RUSSIA & UKRAINE – Johnson’s Russia List table of contents :: JRL 2017-68 :: Friday, 7 April 2017

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Johnson’s Russia List :: JRL 2017-#68
Friday, 7 April 2017

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1. Christian Science Monitor: Fred Weir, After St. Petersburg bombing, a notable absence: Russian anti-Islam backlash. In the US and Europe, a terrorist attack carried out by a Muslim would drive harsh political blowback against Islam. That didn’t happen in Russia – but that’s not necessarily a sign of enlightenment.
2. Valdai Discussion Club: Anatol Lieven, A POISONOUS GIANT RUSSIAN SQUID ATE TRUMP’S BRAIN!
3. The National Interest: Nikolas Gvosdev, The Syria Strike: Are the United States and Russia On a Collision Course? How Russia sees Donald Trump’s cruise missile strike.
4. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Artem Kureev, Was the U.S. strike on Syria’s airbase ‘an attack on the agreement?’ Unlike his predecessor Barack Obama, America’s new leader Donald Trump demonstrated he’s willing to take extremely harsh measures in Syria on April 7. The attack on the Shayrat airbase resulted in minimal losses, but it begs the question: How will Moscow and Damascus respond?
6. Valdai Discussion Club: Vladimir Yevseyev, Ivan Timofeev, and Richard Weitz, HOW US STRIKES ON SYRIA WILL IMPACT THE MIDDLE EAST AND BEYOND.
7. Wall Street Journal: Russia Suspends Syrian Air Operations Accord With U.S. After Airstrikes. The decision poses a new complication for Trump administration’s push against Islamic State.
8. Russia Insider: Gilbert Doctorow, US Missile Strikes in Syria Cross Russian ‘Red Lines’. How Will Putin Respond? Putin has a cool mind and we may anticipate that the Russian response will come at a time of his choosing and in a manner that is appropriate to the seriousness of the U.S. offense.
9. Moon of Alabama: Syria: New U.S. Air Support On Request Scheme For Al-Qaeda.
10. Vijay Prashad, Is Trump Going to Commit the Next Great American Catastrophe in Syria? It would be foolhardy to take military action before we know the details of the recent horrific gas attack. [with links to other articles]
11. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Bryan MacDonald, Top 5 journalist / commentator Twitter accounts to follow in Russia. Forget Vanity Fair’s ‘tiresome’ list – for the real lowdown check out these English language accounts instead.
12. Moscow Times: Boris Grozovsky, Russia’s Generation Z: In Search of a Future. The new protesters are younger, more connected and less ideological.
13. Paul Goble: Five Telling New Poll Results from Russia.
14. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Experts forecast difficult years ahead as terror attacks rise in Russia. The April 3 bombing on the St. Petersburg metro claimed 14 lives, but it’s not the only terrorist attack in Russia recently. Militants are striking in areas that once were calm: two police officers were killed in Astrakhan, and an explosive device went off outside a school in Rostov-on-Don. Experts believe this recent wave of attacks may be revenge for Russia’s fight against terrorists in th
15. Moskovsky Komsomolets: Alexander Minkin, Security cannot be bought. Authorities’ incantations not working against terrorists.
16. Russia Beyond the Headlines: Zbigniew Brzezinski: Russia should form a closer union with U.S. and China. Polish-born diplomat speaks out about how to steady the global ship.
17. The Nation: Greg Grandin, Obsession With the Russia Connection Is a High-Risk Anti-Trump Strategy. It lets Democrats off the hook for their own failures-and betting the resistance on finding a smoking gun is a fool’s game.
18. The Kremlin Stooge: Mark Chapman, A Trial of Spiritual Resolve: Sergey Lavrov’s Speech to the Military Academy of the General Staff.
19. Robert Donaldson (University of Tulsa): Eulogy delivered at a Celebration of Life for Yevgeny Aleksandrovich Yevtushenko.

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