Biden’s Optimism vs. the Media’s Pessimism

June 18, 2021

Media commentators initially gave good ratings to US President Joe Biden after his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. They expressed a sense of relief, in large part due to the contrast in tone with Donald Trump’s performance in similar situations, guaranteed to produce a sense of...

Biden’s Binary Battle Against Putin

June 17, 2021

Well before his trip to Europe, Joe Biden’s team worked out the strategy for its messaging that would color everything connected to foreign policy. Vox summed up the drift with this title: “Biden sees his presidency as proving democracy — not authoritarianism — right for the world.” It...

Will the US and Russia Start Over?

February 05, 2021

It’s winter in Russia, which is not a season for the faint-hearted. The pandemic is still hitting the country hard, with the number of new COVID cases hovering around 20,000 a day, which has cumulatively put the country in the global top five in terms of infections. Under these inauspicious...

The Mount of Autocrats

July 10, 2020

Donald Trump would dearly like to add his face to Mount Rushmore as the fifth presidential musketeer. His fireworks-and-fury extravaganza on July 3 was the next best thing. Trump’s dystopian speech was almost beside the point. Much more important was the photo op of his smirking face next to...

Is There Really a Right Side of History?

July 18, 2019

In a stimulating and insightful article published this week on Fair Observer, researcher and author Rejeanne Lacroix examines a surprising paradox that helps illuminate the contradictions of a world that is clearly undergoing a confused historical transition from what appears to be a principle of...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Hostile” to America?

July 23, 2018

In a quickly degrading geopolitical climate, the enemy of my enemy is still my enemy, simply because everyone is.  The media across the globe were shocked when, standing opposite Vladimir Putin at a one-on-one summit in Helsinki, Donald Trump placed equal blame on the US and Russia for the...

The Curious Case of Sergei Skripal

May 03, 2018

What was the rationale behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Salisbury? In an amusing, yet undiplomatic tweet following the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian double agent, the Russian Embassy in London valorized the temperature of Russia-UK relations at -23, referencing the...