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Kim Jong Un and Putin

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

Kim Jong Un and Putin

How Does Russia See the World?

Sergey Lavrov | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Sergey Lavrov

MOSCOW -- It should be understood that attempts to put pressure on Russia through unilateral sanctions -- which are illegitimate and have been condemned by the U.N. General Assembly -- will not make us forego what we think is right and just.

Leaders Mark Auschwitz Liberation 70 Years On

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 01.28.2015 | World

BRZEZINKA, Poland (AP) -- When the Soviet army entered Auschwitz exactly 70 years ago, finding piles of corpses and prisoners close to death, a Russia...

Has Russia's War Against Ukraine Reached a Point of No Return?

Alexander Motyl | Posted 01.26.2015 | World
Alexander Motyl

Western hopes of a negotiated settlement of the conflict in Ukraine are effectively dead. It is high time for the West to realize that Putin and his proxies have no interest in peace.

At Least 30 Civilians Killed By Rocket Fire In Ukraine

AP | PETER LEONARD | Posted 01.25.2015 | World

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine's southeastern city of Mariupol,...

Top Official Says Russians Will 'Eat Less' For Putin

AP | By CARLO PIOVANO and NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 01.23.2015 | World

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, on Friday warned the West agai...

Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's worth remembering, with the centenniary of World War I just past, that economic collapse and social disruption are more likely to sow the seeds of extremism and conflict than to make the world safe for democracy.

NATO's Future Rises to Focus of U.S. Presidential Election 2016?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

NATO was critical to the shaping of the "new Europe" two decades earlier after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Similar and new challenges have emerged where once again NATO may be a defining factor in the future of Europe as well as the Euro-Atlantic family.

Putin's Way

Frontline | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Read More: Putin, World News

Frontline investigates the accusations surrounding Vladimir Putin's reign in Russia. ...

Putin Not Invited To Auschwitz Event


MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will not travel to a ceremony in Poland marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Au...

Is Facebook a Threat to Putin?

Sergei Guriev | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Sergei Guriev

The impact of the Facebook-assisted mobilization should not be underestimated. Had the government not feared further popular unrest, Nalvany might be going to prison for the next decade, with his brother spending up to eight years there with him.

Putin's Next Move

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

Kremlin Critic Navalny Cuts Monitor Tag, Won't Comply With House Arrest

Reuters | Posted 01.06.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday he would no longer comply with the terms of his house arrest and had cut off ...

The Man That Putin Is Afraid Of | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

It has been a year since the guards at a prison camp just below the Arctic Circle told Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon and once the richest ...

Putin Sends New Year's Message To Obama

AP | Posted 12.31.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has said in a New Year's message to U.S. President Barack Obama that Moscow is looking for equality i...

Making Enemies America Can't Afford: Congress Votes More Sanctions on Russia

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.30.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress long ago learned that public scrutiny makes it harder to pass bad bills. So in the midst of negotiations to avoid another government shut-down earlier this month both houses of Congress rammed through new sanctions against Russia as part of the misnamed "Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014."

Conchita Wurst Wants To Hang Out With... Vladimir Putin?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 12.29.2014 | Gay Voices

Weeks after a high-profile encounter with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, international drag superstar Conchtia Wurst has set her sights on spendi...

Ruble Plummets As Russian Economy Shrinks

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian currency extended its losses on Monday after a report showed the economy has started shrinking in annual terms for the fir...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' Part 2

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The Best Idea for 2014 was requiring police to wear body cameras. This idea was so good it actually cut across the lines of the protestors and the supporters of police. Many on both sides of that divide support the idea, for what boils down to the same reason: the camera doesn't lie.

Russia's Economy Headed For Even More Trouble

Reuters | Posted 12.26.2014 | World

By Darya Korsunskaya and Vladimir Abramov MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Slumping oil prices have put Russia's economy on course for a sharp recession ...

Putin Signs New Russian Military Doctrine

Reuters | Posted 12.30.2014 | World

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new military doctrine, the Kremlin said in a statement on Friday. ...

Putin Scraps New Year's Holidays For Ministers

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 12.25.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday scrapped New Year's holidays for government ministers because of the unfolding economic c...

Obama on a Roll

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Even Obama's supporters sometimes express frustration because the president has refused to act for the sake of acting, shoot from the hip, or jump to conclusions. His approach, no matter the issue, has been measured, studied, thoughtful, cerebral and yes, lawyerly.

Three Offerings From the Geostrategic Santa Claus

Dr. Harlan K. Ullman | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Dr. Harlan K. Ullman

A geostrategic Santa Claus has left three offerings. A similar query applies. Will these offerings turn out to be the equivalent of presents and opportunities? Or will they be lumps of coal signifying bad things?