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FIRST RUSSIA TODAY, NOW AL JAZEERA. WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED? Al Jazeera English Writer Publicly Qu…

FIRST RUSSIA TODAY, NOW AL JAZEERA. WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED? Al Jazeera English Writer Publicly Quits, Alleging No ‘Freedom of Thought.’

Al Jazeera Writer Quits, Alleging The News Organization Does Not Allow ‘Freedom Of Thought’

We have heard about much of the upheaval at RT, also known as Russia Today, where a number of journalists have quit publicly over the news organization’s alleged bent for pro-Russia coverage. The station, after all, is funded by the Russian government. Show More Summary

Syria and the Ukraine-A Contrast?

Preachers say: Do as I say, not as I do. John Selden, Preaching Today's question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not have done in the Ukraine. The main difference...Show More Summary

'Kapsula' Review - In Soviet Russia, Blocks Match You

Yes, I went for the low-hanging fruit with the review title. Let's just try to move past that and get to the game I want to tell you about today, Kapsula [$1.99]. This is a pretty unusual game. If it wasn't so utterly out there with its theme, I'd almost think it was the product

Whither Now, Ukraine?

Michael Weiss’s overview of the situation in Ukraine today touches on several salient topics—corruption, nationalism, the economy, Russia—and is worth a full read. Here, he addresses the law the Ukrainian parliament passed this week granting a measure of autonomy to the country’s eastern regions: There are already signs that Ukraine and Russia will interpret it […]

US Reconsidering Troops Reductions In Europe

NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe said today that Pentagon leaders are reviewing decisions to scale down U.S. military forces in Europe in light of the changing security environment on the continent triggered by Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and […]

Russia Central Bank Responds To Domestic Dollar Shortage, Starts Currency Swaps

With the Ruble hitting record lows once again today against the USDollar, it appears concerns over USD liquidity are growing in Russia. The Russian central bank has unveiled an FX swap operation, allowing firms to borrow dollars in exchange for Rubles for a duration of 1 day (at a cost of 7%p.a.). Show More Summary

Mail.ru Group pays $1.47bn to take full control of ‘Russia’s Facebook’ Vkontakte

Russian Internet company Mail.ru has agreed to pay $1.47 billion to purchase just over 48 percent of Vkontakte, making it the sole owner of the Russian social network. The deal, announced today, takes Mail.ru’s total investment in Vkontakte to $2.07 billion. Show More Summary

Mathieu Valbuena scored a glorious lob for Dinamo Moscow v Zenit

Mathieu Vlabuena admitted that he went to Russia for the money. On the evidence of today, at least Dinamo Moscow can say they are getting their moneys worth! Dinamo lost 3-2 at Zenit on Saturday but the opener from Valbuena was a peach and showed off the former Marseille playmaker’s true class in front of […]

CrossTalk: Containment 2.0? (US vs. Russia)

``What does Washington's "containment" policy mean? What threats does it pose? Will it work against today's Russia? And does this mean Washington has declared a new Cold War? CrossTalking with Stephen Cohen and John Mearsheimer. ''

10 things you need to know today: September 13, 2014

1. Russia sends unapproved convoy into UkraineThe ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian militants may be tested, as Moscow sent a convoy across the Ukrainian border today, carrying what Russia says is humanitarian aid. However,...Show More Summary

New Russia Sanctions: A Salvo In The Energy War?

The US imposed additional sanctions on Russia’s finance, energy, and defense sectors today over its involvement in the Ukraine crisis, on the heels of another round of sanctions from the EU: The U.S. Treasury Department tightened on September 12 debt-financing restrictions for sanctioned banks from 90 days to 30 days. And it added Sberbank, Russia’s […]

Undeclared War on Russia; Solidarity by Force; Ruble Falls to Record Low; Sanctions Target Private Companies

Sanctions or War? It's long overdue we label sanctions for what they really are: war. If you prefer, call them "economic war".Today, president Obama took the undeclared war another step forward by targeting Lukoil, a private Russian company.Please consider Gazprom, Lukoil Hit in New Round of Sanctions. Show More Summary

Today's Headlines

Bloomberg: Russia Weighs Response as U.S. and EU Add More Sanctions. Russia threatened retaliation against a U.S. and European Union decision to stiffen sanctions, saying the move to expand penalties undermines the peace process in Ukraine. Show More Summary

GLD - Waiting On A Russian Rebuttal To The EU

By Markos Kaminis: The EU announced that a new round of sanctions against Russia would take hold starting today. Because of the ceasefire agreement between Russia and Ukraine, the sanctions were held up as Europe debated what to do.Show More Summary

Russian ETF Feels Sanctions’ Pinch

Increasing sanctions from the U.S. and the European Union are pressuring Russia today, pushing the ruble lower. In addition, the Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX) continues to underperform other emerging markets ETFs, down 0.1% at recent check after losing 2.4% on Thursday. As Bloomberg’s Halia Pavliva reports, RSX has lost nearly 9% in the past two [...]

MORE SANCTIONS TARGETING RUSSIA START TODAY

TALK RADIO NEWS SERVICE New EU sanctions against Russia went into force today, blocking loans for five big state banks and curbing EU business with oil and defense firms. The aim’s to keep pressure on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis. But the measures could be eased or lifted if a ceasefire in […]

Futures Flat On Russia Sanctions Round 3 Day

While today's key news event will be the preannounced latest, third, round of anti-Russian sanctions and the Russian retaliation, the reality as DB notes, is that the market seems to be seeing "some fatigue" in this story with the ECB, Scotland and next week's Fed meeting taking center stage. Show More Summary

Wall Street Breakfast: EU Places New Sanctions On Russia, U.S. To Follow

By Wall Street Breakfast: Economy The EU has agreed to implement its new sanctions against Russia today, but will continue to assess their application based on the "situation on the ground." The new restrictions will hit Russia's state-controlled...Show More Summary

Fishing for Trout With Rope and Mashed Potatoes; Mentality of Jackasses;Gas Pains

The EU stepped up its sanctions today after forcing all the ducks in line with the position of president Obama. Russia immediately responded in kind with actions on cars, clothes, and energy.The Financial Times reports Russia Threatens...Show More Summary

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