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Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Evacuate the Economy | TomDispatch

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, Evacuate the Economy | TomDispatch

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Call it a nightmare that passes for good news. Recently, the New York Times optimistically headlined a front-page piece by reporters Coral Davenport and Steven Erlanger, “U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb Putin.” It offered an eerie overview of where the administration of the president who came into…

The U.S. is responding to Ukraine crisis by seeking to undercut Russian natural gas sales | NYTimes

The U.S. is responding to Ukraine crisis by seeking to undercut Russian natural gas sales | NYTimes

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The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the influence of the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, over Ukraine…

Distorting Russia — How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine | The Nation

Distorting Russia — How the American media misrepresent Putin, Sochi and Ukraine | The Nation

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The degradation of mainstream American press coverage of Russia, a country still vital to US national security, has been under way for many years.…

Putin works Obama shirks | English pravda.ru

Putin works Obama shirks | English pravda.ru

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Last week the West focused on Syria and Putin focused on a better economy for the world. The Obama fly kept getting into Putin’s eye but he would knock it away when necessary. The question is why is Obama in any economic meeting? He can’t fix the economic debt in…

‘When Obama says Putin is trapped in Cold War logic, it’s true. But so is Obama’ | wonkblog

‘When Obama says Putin is trapped in Cold War logic, it’s true. But so is Obama’ | wonkblog

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If Russia would agree, Obama would dramatically reduce the U.S. arsenal. He’s hesitant to do it independently. He wants Russian agreement. But Russia won’t agree. And Russia is hanging all these other issues on nuclear agreement. Putin wants to talk NATO conventional forces. He wants to talk new precision strike…

G8 is now a ‘peace conference’ says David Cameron | Telegraph

G8 is now a ‘peace conference’ says David Cameron | Telegraph

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The use of the term “peace conference” to describe the meeting of world leaders in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland marks a change in tone compared to interviews he gave over the weekend. It comes after several leading figures, from London Mayor Boris Johnson to Russian President Vladimir Putin, spoke out…

Russia ready to join UN peacekeeping mission on Israel-Syria border | RT News

Russia ready to join UN peacekeeping mission on Israel-Syria border | RT News

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Russia may replace Austrian UN peacekeepers who withdrew from the Golan Heights on the Israel-Syria border. A UN representative has welcomed the proposal, first announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “In view of the complicated situation which is currently unfolding on the Golan Heights, we could replace the Austrian peacekeeping…

Leaders of Russia, Japan say efforts to agree a peace treaty will be stepped up | The Washington Post

Leaders of Russia, Japan say efforts to agree a peace treaty will be stepped up | The Washington Post

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The leaders of Russia and Japan have instructed their diplomats to intensify efforts to work out a peace treaty between the two nations. Russia and Japan have yet to sign a formal peace treaty ending hostilities from World War II due to a dispute over four islands that were captured…

French, Russian Presidents Meet | rferl.org, washingtonpost.com

French, Russian Presidents Meet | rferl.org, washingtonpost.com

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French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met in Moscow. The Kremlin had said the talks would focus on trade, as well as international issues. At the start of talks, Hollande stressed the two countries’ role in efforts to resolve international conflicts. For more on this story,…

Obama fails to secure support from Putin on solution to Syria crisis | guardian.co.uk

Obama fails to secure support from Putin on solution to Syria crisis | guardian.co.uk

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US president sought pledge against Bashar al-Assad at G20 summit, leaving Syria facing the prospect of increasing violence Patrick Wintour in Los Cabos and Ewen MacAskill in Washington Barack Obama and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin completed a bilateral meeting on the margins of the G20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico,…

Election 2012: Russia votes, Putin wins

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Preliminary results show Vladimir Putin securing 63.18 per cent of votes in Russia’s presidential election, with his closest rival Gennady Zyuganov taking 17.33 per cent. So far, the Central Election Commission has counted some 25 per cent of the ballots. Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Mikhail Prokhorov are waging a real political battle for third place, with […]

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