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‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, President Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in Eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “ ‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE


Edward Snowden Quizzes Vladimir Putin About Mass Surveillance in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin held a Q-and-A session Thursday to field questions from the public, joke about annexing Alaska (nope—it’s “too cold”) and answer Edward Snowden’s query about Russia’s surveillance practices.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Putin: Ukraine on Brink of Civil War

Russian leader Vladimir Putin warned that Ukraine is on the verge of civil war, the Kremlin said Wednesday, after the Kiev government sent in troops against pro-Moscow separatists in the east of the country.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown

The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Chocolate King and the Gas Princess

In the midst of unrest in Eastern Ukraine and the threat of a new Russian intervention, the transitional government in Kiev is preparing for the election of a new president on May 25.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Says Russia Waging ‘War’ in Separatist East

Ukraine’s acting president accused Russia on Sunday of waging war in his country’s separatist eastern rust belt and declared the launch of a “full-scale anti-terrorist operation” that left at least two dead.

Posted on Apr 13, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The U.S., Russia and Ukraine; Sebelius Leaving

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss whether masses of protesters in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk want to be Russian, whether Putin is a dictator and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ step down after the rocky rollout of Obamacare.

Posted on Apr 12, 2014 READ MORE



East Ukraine City Faces Separatist Split

Russian-speaking but Ukrainian, only 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the border with Russia yet 500 kilometers from Kiev, Kharkiv is suffering an acute identity crisis.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE


Putin to Bush: You Call That a Dog?

George W. Bush tells intrepid “Today” show interviewer Jenna Bush Hager that Vladimir Putin, upon meeting Barney, told the American president he had a wimpy dog.

Posted on Apr 4, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Blames Russian Agents for Deadly Clashes in Kiev

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the country’s ousted president for organizing two days of bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Syria’s Assad Says Russia Is ‘Re-Establishing Multipolar World’

Syrian President Bashar Assad said Wednesday that key ally Moscow had helped re-establish “a multipolar world,” as he met with a high-level Russian delegation in Damascus.

Posted on Apr 2, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE



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What Do the U.S. and Europe Now Want?

Washington says, “punishment” of Vladimir Putin and his Russian government. I presume that it is not by way of war, although that risk exists as both sides demonstrate their determination and self-righteousness.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Framed for Crimea: Obama’s Critics Issue Hollow Indictments

To hear the Republicans shrieking about Crimea—from those howling simpletons on Fox News to the churlish statesmen of the United States Senate—all blame rests with President Barack Obama.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Putin Bring Us Together?

Vladimir Putin’s grab of Crimea has exposed the paradoxes in American attitudes toward foreign policy.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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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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Russia Recognizes Crimean Independence Despite Sanctions

With the backing of his parliament and even Mikhail Gorbachev, Vladimir Putin on Monday officially recognized the results of Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to break away from Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian Hangovers

The Crimean population’s only protection from U.S.-sponsored regional and ethnic political division comes from Russia. That is the gift Obama has given Putin, making him a defender of Ukraine rather than the aggressor.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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



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



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.

Posted on Mar 12, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 12, 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



AP/Andrew Lubimov

Ukraine Between a Rock and Russia

Ukraine’s neighbors are forcing the country to play a zero-sum game in which it must choose sides without getting much in return.

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 READ MORE



Sizing Up Putin’s Plans in Ukraine

As certain Western news outlets get completely exercised about the possibility of a Cold War redux, less flashy but more measured voices, such as that of Russian analyst Ruslan Pukhov, offer some important points to consider about what Russian President Vladimir Putin is up to in Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



The Miscalculations of Vladimir Putin

The Kremlin imagined a very different narrative about Russia playing out this winter; Pierre Omidyar and Glenn Greenwald aim to reinvent journalism; meanwhile, Americans no longer want their taxes to go to paying for public higher education. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine: The Latest as of Monday Evening

For those trying to stay on top of the latest news out of Eurasia, here are some breaking stories from Monday, all in one place.

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



Kerry Threatens Putin With Revocation of G-8 Status

The U.S. secretary of state warned Sunday that Russia could be expelled from the G-8 and face economic sanctions unless President Vladimir Putin stops his “incredible act of aggression” and withdraws troops from Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine: ‘Go West, Young Man’

When other countries seek to defend a multi-ethnic secular state, the U.S. foreign office has backed the fundamentalists for nearly the past half-century in all cases. This should be the subtext for reporting on the Ukrainian uprising that seems to have been carefully timed to coincide with Sochi.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet

Obama and Co. have ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, with the help of ultra-right, paramilitary, neo-Nazi gangs who seized and burned government offices, killed riot police, and spread mayhem and terror across the country. These are America’s new allies in the Great Game.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



Russia’s Economic Development to Offset Terrorist Fervor?

Nothing would go further toward rebuilding prosperity in Russia than a national program to transform the country’s infrastructure. Sochi has shown the way forward, and that is the real story the Western media have sidestepped.

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Crisis Leaves Western Leaders Scrambling

Western governments are pledging money, support and possible EU membership to the country while anxiously watching the response of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “whose protege has effectively been ousted,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Opposition Leaders Sign Deal to Defuse Crisis

After an upsurge in violence between Ukrainian government forces and protesters this past week claimed dozens of lives and deepened concerns about the possibility of civil war, at least the semblance of progress was made through diplomatic means Friday.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 READ MORE


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