Center about her research and the future of the Russian government in relation to its kleptocratic system. Her book uncovers Putin’s intentions … Continue reading Putin, the kleptocrat?