Western support of the Ukrainian uprising may have been miscalculated—and has the potential to exacerbate an already-strained relationship with Russia.
The headlines about Russia, the West and Ukraine are all about a resurgent Cold War. Don’t be fooled: What’s happening is a much older kind of European conflict, one that has reshaped the geography of power there for a thousand years. And is doing it again.
There’s a rush to judgment about who shot down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17. That’s clearly dangerous with Ukraine a flashpoint in what appears to be turning into a new Cold War. Here are some things to think about as we try to separate fact from speculation and even outright fiction.
The Ukraine crisis has given the U.S. another front to fight its war for global energy dominance with Russia. Here’s the story of the pipeline at the heart of the Moscow-Washington battle to sell oil and gas to one of the world’s biggest consumers: Europe.
A poll in Boston turned up a surprising finding—42 percent of those polled are unsure if Boston Marathon Bombing suspect Dzohkhar Tsarnaev is guilty. That’s a shock given the dominant media narrative that says he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Yet the case is still full of lots of contradictions and unanswered questions that beg for answers.
Disinformation is thick over Ukraine now, providing a 21st Century version of the Cold War propaganda battle between Russia and the U.S. Here, we take a look at a cycle of obfuscation we’ve seen plenty of times before, and the risks it brings to the heart of Europe.
From the start, we’ve seen evidence that the US government, aided and abetted by the media, has been hiding something about what it knows regarding the Boston Marathon bombing. Now, a calculated leak seeks to pin the blame on Russia and to exonerate the FBI. What does this latest distraction hide? A lot, it seems.
In the drama over who controls Ukraine, Americans know exactly which side we are on. Or do we?
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is accused of harassing friends of Ibragim Todashev, the Chechen immigrant who was shot and killed by an FBI agent in Orlando, Florida, under unexplained circumstances during a late-night interrogation five months ago. Todashev was a friend of one of the Boston bombing suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Two more friends are now behind bars in what advocates say is part of a campaign of intimidation. Just why this is happening remains unclear.
The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?
An exclusive WhoWhatWhy interview with Syrian Democracy and Peace Activist Dr. Rim Turkmani about Assad, War, Chemical Weapons, and the fact that the Obama Administration has not reached out to the peace-loving parts of the Syrian opposition.
As the US and world debate whether expanded foreign intervention in Syria is justified—and why, we thought this primer on the unspoken issues in another war theater might provide food for thought. Here, then, we repost a September, 2012 WhoWhatWhy article looking at less noble reasons for the Afghan conflict. While you read this, you may feel like taking a hard look at Syria and asking: Is this situation truly different, or are strategic and financial concerns again the justification the political and media establishment will not openly discuss?
For weeks, we’ve been reporting about aspects of the Boston Marathon bombing where the official story just doesn’t add up. But what if these inconsistencies point to something amiss on a far deeper level? What if the FBI’s initial claim that it didn’t know who the Tsarnaev brothers were—when in fact it knew about them for several years—hides an even bigger embarrassment?
Radio host and noted Libertarian Lew Rockwell has a few questions for Russ Baker about the Boston Bombing—and the larger framework of militarism, propaganda, media failures, and other issues related to the security state and freedom. Russ has a few answers.
Two mainstream magazine editors and one former NSC member express skepticism about reports of the Assad regime preparing to use chemical weapons against insurgents.
More evidence that Osama bin Laden was an excuse for perpetual war, and grabbing mineral resources.
Most people do not know about Gen. Wesley Clark’s astonishing assertion: that he was told of US plans to use 9/11 as an excuse to invade seven countries in five years.
A former Olympic official forecasts smooth sailing…absent some nutty “lone wolf.” What have we learned about lone wolves versus state actors?
Obama accidentally airs an incautious private remark. Romney accuses Obama of a hidden agenda when it comes to (at least) foreign policy, and gets himself in a bit of hot water. What’s the back story to this squabble over open-air diplomacy, and is Russia really America’s Real “Number One Foe”? Here’s a look at the power politics behind the gaffes.
I continue to be fascinated by the leaks that are coming out of the Pentagon during the Obama administration. On Wednesday, the New York Times published an article that, in the electronic edition, was headlined “Russian Subs Patrolling Off East Coast of U.S.” Pretty ominous. Even more so in the print edition, on page A5, Read More