Greece’s friendly relationship with Moscow could cause a headache for Brussels

The Syriza win in Greece has had everyone from Brussels to Mars wondering about a potential ‘Grexit’ from the euro zone, but there hasn’t been quite as much talk about what having Alexis Tsipras in power means for Russia. Until now.

Now that he’s in, the wheels of thought have been turning rather furiously in the anti-Russia, pro-whatever-Washington-wants media circles and the consensus is broadly: Oh, dear.

Greece could now turn into a real troublemaker for the European Union and, by extension, the US — and in more ways than one. Continue reading

Saudi exceptionalism. Like American exceptionalism, but even worse.

The level of hypocrisy world leaders have stooped to this week has reached mind-blowing levels — and it was the death of a tyrannical leader of a state void of basic human rights that brought it all on.

Hold on, what?

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How Western media covered the Moscow Navalny protest

Alexei-Navalny_2259196bPropaganda is often more about what you don’t say than what you do say — and yesterday provided us with a perfect example.

You’ve no doubt heard by now that Alexey Navalny, a prominent Putin critic and political blogger was convicted yesterday of fraud and given a 3.5 year suspended sentence, avoiding prison but remaining on house arrest. He, along with his brother Oleg, was accused of embezzling the equivalent of about $500,000 from French company Yves Rocher. His brother received a 3.5 year prison sentence.

After the verdict, Navalny called on his supporters to protest in central Moscow. Navalny defied his house arrest and ventured out to join the protesters, before being promptly detained and returned home. Continue reading

How to write about Russia – 6 lessons from mainstream media

As a reader of things on the internet, you’ll no doubt be aware, that journalists covering Russia have a different job to do than journalists covering, say… pretty much anything else.

You might be thinking hey, that sounds fun, maybe I’ll try it — but you’ll need a crash course in the basics first. So here’s a quick overview to get you started: Continue reading

RT threatened with fines or revocation of license for lack of “impartiality”

So, the British communications regulator Ofcom, is threatening RT with fines, or in the worst case, a  revocation of its license, for its supposed lack of “impartiality”.

Be right back, have to go laugh my head off.

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RT UK, the NATO spin machine and ‘American exceptionalism’

With a fairly massive amount of lies being peddled in western media about Russia and the Ukraine crisis, it’s always nice to find things that are a.) logical and make sense, and b.) not full of distortions, opportunistic translations and outright lies.

Here are a few from this week:


1. Don’t watch RT!Neil Clark,

The case for watching RT, quite hilariously outlined by Neil Clark. This piece takes a lighthearted approach, but the message is important.
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