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Amos Gitai: With Rabin, The Last Day, Israel's Godard Takes on Netanyahu, Extremist Rabbis, and an Artist's Duty

Brandon Judell | Posted 02.01.2016 | Arts
Brandon Judell

Amos Gitai. If you can recall when Vincent D'Onofrio was sexy, Gitai has that sort of confrontational charm. He turns you on while he sets you on e...

Esteemed Journalist Marvin Kalb on Why Russians Prefer Putin's Brute Strength Over American-style Freedom

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Marvin Kalb's career spans three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, including a turn as host of the iconic political talk show Meet the Press.

Ukraine Needs European Marshall Plan and to defeat corruption

Diane M. Francis | Posted 01.27.2016 | World
Diane M. Francis

Ironically, it was a breakfast panel hosted by a Ukrainian oligarch, Victor Pinchuk and his Pinchuk Foundation, that yielded the most candid and interesting remarks as to what to do about Ukraine's struggle against Putin and internal corruption.

China Syndrome Tops Davos Agenda This Week

Diane M. Francis | Posted 01.18.2016 | World
Diane M. Francis

Too bad Donald Trump isn't going to deliver a keynote at next week's World Economic Forum in Davos. But the Americans have been less keen on Davos for years.

Iowa, New Hampshire and the Disembodiment of American Foreign Policy

Edward Goldberg | Posted 01.27.2016 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

The American primary system for the nomination of presidential and congressional candidates, a system never mentioned in the constitution, has allowed populist anger to be exploited into a veto on foreign policy. Primaries, as they have evolved with the assistance of social media, have become an exercise that grants extraordinary electoral power to the dissatisfied and to the extremes.

Book Of Putin's One Liners Is 'Ideal' Holiday Gift For Russian Patriots

Reuters | Lee Moran | Posted 12.29.2015 | Weird News

MOSCOW, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Some of Vladimir Putin's saltiest one liners have been turned into a book by his supporters who have sent a batch to the K...

Tolstoy's Take on What Matters Most This Christmas

Andrew D. Kaufman | Posted 12.21.2015 | Books
Andrew D. Kaufman

If to live is to suffer, as Tolstoy understood so well, then to persevere is to find meaning in one's suffering. Does hardship make us beasts, Tolstoy asks, or better human beings? Do we continually focus on getting what we think we want, or on making something meaningful out of what we have, no matter how miniscule or shabby it might seem?

Trump and Putin

Jeff Danziger | Posted 12.21.2015 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Is the Repellent Mockery of Others the New American Norm?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Why are most articles written with sentences in the declarative instead of the interrogative structure? Is it because people prefer to be told what to think instead of being asked to think? If yes, could this preference explain some of the seeming madness going on in America today?

General Wesley Clark: West Should Arm Ukraine

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.17.2015 | World
Diane M. Francis

(Reuters) Retired US Army General Wesley Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, has campaigned since 2014 to convince Western gover...

How KGB Training Shaped Putin's Highly Unusual Walk

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 12.15.2015 | Healthy Living

A long-standing peculiarity in Russian president Vladimir Putin's walk — with his right arm held almost immobile, while his left arm swings fre...

Russia's Talking Turkey

Sarabrynn Hudgins | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Sarabrynn Hudgins

Turkey's recent downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber could spell disaster, not just for Turkey and Russia, but for Turkey's Western allies, including the United States.

If Republicans Can't Stand Up to Trump, How Can They Stand Up to ISIS or Putin

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Paul Abrams

On December 15, the next Republican debate, the moderator should give them all a chance to "reject and denounce" Donald Trump himself. Lindsay Graham is already there. Let us see if the others will use those words.

Did Erdogan Commit Political Suicide?

Shahir ShahidSaless | Posted 12.05.2015 | Politics
Shahir ShahidSaless

Erdogan has been actively pursuing the ouster of Assad since 2012, but Russia's recent intervention in Syria, in alliance with Iran and its highly ideologically and politically motivated proxies, has resulted in a serious setback for Erdogan's plans.

Erdogan Warns Russia Not To 'Play With Fire'

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.27.2015 | World

ISTANBUL, Nov 27 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan warned Russia not to "play with fire" on Friday, but added he did not want to harm rela...

Turkey-Russia Tensions Are Making It Harder To Fight ISIS

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 11.30.2015 | World

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DEFIANT: Russia Vows To Continue Airstrikes Near Turkey

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.25.2015 | World

MOSCOW, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Russia will continue air strikes against Islamic State targets located in Syria near the Turkish border, Kremlin spokesman ...

Syrian Insurgents Destroy Russian Helicopter With Missile

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.24.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Syrian fighters destroyed a Russian helicopter with a missile, shortly after they forced it to make an emergency landing i...

Why the West Should Now See the Sense in Russia's Mideast Policies

Fyodor Lukyanov | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
 Fyodor Lukyanov

MOSCOW -- European security is now inseparable from the crumbling Middle East developments, something that poses problems and dictates actions, something almost impossible to control. For Russia, it may mean that its operation in Syria, if not a new model to follow, will make much more sense to many in the West.

Putin Accuses Turkey Of Backing ISIS After It Downs Russian Warplane In Syria

The Huffington Post | Sophia Jones | Posted 11.24.2015 | World

ISTANBUL -- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey on Tuesday of directly supporting the so-called Islamic State after Turkish forces shot d...

One Paris Aftermath -- A Nobel Peace Prize for Putin?

Barry Lando | Posted 11.18.2015 | Politics
Barry Lando

Could one of the indirect results of the horrific attacks in Paris be a Nobel Peace Prize for Russian President Vladimir Putin? The idea may not be as outrageous -- even obscene -- as it sounds. Here's why.

Interpol and Pichugin : Unwilling Pawns in Putin's Yukos Game

Katrina Lantos Swett | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Katrina Lantos Swett

It is absurd and Kafkaeasque that a world class abuser of the rule of law like Russia should have the ability to co-opt an intergovernmental organization to target its political opponents for arrest globally.

Obama Vows Efforts To Eliminate Islamic State At G20 Summit

Reuters | Kelly Chen | Posted 11.15.2015 | World

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Putin Is So Mad At Ukraine That He's Bombing Syria

John A. Tures | Posted 11.09.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Putin is trying to burnish his credentials as an international tough guy in Syria, fighting ISIS, or at least appearing to do so. In reality, he seems to be directing bombs against dictator Bashar al-Assad's beleaguered opposition these days. He's doing it, because that's just about all he can do these days.

Russia and Afghanistan: Strange Bedfellows

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 11.04.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

There has been concern in the western world for some time, and rightly so, that Russia under the rule of Vladimir Putin wants to assert itself as a superpower resembling the defunct USSR.