More and more it feels like we’re entering a new Cold War.
Way back before many of you were born, the United States and the then Soviet Union were locked in an ongoing struggle for global dominance. And while the U.S. eventually came out on top, Russia never became a true-blue ally.
There has always been mistrust between our two nations. Time and again we learn about spies or other efforts on the part of the Russian government, working to undermine key parts of our society. Even if current allegations of Russian tampering with our election prove to be false, it underscores Americans’ fears that Russia continues to be a threat to our way of life.
More realistically is Russia’s involvement in the Syrian civil war. Why is Putin aiding and equipping the Syrian government? What does Russia have to gain from the conflict? And when Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, what hand did Russia have to play in the move?
Actions by President Trump to cripple Assad’s chemical weapons stockpile did not make Russia happy, once again putting the U.S. and Russia on opposite sides of an international struggle.
Regardless of the outcome, we continue to find ourselves at odds with Russia. And recent discoveries in—of all places, Nicaragua—do not make things better.
From NZ Herald:
US officials are keeping a keen eye on a Russian complex nestled on the edge of a volcanic crater in Nicaragua.
The center, which is believed to be a satellite station, has been built near the Laguna de Nejapa in Managua – the capital of the Central American nation, according to Daily Mail.
The Washington Post reports the local government described the complex as, “simply a tracking site of the Russian version of a GPS satellite system”, but not everyone is convinced it isn’t something more sinister.
“Clearly there’s been a lot of activity, and it’s on the uptick now,” a US official and expert on Central America, told the newspaper.
Other officials said there are concerns the hub could be a “dual use” facility, meaning it could house equipment and workers with the ability to conduct electronic surveillance against American citizens.
From where the compound is located, it offers those who are based there a clear view of the US Embassy about 10 miles away in the heart of Managua.
Intelligence is key in modern warfare. Long before a single gun is fired or missile launched, vital information can mean the difference between victory and defeat.
In the first world, often weapons do not need to be used, if vital computer systems or infrastructure can be hacked.
Advanced satellite systems are used to communicate with networks around the globe. They can monitor even the most subtle of movements and even pick up on conversations. This station in Nicaragua might be strategically placed in order for Russia to monitoring a variety of subjects.
American might be a target, or Russia might simply be using the station to keep tabs on their interests in that part of the world.
Even if it is just a part of Russia’s GPS system, there are causes for concern. The fact that Russia was able to build a sophisticated satellite station in Central America–far removed from their own nation, suggests the kind of influence they have in that part of the world.
Could it lead to greater alliances between Central and South American with Russia? As the United States tamps down on such things as illegal immigration from those countries, perhaps Russia can exploit that for their own purposes.
Either way, this station raises many questions.
From NZ Herald