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Why Did Russia Sell S-300 Missiles to Iran?
Journalist Reese Erlich says the trigger was the Saudi attacks on Yemen, alerting Iran that it may need to defend from similar attacks

  April 16, 2015

Ukraine Faces Two Fronts: Military and Economy
On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discussed Ukraine's military conflict with Russia as well as the $17.5 billion IMF austerity package backed by the US

  March 12, 2015

Behind the Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow (2/2)
Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University, says Jurassic Capitalism is behind the economic woes in the Russian economy

  March 15, 2015

The Murder of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow
Who killed Boris Nemtsov? He was neither a leader nor real opposition, according to Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University

  March 12, 2015

Is Kiev Underestimating the Death Toll in the East of Ukraine?
Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor at Columbia University, says Kiev has polarized civilians who might have been neutral before being shelled and caught in a humanitarian crisis induced by their government

  February 20, 2015

In Spite of Fighting in Debaltseve, Ukraine Ceasefire May Hold
Occasional fighting in Ukraine may continue but that does not mean the Minsk II ceasefire will fail, says Tarik Cyril Amar, Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University

  February 19, 2015

Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (2/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko discusses the problems that remain with the most recent agreement

  February 15, 2015

Has the IMF Annexed Ukraine?
Michael Hudson Report: Finance is a new kind of war and forced sell offs that the IMF is imposing is a new kind of battle ground

  February 14, 2015

Will the Ceasefire Hold in Ukraine? (1/2)
Kiev-based sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the ceasefire is likely just a pause before another military campaign begins

  February 13, 2015

German Chancellor in Washington Seeking a Negotiated Solution in Ukraine
Retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson on Obama's response, the Republican push for lethal arms, and NATO's internal problems

  February 10, 2015

Death Toll Rises to Over 5,350 in Ukraine
Number of displaced people and inflation are creating great distress in the country says, Nicolai Petro, professor of politics at the University of Rhode Island

  February 5, 2015

Death Toll in Ukraine Over 5000 as the Ceasefire Breaks Down
Serhiy Kudelia of Baylor University, who recently returned from a trip to the eastern regions in Ukraine, says violence has increased since the signing of the ceasefire agreement in September because the Kiev government has made no serious attempt to negotiate with the rebels

  January 28, 2015

Death Toll in Ukraine Over 5000 as the Ceasefire Breaks Down (2/2)
Serhiy Kudelia of Baylor University, who recently returned from a trip to the eastern regions in Ukraine, says Kiev's use of force in Donbas instead of negotiations helped to transform the initial popular mobilization into a full-scale military resistance

  January 29, 2015

Market and State Regulation Failure at the Heart of Russian Recession
Sliding oil prices and sanctions are not the only cause of the recession, says Aleksandr Buzgalin, professor of political economy at Moscow State University.

  December 26, 2014

What are U.S. Objectives in Weakening Russia's Economy?
Larry Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss the "tactical strength and strategic weakness" of Putin in Ukraine and whether the West is trying to turn Russia into another "Greece"

  December 29, 14

Russia Rejects South Stream Pipeline Through Europe
Hudson Report: Europe's effort to join the US in isolating Russia has backfired, it makes no sense to build an oil and gas pipeline for Russian exports that would be owned and leased to them by the US and Europe

  December 15, 2014

Russia Pivots to Eurasia for Trade and Military Alliances
Michael Hudson Report: The United State's renewed cold war policy to isolate Russia is dividing Europe and changing the orbit for China and Asia

  December 14, 2014

What is Fueling the Price of Oil? (1/2)
The Russian ruble takes a tumble as the falling oil prices slide, Dr. Thomas O'Donnell discusses the geo-politics of it all

  December 9, 14

Ukraine and the Right a Year after Maiden
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says another upheaval will come if the government does not address socioeconomic conditions of ordinary people

  November 28, 14

President Putin Pledges to Increase Trade with China and Asia to Rebuke Sanctions
The $400 billion, 40 year oil and gas deal between China and Russia is a response to the new cold war pressure and sanctions on Russia, says economist Michael Hudson

  November 13, 14

Russia's Pivotal Role in the Iranian Nuclear Agreement
Russia will play a major role in a deal by ensuring that Iran complies with US demands - and it has a lot of money to gain from it, says Gareth Porter, the author of Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare.

