Putin: Russia Does Not Spy on its Citizens — as the U.S. Does
Apr17

Putin: Russia Does Not Spy on its Citizens — as the U.S. Does

According to Breibart.com, in a question-and-answer session with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow via video, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, asked Putin if Russia had similar surveillance programs as the United States–referring to the mass collection and storage of data from individuals around the world. This is how it went: “Mr. Snowden, you are a former agent, a spy, I used to be working...

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A Gun Control Network to Rival the NRA?
Apr17

A Gun Control Network to Rival the NRA?

It’s fairly common knowledge that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is a very influential group in our nation’s politics. With around 5 million members, the NRA is one of the largest lobbyist groups in the country. It’s also one of the most powerful. According to a Gallup poll taken in 2013, most Americans favor stronger gun control. Due in a large part to the NRA, though, gun bills have rarely passed. For example, legislature...

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Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)
Apr16

Obama ‘Turns the Nuclear Cheek’ To Vladimir Putin (Libero Quotidiano, Italy)

Why did President Obama decide last week, in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, to cut the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal four years earlier than required under the 2010 NEW Start Treaty? For Italy’s Libero Quotidiano, columnist Glauco Maggi writes that not only are most E.U. leaders on Putin’s side, but President Obama ‘is a left-wing ideologue, a slave to a pacifism divorced from reality, who knows only how to...

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To Beat Putin, West Needs Armor, Not Empathy (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Apr16

To Beat Putin, West Needs Armor, Not Empathy (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

Does historical fear explain German ‘understanding’ for Vladimir Putin’s behavior in Ukraine? For the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, columnist Volker Zastrow challenges the idea that Moscow is justifiably indignant after NATO broke its promise not to expand NATO, and warns that hand-wringing and ‘false empathy’ will do nothing to address the security problem Russia represents. According to Zastrow, only...

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Show Me the Money
Apr15

Show Me the Money

What are the conservative justices on the Supreme Court thinking? First Citizens United and now the McCutcheon ruling. Do they honestly believe that wealthy people’s ability to spend money should be equated with free speech? Don’t they realize the unfair advantage this provides to affluent individuals who have more money to spend on political issues, whether it’s through Super PACs or direct contributions to parties and candidates? Or...

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Dmitry Kiselyov: Russia Has Taken West’s Place as Beacon of Free Expression (Izvestia, Russsia)
Apr14

Dmitry Kiselyov: Russia Has Taken West’s Place as Beacon of Free Expression (Izvestia, Russsia)

Have the United States and Europe shown that they have a diminishing commitment to free expression, whereas Russia has an increasingly greater such commitment? In this interview with Izvestia, Dmitry Kiselyov, one of the titans of Russia’s state media and man with Vladimir Putin’s ear, reacts to critics that call him anti-gay, attacks sanctions against him as an attack on all journalists, and defends Russia’s state...

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