Yesterday an American journalist working for Russian TV (RT) was deported from western Ukraine while covering new protests over Petro Poroshenko’s call to mobilize military there. Shelling civilian populations using US aid is nothing compared to abridging the very core of American ideals… the right to speak freely.
And most stories in the mainstream today read something like Bloomberg/Businessweek’s; “Israel Holds Gaza Fire as Obama Seeks Full Combat Halt.” But my questions is; “Why not at 500 Palestinians dead?” Why, indeed. This is “way out” for an Israeli PM the world would now rather hate than love. Give us all a break Bloomberg.
Last week, the Critics’ Choice TV awards announced its nominees and winners in several categories. Typically, there were some familiar shows among both the nominees and the award recipients. And, of course, there were some surprises. Orange is the New Black beat out network giants like The Big Bang Theory and cable stalwarts such as Veep for Best Comedy Series, underscoring the streaming entertainment revolution, and the fading relevance of the major networks.
At this point in world history Americans are simply going to have to come to terms with the fact presidents are puppets controlled by the wrong puppeteer. There’s no more clear indication of this than the situation of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. A failing economy emblazoned by President Clinton, a war for profit begun by George Bush the junior, and an oh so Un-Nobel worthy Barrack Obama have all but ruined America.
Yandex, Russia’s Google competitor, has just bought classified car selling site Auto.ru for $175 million. But the bigger news is, Yandex may soon become what Google was to hundreds of millions of Internet users. With the ramping up of last year’s Yandex Islands (video), the gripping addition of “”Sibir” reverse image search tech, city guides, their Foursquare variant, and their massive lean toward E-Commerce and web search this month reveal another Russia challenge to western business as usual.