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Dressing Up Human Trafficking in a Bridal Gown

Many women who participate in the international marriage market go from “mail-ordered” to “male-ordered,” becoming commodities in an inherently unequal transaction based on money, sex and power.

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Hints of Ukrainian Fascism and CIA Spying Rise From Blacklist Case

A writer with considerable expertise about Russian and Ukrainian politics connects the dots after scrutinizing the shadowy PropOrNot and a controversial Washington Post article.

Posted on Dec 9, 2016 READ MORE



A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue

President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

Posted on Nov 15, 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


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



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



Steve Bannon Is Trump’s New Anti-Establishment Attack Dog

If you thought the old campaign was wild and crazy, just wait for the new version, now that the Breitbart News muckraker has taken over as Trump’s chief executive.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE


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How Brexit Will Affect U.S. Foreign Policy

The decision of British voters to leave the European Union signaled the end of politics as usual in the U.K. Americans will have to wait until 2020 or later for a chance at real change.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



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


Josh Scheer Interviews ‘Almost Holy’ Director Steve Hoover

The filmmaker’s new documentary follows Gennadiy Mokhnenko, a larger-than-life Ukrainian pastor who tries to rehabilitate homeless children in his “Pilgrim Republic.”

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

Posted on May 13, 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



Despite Chernobyl, Belarus Goes Nuclear

Thirty years after the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine, one of its neighbors is close to completing its own nuclear power station.

Posted on Apr 25, 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



Refugee Crisis Leaves the Deepest, and Cruelest, Mark on 2015

It was a year of Trump, Shkreli, terror attacks, mass murders, police shootings and the legalization of same-sex marriage. But the most significant news was about the thousands fleeing from war or the harsh results of climate change.

Posted on Jan 1, 2016 READ MORE


2015 in Review: The Best of Truthdig’s A/V Booth Posts

From comedic clips about Edward Snowden and Donald Trump to illuminating interviews featuring Robert Scheer, Noam Chomsky, Chris Hedges and Jimmy Carter, here are Truthdig readers’ favorite audiovisual posts from 2015.

Posted on Dec 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



European Canal Plan Raises the Specter of Chernobyl

A project to link the Baltic to the Black Sea with a 2,000-kilometer trans-Europe waterway risks disturbing radioactive debris from the 1986 nuclear-plant disaster in Ukraine.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



How $1.8 Billion in Aid to Ukraine Was Funneled to International Finance

Thanks to the investigative work of the Ukrainian anti-corruption watchdog group Nashi Groshi (Our Money), the process by which $1.8 billion “was smoothly maneuvered offshore” to unnamed accounts in Belize, the British Virgin Islands and “other outposts of the international financial galaxy” is plainly visible.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Ukraine Is in Crisis. Here’s Why the West Can’t Save It.

A video roundtable hosted by Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly explains why the IMF, Europe and Western corporations don’t have the country’s best interests at heart.

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: The West Isn’t Out to Save Ukraine; It’s Out to Profit From a Growing Crisis

In a series of interviews for The Nation, Truthdig Assistant Editor Alexander Reed Kelly shows why, at a time when “Ukraine needs rescuing,”  the IMF, Europe and Western corporations have no interest in actually saving the country from disaster.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Vladimir Putin Declares All Military Deaths State Secrets

The Russian president has declared that all military deaths—in peacetime as well as wartime—will be classified as state secrets, with violations punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Delusionary Washington: The Desperate Plight of a Declining Superpower

Russia refuses to curtail support for armed separatists in Ukraine; China refuses to abandon its base-building endeavors in the South China Sea; the Islamic State movement refuses to capitulate in the face of U.S. airpower. What is a declining superpower supposed to do in the face of such defiance?

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



The War Zone of Donetsk, Ukraine

When the people of the Donetsk area protested imposed changes, Kyiv launched an “anti-terrorist” operation against them. I saw firsthand these “terrorists,” who had decided to build something different from the oligarchic regime. Theirs is an enormous and difficult task.

