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Former U.S. Diplomat to Soviet Union Scolds Today’s Leaders

At a meeting of the National Press Club this month, James Matlock—“one of the Cold War’s wise men”—criticized the Obama administration for publicly denigrating the Russian leadership rather than striking a conciliatory tone in the conflict over Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE



Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry: Additional Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

After talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the U.S. secretary of state described Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine crisis as “simply unacceptable.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Ukraine Denouement: The IMF’s One-Two Punch (Audio)

After a tenuous ceasefire was brokered in Minsk last week, the fate of Ukraine is now shifting from the military battlefield back to the arena that counts most: international finance.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE


Will the Ukrainian Cease-Fire Hold?

Jeffrey Sommers, senior fellow at the University of Wisconsin’s Institute of World Affairs, is “cautiously optimistic” that a deal aimed at ending hostilities in Ukraine’s Donbass region will terminate the nearly yearlong civil war. (Pictured is Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.)

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



A Republican Neo-Imperial Vision for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s blueprint for a U.S.-led “North American energy renaissance” is nothing less than a plan to convert Canada and Mexico into energy colonies of the United States while creating a North American power bloc capable of aggressively taking on Russia, China and other foreign challengers.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



An Isolated Russia Seeks Friends in Egypt, Offers to Build Nuclear Plant

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation paid a state visit to Cairo on Tuesday, consulting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a range of economic and foreign policy issues.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



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U.S., NATO Must Seek Diplomatic Resolution to Ukraine Crisis

Nothing Washington or NATO can do for Ukraine will give it anything approaching an independent ability to expel Russian-reinforced Ukrainian separatists and expel the Russian invaders who support them.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


What Is Moscow Thinking?

NATO encroachment, stinging sanctions and civil war at the border. Political economist Jeffrey Sommers, an expert on the evolution of the former Soviet states, carefully describes the impinging economic and geographic forces shaping decision-making by Moscow’s elite.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



NATO to Point More Guns at Russia (Video)

A military response by NATO is ramping up the new Cold War with Russia as the international body declared Thursday that it will establish six command posts on its eastern borders and create a 5,000-member “rapid reaction” force.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



One Year Later, Crimeans Prefer Russia

According to a survey that a Bloomberg contributor called “the most representative independent poll taken on the peninsula since its annexation,” 82 percent of Crimeans fully support their region’s inclusion in Russia rather than Ukraine, while only 4 percent spoke out against it.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



Chomsky and Kissinger Agree: Avoid Historic Tragedy in Ukraine

When it comes to Ukraine, Noam Chomsky and Henry Kissinger essentially agree with each other. They disagree with the more hawkish Obama administration and the even more extreme Sen. John McCain—who are both escalating the conflict in their own ways.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE


Modern Politicians Bewilder Us Into Submission by Treating Reality Like Conceptual Art

From Putin’s Russia to Cameron’s United Kingdom to Obama’s United States, information has become increasingly baffling and contradictory—which helps if you’re an oligarch trying to rob the public blind.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



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It’s Time for U.S. and European Allies to Step Back From Ukrainian Conflict

President Barack Obama himself conceded to the American TV audience (those not watching Super Bowl preparations) that the official U.S. narrative concerning the war in Ukraine is not true.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



‘The Renaissance Didn’t Happen Here’ (Video)

The final film of Russian director Alexei German—which was 12 years in the making—immerses viewers in a reimagined Middle Ages. “I don’t think any film has ever depicted a world so awful with such conviction,” Gabriel Winslow-Yost writes in The New York Review of Books.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



Flight MH17: Searching for the Truth of a War Crime

An investigation by the Berlin-based newsroom CORRECT!V reveals that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed by a Russian Air Defense Brigade operating on Ukrainian territory, without displaying national emblems.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives

The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and depositors and taxpayers could be liable, following repeal of key portions of the Dodd-Frank Act signed into law on December 16th.

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE


Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow

Amid U.S. and European sanctions that are driving Russia into the arms of its Asian neighbors, President Vladimir Putin has invited the North Korean leader to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Abolition of Abolition

A long-dreaded transformation from hope to doom is taking place as President Obama ushers the world onto the no-turning-back road of nuclear perdition.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



Is The New York Times Biased When It Comes to Israel?

