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What’s Behind Time Magazine’s Putin Demonizing?

“Russia Wants to Undermine Faith in the U.S. Election,” declares a cover of Time magazine. We should undermine our own faith in the U.S. election system.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016 READ MORE


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The U.S. Breaks Off Military Cooperation With Russia in Syria (Video)

On Monday, the United States government suspended talks with the Russian Federation on how to end the Syrian conflict but said the step didn’t imply all joint activity would end.

Posted on Oct 4, 2016 READ MORE



Russia Warns of Mideast Apocalypse if U.S. Attacks Bashar Assad’s Military in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that a U.S. attack on the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Quagmire: Has Russia Accomplished Anything in a Year of Bombing?

Russian military advisers have been withdrawn, the Syrian Army HQ has no Russian advisory staff and there is little coordination on the battlefield.

Posted on Oct 1, 2016 READ MORE



Syria and Russia Push to Take Area in Aleppo as Airstrikes Kill 66 and Wound 200 (Video)

Only a week after seeming to agree to a cease-fire, Russia and the Syrian regime in Damascus appear to have decided to wipe out the pocket of rebel resistance in East Aleppo.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Russia and Syria Deny Striking U.N. Aid Convoy in Aleppo

At least 20 people died in the bombing of vehicles carrying humanitarian relief to thousands of Syrians.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Tax Returns Could Offer Key Answers to Russia Questions

Why won’t the Republican presidential nominee let voters see his taxes? His excuse—that he is under audit—is bogus and raises suspicions about his relationship with the world’s largest nation.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Iran and Hezbollah Welcome Cease-Fire in Syria (Video)

The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. and Russia Plan Joint Air Command to Hit Terrorists in Syria

Some officers in the U.S. military do not like the idea of coordinating with Russia, feeling that it has taken advantage of past cease-fires to advance its interests and those of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: A Tense Look Between President Obama and Vladimir Putin

Even with the U.S. and Russia agreeing on a temporary cease-fire in Syria, trust between the nations’ leaders appears to be in short supply.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Sep 6, 2016 ENLARGE



U.S. Denies Entry to Former British Ambassador Craig Murray

The diplomat who served in Uzbekistan from 2002 to 2004 is scheduled to chair the presentation of this year’s Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to CIA-torture whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



Can Russia and the U.S. Broker a New Cease-Fire in Syria?

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may be very near a new deal.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE



Where the Jews Aren’t

A new book examines the brief history of an autonomous Jewish region in Russia, founded in 1929. It lasted until Stalin ordered the eradication of its Jewish identity in 1948, burning Yiddish books, banning the Yiddish language, and executing by firing squad its Yiddish writers.

Posted on Sep 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Siege of Leningrad, Nazis and the Untold History of World War II in Russia and Estonia

A trip to Northern Europe and the former Soviet Union uncovers buried truths about Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust—and reminds us of the power of travel to astound.

Posted on Aug 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 25, 2016 ENLARGE



Is Turkey’s Pivot to Russia Aimed at President Erdogan’s Survival?

Turkish Prime Minister Yildirim Binali has announced a significant about-face in the country’s Syria policy.

Posted on Aug 23, 2016 READ MORE



Clinton and Trump Are Rich and Pals of the Rich—and That Could Be a Huge Problem for the Nation

Whatever the differences between the two nominees, either will function as an emissary of the powerful who control America. That’s the conflict of interest we all should be talking about.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE


Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Russian Threat Is Good for Business, U.S. Defense Contractors Tell Investors

As the media and politicians work to cast Russia as a great threat to Americans, the arms industry is pressuring NATO member states to spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic products on weapons and defense systems.

Posted on Aug 19, 2016 READ MORE



Do Russia’s First Strikes on Syria From Iranian Air Bases Change Everything? (Video)

Russian bombers for the first time took off from bases in Iran to carry out airstrikes on rebel targets in Syria—a move that is unprecedented in recent decades and raises many questions.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Aug 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Anthrax Strikes Wildlife in Rapidly Thawing Arctic

Record-high temperatures are believed to be among the main factors in the emergence of the deadly disease in northwestern Siberia.

Posted on Aug 15, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals

The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Has Some Explaining to Do

Are we going to find deep ties to Russia in those long-awaited tax returns?

