Pussy Riot's performance was widely discussed in Russia (unlike other acts of dissidence) with controversy and passion. Some believed that the foundations of the state had been attacked by public criticism, condemned the "blasphemy" and demanded punishment.
Say a novena for the women of Pussy Riot. Light a candle in church for them. Even more, take a public action for justice, women's empowerment and freedom. But whatever you do, don't dismiss them.
So, today, in light of the Pussy Riot sentencing, I ask that everyone reading this joins me and takes a step back from your day-to-day struggles to appreciate the freedoms we have as Americans.
Yes. We have troubles here. Just look at whatever may be written above or below me on the site. But the very fact that we can debate them, yell about them, fight for them, means that we have hope. Which is like oxygen. As long as you have it, you are alive.
The trial of Pussy Riot has concluded today as expected -- a "not guilty" verdict was not an option for the Kremlin-controlled court that happily engaged in a politically motivated circus in which canon law took precedence over the constitution.
For a Christian like me, the question that the Pussy Riot action begs is where might Jesus stand in the controversy between the combined power of the Church and State vs. three girls who made a prayer for deliverance from it.
Vladimir Putin might want to deliberate on the unintended consequences that might result from a harsh verdict against Pussy Riot on Friday. As we have seen in the last two years, what was once unthinkable is becoming common.
In a week when three members of Pussy Riot, Russian President Vladimir Putin's prime party poopers, have been put on trial in Moscow accused of "hooliganism" in an Orthodox church (they sang a "punk" prayer!!!), Russian "queer" politics may have stumbled on its own 1812 moment.
Today, Georgia is approaching a battery of elections, for parliament in 2012 and president in 2013, that will not only have tremendous bearing on that country's future, but on the U.S. role and position in the region for years to come.
All this could be dismissed as something that happened 18 years ago and does not much matter now. But as we've learned, history is always destined to repeat itself.
Have you been to this country? A vast jumble of haphazard development comprised of forbidding industrial warehouses.
MOSCOW -- On July 12 an unknown woman in a dress similar to the dresses worn by members of the imprisoned Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot chained h...
The community of policymakers, legislators, activists, and businesses who are interested in the fate of Russia's people should keep one idea in mind: No matter what gets signed in Washington, it is what Moscow signs on to that will ultimately shape the future for Russia and its people.
Russia's new NGO law is more than a move against organizations receiving foreign funding. It is part of a broader campaign to squeeze out those the Kremlin sees as peddlers of "soft power."
There are still some patriotic citizens willing to join the cabinet of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; he swore in new ministers Tuesday. But if any of them still imagined that the unrest gripping the country could be safely contained, they now have heard differently.
While global standards have now been firmly established by the OECD for private companies, the undertaking to establish similar standards for state-owned enterprises is a work in progress.