NATO's eastern expansion (from 16 to 28 states) was and is a serious strain on relations with Russia. This is also true for the missile defense system in Poland and Rumania. A simple good-evil scheme is all too often dominant. Now and then, a kind of hysteria prevails. Any contact with Russia is criminalized.
Saving Western Civilization and Global Freedom. I am seeking funding to research Islamic terrorism in Europe. My recent book showed some aspects requiring further research e.g. on 10 Dec 2008 the UN extended the domain of secularism to cover the whole Universal Declaration and I show that in the case of Bangladesh this led to an enormous eruption of violence by Muslim extremists who are anti-secular. The UN decision may also have led to a increase in Islamic violence globally.
"We live in an unstable world, and the instability is going to increase. It is a world where a billion people feel hungry everyday, and the hunger is going to increase. In mid 2007, a number of banks suddenly discovered they could not balance their books and stopped lending to each other."