  November 13, 14

Oligarchs Consolidate Power in Ukraine after Parliamentary Elections (2/2)
The elections in Donestk and Lugansk could lead to the resumption of civil war, says Professor Ivan Katchanovski

  October 31, 14

Why Is Putin Hanging on to Assad?
Political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin says the Russian state is pursuing geopolitical interests in Syria and Ukraine for its elite - to the detriment of ordinary citizens

  October 5, 14

Ceasefire Agreements Do Not Address Key Issues in Ukraine
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the Ukrainian civil war has led to popular mobilization around anti-Russian nationalism instead of the major socioeconomic issues facing the country

  October 3, 14

The Elite's Tug-of-War Since Ukrainian Independence
Since 1991, the political elites and the new capitalist class have exacerbated nationalist passions and divided the country among ethnic and linguistic lines in order to pillage the country, says Professor David Mandel (2/2)

  October 3, 14

The Role of Russia and NATO in Ukraine's Civil War
Foreign intervention would not play a significant role in Ukraine if the country was not so deeply divided, says Professor David Mandel (1/2)

  October 3, 14

Putin and Russian Nationalism on the Rise
Aleksandr Buzgalin says that Western sanctions are fueling a new sense of nationalism and pride, but it serves the oligarchs who want a more powerful state and armed forces to pursue their "Jurassic Capitalism" economic agenda

  October 3, 14

Ukrainian Government Criminalizing Support For Rebellions in the East
Sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says the threat of foreign invasion by Russia cannot justify the Ukrainian government's assault on political freedom

  October 3, 14

How The World Bank & IMF Plan to "Dismantle" Ukrainian Economy
Michael Hudson: The West looks to ramp up gas production as Vice President Biden's son named leader in Ukrainian gas company Burisma

  August 4, 2014

Obama Joins EU in Sanctioning Russia as Ukraine's Civilian Death Toll Mounts
Writer Roger Annis discusses the West's plans to further isolate Russia and the Ukrainian government's embrace of austerity while civilians pay the price

  October 3, 14

Do US Satellite Images Show Russia Firing Rockets into Ukraine?
Derek Monroe: The fog of war brings US satellite images allegedly showing Russia firing rockets into Ukraine into question

  July 28, 2014

Rebellion in Eastern Ukraine: Separatism or Self-Determination?
Russian political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin discusses the situation in Ukraine after the ceasefire ends and Kiev launches an offensive in the eastern regions

  October 3, 14

EU Association Agreement with Ukraine Is a Gift to Kleptocrats
Michael Hudson: The agreement, by worsening economic conditions of Ukraine, will guarantee unending violence in the east

  October 3, 14

End to Violence Unlikely as Ceasefire Extended in Ukraine
Volodymyr Ishchenko: Small independent protests are taking place amid the pro-Russian separatist rebellion, but workers remain weak as a political force in Ukraine and the government is continuing to restrict civil liberties

  October 3, 14

Violence Escalates in Ukraine's Eastern Regions after Presidential Election
Political economist Aleksandr Buzgalin says negotiations are needed to end the civil war in the east of Ukraine

  October 3, 14

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  October 3, 14

Presidential Elections in Ukraine Will Usher in Direct Rule of Oligarchs
Ukrainian sociologist Volodymyr Ishchenko says there will be little difference between a Poroshenko presidency and that of ousted president Yanukovich, and that the political rebellion in the Eastern regions is dominated by Russian separatists with widespread support there - not by an independent workers movement

  October 3, 14

Is Ukraine Entering A Revolutionary Moment?
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin discusses the recent referendums for independence in Ukraine's eastern regions

