Last week the DNC (the Democratic National Committee) hack and Russia’s alleged involvement in it was the most covered event. WikiLeaks published about 20000 emails of the DNC, which revealed controversial political games of the Democratic party elite willing to prevent Bernie Sanders from winning primaries and interfering in journalists’ work by pre-editing future articles. U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blamed Russian intelligence services for the hack amid leading American media accusing Russia of meddling into the U.S. presidential elections and supporting Trump. When even U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper admitted that Washington is unsure about Russia’s role in the hack, the accusations on the part of the Democratic party and American journalists seem to be an attempt to distract attention from the contents of the leaked emails, and, given the hysteria in the Western press with warnings that the Kremlin could try to hack the voting machines during the elections in November, they succeeded.
Moreover, Clinton’s opponent at the race for presidency Donald Trump said that he is ready to look at recognizing Crimea as Russian territory and was immediately called “Putin’s buddy” and blamed for “treasonous” aims by the leading newspapers. It becomes more and more difficult not to notice that American politics ahead of the presidential elections has been acquiring the features of simple McCarthyism and witch-hunting, when people can face accusations just because of not sharing the mainstream opinion and showing support for Russia.
A lot of attention was payed to the doping scandal. The media and World Anti-Doping Agency criticized the International Olympic Committee for allowing Russia to the Games, still insisting on a total ban, and siding with Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile, on Wednesday the Russian President spoke to the athletes including those clean sportsmen who had become victims of the IAAF decision to bar the whole Russia’s Olympic track and field team in the Kremlin. Mr Putin emphasized once again that the decision is “an attempt to bring the rules of world politics into the world of sport” and “to revise the ideas of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games”.
As for the Syrian conflict, after negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Laos, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that Washington and Moscow had made progress on their way to partnership in Syria and the details would be announced in early August. In addition, U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura said that he aimed to convene a new round of Syria peace talks toward the end of August, while Russia and Syria have already opened humanitarian corridors into Aleppo allowing for the distribution of food and medical aid, and giving residents and rebels who choose to surrender an opportunity to leave the city.
By Max Fisher
The New York Times
Kremlin leaders could see releasing internal Democratic emails as a tit-for-tat retaliation in the information struggle.
By Paul Musgrave
The Washington Post
Observers have expressed furor that a foreign government would seek to influence American politics.
By Austin Bay
What Robby Mook did is pure McCarthyism.
By Michael A. McFaul
The New York Times
Everywhere, autocrats are pushing back against democrats, and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia
By Michael Crowley
While Obama and Clinton ridicule Trump’s vow to “get along great” with the Russian leader, the administration is quietly trying to open a dialogue of its own
By Nikolas K. Gvosdev
The National Interest
Experts don’t agree with either U.S. political party’s threat assessment.
By Uri Friedman
A former NATO general imagines a frightening scenario.
By Henry Williams
The concern is that the Baltic States represent a soft target for a Russia keen to dominate its near abroad.
Russia and the West
By Mike Gonzalez
The Daily Signal
Russia’s president poses as the champion of nationalism vs. rampant transnationalism
By Roy Gutman
The Daily Beast
A new Human Rights Watch Report presents a devastating picture of Russia’s use of cluster bombs against civilians. And Washington says … nothing.
By Tim Hume, Schams Elwazer and Ian Lee
Syria and Russia will establish four additional humanitarian corridors into Aleppo.
By Owen Matthews
A failed coup is pushing Turkey’s increasingly autocratic president back into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
By Mark Galeotti
Drug taking in sport can be seen as a metaphor for the country’s ills: denial, bluster and blame providing a recipe for isolation and stagnation
By Bill Plaschke
The Los Angeles Times
Beginning with next week’s march by Sergei Tetyukhin, the Russians sadly must be considered guilty until proved innocent.
By Ruchir Sharma
The Financial Times
His strategy is all defence and no offence, bringing stability but not growth.
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