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McCain versus Trump

Getting back to the subject of moral courage…
While soon-to-be president Donald Trump takes the side of a foreign adversary against his own government, Republican Senator John McCain is spending New Year’s Eve with Ukrainian Marines defending their country against Russian aggression.
Spending #NewYearsEve w/ brave #Ukrainian Marines at a forward combat outpost – we stand w/ [...]

Let’s review

· Donald Trump has selected Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who received Russia’s Order of Friendship from Vladimir Putin after signing deals with the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft, to be the next secretary of state. However he would need to be confirmed by the Senate, and that is not assured.
· Trump’s selection for national [...]

Applause for Putin on his birthday

Marking Vladimir Putin’s birthday has become something of a tradition at Harry’s Place.
In 2014 we featured an “art” exhibit depicting the “Twelve Labors of Putin,” based on the 12 labors of Hercules, and painfully adorable children singing “Happy Birthday, President of Russia.”
In 2015 there was a mass tribute to Putin in Grozny, Chechnya, worthy of [...]

And Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia…

It is now illegal in Vladimir Putin’s Russia to publish the historical fact that both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia invaded Poland in September 1939 and divided that country between themselves.
The Human Rights in Ukraine website reports:
37-year-old Vladimir Luzgin was convicted in July this year by the Perm District Court and fined 200 thousand roubles. [...]

Nation magazine editor denounces “neo-McCarthyite” attacks on Trump

Stephen F. Cohen, a contributing editor at the leftwing Nation magazine, accuses pro-Hillary Clinton liberals of “slurring” Donald Trump by pointing out his soft spot for Vladimir Putin and his murderous, expansionist, increasingly repressive regime.

In 1948 Cohen surely would have been a supporter of Henry Wallace and his Progressive Party campaign for president*, accusing anyone [...]

Stein, Flynn and Putin at RT dinner in Moscow

Last December the very strange retired General Michael Flynn and Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein joined Vladimir Putin at a gala dinner in Moscow honoring the Russian TV propaganda outlet RT.
Flynn is in the tuxedo, Putin has the red tie and Stein is in the gray sweater:

Flynn, former director of the US Defense [...]

Putin’s candidate for president

Moving on to more substantive and critical matters…
Donald Trump gave an interview on foreign policy to The New York Times which ought to disturb anyone who cares about preserving NATO, defending democracy at home and abroad, and upholding human rights.
Jeffrey Goldberg writes at The Atlantic:
Fulfilling what might be [Vladimir] Putin’s dearest wish, Trump, in this [...]

Will Eurovision produce Putin’s challenger?

The Washington Post reports that the favorite to win tonight’s Eurovision song contest, Sergey Lazarev of Russia, is an outspoken opponent of the Putin regime’s denial of full rights to LGBTs and its annexation of Crimea.
After watching the video of his song, I think I can deal quite easily with missing the whole extravaganza for [...]

Lavrov asks Kerry to stop “anti-Russian” media

Perhaps related to Vladimir Putin’s sky-high approval ratings:
Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov may not approve of freedom of the press, but it’s rather disturbing that he doesn’t even understand it.
Lavrov calls Kerry to ask him to stop the "anti-Russian campaign" in the Western press.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) March 10, 2016

Putin, of course, could say [...]

What’s behind Putin’s poll numbers?

To try and understand the polls that show more than 80 percent support among Russians for Vladimir Putin even as the country’s economy tanks, The Washington Post’s Moscow bureau chief tagged along with a poll taker as she went door to door in a Moscow apartment building.
Although Putin’s popularity is often attributed to his government’s [...]