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Russian and Iranian Press Think Hillary Clinton’s a Hawk While Israel Complains She’s a Dove

How is the international press responding to the Democratic National Convention and the formalization of Hillary Clinton’s status as the party’s standard-bearer in the presidential campaign?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald: The Media’s Coverage of Donald Trump Is ‘Kind of Hysterical’

Yes, the GOP’s presidential nominee “poses ... extreme dangers” to the U.S., Greenwald agrees, but the journalist also argues that the mass media is not only creating a dangerous, unblinking consensus against Trump but also failing to reach his voters.

Posted on Jul 31, 2016 READ MORE


Putin’s Fear









Posted on Jul 29, 2016 ENLARGE


Clinton’s Jumbotron









Posted on Jul 28, 2016 ENLARGE



Donald Trump Unleashes More Outrages and Lies at Bizarre News Conference

Truth is irrelevant to the Republican presidential nominee. All he wanted to do is steal a few hours of media attention in the middle of the Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE



Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Blasts Clinton in a Foreign-Policy Fight Where Both Have Strayed From Their Parties

This week Donald Trump has had a lot to say about foreign policy—raising concerns within the Republican Party and bolstering arguments that Hillary Clinton is a better choice for conservatives.

Posted on Jul 22, 2016 READ MORE



Putin Has the Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals (Video)

The Russian intervention in Syria substantially changed the conversation surrounding Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: New Russian ‘Big Brother’ Law Would Savage Privacy and Personal Freedoms

The NSA whistleblower called the law moving through Russia’s Legislature an “unworkable, unjustifiable violation of rights” that would “take money and liberty from every Russian without improving safety.”

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE


John Oliver Says ‘You Can See Why Athletes Might Want to Dope’ Ahead of the Olympics (Video)

The Rio de Janeiro Olympics are just around the corner, and while they may conjure inspirational stories of athletes, the truth behind some of the participants’ incredible achievements can be a bit more grim than these stories let on.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE



Russian Hackers Stole Information on Donald Trump from Democratic Party Computers, Report Says

The hackers, who may have had over a year of access, are reportedly linked to two Russian spy agencies.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Army on Collision Course With Kurds in Race to Raqqa (Video)

With Islamic State ‘capital’ as the prize, Russian-backed Syrian forces have vowed to put down the U.S.-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units).

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Former Attorney General Eric Holder: Snowden Performed ‘Public Service’ but Should Be Punished

Despite his belief that the way Snowden opened the public debate on surveillance was “inappropriate and illegal,” Holder says that any judge who might try the NSA whistleblower should account for his contribution to the debate about mass surveillance.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on May 17, 2016 ENLARGE



Russia Declines to Ask Syria to Halt Bombardment of East Aleppo (Video)

Russia’s stance on rejecting condemnation of the regime for bombing doctors and patients in hospitals is horrible.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



Inside Chernobyl: A Legacy of Ruin

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer was the first American journalist to enter the surviving power plant in the former Soviet Union. On the 30th anniversary of the nuclear disaster, he recounts his experience in a Los Angeles Times column first published on April 9, 1987.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



WikiLeaks Claims the U.S. Government Funded the Panama Papers Against Russia (Video)

The international whistleblowing organization claims the U.S. Agency for International Development and American hedge fund billionaire George Soros funded the attack on Russian President Vladimir Putin that was part of the Panama Papers expose this week.

Posted on Apr 8, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Name Client of Podesta Group, a Lobbying Firm With Ties to the Clintons

John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, co-founded the Washington advocacy company linked to a Russian bank named in the leaks.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak

The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



Syria Endgame: Are Russia and U.S. Working Together to Liberate Raqqa From Islamic State? (Video)

The Russian press had been complaining that the West was ignoring its defeat of terrorism in Syria. But now it’s saying that the U.S. and the Russian Federation are jointly planning to liberate the Syrian city.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Live Blog: Is the Emerging China-Russia Axis Shifting the World’s Balance of Power?

A Brookings Institution panel explores whether closer alignment between Russia and China is changing international politics “to the disadvantage” of U.S., Europe and the rest of Asia.

Posted on Mar 24, 2016 READ MORE



Putin Says Russia Can Ramp Back Up in Syria ‘Within Hours’ (Video)

The Russian president made several important points about Syria in a speech Thursday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE


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