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Dozens Die In Siberia After Drinking Bath Oil To Get Drunk

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 12.19.2016 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 19 (Reuters) - At least 41 residents of the Siberian city of Irkutsk have died after drinking scented bath oil in a desperate search for a...

Putin Is Being Pushed to Abandon His Conciliatory Approach to the West and Prepare for War

Alastair Crooke | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Serious pressure is being applied to Putin to come down from the high wire along which he has warily trod until now, balancing Russia's Western-aligned elites on one hand and those concerned that Russia faces a real military and geo-financial threat from NATO on the other.

Why Vladimir Putin Wants Destabilization, Not Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh

Samuel Ramani | Posted 05.16.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

Border tensions and occasional skirmishes have been regular occurrences in the disputed territory since the May 1994 ceasefire agreement, but the recent clashes were the worst outbreak of violence in two decades.

Confluence of Crises: The View From Munich

Nelson W. Cunningham | Posted 02.19.2017 | World
Nelson W. Cunningham

Co-authored with Richard Burt Since 1962, the year after the Berlin Wall was constructed, the annual Munich Security Conference (MSC) has helped prop...

Karen Dawisha on How Putin Views the West, Interview With Renowned Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy

Samuel Ramani | Posted 10.28.2016 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Obama's Big UN Week Sunk by Putin's Clever Gambit, Iran's Cold Rebuke, and Multiple U.S. Policy Failures

William Bradley | Posted 10.03.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

We may look back on this week as one of the true nadirs in America's post-9/11 efforts to lead the world, a series of events that make the failures of America's shallow strategies, of both Republican and Democratic administrations. It is a particular low point for President Obama.

Vladimir Putin Has Been Skipping His Leg Days and It Has Been Duly Noted by Chinese Leadership

Matt Olchawa | Posted 09.10.2016 | World
Matt Olchawa

Having bullied Ukraine and sparking Western sanctions, Putin looked to China, hoping Beijing would bail him out of economic isolation. What he did not expect was the significant slowdown of the Chinese economy, which obviously tamed the dragon's appetite for carbohydrates.

The Russians Are Not Coming II

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

At this point it is important to remember that the Russians have veto power at the United Nations and if they had chosen they could have vetoed all UN-imposed sanctions on Iran. They did not do that.

Foreign Agents

John Feffer | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
John Feffer

It's time for a confession. I have worked as a "foreign agent."

Only a United West Can Stop Putin

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 05.10.2015 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

MADRID -- The struggle for influence in Ukraine is a game that Putin cannot afford to lose. He gained the upper hand early in the crisis with the annexation of Crimea. Now, in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, he is shrewdly forcing a divided and risk-averse West to choose between war and accommodation.

Obama Looks to Expand the Wars

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama's war powers proposal justifies operations against vaguely defined "associated" people and entities. Put that together with the post-9/11 authorization for anti-Al Qaeda operations and you have a blank check to do pretty much anything, anywhere, any time against anyone who evinces admiration/sympathy/solidarity for Isis or Al Qaeda.

Watch Hillary Clinton Do A Bad Vladimir Putin Impression

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attempted an impression of Russian President Vladimir Putin while in Canada on Wednesday. Addressing the...

Russia: Don't Let the Trans People Drive the Bus!

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

For several years now, I've tried to temper satirical criticism of the occasional excess in Russia's political culture with the concern that I'm reducing a complex system of government to the latest installment of News of the Weird.

"Buy Them, Sue Them, Wipe Them Out"

Carl Pope | Posted 07.01.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

Again, the powerful prey on the powerless.

Forget the Spin, Putin Is Holding a Losing Hand

David Paul | Posted 06.20.2014 | Politics
David Paul

According to the Sunday Times, Barack Obama has had it with trying to build a partnership with Vladimir Putin. Like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama has finally written off Vladimir Putin.

Ukraine Crackdown On Pro-Russian Separatists Underway

Reuters | Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove | Posted 06.14.2014 | World

By Richard Balmforth and Thomas Grove KIEV/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15 (Reuters) - Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war ...

The Russians Are Not Coming

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

All around me, from pundits to presidents, I hear fear of, and loathing for, Vladimir Putin. I do not believe that that's the proper attitude, and I base my opinion on what I've learned from three men, Pat Buchanan, Igor Makunin and Dmitry Medvedev.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?

Biden Urges Russia To Pull Back From Ukraine

Reuters | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, March 3 (Reuters) - Vice President Joe Biden urged Russia to pull its forces back from Ukraine in a phone call on Monday with Russian Pr...

Russia's Medvedev Warns Ukraine's New Leaders

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2014 | World

MOSCOW, March 3 (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Facebook on Sunday that Ukraine's leaders had seized power illegally, and...

After Reelection, 'More Flaccidity'

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

This administration is writing its own chapter in the book of Russian-American relations. When that chapter is complete, it will reveal a lamentable story of missteps and misjudgments.

Obama's Sudden Syria Crisis, With Putin Solution: What the Heck Was That?

William Bradley | Posted 11.12.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

The truth is that Putin is as much messing with Obama with this New York Times piece as he is trying to sell himself to the American public. Putin showed he knows how to reach the American people. But how believable is he?

Putin Schools Obama: From Russia With Love

William Bradley | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

I'm baffled by what Obama is doing and have been for more than a week. If he had determined to attack, which I think is highly questionable strategy, he should have done it right away, fast and hard. The U.S. Navy had the ships on station to carry out the strikes.

Viewing Iran's Nuclear Program From a New Perspective

William Rose | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
William Rose

Iran's motivation for a nuclear weapon must be observed on a much broader, more philosophical scale.