Russian President Vladimir Putin called for pro-Russia activists in East Ukraine to postpone a vote scheduled for Sunday regarding secession from Ukraine, a move the US cautiously welcomed. Putin also called for postponing the May 25th presidential vote which the US and EU are pushing hard in hopes of legitimizing the violent overthrow of President Yanukovych, a proposal the US outright rejected.
|By: DSWright Thursday May 8, 2014 7:51 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday April 17, 2014 10:10 am|
It was not long ago that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum to remain in Russia, was routinely criticized for not speaking out on Russian surveillance by President Vladimir Putin’s government. He was accused of being some kind of traitor, who was now aligned with the Kremlin. Yet, after choosing to submit a question to Putin as part of an annual question-and-answer call-in program on Russian state television, Snowden has now been accused of being some kind of propaganda tool for Putin.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 26, 2014 6:21 pm|
Why isn’t The New York Times reporting this if it is true? Why isn’t The Washington Post reporting this if it is true? Why aren’t US officials leaking more details that actually include specifics and not merely speculation if this is true?
|By: DSWright Friday March 21, 2014 7:40 am|
Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to officially annex Crimea, a move the upper house is expected to follow up with today completing the process of annexation under Russian law. This formal annexation makes it increasingly less likely Crimea will ever be returned to Ukraine. Ukrainian forces have already started to withdraw from the region.
The US government’s response has been to place sanctions on Russians believed to be aligned with Russian President Vladimir Putin:
|By: Alvin McEwen Tuesday March 18, 2014 6:31 pm|
Not surprisingly and justifiably, Christians have always maintained a fierce devotion to their beliefs. It is a shame that, at least in the case of one Christian, this devotion isn’t accompanied with a desire to speak out for other groups facing the same type of persecution.
Franklin Graham, son of the iconic pastor Billy Graham, chose to go the other direction
|By: DSWright Tuesday March 18, 2014 7:00 am|
The latest development in the Ukraine conflict points to the incredible impotence of the US/EU when their bluff is called. They helped overthrow Russia’s favored leader and when Russia responds all they can threaten to do is sanction them, but not too much. Germany may be willing to take some pain to make a point but is the rest of the EU? And let’s not forget, Russia can always send its oil east to China.
|By: DSWright Thursday March 13, 2014 6:40 am|
Ukraine’s opposition Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, decided to stop hiding his strings and all but admit that he is trying to align with and serve US and EU interests claiming that “Ukraine is and will be part of the Western world.” So much for independence. It seems Yatsenyuk is proving the old adage that politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles.
|By: DSWright Wednesday March 12, 2014 12:39 pm|
Despite initially buying US government propaganda on the conflict on Ukraine wholesale, much from self-proclaimed experts, the US media may be slowly accepting that a good deal of the initial talking points on the conflict were false.
|By: DSWright Thursday March 6, 2014 11:45 am|
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: 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.