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Shades of Gaza in Ukraine?

At the risk of grossly oversimplifying two very different conflicts, read this New York Times summary of a U.N. human rights report on the fighting in Ukraine and tell us it doesn’t sound familiar.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Rejects NATO Accusations of Aggression

The Russian president rejected accusations that he has effectively invaded Ukraine, likening the behavior of Ukrainian forces in the conflict to Nazis and threatening to take his standoff with the West into the disputed territory of the Arctic.

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Facing the Horror of Syria Using Alternatives to War

To begin to tackle the problem of Syria, what matters more than who exactly is being killed is who is doing the killing.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE



NATO, U.S.: 1,000 Russian Troops Have Entered Ukraine to Aid Rebels (Video Update)

According to NATO Brig. Gen. Niko Tak, as well as U.S. and Ukrainian officials, more than 1,000 Russian troops have crossed the border into Ukraine to shore up pro-Russian rebels in their fight against government forces. Update: President Obama made a statement Thursday afternoon about the conflict.

Posted on Aug 28, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Hot and Cold Edition

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the movement of Russian artillery into Ukrainian territory, President Obama’s golfing amid news of journalist James Foley’s beheading, the National Guard leaving Missouri, Rick Perry’s indictment and the ice bucket challenge.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: Surveillance, Spying Practices Have Brought U.S. to ‘Brink of the Abyss’

Edward Snowden has just been granted three more years of asylum in Russia, and the former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower is understandably choosy about whom he meets with in person. 

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Can Stay in Russia for 3 More Years

The Russian government gave the NSA whistle-blower permission to stay in the country for three more years, as well as the ability to travel abroad for three-month stints.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Putin Calls for Sanctions Against Countries That Imposed Sanctions Against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to fight economic fire with economic fire after the United States and the European Union brought sanctions against his country last week, and as of Wednesday, his call to action was heeded in the form of sanctions against those same nations.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Spurs Make Becky Hammon the NBA’s First Female Full-Time Coach

After 16 years playing basketball for the WNBA, San Antonio Stars point guard Becky Hammon is moving on—to the sidelines. To coach male players for the NBA.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t the United States Releasing Its July 17 Satellite Images of MH17?

The following is a letter from a concerned reader who prefers to remain anonymous, but raises some interesting questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



Russian Troops Build Up at Ukrainian Border

The beefed-up presence of Russian forces on the Russia-Ukraine border in recent days has gotten the attention of NATO officials, who have counted some 20,000 troops in “battle-ready formations,” the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

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Sarajevo 1914 / Gaza 2014: The Short Twentieth Century Lingers On

Strange the way things line up, the through-lines that suddenly reveal themselves amidst the twists and turns of historical progression.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



Poles Stage Apple-Eating Social Media Campaign to ‘Annoy Putin’

Did you know that Poland is basically apple central? Yes, the Eastern European nation happens to be the largest exporter of apples the world over. And its people are not about to sit idly by while Vladimir Putin blocks their fruity bounty from entering Russia.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



President Obama Tightens the Screws on Russia With New Sanctions (Video)

It has been 12 days since the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over east Ukraine, and Tuesday, previous rumblings that the airborne incident would lead to further strain between the U.S. and Russia came to fruition.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Pussy Riot Duo Strikes Back Against Kremlin With Lawsuit

They’re known for their guerrilla tactics and public displays of punk protest, but now two members of the Pussy Riot collective, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are using the tools of the system to their advantage.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Offers 3.9 Million Ruble Bounty for Help Identifying ‘Users of Tor’

Russia’s interior ministry has offered 3.9 million rubles (about $111,000) to anyone who can develop software capable of identifying users of the anonymous Internet browsing platform, The Guardian reports.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE


The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

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The Week in Truthdig

In lieu of our regularly scheduled radio show, we present a summary of some of this week’s most interesting original content, including the goings-on in Gaza and the trouble with Executive Order 12333.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



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No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



MH17 Crash Site, Victims’ Remains Reportedly Under Rebel Control (Updated)

The site of downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 became even more politically fraught Sunday, when pro-Russian separatists reportedly took custody of the remains of some 200 bodies of crash victims and obstructed emergency workers’ access to the area.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden: ‘The World Is Much More Unpredictable and Dangerous’ Than George Orwell’s ‘1984’

“If I end up in chains in Guantanamo,” the NSA whistle-blower tells The Guardian’s Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill in a must-see interview, “I can live with that.”

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE


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German Official Says Manual Typewriters May Be the Answer to NSA Spying

The idea has since been dismissed by other German politicians, but on a morning talk show, Patrick Sensburg, who is leading the Bundestag’s investigation into NSA surveillance, said the government has considered using non-electronic typewriters.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE


Hillary Clinton: I Don’t Give Snowden Credit for the Privacy Debate

The former secretary of state tells The Guardian in a video interview that if whistle-blower Edward Snowden is “serious” about joining the debate over “the tension between privacy and security,” he can come home. “But that’s his decision,” she adds.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Is Russia Replacing U.S. in Iraq?

