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Monday, May 21, 2018

Danziger: Sucking It Up

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of the Herblock Prize and […]

July 7, 2017

How Felix Sater — Former Mob-linked Hustler And Ex-Trump Adviser — Sought To ‘Protect’ Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants

The saga of Felix Sater — a twice-convicted one-time Mafia associate, real estate developer, sometime partner and former “senior adviser” to Donald Trump — continues to grow more complicated and bizarre. Details have now emerged of a second attempted diplomatic intervention by Sater, supposedly to prevent a possible nuclear power plant conflagration in Ukraine.

May 25, 2017
Danziger on Kiev shooting

Danziger: With Extreme Prejudice

Last week Denis Voronenkov, a former Russian legislator, found out that criticizing Vladimir Putin and his friends is a very unhealthy activity. As noted by Danziger, a gunman shot Voronenkov on the street in Kiev, Ukraine, just days before he was scheduled to testify against Viktor Yanukovych (the ex-president of Ukraine and Putin puppet who employed Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort). Voronenkov is the latest in a series of Russian legislators, diplomats, and other officials to die more or less mysteriously abroad over the past several months. Next semester, the Russian studies curriculum will include screenings of The Godfather.

March 26, 2017
Hack, Russia, Ukraine

Ukraine Hit By 6,500 Hack Attacks In Two Months, Blames Russian ‘Cyberwar’

In December, Ukraine suffered attacks on its finance and defense ministries and the State Treasury that allocates cash to government institutions. A suspected hack also wiped out part of Kiev’s power grid, causing a blackout in part of the capital. According to President Petro Poroshenko, the incidents showed Russian security services were waging a cyberwar against the country.

December 29, 2016
Trump can be ever so polite to his paragon Putin

That Rude, Crude Trump Is Ever So Polite — To Putin, His Paragon

What exactly do Trump voters think they’re getting out of the Russian connection? Most simply don’t care. They’ve basically chosen party over country. They dislike Americans who vote Democratic far more than Putin, a distant figure. And most are too busy gloating and rationalizing Trump’s boasts to worry about the Kremlin’s arm lock on the White House.

December 21, 2016
Tough line on russia

U.S. Senators Urge Trump To Take Tough Line On Russia

A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators sent a letter to Donald Trump urging him to take a tough line against Russia over its “military land grab” in Ukraine.

December 8, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

Is Comrade Trump Playing Us For Fools?

On a daily basis, the Trump campaign invites sheer disbelief. Recently, Ivanka Trump, the statuesque daughter her father talks about dating, posted an Instagram photo of herself sightseeing in scenic Croatia with Wendi Deng Murdoch — who has been “romantically to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.”

August 17, 2016

Trump Campaign Chief On Secret Ukrainian Ledger For More Than $12 Million

The New York Times published a story Sunday detailing Paul Manafort’s dealings with pro-Russian political forces in Ukraine. According to The Times, Manafort, Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, was on a secret, handwritten ledger showing $12.7 million was earmarked for him.

August 15, 2016

#EndorseThis: Ex-CIA Director Calls Trump An “Unwitting Agent” Of Russia, Pence Shrugs

Trump has repeatedly praised the Russian leader in the past, calling him “a leader, unlike what we have in this country.” He also stood by his praise even when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough replied that Putin kills dissident journalists. Trump even predicted the two would “get along very well.” Now, the former director of the CIA says that the real estate mogul could well be “an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.” But Mike Pence shooed away Morell’s condemnation on NBC’s Today, saying that Trump would be a strong leader and that “standing up to Russian aggression is going to be really different under a Trump-Pence administration.”

August 5, 2016
Palestinian flag

6 Things That Happened At The U.N. This Week That Weren’t About Syria

Cuba, Palestine, Iran, Ukraine, Yemen.

October 2, 2015

Syria And Ukraine: Two Fronts In Russian War For Influence

Russia’s air strikes in Syria are in part designed to extract concessions from the West over Ukraine by making Moscow a key player in any attempts by world powers to hammer out a post-conflict settlement in Damascus, some Western officials believe.

October 1, 2015

Russia Says Will Respond In Kind To New U.S. Sanctions Over Ukraine

“The United States should have no illusions that it could continue this course without negative consequences for themselves,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

September 2, 2015

Russia And The West Rattle Sabers And Renew Sanctions

Though Russian and Western officials repeatedly claim they don’t want a return to Cold War-era hostility, both sides have renewed sanctions and toughened their military posture in recent days.

June 24, 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin (theglobalpanorama via Flickr)

Jeb Bush Calls Putin A ‘Bully’

“He’s a bully,” Bush told reporters here. “And … you enable bad behavior when you’re nuanced with a guy like that.”

June 10, 2015
G7 Summit

G7 Warns Russia Of More Sanctions, Pledges Climate Action

The leaders of the most powerful countries also tackled threats to global security posed by Islamist extremism and risks to the global economy from Greece.

June 8, 2015
Ukraine rebels

Ukraine Says Rebels Have Army Of ‘Mid-Sized European State’

Ukraine’s defence minister on Monday accused pro-Russian rebels backed up by Moscow’s forces of assembling a 40,000-strong army sufficient for a “mid-sized European state”

June 8, 2015

At Summit, Obama Calls For Tough Stance Against Russia

One of Obama’s top priorities at the summit, he told hundreds of people in a town square in Germany, is “standing up to Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

June 7, 2015

Ukraine Welcomes US Resolution On Arms Shipments

A House resolution passed Monday urges President Obama’s administration to provide “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine before it is too late.”

March 24, 2015

Cartoon: Nurse Putin

Vladimir Putin has a new plan for Ukraine.

February 16, 2015
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (centre) shakes hands with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko during a meeting in Minsk, on February 11, 2015 (AFP/ Andrey Stasevich)

Ukraine Cease-Fire Agreed But Doubts Persist It Will Bring Peace

Will the temporary peace in Ukraine last?

February 12, 2015
Photo: US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel hold a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC on February 9, 2015 (AFP/Saul Loeb)

Obama Says No Decision Yet On Arming Ukraine

President Obama is still undecided on sending weapons to Kiev.

February 9, 2015

Cartoon: The Putin Hotel

Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande take a trip to Russia.

February 9, 2015
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting in Moscow on December 19, 2014

Kerry, Lavrov Discuss Ukraine And Middle East Crises

John Kerry is trying to jump-start diplomacy with Russia.

January 2, 2015
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Alan Gross, who was en route to the United States from Cuba, in the Oval Office, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Entering The Fourth Quarter, Obama Is At The Top Of His Game

The “lame duck” in the White House is getting an awful lot done — and making Republicans look foolish.

December 24, 2014