Our press seems to be in a feeding frenzy regarding contacts that President Trump’s supporters had with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak and with other Russian diplomats.
With most Russia-related stories these days, especially ones in The New York Times and The Washington Post, the best initial reaction is heavy skepticism.
Trump/Putin theories are increasingly the top concern that plugged-in “Resistance” types bring up at the highly-charged town hall meetings that have received so much attention of late.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Information Policy is preparing a list of websites that “undermine Ukrainian sovereignty” as part of an effort to uphold the country’s new information security doctrine, signed on February 25 by President Petro Poroshenko.
Far-right nationalism in Ukraine continues to spur violence against foreigners and activists. Taras Bohay, an ecological activist who was violently attacked and sustained painful injuries, recounts his experience with his attackers and police.
Pietro A. Shakarian, a PhD Candidate in Russian History at The Ohio State University, spoke to John Batchelor about the recent clashes in Nagorno-Karabakh. In their conversation, Shakarian and Batchelor discuss what lies behind the latest fighting in the region, Armenia’s relations with the EU and Russia, and much else besides. A must listen for anyone trying to understand the complex dynamics at play in the Caucasus.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says the intelligence community has presented no evidence that any Americans colluded or coordinated with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Several Trump campaign advisers had business ties to Russia, so that must be nefarious, right? [Read more…] about What’s Behind the Putin Fantasies (Wall St. Journal)
TYT Politics reporter Michael Tracey, interviews Nation contributing editor and professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University Stephen F. Cohen. Michael and Dr. Cohen discuss Donald Trump and Russia among other things.
A large bulk of the article is devoted to what has now become standard – and very profitable – fare among East Coast news magazines: feeding Democrats the often-xenophobic, hysterical Russia-phobia for which they have a seemingly insatiable craving.
The new Russia hysteria continues its hold on Congress: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced legislation on Monday to name street in front of the Russian embassy in Washington, D.C., after a slain Russian opposition leader.
Is Putin’s Russia an enemy, as McCain seems to believe?
Before we can answer that question, we need to know what the new world struggle is about, who the antagonists are, and what the threats are to us.
With a resurgence in ultra-nationalist violence in Kiev and a rise of anti-Semitism in Ukraine and the Balts, we revisit the below piece from The New Republic which lauded, “the tiny group of nationalists in Ukraine” who “represent the country’s only hope of escaping apathy, rapacious corruption, and, eventually, dismemberment.”
Clashes broke out between Ukrainian ultra-nationalist demonstrators and police in central Kyiv on Sunday evening, a correspondent with the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency said. Security forces had escorted the protesters as they marched from the Ukrainian capital’s Independence or Maidan square to the offices of the president.
Thousands of nationalists have rallied in Kiev in a so called ‘‘Dignity’‘ march demanding a purge of Ukraine’s current government.
Lithuanian ultranationalists marched near execution sites of Jews with banners celebrating a pro-Nazi collaborationist who called for ethnic cleansing and a symbol popular with members of the U.S. “alt-right” movement. Lithuania is the only country that officially defines its domination by the former Soviet Union as a form of genocide.
In recent years dozens of incidents have been recorded on the outskirts of cities such as Zhytomyr and Berdychiv. Thieves have dug up the graves of Jews murdered in the Holocaust in search of gold, teeth, jewelry and children’s skulls. The latter have been found at markets in town and cities, according to a statement released on Thursday by the European and Americans forums of Russian-speaking Jews
The U.S. intelligence community’s extraordinary campaign of leaks claiming improper ties between President Trump’s team and Russia seeks to ensure a lucrative New Cold War by blocking detente, reports Gareth Porter.
The West’s current hysteria about “Russian aggression” ignores the long history of real Western aggression against Russia, now underscored by plans to sharply increase spending on nuclear weapons, note Chuck Spinney and Pierre Sprey.
FEW FOREIGN VILLAINS have been vested with omnipotence and ubiquity like Vladimir Putin has been — at least ever since Democrats discovered (what they mistakenly believed was) his political utility as a bogeyman.