Unfair to hijack Gagarina’s Eurovision performance with LGBT activism

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Polina Gagarina blew the audience away last night in Vienna with Russia’s entry to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

Gagarina gave a stunning and flawless performance of the song ‘A Million Voices’, earning her a well-deserved place in Saturday’s final — and yet it wasn’t enough to avoid having her night be hijacked by LGBT activism. Continue reading

Quoting: Crime and Punishment

As much as I hate to admit it, I read a hell of a lot more with a Kindle these days than with actual books.

The downside to this is that I could be contributing to the predicted death of paper. The upside is that because Kindle makes it so easy to highlight and save particularly insightful or thought-provoking snippets, that makes it easy for me to share them effortlessly (lucky you).

In April I read Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, the brilliant and intriguing tale of Rodion Raskolnikov, which rests on the question, “would not one tiny crime be wiped out by thousands of good deeds?” Continue reading

Quick update…

It’s been almost a month since I’ve posted here. Have focused on contributing content directly to Russia Insider for the last while. At some point I’ll probably start posting those pieces here in full as well. I’ll also get back to doing shorter snippets for the blog. In other words, don’t click the unfollow button just yet!

Here’s a few links to some recent pieces:

I also did a piece for RT.com on NATO submarine activity in the Irish Sea.

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Fair.org is taking Western journos down over lazy Russia reporting

Media fairness and accuracy watchdog Fair.org has been doing a great job of tearing apart some of the worst Russia-related “reporting” of late.

This first piece I want to look at picks apart the ‘Kremlin troll army’ narrative that is so loved by BuzzFeed, Politico, The Daily Beast etc.

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Kremlin troll vs. US patriot

The narrative goes like this: Every time you see a “pro-Russia” or even a semi “anti-NATO” comment somewhere on the interwebs, it was written by a paid troll. Putin sends personal checks. If you post more than one thousand comments in a week, you get a signed t-shirt etc.
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Hillary Clinton’s low-key launch set the tone for a different kind of campaign

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“It’s your time.”

That was pretty much the central message in Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she will seek the presidency for a second time. The announcement video, which runs for two minutes and eighteen seconds, doesn’t feature Clinton until nearly the end.

The change of tone from the 2008 campaign is immediately clear. Putting the focus on everyone but herself in her opener sends a clear message: We might have gotten it wrong last time, but we’ve learned from our mistake. This is about you — and she wants to “earn” your vote.

In other words, they’re trying to say: This won’t be a coronation.
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Sixty-six Years of NATO

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NATO was established 66 years ago today, April 4, 1949.

About three and a half months later, on July 26, Senator Robert A. Taft, the son of President William Howard Taft, made a speech explaining why he voted against its establishment.

It’s clear now that he could foresee what those blinded by triumphalism and ideology couldn’t see. He was no apologist for communism or the USSR, but he knew that a military pact against Russia was a provocative act and one more likely to lead to aggression and insecurity than peace and stability.

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Wondering why anti-American feeling is on the rise in Russia? (UPDATE)

In case you were wondering why anti-American feeling is so high in Russia these days, below is a video that should shed some light on that.

Saturday Night Live’s resident Russian character, Olya Povlatsky, has returned. While the Povlatsky character has been at least moderately amusing in the past, last night’s skit was not even remotely funny, and in fact, it was outright xenophobic.  Continue reading

The Western “free” press and how it enables and encourages ignorance

I’ve read many pieces — and written some — about the failure of the Western press in how it chooses to cover not only Russia, but Russian media, like RT. None have hit the nail on the head quite as much as this one.

It begins with the story of a journalist fired because his reporting on Maidan and his views on Crimea did not match those of his employer. It’s exactly the kind of story that Politico, Newsweek and BuzzFeed would love.

Really. It has it all. Suppression of the free press. Restriction on free speech. European “values”. Russia, Crimea, Maidan, the whole works. They’d be drooling all over it for at least a week.

There’s just one teeny tiny problem: The journalist in question happened to be fired from an American government-funded news outlet because he supported Crimea’s reintegration into Russia and exposed neo-Nazi atrocities in Ukraine. Oops.

Close your ears, BuzzFeed! This is the kind of ‘suppression of the free press’ story you don’t want to hear about.

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