  October 3, 14

Global Capitalism, the US Empire and Russian Nationalism
Leo Panitch analyzes the complex relationship between the process of global economic integration and nation state rivalry

  October 3, 14

Is Ukraine Descending into Civil War?
Professors Nicolai Petro and Aleksandr Buzgalin discuss the factional clashes in the Ukrainian city of Odessa and how the international community can de-escalate tensions

  October 3, 14

Evidence for Russian Involvement in East Ukraine Based on Shoddy Journalism
Robert Parry: The Obama administration and Kiev government claimed that Russian soldiers were present at the building occupations, yet it turns out that this assertion was based on photos the U.S. government provided to NYTimes and that the newspaper since has had to retract

  October 3, 14

What Role Has Russia Played in Eastern Ukraine?
John Quigley & Aleksandr Buzgalin say that the building occupations and protests in cities like Donestk look like local initiatives, and are markedly less violent than some of those during the Euromaiden protests

  October 3, 14

Ukraine Transitional Gov't Moves Militarily To Reclaim Seized Buildings
Nicolai Petro: Ukrainian officials are using this first military move as political tool to garner more public support, as groups labeled pro-Russian truly want federalism, not succession, in order to protect eastern Ukraine's autonomy

  October 3, 14

Investigation Finds Former Ukraine President Not Responsible For Sniper Attack on Protestors
Michael Hudson: A German TV investigation disproves the West's claim that Yanukovych was responsible for killing of dozens of Ukrainian protestors, making this President Obama's WMD moment

  October 3, 14

Ukrainian Protesters in the East Demand More Autonomy From Kiev Government
Nicolai Petro: The eastern part of the country feels like it does not have a voice in politics, and secession is only last resort for most of the protesters

  October 3, 14

Oligarchs, Fascists and the People's Protest in Ukraine
Derek Monroe says the Ukrainian far-right, with the backing of local oligarchs, the US and the EU, hijacked popular protests against corruption

  October 3, 14

Should Ukraine and West Accept De Facto Crimea Joining Russia? (2/2)
Prof. Tarik Cyril Amar and Prof. Nicolai Petro say while the legalities of the Crimea referendum are dubious, the only way out of this crisis is to accept its results

  March 18, 2014

The Hypocrisy of US Calling for Enforcement of International Law
Michael Ratner: President Obama tries to condemn Russia's annexation of Crimea by justifying the illegal US invasion of Iraq

  October 3, 14

Who In Ukraine Will Benefit From An IMF Bailout?
Economists Michael Hudson and Jeffrey Sommers discuss how provisions in an IMF deal like cuts to gas subsidies and pensions will hurt the average Ukrainian citizens and benefit kleptocrats

  October 3, 14

Crimea Referendum: Self Determination or Big Power Manipulation? (1/2)
Professors Nicolai Petro & Tarik Cyril Amar give their reactions to Crimea voting overwhelmingly to join the Russian federation

  March 16, 2014

What's Driving Putin & Obama's Posturing on Ukraine?
Larry Wilkerson: President Obama and Russian President need to ease domestic pressure to act militarily, thus keeping Ukraine as a buffer

  October 3, 14

How Right-Wing Nationalism Rose to Influence in Ukraine (2/2)
Historian Per Anders Rudling traces the rise of Ukrainian right-wing party Svoboda from the nationalist myth-making of the post-Soviet diaspora in countries like Canada

  March 13, 2014

How Right-Wing Nationalism Rose to Influence in Ukraine (1/2)
Historian Per Rudling discusses the influence of the Ukrainian right-wing nationalist party Svoboda and the historical roots of Ukrainian nationalism

  March 11, 2014

A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs in Ukraine Pt.2
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin continues his explanation of historical relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia, ahead of a referendum vote which could bring Crimea under greater Russian control

  October 3, 14

A Struggle Amongst Oligarchs in Ukraine Pt.1
Professor Aleksandr Buzgalin explains historical relations between the Crimea region of Ukraine and Russia, ahead of a referendum vote which could bring Crimea under greater Russian control

