Six Liberals' Best Syria Advice for Obama
August 27, 2013
Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry, in a speech at the State Department, said it is “undeniable” that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, and called the attack “a moral obscenity.” This leaves President Obama, who in 2012 called chemical weapons a “red line” that would “change my calculus” when it came to dealing with Bashar Assad, with no clear road forward. When I called some liberal heavyweights to ask what the United States can and should do about Syria’s bloody civil war, some told me we’ve left ourselves no choice but to invade, while others stressed that that’s the worst thing we could do. The majority said reaching accord with Russia, Syria’s powerful ally, is our last hope—but none seemed confident that Kerry will succeed at the bargaining table.
Is Russia Weirder Than Florida? You Decide.
August 25, 2013
Today, we start a regular new feature on The Plank: Florida or Russia? Both places produce stories that boggle the mind: cannibalistic meth heads, people getting into bar fights so vicious they end in death when one guy puts his shoe-clad foot up ano
Former New Republic staffer and conservative writer James Kirchick went on RT today to talk about the Bradley Manning verdict.
August 21, 2013
Seventy-three years ago, on August 21, 1940, the Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky died after an undercover NKVD agent attacked him with an ice axe. In this 1933 essay, Edmund Wilson discusses Trotsky's literary tendencies and his historical
In Soviet Russia, Hovercraft Beaches You!
August 21, 2013
Today in competence, we bring you this video of a hovercraft and a beach in Kaliningrad. Yes, of course, Vladimir Putin had full control over that, and yes, Russia is a global superpower.Also, aren't you a little worried these people have nukes?
The New Republic Is Wrong About Boycotting the Sochi Olympics
August 16, 2013
The New Republic's Julia Ioffe argues in an article Thursday that a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next year would be “useless” because it would have little effect on stopping the violence and discrimination against gay people there
Boycotting the Olympics Won't Stop Russian Homophobia
August 15, 2013
Today, Russian pole vaulter and future mayor of the Sochi Olympic village Yelena Isinbayeva snagged a third world championship in Moscow.
Записки из подполья
August 14, 2013
25 января Антон Красовский, лояльный Кремлю журналист, пригласил в свою программу на государственном канале Kontr TV группу трансвеститов.
Nine Pictures of Russians Protesting for Gay Rights
August 14, 2013
In The New Republic today, Julia Ioffe recounts eight horrifying and uplifting stories of being gay in the new Russia, amid hate crimes and the criminalization of "gay propaganda." Here are the Russian activists fighting against discrimination.
An Intimate Look at Life in a Harsh Russian Gulag
August 11, 2013
IK-28, a maximum-security Russian penal colony, is located in Yertsevo, in the northern Arkhangelsk region near the Arctic Circle. It was once part of a cluster of camps founded in the late 1930s as part of the Gulag system.