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Where Did All the Republican Israel Critics Go?

Democrats are no longer as chummy with Israel as the GOP has become; big data’s on everybody’s mind these days; meanwhile, a Finnish columnist offers his perspective on the Ukraine and Russia conflict from a different vantage point. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

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Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Tilting at Windbags

I had no idea so many Republicans were nostalgic for the Cold War. President Obama should dust off the zinger he used in a campaign debate against Mitt Romney: “The 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back.”

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Putin’s G1 Summit

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Ever Have the Urge to Throw a Pie at a Politician? You’re Not the Only One

Humans have a long history of flinging food at civil servants to demonstrate their discontent.

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‘Lysistrata’ in Crimea? Sex as a Form of Protest

Ukrainian women are boycotting Russian men in the most basic sense; the IRS has deemed bitcoin property, not currency; meanwhile, some college students are not finishing their degrees on purpose. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Is Russia a ‘Regional Power’ or ‘Geopolitical Threat’? Obama Argues With Romney From the Hague

The peculiar American two-party system followed President Obama to the Hague on Tuesday, where he gave a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, leader of a neoliberal, market-oriented party with a secular orientation.

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Ukraine’s Tymoshenko Causes Controversy With ‘Wipe Out Russians’ Leak

Ukraine’s former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was plunged into fresh controversy Tuesday after Russian television broadcast a tape where she is heard urging the “wiping out” of Russians over Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.

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Congress Locked in Ukraine Aid Standoff

The Senate and House appear headed for a standoff over competing bills to authorize sanctions on Russia and provide aid to Ukraine, potentially prolonging Congress’ inaction over the two weeks since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in the Crimean peninsula.

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Congressman Mike Rogers Says Snowden’s to Blame for Russia’s Aggressive Actions Against Ukraine

Mike Rogers is still willing to spread his stupidity to any new outlet that will have him.

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The Long Telegram: Imaginary Friends and Phantom Enemies

The result of the obsessive vilification of Russia is a tragic waste of opportunities for two major nations to join in the actual wars at hand.

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Why Romney Is Wrong That Obama’s Syria Policy Emboldened Putin

On “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Mitt Romney slammed President Obama’s policies toward Russia as “naive” and called the country a “geopolitical adversary” of the U.S.

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The New Tribalism and the Decline of the Nation State

We are witnessing a reversion to tribalism around the world, away from nation states. The same pattern can be seen even in America—especially in American politics.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



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ABC: Bush’s Neocon Spokesman for Illegal U.S. Occupation of Iraq Slams Russia for Crimea

It just baffles me that failed neocons like Dan Senor are still given a hearing inside the Beltway.

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Russians Capture One of the Last Ukrainian Strongholds in Crimea

On Saturday, Russian forces took over a military base near the Sevastopol airport in Crimea, using armored vehicles to smash through the gates before firing shots into the air and demanding the surrender of the soldiers inside.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Russian Sanctions, NSA MYSTIC and Hobby Lobby

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., the NSA program that records all phone calls to one country, and the Supreme Court’s pending decision over whether a hobbies chain has the right not to cover contraception in its insurance for employees.

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Ukraine’s Seat

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West, Russia Swap Sanctions Over Crimea Crisis

President Barack Obama announced a new round of punitive measures for Moscow’s annexation of Crimea on Thursday as Europe’s leaders also prepared to hit back at Russia with fresh sanctions.

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Former Ambassador: Russia Responding to Years of U.S. Hostility

The last U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine are a response to years of hostility from the United States, including the eastward expansion of NATO, the bombing of Serbia and the expansion of American military bases in Eastern Europe.

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Must the Kremlin Be Stopped?

The chairman of the Human Rights Foundation in New York says we need to be aware that Vladimir Putin is following in Hitler’s footsteps; the Chris Christie scandal is getting progressively worse; meanwhile, brain implants are getting extremely sophisticated.

