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    The Putin push: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorability among Republicans has grown over two years
    Dec14

    The Putin push: Russian President Vladimir Putin’s favorability among Republicans has grown over two years

    In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 Russian President Vladimir Putin toasts at a meeting with Russian and foreign cultural figures in the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. At right, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky. At left back, Russia’s Vakhtangov theater director Kirill Krok. (Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik, Kremlin...

    How we would cover Russia’s pro-Trump hack if it happened in another country
    Dec14

    How we would cover Russia’s pro-Trump hack if it happened in another country

    How would American media cover Russia’s hack of the US election if it happened in another country? How would the world respond differently? Here, to borrow a great idea from Slate’s Joshua Keating, is a satirical take on the story you might be reading if the reports about Russian meddling were coming from, say, Estonia or Venezuela....

    How Hanukkah sufganiyot became a national treat in the Netherlands
    Dec14

    How Hanukkah sufganiyot became a national treat in the Netherlands

    A stall selling oliebollen in Amsterdam in 2015. (Kate Hopkins/Flickr) AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Though they are considered a caloric hazard in Israel, sufganiyot are a rare Hanukkah treat for many Jews in Europe. When the holiday arrives, some Jewish communities in Russia, Ukraine and beyond arrange special community bakes. This keeps schools and...

    Experts: US-Russian relations in a ‘downward spiral’ that could lead to nuclear catastrophe
    Dec14

    Experts: US-Russian relations in a ‘downward spiral’ that could lead to nuclear catastrophe

    Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via APIt’s not quite Cold War II, but the collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama’s national security legacy while presenting an early test of Donald Trump’s hope for friendly ties to Moscow....

    In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk
    Dec14

    In collapse of US-Russian military ties, some see nuke risk

    LONDON (AP) — The collapse of U.S. military relations with Russia could prove to be one of the most consequential aspects of President Barack Obama’s national security legacy. It will also be an early test of Donald Trump’s hope for friendly ties to Moscow. There is concern that a near-complete absence of military-to-military...

    Russia Aims To Lure 10 Million Tourists to Crimea by 2019
    Dec14

    Russia Aims To Lure 10 Million Tourists to Crimea by 2019

    Russia is hoping to attract 10 million tourists to Crimea in 2019, only five years after annexing the peninsula from Ukraine. Since taking control of Crimea in 2014, the Russian government has sought to promote it as a tourist destination, billing it as an ideal getaway for the whole family on Russian television and sending numerous high profile...

    Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce
    Dec14

    Of Course Russia Meddles in Our Elections — But the ‘Hacking’ Claim Is a Farce

    The hypocrisy oozing from the peddling of this week’s narrative about Russian “meddling” in the U.S. presidential election is thick even by the sorry standards of modern American politics.I feel entitled to be amused, having maintained, through a decade of bipartisan idiocy, that Putin’s thug-ocracy is an enemy of the United States:...

    Kremlin Not Banking on ‘Overnight Change’ in U.S.-Russia Relations After Trump’s Tillerson Pick
    Dec14

    Kremlin Not Banking on ‘Overnight Change’ in U.S.-Russia Relations After Trump’s Tillerson Pick

    The Kremlin claims it is treating Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state with caution, despite his long-standing ties to the Russian government. The Exxon Mobil chief executive, whose appointment still needs to be approved by Senate, has worked closely with Putin’s friend and ally, state oil chief...

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt
    Dec14

    Trump’s Enduring Willingness to Give Russia the Benefit of the Doubt

    In explaining how he would enforce a treaty with the Soviet Union, America’s top adversary, to jointly reduce nuclear-weapons stockpiles, Ronald Reagan famously adapted a Russian proverb: “trust, but verify.” Donald Trump seems to be taking a different approach to Russia. Over the last year or so, he has repeatedly granted Russia and its...

    Crimea treasures loaned to Amsterdam museum must be returned to Ukraine, not Russia: Dutch court
    Dec14

    Crimea treasures loaned to Amsterdam museum must be returned to Ukraine, not Russia: Dutch court

    The ruling came in a tug-of-war that was triggered by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, which left the treasures in a legal limbo …read more Source: Vancouver...