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Tag: Vladimir Putin


Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration

During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE


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We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now

For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE



The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia

The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



What We Expect to See in 2017

2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 30, 2016 ENLARGE



Vladimir Putin Says He Won’t Retaliate Against U.S. Actions

Despite his foreign minister’s advice, the Russian president says he will not hit back at the United States for expelling his country’s diplomats and imposing new sanctions.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE



Fake News and the New McCarthyism

Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats

The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE



Leaked Documents Show Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Ran a U.S.-Russian Oil Company

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state was a director of a subsidiary based in the Bahamas, one of the world’s key tax havens.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE



President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’

On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE


Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 Election

On this week’s “Informed Rant,” Joshua Scheer speaks with the CIA veteran about the U.S. intelligence establishment and its claims that hackers interfered with the election at the behest of the Russian government.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Dec 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Demonization of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old Propaganda Technique

The allegations that the Russian president directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE



Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential

The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE


Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



The CIA’s Absence of Conviction

The CIA’s claims about Russian involvement in Clinton’s leaked emails are unsubstantiated. Yet the mainstream media continues the narrative, signaling a total abnegation of all journalistic standards.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



Did Russia Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election?

The answer to that question is “no,” Andrew Cockburn writes after examining “what few facts are known about the hack”—an examination that was closer than that of The Washington Post.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE



Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?

Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad Calls Donald Trump ‘a Natural Ally’

In the past, Trump has asserted that ISIS is a far bigger danger to the U.S. than the al-Assad regime.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE



Top WikiLeaks Editor: Democrats Should Be Happy About the Organization’s Commitment to Transparency

Writing in The New York Times, Sarah Harrison defended the publication against accusations that it “abett[ed] the candidacy of Donald J. Trump by publishing … information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its influence over the Democratic National Committee.”

Posted on Nov 17, 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


‘Informed Rant’: Roles of the Media, WikiLeaks and Vladimir Putin in the Presidential Election

The latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast explores how Donald Trump became the next commander in chief.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



America Needs Determined, Thoughtful and Creative Opposition Now

Many U.S. citizens embraced a man who threatens our standing in the world and basic rights. But we cannot allow fear or anger to prevent us from pushing back against Donald Trump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 ENLARGE



Former Military Pilots Worry That ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Syria Could Provoke War With Russia

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also told The Guardian, “I wouldn’t put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails

For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE



To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)

In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE



Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election

To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE



Under Scrutiny for Leaked Emails, Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Directs Attention Toward Russia

Without denying the authenticity of the WikiLeaks documents, the Clinton camp has accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of using hackers to try to rig the 2016 election in Donald Trump’s favor.

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is More Dangerous to the GOP Now Than He Was Before the Second Debate

Everything Trump did to turn off swing voters complicated the efforts of Republicans who want to drive him out of the race or cut him loose from the rest of the party’s ticket.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE



Election Fraud Concerns Extend Beyond Conspiracy Theorists

Potential vulnerabilities in the voting system raise alarms about what could happen when American citizens cast their ballots Nov. 8.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE



A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia

The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Behind Time Magazine’s Putin Demonizing?

“Russia Wants to Undermine Faith in the U.S. Election,” declares a cover of Time magazine. We should undermine our own faith in the U.S. election system.

Posted on Oct 5, 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



Donald Trump Lacks Sense or Sensibility

The Republican nominee may be the most dangerously ignorant major-party presidential candidate in history.

Posted on Sep 9, 2016 READ MORE


International Relations









Posted on Sep 9, 2016 ENLARGE


Future Co-Pilots









Posted on Aug 25, 2016 ENLARGE


Photo of the Week: Omran Daqneesh, Pulled From the Rubble in Aleppo

Covered in blood and filth, his hair tousled, Omran looks shocked but serene, a picture of resignation that suggests a long familiarity with the horror that has struck him.

Posted on Aug 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


War Games









Posted on Aug 16, 2016 ENLARGE



Glenn Greenwald: How Democrats Use ‘Russia Sympathizer’ to Smear Rivals

The Intercept journalist points out that Clinton loyalists have given Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and even Julian Assange a “turn in the Kremlin seat” and puts this form of “Red-baiting” into historical context.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Has Some Explaining to Do

Are we going to find deep ties to Russia in those long-awaited tax returns?

Posted on Aug 11, 2016 READ MORE



Add Russia’s Olympic Doping Scandal to the Rich History of Cheating in Sports

Seeking an unfair advantage in sports did not originate in the former Soviet Union, but state-sanctioned cheating is much more common in communist or former communist countries.

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Will Leave a Lasting Stain on the GOP, Even if He Loses

If Republican leaders tell us such a man should be president, should the nation ever believe anything else they say?

Posted on Aug 4, 2016 READ MORE


Putin’s Fear









Posted on Jul 29, 2016 ENLARGE


Clinton’s Jumbotron









Posted on Jul 28, 2016 ENLARGE



Donald Trump Unleashes More Outrages and Lies at Bizarre News Conference

Truth is irrelevant to the Republican presidential nominee. All he wanted to do is steal a few hours of media attention in the middle of the Democratic convention.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


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