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On Iranian New Year, Russia Hints It May Swing Support to Tehran Over Crimea Sanctions

Iran may have gotten a New Year’s gift via the Crimea crisis, as Russia threatens to play the Iran card over proposed U.S. sanctions.

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Crimea Annexed

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Crimea Renamed

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Ukraine Promises Only Trouble for Russia

After Vladimir Putin’s speech in the Kremlin justifying and welcoming Russian annexation of Crimea, the Western press now asks what next will Putin do? How far will he go?

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Readies More Sanctions After Russia Takes Crimea

The White House vowed on Tuesday to level more sanctions against Russia for its moves to take over Crimea.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Defends Crimean Referendum in Speech, Signs Treaty of Accession

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed parliamentary and civil society representatives in a speech given at the Kremlin on Tuesday about the recent vote in Crimea, which he insisted was held in “full compliance with democratic procedures and international norms.”

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE


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As Putin Recognizes Crimea, His Other Client, Syria, Goes on the Offensive

Russian President Vladimir Putin is on a geopolitical roll these days, despite U.S. and EU sanctions against some of his closest associates.

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U.S. and EU Sanctions and a Round-Table Talk on Crimea (Video)

The United States and the European Union retaliated over Crimea’s vote to become part of Russia by targeting sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians. Meanwhile, the U.S. accused top Russian officials and Crimean separatist leaders of undermining democracy in Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Will the Crimea Vote Create a Domino Effect in Eurasia?

Will Russia’s rush to referendum and the outcome affect other populations that want to secede throughout the world? Will it destabilize the current world order?

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



Putin to Address Russian Parliament on Crimea

Russian President Vladimir Putin will address both houses of parliament on Tuesday over Crimea’s vote to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia, the Kremlin and lawmakers said.

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U.S. Sanctions Top Russian Officials Over Crimea

The United States on Monday imposed financial sanctions on seven top Russian government officials and lawmakers to punish Russia’s incursion into Crimea.

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Kerry Urges Ukraine Reforms in Call to Russian Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow on Sunday to pull back Russian forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.

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Crimea Votes to Join Russia

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to join former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation, the epicenter of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Posted on Mar 16, 2014 READ MORE



A Russo-Iranian Bloc Against the United States?

There are lots of ‘you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours’ kinds of deals that Putin could strike with Iran.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE



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Threats Abroad Make Gays Less Safe in the West

Eleanor Margolis, writing in New Statesman, argues that “every piece of homophobic legislation enacted by a foreign government has a knock-on effect on ours.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



Russia and U.S. Are Nowhere After 6 Hours of Talks

“Direct and candid” is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described his conversation with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, who used the word “constructive.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Backs Interim Ukraine PM, Rebukes Putin

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk arrived at the White House on Wednesday to accept President Barack Obama’s personal stamp of approval for the government in Kiev.

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U.S. Official: Arms Control Work With Russia to Continue

The White House’s top arms control official said Wednesday that U.S. cooperation with Russia on agreements limiting nuclear arsenals would survive the worst East-West tensions in years sparked by Ukraine.

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Oleksandr Turchynov: Ukraine Won’t Intervene in Crimea, Referendum a ‘Sham’

Ukraine will not intervene militarily in the separatist peninsula of Crimea, in order to avoid exposing its eastern border, Ukraine’s acting president told news agency AFP on Tuesday in an exclusive interview.

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To Achieve Peace, the Past Must Not Be Forgotten

The Ukraine crisis has slowed to a temporary halt as none of the significant actors will speak directly to anyone else in a position to break the stalemate.

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 READ MORE


Why We Didn’t See Crimea Coming

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Crimean Muslims Wary of Referendum to Join Russia

Victims of Stalin’s mass deportations in 1944, Crimea’s Tatar Muslim minority look warily on next week’s referendum on joining Russia, which could well bring the crisis on the tense peninsula to new heights.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



Welcome to Satan’s Ball

The rise of a global corporate oligarchy means there is little difference between Moscow’s and Washington’s ruling elites. The dispute on Ukraine is just one example of their duplicitous posturing.

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 READ MORE


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