A former reporter and professor of journalism argues that The New York Times omits and blurs facts to protect Israel; drones are having an impact on the way we measure crowds, which is significant in a number of ways; meanwhile, a Russian TV show tried to prove that American parents turn their children gay with propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



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No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia

U.S.-Russia relations have deteriorated severely in the past decade and they are about to get worse, if the House passes H. Res. 758.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



The West Is Responsible for Unraveling Ukraine

Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in The Washington Post that the U.S. government and mainstream media have arrogantly and self-servingly portrayed the calamity Western powers wrought in Ukraine as a false “morality tale” about democracy-loving protesters and alleged Russian aggression.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Price Fall: Saudi Arabia Targets U.S. Shale Oil, Iran, Iraq, Russia

It is clear that among the major losers in the fall in the price of Brent crude petroleum are Russia, Iraq and Iran. But the big loser will likely be shale oil producers and prospectors in the U.S.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine Cuts Financial Ties to Rebel Territories

Just in time for the holidays, Kiev has limited access to credit cards and bank accounts, and promised to cut off funds for hospitals and schools.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Obama Remains High-Handed—And Wrong—About Ukraine

For a man who had taken a stunning electoral blow two weeks earlier, Barack Obama completed his Asian trip with an air of unperturbed leadership of the world.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Did Saudi Arabia Wage an Economic War on Iran, Russia and North Dakota at the G-20?

What did Saudi Arabia have to say at the recently concluded G-20 conference?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Russian Actor and Putin Adversary Alexei Devotchenko Found Dead in Moscow

On Wednesday evening, 49-year-old Russian actor Alexei Devotchenko was discovered dead in a pool of his own blood in Moscow. In recent years he had been a prominent and public critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

 

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



AP/RIA Novosti, Alexei Drizhinin

Vladimir Putin Is the Most Powerful Person in the World, According to Forbes

Beating out President Barack Obama, Chinese leader Xi Jingping and Pope Francis, in order, Russian President and tiger wrestler Vladimir Putin tops Forbes’ annual list of the most powerful people in the world.

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



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Separatist Ukraine Elections Make U.S. Midterms Seem Even More Boring

This weekend some truly bizarre elections, featuring armed soldiers and artillery fire, were held in the self-styled People’s Republic of Donetsk and the People’s Republic of Luhansk.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Russia-Ukraine Gas Deal Comes at a Price (Updated)

Aid from the International Monetary Fund will enable Ukraine to pay billions in debt to Russia’s primary gas company and free up enough of Ukraine’s budget to allow the country to buy fuel through the winter. But the IMF deal entails major reforms to the country’s energy industry.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s New Oil Wars

The Obama administration is wielding the oil weapon against two of the world’s leading producers, Iran and Russia. These efforts, which include embargoes and trade sanctions, are likely to have a great impact on world output, reflecting White House confidence that, in the pursuit of U.S. strategic interests, anything goes.

Posted on Oct 10, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Immortalized in Herculean Fan Art

Russian President Vladimir Putin certainly knows his best angles and how to play to the camera, and he’s staged many spectacles that stretch the outer limits of credulity in a series of memorable photo-ops since the global spotlight was first trained on him.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



Can China and Russia Squeeze Washington Out of Eurasia?

A specter haunts the fast-aging “New American Century”: the possibility of a future Beijing-Moscow-Berlin strategic trade and commercial alliance.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Sounds Hopeful Note About Country’s Crisis

After nearly a year of internal turmoil and several months of bloody conflict, Ukraine might be headed for more peaceful times, if President Petro Poroshenko’s hopeful prognosis bears out.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Timo Kuusela (CC-BY)

Putin Mulls Plan to Turn Off the Internet in Case of ‘Emergency’

The Guardian is reporting that Russian officials might take drastic measures in the event of public unrest.

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE



Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 READ MORE



Russia Denounces Obama Plan for Syria Airstrikes as Violation of International Law

Russia on Thursday pushed back against President Obama’s plans for taking on the Islamic State in Syria.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



Sanctions Launched to Staunch Russian Involvement in Ukraine

The Obama administration and its European allies have tightened the screws on Russia, using economic sanctions to cut off that nation’s largest banks, oil producers and defense companies from international finance and technology markets.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Company Helps Russia Block Prominent Putin Critic

The U.S. blogging company LiveJournal is showing an error message to users inside Russia who try to read the blog of Alexei Navalny, a prominent politician and critic of the Russian government.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



‘I’m the Jihadi Who Never Was’

As ISIS continues to draw zealous young recruits from the West to the fronts in Syria and Iraq, Michael Muhammad Knight, whom The Guardian has described as “the Hunter S. Thompson of Islamic literature,” tells of how his American upbringing almost made him into a warrior for jihad.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



NATO Approves Eastern European Force

NATO approved plans for a 4,000 person rapid response force based in Eastern Europe and aimed at reassuring members near the Russian border that any military action against member countries would be regarded as a threat to all of the organization’s constituents.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and NATO Allies Signal Support for Ukraine at Wales Summit

In an expected show of solidarity, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and other NATO delegates meeting in Wales on Thursday agreed to disagree with Moscow over the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and readied new sanctions against Russia.

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 READ MORE


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