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Russian Islamists Threaten Terrorist Attack at Sochi Olympic Games

Islamist militants from Russia’s Caucases region released a video taking credit for a previous attack (unconfirmed) and promising to give a “present” if Russia goes ahead with the Winter Games next month.

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Is Peace Becoming Possible in Syria?

Middle East reporter for the Independent Patrick Cockburn writes that the butchery could end now that the U.S. and Russia want it too.

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Putin Tells Homosexuals That They Must ‘Leave Children Alone’ at the Winter Olympics

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The NSA’s Been Inserting Tiny Circuit Boards Into Thousands of Computers Abroad for Years

If you think it hasn’t used the same technology in the U.S., you’ve learned nothing in the last year.

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Sochi Under High Security

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Sochi Winter Olympics

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You’ve Heard of BRIC, but What About MINT?

A new acronym has arisen in the world of economics for up-and-coming countries: MINT. Can you guess what each letter stands for?

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Fighting About Ukraine

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Deadline to Be Missed

The deadly toxins scheduled to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31 in an effort to destroy the country’s chemical arsenal have not yet been delivered to the port of Latakia to be put on ships, a Russian diplomat said Friday.

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Putin at the EU Door

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Pussy Riot Members Released and Ready to Fight for Human Rights

Thanks to an amnesty bill passed unanimously in the Russian parliament, two members of the anti-Putin punk band were released from penal colonies Monday where they had been held for hooliganism. Meanwhile, the Kremlin still wants the world to know Vladimir Putin’s not sorry for imprisoning the “disgraceful” musicians.

Posted on Dec 24, 2013 READ MORE



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Designer of the World’s Most Popular Gun Dies After a Lifetime of Sleeping Well

Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world’s killers.

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Russia’s Mascot

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Amnesty Putin

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Invitation for America to Go Home Is Inevitable

The Ukraine crisis and the German-American dispute over American intelligence and National Security Agency practices are without much doubt the beginning of the end of the American-dominated Europe we have known since the collapse of Communism.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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In a Rebuke to Putin, Obama Names Gay Athletes to Olympic Delegation

At the same time, the White House announced that no top-tier government officials will join the official group, a clear slap at Russian anti-homosexual policies and a strong sign of support for gay athletes. Let the games begin.

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Russia Makes Power Move to Lure Ukraine Away From EU

One thing that can reliably be said about Russian President Vladimir Putin is this: The man is not subtle. Putin’s latest dealings with his Ukrainian counterpart, the politically embattled Viktor Yanukovych, provide further support of this characterization.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Why Olympic Profiteers Are Happy to Ignore Russia’s Gaybashing

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Why the Sochi Olympics remind us of Berlin in 1936, The People’s Pope is Time’s man of the year, turning beauty advertising on its head, college football is big business, and immigration abuses.

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Slate’s Person of the Year: Edward Snowden

Though Pope Francis beat the whistle-blower for the title in Time magazine, Snowden’s story remains one of the most influential of 2013; the Russian government will set up protest zones at the Sochi Winter Olympics; and Instagramming every moment may be altering your memory. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



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Ukrainians Topple Lenin Statue in Protest

Hundreds of thousands of people have been taking to the streets of the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, where Sunday they pulled down a statue of Vladimir Lenin to seek the resignation of the government for refusing a deal that would integrate the country more closely with the European Union.

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Ukraine Between Europe and Russia

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Princess Ukraine

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Colbert Praises Russia’s ‘Anti-Gay Pride’

“Yeah, we took your rainbow. Suck it gays! Just ... don’t do it in Russia,” shouts Stephen Colbert, celebrating the decision to make Winter Olympics volunteers in Sochi wear overtly colorful uniforms, ostensibly to draw attention away from athletes and supporters protesting Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Nailed for Hooliganism? A Political Artist Talks

The Russian activist and artist who earlier this month nailed his scrotum to the pavement outside Lenin’s Masoleum in Moscow’s Red Square spoke with n+1 about the media and the public’s response to his political statement as uncertain reports surface that he, like members of the punk band Pussy Riot, has been charged with hooliganism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Pussy Riot Singer No Longer MIA

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, whose whereabouts were a mystery for 26 days, has been found.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Sep 28, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 17, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘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?

Posted on Sep 13, 2013 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE


‘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.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Sep 3, 2013 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE


Anti-Gay Putin

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The Sane Asylum

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