Russia Annexes Part Of Ukraine As President Obama Warns Of ‘Consequences’

By: 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.

Re the Olympics: “Do Not Trust Your Friends”

By: 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.

On Eve of Olympics, Vladimir Putin’s “Facebook Lookback” Movie

By: 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.

2013: Vladimir Putin’s Year

By: 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.

Reading Putin’s Tea Leaves

By: 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.

Ukraine’s Hissy Fit

By: 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.

What Do 1914, 1917 and 1517 Have to Do With 2014?

By: 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.

Pussy Riot Member Launches Hunger Strike Protesting Prison Conditions

By: Monday September 23, 2013 6:30 pm

The women of Pussy Riot have repeatedly made their intentions clear– as artists, they view “changing the world” as an extension of their jobs. Their actions, including this current hunger strike, confirm that they’re not fucking around. This isn’t a political endorsement or an appearance in a PSA – they’re intent on uprooting the system that they’re up against.

Syria Mashup: ‘Group Think’, House of Saud, and The UN

By: Saturday September 14, 2013 10:40 am

Let’s remember that Putin submitted his own evidence to the UN, and, Assad has too.

The Syrian Gambit – Another Surprise Move?

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 12:45 pm

Just a hunch, but Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin may have another surprise chess move to play—one that may catch Israel and its U.S. ally completely off guard.

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