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The Most Powerful Person in the World Is…

Forbes has ranked a list of political, religious and business leaders in order of their, uh, power, and guess what? Barack Obama, commander in chief of the largest military force in the history of the world, is only in second place.

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Greenpeace and Russia

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Syria Talks

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Foot Cream Kills HIV

Ciclopirox, an antifungal lotion, has been found to defeat the virus in cell cultures, but it has yet to be tested on humans; Wall Street is stealing money from public workers’ pensions; meanwhile, the IOC has said it is “fully satisfied” that Russia’s anti-gay laws aren’t in violation of the Olympic charter. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Russia’s War on Gays Now Extends to Elton John

The pop icon has said he will go ahead with two concerts in Russia for the sake of his gay fans in that country, but conservative groups there are calling for a ban on the Rocket Man.

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Climate-Change Protests Heat Up

Last week, far out in the Arctic Ocean, the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise approached a Russian oil-drilling platform and launched a nonviolent protest, with several protesters scaling the side of the platform.

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Pussy Riot Member on Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the anti-Putin punk band arrested last year for its performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, announced in an open letter that she had launched a protest Monday in Mordovia’s Penal Colony 14 by starving herself until conditions improved.

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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

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Kerry: U.S. and Russia Make Chemical Weapons Deal

The U.S. and Russia have agreed that Syrian chemical weapons will be put under international control and destroyed beginning one week from now, The Guardian reported Saturday.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Drama, Extreme Inequality

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists asked Friday whether President Obama just succeeded at diplomacy with Syria by accident? Are we rolling out the “Mission Accomplished” banner too soon?

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Exceptional, You Bet

As I read Vladimir Putin’s sanctimonious op-ed article about U.S. policy in Syria, I imagined the Russian president sitting at the keyboard in a lovely pink negligee.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Assad: We’ll Give Up Chemical Weapons

The Syrian president said in a yet-to-be-televised interview that Russian diplomatic efforts persuaded him to cede control of his country’s chemical weapons stockpile to the international community.

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Putin and Obama’s Cold War

U.S.-Russian relations are worse than they have been in decades, a situation not helped by the openly hostile rhetoric of the two countries’ presidents.

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While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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Obama Remembers He’s Not George W. Bush

It may come to naught—calls for peace so rarely still the drums of war—but there was a moment Monday when the odds for sanity seemed to finally stand a chance of prevailing.

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Syria Offers to Turn Over Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Syria has publicly consented to a Russian plan that would see the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile and avoid an attack by the United States.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: The Syrian Debate Crescendo and More NSA

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Obama’s failure to win broad support for military action against Syria during the G-20 Summit in Russia. The lack of enthusiasm is not helping him win over Congress.

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Is This Really the Best Time for a Missile Test?

In Russia and Syria on Tuesday, people woke to the news that missiles had been launched from the Mediterranean Sea.

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What’s in a Kiss? Two Russian Athletes Defy Anti-Gay Laws

A smooch can be a romantic or friendly gesture, but in Moscow two women reminded us that it can also be an act of resistance. Kseniya Ryzhova and Tatyana Firova kissed Saturday on the winners podium as, together with their team, they triumphed in a relay race at the World Athletics Championship.

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Anti-Gay Putin

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The Sane Asylum

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Should Russia Really Be Banned From the Olympics?

Although the anti-gay laws passed in Russia are reprehensible, is prohibiting the country from hosting or competing in the Olympics the best answer?

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Cargo Ship Sails for Arctic Shortcut

A Chinese cargo ship is attempting one of the first-ever commercial trips through the Northeast Passage above Russia, a route opened up by global warming.

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Obama Gives Russia the Hand

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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A Little Bit of Everything

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Nato Green, Ninotchka Rosca, Phil Yu, Leilani Albano, Laura Carlsen, Bill Boyarsky, and Robert Scheer on racism three ways, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Bradley Manning and Obama’s change of heart.

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British Actor Stephen Fry Protests the Winter Olympics in Russia

Since Russia passed several draconian anti-gay laws, many human rights activists have criticized the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi. Now, the gay English actor Stephen Fry has written an open letter to U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, calling for a ban on those games in February.

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Obama Cancels Meeting With Putin

The White House announced Wednesday that President Obama had canceled a scheduled visit to Moscow next month for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The decision follows the country’s decision to grant NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden temporary asylum for a year.

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U.S. Decides to Talk to Russia Despite Massive Pouting

Sorry to take the hard news edge off the story, but this is so high school.

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Snowden in Russia

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Putin as America’s Frenemy: The Snowden Paradox (Video)

Russia’s decision on Thursday to grant NSA leaker Edward Snowden asylum for one year and allow him freely to live and work in the Russian Federation hit Washington like a hydrogen bomb.

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Reaction to Snowden Asylum, Another State Legalizes Pot, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including San Diego’s mayor blames the city for sexual harassment allegations against him and the Virginia Republican lieutenant governor nominee claims that Democrats are “anti-God.”

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Edward Snowden Gains Asylum in Russia, Leaves Airport

The NSA whistle-blower has left the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport and crossed into the city upon being granted temporary asylum for one year in Russia.

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

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Mr. Fish and Robert Scheer Debate Obama Ennui

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Russian homophobia, reinventing Los Angeles, racism in Florida, and a cartoonist and editor deal with the great Obama letdown.

Posted on Jul 27, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. Promises Russia Snowden Will Have a Fair Trial

In a bid to get his hands on Edward Snowden, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Russia promising not to torture or kill the NSA whistle-blower.

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Edward Snowden Cleared to Leave Airport, Russian News Agency Says

However, the NSA leaker’s attorney says his client has received no such document and that his asylum status is still very much up in the air.

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Leading Putin Critic Freed Pending Appeal

One day after being convicted on embezzlement charges, a Russian judge released the country’s most prominent opposition leader from police custody Friday in the wake of massive angry protests in Russia’s largest cities.

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Detroit Files for Bankruptcy, Lewis Black Messes With Texas, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the closure of three Texas women’s health clinics and why President Obama is reconsidering a scheduled meeting with Vladimir Putin.

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Snowden Says He Gave No Secrets to China or Russia

NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden tells Glenn Greenwald that he did not reveal classified information to China or Russia, his recent hosts, or that, as was reported by The New York Times based on the speculation of anonymous sources, his laptops were “drained.”

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Venezuela, Nicaragua Offer Snowden Asylum

After spending almost two weeks in the no man’s land transit area of Moscow’s international airport, whistle-blower Edward Snowden may finally have a destination.

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Snowden and Putin

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Why Russia Fears the Gay

Although gay Americans have cause for celebration this week, Russia’s parliament has unanimously passed a blatantly homophobic law.

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U.S. Asks Russia for Whistle-Blower Snowden, Putin Says Nyet

Responding to Secretary of State John Kerry’s request that Moscow transfer NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden to American custody, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Snowden is in the transit area of Moscow’s airport and therefore not technically in Russia.

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Where in the World Is Edward Snowden?

Speculation about the NSA whistle-blower’s whereabouts has heightened after several witnesses said that he wasn’t on board a flight from Moscow to Cuba, which reports had pegged as his next destination.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Farm, Immigration Bills and Obama Goes Abroad

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Congress’ failure on the farm bill and the latest amendment to the immigration reform legislation. They also take a look at news involving the Federal Reserve and President Obama’s trip to Europe.

Posted on Jun 22, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S. ‘Assessment’: Assad Used Chemical Weapons

Britain and the United States agree that the Syrian president has used chemical weapons against rebels in the two-year-long civil war, a judgment that will lead to military support for anti-government forces, but Russia isn’t so sure.

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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

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