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Russia Blog, Day 2: Anti-Semitic Activist Who "Provoked" Chechnya's Crackdown on Gays Sues Novaya Gazeta

Last week, a member of Alekseyev’s GayRussia.ru organization sued Novaya Gazeta — and announced plans to seek criminal libel charges against the muckraking newspaper, which could conceivably lead to jail sentences for the journalists and editors. It’s all the headache Novaya needs, given the threats hanging over the heads of their brave reporters—Elena Milashina and Irina Gordienko—who broke the story, and the entire Novaya staff.

Apr 24, 2017 | Leave Comment

Russia Blog, Day 1: The Strange Activist Who "Provoked" Chechnya's Anti-Gay Crackdown

Now here is where Novaya Gazeta’s story diverges widely from the New York Times’ version (and the rest of the western media’s). See, you can’t really bring up Nikolai Alekseyev’s name in a story like this without bringing up his very weird, ugly politics—which includes a lot of unhinged anti-Semitism and a long fruitful relationship with Russia’s xenophobic ultranationalist right-wing party.

Apr 23, 2017 | Comments (4)

The Great Gazoo Advises Trump: "Bomb Syria, Dumb-Dumb!"

There’s only one world-famous advisor who gives advice as catastrophically stupid as this: The Great Gazoo…

Apr 12, 2017 | Comments (1)

The War Nerd: A Response to Neocon Hit-Man Roy Gutman

I’ve responded to the article in several Facebook posts, but this is important enough to deserve a more formal response. So here it is.

Gutman’s article is a shoddy, dishonest mess, but it will be effective, because the Nation has a better rep than the author’s usual venue, The Daily Beast. So Gutman’s smear will stick, eroding support for the YPG/J, the one heroic faction in the miserable Syrian War…

Mar 10, 2017 | Comments (7)

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YELTSIN: A REVOLTING LIE

After reviewing so many well-meaning, badly-written books, it’s a pleasure to dissect the work of a skilled liar. The liar in question is Leon Aron, the book is Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life…

Jul 12, 2016 | Comments (9)

Tor military contractors try to shut down Yasha Levine's reporting

It’s just past Christmas here in Germany and and headed to Hamburg to report on 32c3, the annual Chaos Computer Club conference. And I gotta admit, I’m a bit unnerved.

Dec 27, 2015 | Comments (4)

Pulling the Trigger: School Privatization in California's Subprime Suburbs

When I first started reporting on the subprime suburb of Victorville, I little expected that the neighboring town of Adelanto would become ground zero for a fight between billionaires on one side and poor kids on the other.

Dec 5, 2015 | Comments Off on Pulling the Trigger: School Privatization in California’s Subprime Suburbs