Whether violence against gay people is an unintended consequence of Putin's law (I think not) or part of his own Machiavellian political gamesmanship (probably), events in his country illustrate the danger of attempting to promote a Christian moral vision through direct legislation.
When I was in junior high school in Lincoln, Neb., and living on a nearby military base, there was, in the same school, a local kid -- a townie -- who...
The New York Times' Jeré Longman reports that the Olympic Charter "prohibits athletes from making political gestures during the Winter and Summer Games," and that this prohibition could be used to "banish" Olympians who choose to protest, even silently, against Russian homophobia.
America's military and civilian leaders believe we have many more nuclear weapons than we need, regardless of Russia's arsenal. Why should we maintain an oversized force just because Russia's conventional forces are weaker than our own?
The Snowden affair has thrown Russia into the limelight, but longer-term issues deserve more attention -- the country's swerve toward authoritarian rule and diminishing political stability.
Now that Russia has granted temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who compromised massive amounts of U.S. intelligence and surveillance secrets, the prevailing wisdom is that he will no longer be meeting Russian President Putin for a separate sit-down. Such a boycott would run counter to U.S. interests.
Let's not forget that our gay brothers and sisters still live in Russia, and this Weeklings! is for them. It's a rundown of Russia's great and arguably gay cultural history. Putin can't erase the cartoonish, deeply LGBT glamor of furs and Chekhovian leading ladies.
Bradley Manning stands convicted, though not of the biggest charge. Edward Snowden is out of Moscow's main airport, his latest revelation of NSA surveillance echoing loudly. Two cases of conviction, though imperfect, with only one convicted, bringing mixed tidings and mixed reactions.
As Russia moves in a very dark direction, a line must be drawn in the sand. American companies and politicians who court LGBT people are going to have stand against this brutal regime in no uncertain terms. And it must be expressed in actions, not just words.
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been an afterthought for most Americans. Now in Syria, we see a more assertive and forceful Russia, undermining American and European policies. Why?
Even if the protesters were not responsible for getting Navalny out of jail in Russia, they were part of an event that will likely have real significance for the opposition movement.
by Daniel Calingaert Executive Vice President Dictators come up with some pretty lame excuses for abusing the rights of their citizens. And these ex...
For those who viscerally hate the Russians, there will always be reasons, however obscure, to justify their resentment. But Edward Snowden hardly provides the justification.
Today was Day 21 stuck in transit at Moscow Airport. Or is it Day 22? Who knows anymore -- one day just bleeds into the next, especially with the windows in the transit lounge blacked out for my security.
Notwithstanding the Nobel Peace Prize handed to President Barack Obama for not being George W. Bush or Dick Cheney, the posture emerging from the U.S. of late suggests the judgment in White House precincts is more the latter than the former.