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Archive for 'Russia'

Trump surrenders to Putin on Syria

After the regime of Bashar al-Assad began its brutal and murderous repression of the largely peaceful Syrian uprising, I was very critical of then-president Barack Obama’s half-hearted and mismanaged efforts to aid non-extremist rebels in their struggle against the regime. But it was symbolically important that the US was doing something to help the more […]

The great unspooling

If this wasn’t collusion with a hostile autocratic foreign power in an effort to affect the outcome of a democratic election, it wasn’t for lack of trying. What to know what the emails said? Read our story. https://t.co/ZddcS31cR2 — Adam Goldman (@adamgoldmanNYT) July 11, 2017

Merci, Monsieur Macron

Calling out to their face authoritarians who try to subvert democracy est toujours dans l’ordre. French President Emmanuel Macron has made an extraordinary attack on two Russian media outlets, saying they acted as “propaganda” organs during France’s election campaign. Speaking at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, Macron accused the two […]

Deeper into the Twilight Zone

Professor Stephen Cohen, a longtime Putin apologist and contributing editor to the leftwing Nation magazine (where his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher), went on Tucker Carlson’s program on Fox News to proclaim that the biggest threat to the United States today is the “assault on President Trump.” Stephen Cohen on "assault" on […]

Michael Weiss on Trump, Russia and “Trumpkin Republicans”

Our friend Michael Weiss was on CNN Tuesday night reporting that government-controlled Russian media are reporting that President Trump is a true friend of Russia being victimized by the “liberal mainstream media and US intelligence services,” while the Putin regime has “a sense of relief in watching the US government tear itself apart.” He also […]

Trump fires Comey; hilarity ensues

With exquisite timing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (and later President Trump) the morning after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was leading an investigation of possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Putin regime. I’m pleased Lavrov was able to find some humor in […]

The dangers of standing up to Putin

A good report on “60 Minutes” about the Putin regime’s sometimes murderous campaign against its Russian opponents. Or is it all a series of startling coincidences?

International Women’s Day, Putin style

From an AP roundup of worldwide activities on International Women’s Day: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev (dih-MEE’-tree med-VYEH’-dyev) has approved a five-year national action plan supporting women’s interests. The signing came on International Women’s Day on Wednesday. Valentina Matvienko, who as speaker of the upper house of parliament is one of Russia’s most prominent female […]

Wait. What?

From a program on the Putin regime-funded propaganda TV channel RT:

Flynn out

The real question isn’t why Michael Flynn was forced out as Donald Trump’s national security adviser (that’s obvious enough), but why someone like him was appointed in the first place. It’s not like his close ties to the Putin regime and strange behavior were a secret. The Washington Post reported last August: Like Trump, Flynn […]