The leaders of France and Germany urged Russian President Putin to help calm the tensions in Ukraine, during in a joint phone call. The three are set to discuss the latest spike in violence at a G20 summit in China.
The front page of Sunday’s edition of The New York Times bears the headline ‘More of the Kremlin’s Critics are Ending Up Dead’. Professor Paul Robinson, writes that in his opinion, the lack of evidence produced by The New York Times in the majority of the cases this article lists makes its overall thesis very unconvincing.
Longtime Pentagon stenographer Barbara Starr reports….
ACEWA Board Member John E. Pepper writes, “The New Czar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin” by Steven Lee Myers was a deeply informing and mind-opening book for me in trying to understand President Putin’s true intentions and how we in the United States and the West should deal with Russia and him to advance our own and the world’s interests. Here are my perspectives….
The escalating anti-Russian rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign comes in the midst of a major push by military contractors to position Moscow as a potent enemy that must be countered with a drastic increase in military spending by NATO countries.
Even as the American people tire of paying the cost of solving other nations’ problems, shrimps are pushing the whale to stay the course. Politico recently interviewed Rasmussen, a former prime minister of Denmark. He sounded like an American neoconservative in promoting an “American-led world order”—at American expense, of course.
In Ukraine, a conflict is brewing between the public prosecutor’s office and the anti-corruption authority. It could stall key reforms promised by Kyiv to the European Union.
All in all, Putin’s visit to Slovenia, following on the heels of his recent visit to Greece, another Balkan EU and NATO member state, shows that Russia is far from being politically isolated in the Balkans. On the contrary, in fact, it seems as if its influence is slowly but surely taking on more and more weight.
A wiser United States would also think of Russia itself, which has the label of adversary firmly affixed to it, in realist terms in which that label would not prevent the United States from exploring and exploiting areas of parallel interest, writes former CIA official Paul Pillar.
Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussions about the new US-Russian Cold War. (Previous installments are at TheNation.com.) Cohen begins by reminding listeners that the preceding 40-year Cold War was accompanied by factional, often behind-the-scenes politics for and against US-Soviet Cold War relations, and which often spilled over into the media. It is happening again, perhaps more dangerously and disgracefully.