  March 7, 2014

Ukrainians Breathe Sigh of Relief As Diplomatic Efforts Continue Between West & Russia
Professor Nicolai Petro lays out how the Crimea crisis could be resolved, as tension remains between pro-EU groups and Russian supported factions

  March 6, 2014

Climate Change Clears The Way For The Extraction of Arctic Resources
Canada and Russia are investing in military infrastructure in order to protect economic interests in Arctic energy resources

  October 3, 14

What's Putin's Interest In Syria?
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Putin's aims in Syria through a domestic lens

  September 13, 2013

US Skipping Russia Summit Demonstrates A Failure In International Relations
Larry Wilkerson: International summits continue to fail to tackle ongoing global crises

  October 3, 14

Russia Moves Towards More Political Repression
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Western media focuses on Putin's repression of pro-Western opposition but ignores workers and civil society fighting for social, economic and democratic rights

  October 3, 14

Putin Promotes Russia as Tax Haven - Gives Depardieu Citizenship to Flee French Income Tax
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Putin shows he is a right-wing neo-liberal politician as he promotes Russia as a paradise for the rich

  January 8, 2013

Will the Russian Left Respond to Deepening Economic Crisis?
Aleksandr Buzgalin: The Russian left shows signs of growth in spite of being shut out of mass media

  October 3, 2012

The Paradox of President Putin
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Putin defends the Russian state against Western neo-liberals while pushing the same policies inside Russia

  May 7, 2012

Russia’s “Jurassic Capitalism”: A Caricature of the West?
Aleksandr Buzgalin: A strata of bureaucrats and oligarchs rule a caricature of Western capitalism, amassing fabulous wealth

  May 6, 2012

Russia’s “Jurassic Capitalism” Pt.2
Part 2 of Aleksandr Buzgalin's presentation on the Russian economy

  May 7, 2012

Russia’s “Jurassic Capitalism”
Part 1 of Aleksandr Buzgalin's presentation on Russian Economy

  May 6, 2012

Russia, Putin and RT
Aleksandr Buzgalin: RT is portraying Putin as a democrat who stands up to the US

  October 3, 14

Unpacking the Russian Elections
Aleksandr Buzgalin: Putin promised social democratic reforms but will more likely continue neoliberal policies

  March 6, 2012

Putin Wins, Will Mass Protests Follow?
Boris Kagarlitsky: Putin faced no serious opposition candidates, but people are fed up with neo-liberal system

  March 5, 2012

The US and Russia (Today)
Boris Kagarlitsky: Anti-US rhetoric in Russia hides closer economic relations

  January 15, 2012

On the Russian Left
Boris Kagarlitsky: Young people are joining the movement but left is divided and weak

  January 10, 2012

Popular Anger in Russia "Hijacked" by Opposition Leaders
Boris Kagarlitsky: People fed up with lack of economic and democratic rights used in fight within Russian elite

  December 9, 2011

Russia and China get closer to key gas deal
EuroNews: Russia and China have backed Iran's right to a peaceful nuclear programme, urged Ahmadinejad to be "more constructive"

  June 17, 2011

Massive show of military might in Russia
EuroNews: Russia has marked the 66th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany with an impressive display of its military might.

  May 10, 2011

Russia Convicts Ex-Tycoon
Al Jazeera: Oil tycoon found guilty of embezzling $27bn

  December 28, 2010

Russian Journalists Still Under Threat
Al Jazeera: Russian journalists are being offered protection from an unlikely source

  November 20, 2010

Russia Renews Claim in 'Race for the Arctic'
Newsy: Russia is renewing its claim to the resource-rich arctic following a 2-day conference in Moscow

  September 26, 2010

Russia vs Canada: Race for Oil-Rich Arctic Seabed
Russia Today: Russia and Canada are neck and neck in a race for the Arctic's rich resources

  September 17, 2010

Pre-emptive nuclear strike an option for Russia?
Russia will reserve the right for a pre-emptive strike if its security is under threat.

  October 16, 2009



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