The ongoing “shale revolution” in U.S. gas and oil production could prompt Russian President Vladimir Putin to institute economic and political reforms that would ultimately undermine his regime, experts say.
I watched HBO’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer last night. It’s a pretty solid documentary, combining new interviews with footage taken from the punk collective’s various performances and rehearsals.
The documentary is centered around the trial of Maria Alekhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a trio of punk rock activists who engaged in a blasphemous performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. They were protesting not only the patriarchal aspects of the church but also the confluence of church and state. Resurrected after being dismantled and repressed by the communists, the church has found an ally in Putin, and that alliance is manifesting itself in problematic ways, according to the lady-rockers.
I found the most intriguing aspect of the documentary to be not the tension between Pussy Riot and the state or Pussy Riot and the church, but between Pussy Riot and the people.
Goldman Sachs bank appears to have paid a prominent D.C. lobbying firm $100,000 to torpedo a human rights bill that would deny U.S. visas to, and freeze the assets of, Russian citizens involved in human rights abuses, according to lobbying disclosure forms.
Recent incursions into U.S. air defense zones by Russian nuclear bombers earlier this month were part of exercises that violated provisions of the 2010 New START treaty, according to U.S. officials.
The U.S. Northern Command and joint U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) Command said two Russian bombers violated U.S. airspace near Alaska during recent arctic war games.
Russian strategic nuclear bombers threatened U.S. airspace near Alaska earlier this month and F-15 jets responded by intercepting the aircraft taking part in large-scale arctic war games, according to defense officials.
A new James Bond-themed advertisement blasted President Obama’s ‘hot mic’ moment in which he told Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would have “more flexibility” after his reelection.
The White House has mocked GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for describing Vladimir Putin’s Russia as the United States’ “number one geopolitical foe,” but Vice President Joe Biden is on record making a similar claim.
A senior House Republican on Monday accused President Obama of going back on promises he would not weaken U.S. missile defenses through negotiations with Russia after the president was overheard promising more concessions after his reelection.
Russian attacks on the U.S. government reached a new low recently when an unidentified pro-government cohort launched an Internet smear campaign meant to paint the incoming U.S. ambassador as a murderous pedophile. The target of these attacks is Michael McFaul, who was recently appointed by the Obama administration as the new U.S. ambassador to Russia.