Words vs. Actions: Why Donald Trump Is NOT “Putin’s Puppet”

After meeting with Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit, Donald Trump returned to the US to be greeted by the hornet’s nest of media reporters and politicians condemning him for his statements denying Russian interference in US elections. Former CIA director John Brennan lambasted Trump claiming that his statements were “Nothing short of treasonous”. But […]

The Only Way to Draw the Puppet Show’s Curtains: Vote!

The Helsinki Summit Explained On July 16, 2018, President Trump rounded off his European sojourn with a clandestine meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. Through personal diplomacy, President Trump hoped to reform broken relations with one of the world’s nuclear power holders and discuss solutions over global issues such as Syria, Crimea, […]

The Wrong Type of Ceasefire: Russia and The ISS

In war, a ceasefire is usually a good sign. Usually, it means two sides have come to an agreement. However, when that ceasefire is a cease in the firing of rockets to the International Space Station due to a Russian refusal to sell rockets to the United States, “usual” is thrown out the window.  Russia […]

LGBT+ Rights in Russia after Sochi: Better or Worse?

At the close of the Sochi Olympics this winter, international media lauded Russia’s success in running such a huge sporting event. Throughout the closing ceremonies, wonder at Russian culture, athleticism, and power shone in every spectator’s eyes. Some went so far as to suggest that this year’s Olympics might have implications for oppressed minorities in Russia. […]

The Crimean Conflict: A Recipe for Disaster?

Background Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula, has a complicated history. Initially, Crimea was part of Russia, but in 1954, it became a part of Ukraine as Russia grew increasingly aggressive towards Crimea. Russia and Crimea have deep historical ties and Russian president, Vladimir Putin said in a recent speech, “Everything  in Crimea speaks of our […]