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New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

Russian Media on Malaysian Flight MH17 Tragedy: Epic Fail

Kevin M. F. Platt | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Kevin M. F. Platt

The Russian media has made one thing clear in the aftermath of the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: it generates a view of the world corresponding to the political needs of the Kremlin.

The Downed Airliner, Putin and History

Andrew Nagorski | Posted 07.18.2014 | World
Andrew Nagorski

When the façade of an authoritarian regime begins to be exposed to the harsh glare of truth, it usually crumbles at some point.

Putin's 'Dupes'

Jill Dougherty | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Jill Dougherty

Thanks to Vladimir Putin and the conflict in Ukraine, Russia watchers, once again, are a red-hot commodity, appearing as guests on American TV networks, trying to explain to confused anchors why Putin's doing what he's doing.

Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Russia Cuts Gas Supply To Ukraine

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA and DAVID McHUGH | Posted 08.16.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia halted natural gas deliveries to Ukraine on Monday, spurning Ukraine's offer to pay some of its multibillion-dollar gas debt an...

Weakening Russian Energy Sector May Not Support Geopolitical Ambitions

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.05.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

The Russian economy may not be able to finance the Kremlin's ambitions in Eastern Europe for much longer because the country's oil and gas output is no longer a strong support of growth.

"Consequences" for Russia's Aggression

David L. Phillips | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
David L. Phillips

Sanctions should not be seen as an instrument to punish Russia. However, a credible threat of sanctions can adjust Russia's approach.

Further Proof That They Do Things Differently In Russia

Christine Dalton | Posted 04.04.2014 | Comedy

News broke yesterday that Vladimir Putin is finally single after 30 years of marriage. Jimmy Kimmel explained that Putin and his wife divorced over th...

Russophobia, a Pretext for a War on Information

Christophe Deloire | Posted 05.28.2014 | World
Christophe Deloire

You cannot snuff out the right to news and information in the same way that you seal Chernobyl's radioactivity under layers of concrete.

Ukraine: 'Kremlin Agents' Stirring Up Violence To Justify Invasion

Reuters | Posted 05.15.2014 | World

* Two dead in Kharkiv violence after one killed in Donetsk * Kiev fears Moscow may exploit threat to ethnic Russians * M...

Putin' on the Ritz: Why Western Business Undermines Sanctions to Put Profits Ahead of Patriotism

Terry Connelly | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

It turns out our own devotion to liberty and international law only goes so far when somebody's profits and dividends and executive compensation are put at risk. Talk is cheap, but patriotism is expensive, as it turns out.

Of Telexes, Typewriters and Old-Fashioned Journalism

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.17.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

While I thoroughly enjoy blogging, tweeting and using all manner of light digital mobile devices, there was something endearing about the bulky equipment we had for turning out hard-hitting, solid journalism.

Covering Russia in a Time of Censorship

Shai Baitel | Posted 04.01.2014 | Media
Shai Baitel

"The move is the latest in a series of shifts in Russia's news landscape which appear to point towards a tightening of state control in the already he...

Book Review: Red Fortress, History and Illusion in the Kremlin

George Mocharko | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
George Mocharko

One begins to comprehend the profound depth of the Russian story after reading through the first few chapters of Catherine Merridale's magnificent new book Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin.

Slow Boat to Moscow

Barbara Barton Sloane | Posted 02.11.2014 | Travel
Barbara Barton Sloane

I recently cruised the Viking Waterways of the Czars excursion from St. Petersburg, Russia to Moscow on this, the largest fleet of river vessels in the world.

Why Won't Cuban News Tell Us What's Happening in Ukraine?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I imagine that many viewers, like me, watching that incoherent sequence, are asking themselves, "What? What's happening in the Ukraine?" But the official press can't answer us, because they can't even fulfill their role of telling us what's happening in Cuba.

Putin Foe Navalny Freed But Still Under Kremlin's Thumb

Agence France Presse | | Posted 12.17.2013 | World

Russian protest leader Alexei Navalny on Thursday returned to Moscow a free man after a court in the northern Kirov region turned his five-year penal ...

Around the World in Eight Days

Jamal Hammadi | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Jamal Hammadi

The eight day trip started out with an absolutely must see stop at the Tsukiji Fish Market at 5 a.m. Even at that hour the place is bustling with activity.

Is This Leading Russian LGBT Activist Being Pressured By The Kremlin To Quit Activism? (UPDATE)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.30.2013 | Gay Voices

Nikolai Alexeyev, a leading Russian LGBT rights activist and outspoken critic of Russia's homophobic culture of fear and violence, appeared to have a ...

Instead of Punishing Russia, IOC May Punish Pro-Gay Olympians

John Becker | Posted 10.07.2013 | Gay Voices
John Becker

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.

Top Putin Critic Released On Bail

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 09.18.2013 | World

KIROV, Russia — A court's abrupt decision Friday to release Russia's most charismatic opposition leader less than a day after handing him a five...

Top Putin Critic Jailed

AP | NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

KIROV, Russia — Alexei Navalny, a charismatic and creative Russian opposition leader who exposed high-level corruption and mocked the Kremlin, ...

Kremlin Turns Back To Typewriters To Avoid Security Leaks

Agence France Presse | | Posted 09.10.2013 | World

A Russian state service in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications is looking to purchase an array of old-fashioned typewriters to prevent leaks...

Putin's Only Slightly Ridiculous New Mode Of Transportation

Agence France Presse | | Posted 07.17.2013 | World

Russian President Vladimir Putin is to switch from car to helicopter for short hops from the Kremlin, his spokesman said Thursday, delighting drivers ...