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Front Page: Vladimir Putin Might Return as Russian President

  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is taking steps to allow Vladimir Putin to return as president in 2009. According to Russian sources, Medvedev may push for changes to the constitution so former President Putin can return to power. — Reuters
  • US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has traveled to the Middle East. Today she is in Israel to participate in peace talks with Israeli and Palestinian officials. — Voice of America
  • Rebels in the Congo have taken over more villages, as they extend their control in the eastern region of the embattled country. — BBC News
  • Democrats picked up another seat in the Senate, as Democrat Jeff Merkley defeated five-term incumbent Republican Gordon Smith of Oregon. — Huffington Post
  • The Bradley effect, the theory that people lie to pollsters or to themselves about voting for a black candidate, did not exist on Tuesday. Experts now say there is no point in continuing the discussion about how closeted racists impact polling. — New York Times


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"Keeping military power in countries we are not at war with is a form of terrorism." What makes you assume this? Aside from a few bad applies in military uniform, the sponsoring countries are satisfied with the American military presence. Americans spend money where they live, and locals work at base jobs. Research what happens when Americans shut down a foreign military base...
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I do find it disturbing that we have missiles in Poland and all over the world. How we as people can think that it is acceptable to only partially pull out of countries "just in case" while other countries that we deem unworthy can't even have missiles in their country boggles my mind. Keeping military power in countries we are not at war with is a form of terrorism. The primary use of military power should be defense. Defending anything other then our borders is an overstep of boundaries.
I'm just waiting for Russia to stop being so racist. Citizens there who aren't white have to carry around bribe money to get out of being arrested/held for being, well, anything but white. I have a Russian friend who looks Asian, and he's experienced this first-hand.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
*you see, you cannot really know what’s going on in our country if you haven’t lived in it.* EXACTLY. thanks for sharing Shadow!
stephley stephley 8 years
Thanks Shadow - I think things always go better when the people from different countries are talking to each other.
kranky kranky 8 years
That's an interesting letter, thanks for sharing.
kranky kranky 8 years
gooniette- No I do not find it scary that the US has missiles in Poland. They were put there for a very good reason.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
Its not like Putin ever technically "left". He's had his thumb in that pie whether it had his name on it, or not. I am going to insert an excerpt from a letter, written by a friend of mine that lives in St. Petersburg. (I have left it un-edited, his English is not perfect but its pretty damn good-better than my Russian!) "However in political medium I’d like to clarify my point of view. At the moment Europe and USA have mostly two mainstream attitudes towards Russia. “Putin has strangled democracy and it’s a police government country” and “well… maybe they can be trusted, a little”. We aren’t trusted and most of the European or USA people are either scared of us or at least aware. That’s what I see of the media and some occasional conversations. I’m assured that this is the result of anti-Russian propaganda. You see, you cannot really know what’s going on in our country if you haven’t lived in it. Media is thoroughly filtering all the news so you only see what you are shown. According to that – I understand the reaction, but it’s just one side of the coin and many people don’t seem to realize it. So what is Russian Federation? Hard to tell… even in Russia there are people who believe that Putin has made the country stronger and we’re actually improving and that we’re democratic country with a strong leadership. At the same time there are people who think Putin and his company have almost “bought” all the government posts, that they only steal and try to benefit of their positions at the same time building up a very well-thought illusion of honest and patriot officials. What is in fact – I have no damn idea, because all the facts can be interpreted with two absolutely different points of view. Who to trust – no idea." I am also inserting his comments on McCain vs Obama, though this was written before the election results came out. I particularly thought his last 2 sentences were poignant - and true. "I’m not too good in that subject. I know that McCain has a very… unfriendly attitude towards Russia. Obama is more neutral, as far as I know. Of course I’d prefer Obama as USA president – I think every Russian man would feel safer. It seems that some countries don’t want to see Russia strong and powerful. Well I’m being Russian certainly would love to live in a strong country. It’s a normal desire to be strong and healthy. And it’s not normal if you fear others wishing the same."
gooniette gooniette 8 years
kranky, don't you find it scary that the US has missiles in Poland? If Russia wants to put missiles on their border facing Poland to protect themselves, or even to show strength, then that is their right. I see Russia's move as Defensive, not Offensive.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Putin is scary...this will be a huge test for Obama right off the bat.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
The KGB's training program sure was impressive.
stephley stephley 8 years
Nah, he's superman: he can be Rambo, wrestle tigers, rattle sabers and kill journalists and still have time to crush any rebellious region before dinner.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Isn't Putin too busy wrestling tigers or something now?
stephley stephley 8 years
For McCain to get any job with the Obama Administration, he should have to pass a loyalty test - and tell Obama that special plan he had that was sure to get Osama Bin Laden, y'know, since he didn't bother to share it with Bush. Who didn't expect Putin to come back as president?
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
I was thinking he should pick McCain to be his Sec of State.
kranky kranky 8 years
And by frightening, I mean Medvedev pledging to put missiles in Poland and calling on Obama to work with him. I don't like that Russia is taking such a stategically offensive stance right off the bat, and I do worry about Obama's foriegn policy experience. Anyone heard hints of who is going to be his Secretary of State?
kranky kranky 8 years
Some of the comments out of Russia after the election were downright frightening. This is not looking good...
piper23 piper23 8 years
Last week a poster linked an article from the Huff Po that had a quote from someone saying that if Obama did not win it would mean that racism was alive and well in this country. Since he won in such a large margin, I wonder what she is thinking now.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
From the NYT article: "It remains to be seen whether attitudes on race have changed for the long term. Concerns about the economy may have simply prompted people to set aside racist attitudes." Just because there's no Bradley effect in the polling doesn't mean that closeted (or not so closeted) racists won't affect politics at all beyond this point. It's funny that the article also said that though we claim to have moved beyond race, we still want to talk about it - and it's true. There's other tests (some relating to race, but I hope most of them won't) that Obama's going to encounter through throughout his term.
Roarman Roarman 8 years
I thought Putin was too busy making MMA How to Videos for kids?
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
I guess this would be that test for Obama that Joe Biden mentioned.
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