Did someone forget to brief President Obama and tell him that the constitutional government of Ukraine was overthrown? Because Obama just completed a press conference where he claimed Crimea could not vote to join the Russian Federation because it violated Ukraine’s “Constitution.”
|By: DSWright Thursday March 6, 2014 11:45 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 6, 2014 9:20 am|
In the past few days, the Russian state-funded media organization, RT, has had two of its staff members express some level of protest against the editorial line of the organization and how it is currently covering the Russia-Ukraine “crisis” that has been unfolding.
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 4, 2014 6:48 am|
Russian President Vladamir Putin labeled the overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych an “unconstitutional coup” and said he was willing to use force to pursue Russia’s interests in Ukraine. Putin claimed that the deployment of Russian military forces in the Crimea was to “protect ethnic Russians” and that Yanukovych – the only president Russia recognizes – asked for assistance.
|By: DSWright Monday March 3, 2014 6:56 am|
Funny things happen when you foment an uprising. After factions in Western Ukraine overthrew the Russian backed government, Russia has responded by invading parts of Eastern Ukraine, specifically the Crimea, which is dominated by Russian speakers and those friendly to Russian influence. The invasion sparked a rhetorical threat from President Obama that there would be “consequences” for Russia though he never made exactly clear what that meant as numerous observers questioned what Obama even could do.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday February 15, 2014 4:00 pm|
I’ve been watching Russia’s English language television channel, RT (Russia Today) for several hours a day for about a year now, and this has given me a picture of Vladimir Putin’s presidency that casual watchers miss. When you have seen dozens of interviews by American educated Russian Oxana Boyko, or French educated Georgian Sophie Schevarnadze, Americans Abby Martin and Max Keiser, or Briton’s goof-off John Brown exploring the farthest reaches of this vast country – or even the American ‘Resident’ who poses short questions to New Yorkers on the street, you realize that Russia‘s President is searching for something that is neither Western style capitalism nor Communism.
|By: Lisa Derrick Friday February 7, 2014 8:10 am|
With the Sochi Olympics upon us full of fail and homophobia–and apparently no toothpaste or Chobani yogurt–some wag has created a parody of Facebook’s Lookback video featuring
high low points of Putin’s life. From pictures of Putin riding a bear and pointing high powered rifles to photographs of Pussy Riot behind bars and LGBTQ demonstrators getting beaten, this video is pointed and effective.
|By: David Seaton Sunday December 22, 2013 12:22 pm|
Really, what is brilliant is that Putin’s Russia has turned the tables of the old USA versus USSR paradigm.
|By: Deena Stryker Tuesday December 17, 2013 5:42 pm|
Recently a friend emailed me the link to an article by a distinguished American historian, Emanuel Wallerstein, about an interview given by Hamid Karzai to the French paper Le Monde that laid out very clearly Karzai’s position on relations with the U.S. going forward, but which the New York Times only mentioned in passing. Among other things, it revealed that if Karzai continues to refuse to sign the Status of Forces Agreement to regulate the continued presence of American military after the official pullout, President Obama is considering the possibility that it could just as well be signed by another Afghan official! Evidently, the slide away from legality affects not only drone strikes.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday December 7, 2013 6:17 pm|
The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the southern Slavs), sits on Russia’s Western frontier.
|By: Deena Stryker Thursday November 28, 2013 5:45 pm|
Next year’s date probably doesn’t remind most on-line readers of anything in particular, whether we’re talking about the millennial generation or the baby-boomers. But for someone who was a child during World War II, 2014 inevitably calls up 1914, when the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off World War I. Today, we associate that city in the former Yugoslavia with the mass killing of Muslim men and boys by Serbs, as the country invented after that war fell apart.