Posted on May 17, 2015 READ MORE



A Nation of Snitches

All totalitarian systems, including our own, rely on informants to keep the people afraid and under control. We will not be free of corporate tyranny until the network of snitches—in the government and on the streets—is banished.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Columnist William Pfaff

The writer, who died April 30, loved his native U.S. but was saddened by its behavior. Over decades, he consistently called for enlightened policy devoid of fearmongering and misinformation.

Posted on May 9, 2015 READ MORE



Surge in Fighting Puts Ukrainian Truce in Doubt

Civilians are fleeing parts of east Ukraine as fighting there reaches its worst point since a shaky cease-fire was established in February.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE



Putin During Public Conference: U.S. ‘Doesn’t Need Allies, Only Vassals’

In his annual “direct line” press conference Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent four hours taking questions from the public on subjects ranging from the Ukraine conflict and relations with the West to rural transport and the sale of milk to primary schools.

Posted on Apr 16, 2015 READ MORE



Killings in the Name of Ukrainian Land of Donbas

In his Sunday sermon, the Patriarch Philaret of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Kyiv explained to his parishioners that Ukrainian soldiers who kill civilians and rebels in Donbas do not transgress God’s commandment “thou shalt not kill”.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Myth-Addicted Republican Party Is as Ignorant as Can Be When It Comes to Foreign Policy

The first foreign policy speech given by a major Republican presidential prospect, Jeb Bush, in mid-February, was notable for its display of ignorance about the world and its menaces. Unfortunately, such ignorance is common among Republicans.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



How Violence in Ukraine Could Lead to Nuclear Disaster

One big problem with the recent calls for a Western military role in the Ukraine conflict is the Chernobyl reactor, whose core exploded in 1986 and must be watched forever. The old sarcophagus that contains it must be replaced next year and cannot wait out a war.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE


Vladimir Putin Not Responsible for Ukrainian Civil War, Expert Says

Through a careful review of recent history, Russia and Soviet scholar Paul Robinson debunks the claim that the Russian president is directing the rebels fighting in Ukraine’s eastern region.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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European Allies Are Declaring Their Independence from Irresponsible U.S.

Britain, Germany and France are all posting signs of dissent in the West.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



IMF Approves $17.5 Billion Loan to Ukraine

A week after lawmakers approved a raft of amendments to Ukraine’s 2015 budget that the IMF had demanded, the fund signed off on a $17.5 billion loan that will prevent the country from going bankrupt.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Ukraine Mess Is the Worst of Obama’s Many Foreign Policy Disasters

The most devastating criticism that historians are likely to have of Barack Obama’s record in the White House is his devastating failure in foreign policy—a failure that stems from his willingness to leave the warrior ideologues of the State and Defense departments in place after becoming president.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



Moscow Court Charges Two Men With Boris Nemtsov’s Murder

On Sunday, nine days after Russian activist Boris Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin, a Moscow court charged two suspects with his murder. The back story about their possible motives and ties is still under examination.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Putin Politician’s Murder Lays Russian Realities Bare

The public assassination of one of Moscow’s leading critics, just feet from the walls of the Kremlin, is a blow to the liberal opposition but, paradoxically, also shows that there are still remnants of political pluralism.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



Stepping Back From the Precipice in Eastern Europe

What has the past year of war inside Ukraine been about?

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE


Students in Ukraine and Russia Take to YouTube to Share Their Views on the Ukraine Crisis

You may have heard what Presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko have said about the Ukraine crisis, but what do young people whose lives are being affected by the conflict between the two countries have to say about it?

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Fight Against the ‘Former People’ of the Yanukovych Regime

I would love to believe this wonderful story of how a new, democratic Ukraine is fighting against an old, authoritarian bureaucracy, but there are too many indications that this story is flawed.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



The Inept Reforms of the New Ukrainian Westernizers

Previous Ukrainian governments did not engage in radical reforms because the population would not easily let the remains of socialism be dismantled.

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


Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?

Michael Hudson, an economist at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, says the terms attached to the loans made by the IMF to Ukraine are likely to turn its people into penniless serfs of international banks.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Ukraine to Receive More Bailout Money From the IMF

The International Monetary Fund agreed Thursday to lend Ukraine $17.5 billion to help prop up its deeply unstable economy.

Posted on Feb 13, 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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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