Formerly a socialist-leaning newspaper from provincial Manchester, today’s Guardian is the London-based mouthpiece of Britain’s Oxbridge-educated Liberal elite. After reading its website for a week, I’m wondering if this is the best all that expensive education can produce?
Foreign Policy's Moscow writer blames the hysteria around Trump for making it harder to be a correspondent in Russia. But the rot set in long before the US elected its current president and Western hacks in Russia need to examine their own failings.
On Saturday night, a supposed “scoop” circulated like wildfire around the Russia-focused Twittersphere. If it had any basis in reality, it would have been a bombshell: Vladimir Putin was "tired" and "considered leaving the presidency in autumn last year."
Across the west, the “Russian-aggression” theme is being promoted by vested interests to scare politicians and the public into agreeing to increases in defense spending. But a US State Department claim that Russia’s military strength eclipses that of European Union states is especially ludicrous.
There I was minding my own business last Friday afternoon when a bunch of lobbyists in Prague suddenly enlisted me as “a foot-soldier in the fight against Putin.” As Queen Victoria probably didn’t say, “we are not amused."
Westerners and Russians have different emotional responses to many elements of Russia’s past, present and future. Probably because most Russians see their homeland as a constantly evolving place and Westerners view it through stereotypes.
Last weekend saw Ukraine’s biggest Nazi march of modern times. Yet, the Western media and its numerous correspondents in Kiev completely ignored the story, even on social networks. This is as clear an example of press bias as you will ever encounter.