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday told BBC Arabic that he was buying used fighter jets from the Russian Federation and from Belorussia.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Dilemma

In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



Computer Passes Landmark Artificial Intelligence Test

A program built by Russian experts is the first to pass the Turing Test, which requires that some observers be unable to tell the difference between it and a human—and academics are worried about the implications for cybercrime.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



EU, U.S. Sway Bulgaria to Stop Work on Russian-Backed Gas Pipeline

The prime minister of Bulgaria, Plamen Oresharski, has suspended work on a gas pipeline that has recently drawn scrutiny from U.S. and European Commission officials.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



New Ukraine Leader Promises End to Fighting This Week

Ukraine’s new Western-backed president, Petro Poroshenko, vowed Sunday to halt by the end of the week nearly two months of bloodshed in the separatist east that have threatened the very survival of the ex-Soviet state.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



Nearly Half of Americans Believe in Creationism

A whopping 42 percent of Americans continue to believe God created human beings in their present form 10,000 years ago; a Russian oligarch is trying to eliminate the “satanic gay lobby” from Europe; meanwhile, a new Ukrainian website is trying to point out fake photos online. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Can Finally Sleep at Night

NBC has released a score of snippets from the network’s interview with Edward Snowden (posted after the jump), and one of the main takeaways is this, in the leaker’s own words: “I may have lost my ability to travel, but I’ve gained the ability to go to sleep at night and to put my head on the pillow and feel comfortable that I’ve done the right thing even when it was the hard thing. And I’m comfortable with that.”

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



Dozens Dead as Ukraine Claims Control of Donetsk Airport

Ukraine said Tuesday it had recaptured the airport in the eastern city of Donetsk after a day of airstrikes and fierce gun battles with pro-Moscow separatist militants that left dozens of people dead.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Black Day for Ukraine Military Ahead of Key Vote

Pro-Russian rebels firing mortar shells and grenades killed 17 Ukrainian soldiers Thursday, the blackest day yet for the military and a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions just three days before an election.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Poroshenko: The Chocolate King Poised to Lead Ukraine

He has chocolate factories galore, is a self-made billionaire and has been both cabinet minister and occasional revolutionary.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Birth of a Eurasian Century

A specter is haunting Washington, an unnerving vision of a Sino-Russian alliance wedded to an expansive symbiosis of trade and commerce across much of the Eurasian land mass—at the expense of the United States.

Posted on May 19, 2014 READ MORE



Putin’s Real Use for Ukraine

In a brilliant piece of political science, American journalist Mark Ames explains Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handling of the Ukraine crisis as part of a cynical bid to maintain domestic political power by appealing to the values and attitudes of his country’s provincial “Silent Majority” after losing the support of liberals.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



How Much Would You Sell Your ‘Data Soul’ For?

A Dutch student sold all his online data to the highest bidder to make an important point; your CDs (if you have any left) are slowly dying because they weren’t made to last; meanwhile, the Israeli government is trying to persuade Palestinian Christians to join its military forces. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Conchita Wurst, the Bearded Transvestite That’s Pissing Off Russia

The unlikely Eurovision Song Contest winner from Austria has caused anti-gay fury in Russia; Google is investing in key components for making solar energy; meanwhile, The Washington Post has inconspicuously hired 50 people these past few months. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 14, 2014 READ MORE



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What Ukraine Really Needs

The United States has a recent history of going to war for dubious reasons promoted by interested groups, for which afterward Americans are sorry.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



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Regional Autonomy: The Answer to Ukraine’s Woes

Writing in The New York Review of Books, Anatol Lieven argues that the trend toward militarism in Ukraine is not only extremely dangerous, but pointless.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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A Real Risk of War

Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Odessa Violence Flares Anew as Ukrainian PM Blames Deaths on Russia

Thousands of pro-Russian protesters assaulted Odessa’s police headquarters Sunday, days after deadly clashes and a fire there killed dozens of their comrades in what Kiev charged was a Russian plot to “destroy Ukraine.”

Posted on May 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Dozens Die in Odessa Blaze as Ukraine Violence Spreads

More than 30 people were killed in a “criminal” blaze in Ukraine’s southern city of Odessa, as violence spread across the country during the bloodiest day since Kiev’s Western-backed government took power.

Posted on May 2, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Assures U.S. It Won’t Invade Ukraine

The United States and Europe hit Russia with fresh sanctions for failing to stop soaring tensions in Ukraine, where a pro-Moscow mayor was shot and badly wounded and rebels seized another town.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: In Ukraine, Washington Uses Fake Evidence as Usual

“There is, as with any government, an official narrative that they seek to disseminate to the public and get the press to adopt,” the Truthdig columnist told RT host Sophie Shevardnadze.

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 READ MORE


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