Bloomberg View: Wanted: Russia Experts, No Expertise Required

There’s a lot to unpack about the newly formed Committee to Investigate Russia, which aims to “help Americans recognize and understand the gravity of Russia’s continuing attacks on our democracy.” Perhaps its most striking feature is that no Russia experts are involved; that’s a sign of the times.

Obituary: Stanislav Petrov, Soviet officer credited with averting nuclear war, dies at 77

When alarms began to ring and a control panel flashed in front of Stanislav Petrov, a 44-year-old lieutenant colonel seated in a secret bunker south of Moscow, it appeared that the world was less than 30 minutes from nuclear war.

The Nation’s Patrick Lawrence Interviews Author and Journalist Stephen Kinzer

In this wide ranging interview, Stephen Kinzer wonders, “How would we react if the Russians had military maneuvers in Tijuana, or the Chinese opened a base in Montreal?…under international law and the principles of Westphalian independence, they have every right to do that. But in reality we would never tolerate that.

Flashback: David Rieff on The False Dawn of Civil Society (The Nation, 2/4/99)

When it is said that civil society must be recognized as a new force in international politics, what is meant is a certain kind of civil society–in other words, a certain kind of political movement. But why should this be the case?

Aaron Mate and Alyona Minkovski: FBI, DOJ Eye Russian Media Outlets as ‘Foreign Agents’

The US Justice Department and FBI are scrutinizing the Russian state-owned Sputnik and RT networks as potential ‘foreign agents,’ raising questions of press freedom, says independent journalist Alyona Minkovski.

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