Category Archives: ukraine and russia

Putin’s Cold War 2.0: KGB agents in tuxedos not trenchcoats

The same dirty tricks deployed by the KGB for decades are used in today’s Cold War 2.0, and have permeated geopolitics from Syria to Ukraine and the world’s capitals. But spies in trench coats been supplanted by Russians in tuxedos with huge bank accounts who use financial, social, and political weaponry to build tentacles that… Read More

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This is Watergate 2.0: Trump on the ropes over Russian links

Stock markets fell this week along with U.S. President Donald Trump’s popularity and Republican legislative hopes as Watergate 2.0 unfolds. The testimony by The Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey confirmed an investigation is under way to assess whether the Trump team colluded with the Russians. This is eerily similar to 1972 when U.S…. Read More

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Illicit Financial Flows: The Unchecked Scourge of the World

The Canada-US Law Institute panel on money laundering and the fact that it is the “scourge of the world” that threatens democracies and capitalism involving myself and Josee Nadeau. Panel is linked here and the panel — with its background and my hard-hitting presentation as to the fact that the lawyers must have “know your client”… Read More

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Putin Struts but his Power Wanes with Oil Price Outlook

The Kremlin’s dirty tricks are dominating the headlines and have plunged the United States into political disarray. Behind these attacks, however, is a Russia that is increasingly weak and vulnerable. What this means for the stability of Vladimir Putin’s regime, however, is anyone’s guess. Russia’s future depends on the price of oil and gas. This… Read More

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Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State: Canada Wins and Russia May Lose

There’s hand wringing south of the border over the nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as U.S. Secretary of State. But north of the border there should be celebration. That is because he, like Exxon, admires and understands Canada, and has continued to support pioneer innovations in the Canadian oil industry. Exxon has invested here… Read More

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