Franklin Graham Supports Russian Anti-Gay Persecution, Disgraces His Father and His Religion

By: 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

 

Putin Signs Treaty Making Crimea Part Of Russia

By: 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.

Ukraine’s Interim Prime Minister Says Country Is Part Of ‘Western World’

By: 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.

US Media Thaws On Ukraine Conflict

By: 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.

Did President Obama Forget Ukraine’s Government Was Overthrown?

By: 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.”

What the US Media’s Celebration of Protesting RT Anchors Conveniently Ignores

By: 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.

Russia Labels Overthrow Of Yanukovych ‘Coup’; Masses Troops On Border

By: 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.

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.

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