NSA and GCHQ Infiltrate Gemalto?

The revelations came via the Intercept. Journalists in possession of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s leaked government spying information made public for the first time, evidence that the US and UK government’ had digitally infiltrated Dutch Sim card manufacturer Gemalto.

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Arctic Race For Resources Speeds Up

I spoke with Edward Krucik, a leading Arctic scientist, about the increasing focus on the Arctic as numerous countries ramp up efforts to stake a claim on natural resources and shipping routes previously hidden beneath the melting polar ice. Things are about to get very interesting.

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Economic Development in Shangri-La Gets Mixed Reviews

It was like the scene out of “The Sound of Music”, where Julie Andrews belts out “The Hills Are Alive” atop a pristine Austrian mountainscape – green, piney, snow-capped in places. The hills certainly were alive the morning we deplaned at the Gorno-Altaysk airport. I was one of a planeload of journalists flown from Moscow […]

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Dash Cam Drama

The head of the State Duma’s New Media Committee  wanted to ban the broadcasting of certain images captured with the famous Russian dash cam!  I think not! You’re not taking this away from us after what we’ve seen with it! Note: When contacted for comment about the offending dash camera we found he didn’t have a social […]

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Baby Bears Rescued and Raised

I went to the Tver Region to learn how one scientist taught himself to raise orphaned brown bear cubs and successfully reintroduce them to the forest. It was amazing to see how he saves the symbol of Russia from languishing in the circus or worse. I have never wanted to steal something so bad in my life as a little baby bear.

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A Russian Take On Pollution: Blame Game.

More than fifty percent of the water used to hydrate the more than 10 million people of Moscow comes straight out of the Istra Reservoir. Ice fishermen have dotted the landscape of Russia’s frozen lakes and reservoirs. They’re now followed close behind my an army of public workers picking trash the good- timing fisherman seem […]

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The Aral Sea: A Soviet Murder Story In Three Acts

The Soviet Union wanted total self-sufficiency, which meant it needed copious amounts of cotton. To achieve this goal it decided to harness the large rivers running through Central Asia, over which it had iron clad political control. So began the diversion of two rivers that fed the great Aral Sea, the world’s 4th largest lake, […]

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