The Syria Solution: Obama Got Played by Putin and Assad
September 10, 2013
This, apparently, is how diplomacy happens these days: Someone makes an off-hand remark at a press conference and triggers an international chain reaction that turns an already chaotic and complex situation completely on its head, and gives everyone
Obama's Russia Reset Failed, But His Critics Don't Have Any Better Ideas
September 03, 2013
Peter Baker has a superb, deeply reported story in The New York Times on the Obama administration's attempted "reset" with Russia. According to Baker, the policy is "a case study in how the heady idealism of Mr.
Putin's Support for Assad is Just Words
August 29, 2013
As the White House struggles, agonizingly, down the road to striking Syria, Moscow has put on its own sideshow, railing against yet another American misadventure in a mysterious and tangled region.
Former New Republic staffer and conservative writer James Kirchick went on RT today to talk about the Bradley Manning verdict.
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.
Eight horrific and uplifting stories about being gay in the new Russia.
Dear Lawrence O'Donnell, Don't Mansplain to Me About Russia
August 08, 2013
Tonight, I went on Lawrence O'Donnell's show, and Lawrence O'Donnell yelled at me. Or, rather, he O'Reilly'd at me.
Obama Bails on His Inevitably Awkward Date With Putin
August 07, 2013
A week after Edward Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia, President Obama canceled his bi-lateral September summit in Moscow with Vladimir Putin, though administration officials are at pains to portray this as something greater than pure ti
Moving Letters from a Jailed Russian Oligarch
July 25, 2013
Adam Michnik's moving salute to Mikhail Khodorkovsky's evolution—from "billionaire to political prisoner to the conscience of [his] country"—and to his project for a new Russia.
The Most Dangerous Blogger in the World
July 18, 2013
Today, a provincial court in the Russian city of Kirov sentenced Aleksey Navalny, the only real leader to emerge among the opposition since the fall of the Soviet Union, to five years in a prison camp, and slapped him with a hefty fine for an embezzl