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RA’s Daily Russia News Blast- January 19, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny sentenced to thirty days imprisonment – could it “derail his movement?”; Russian police officer suspected of leaking data of FSB officers accused of poisoning Navalny; Yulia Navalnaya; Sanctions?; Gazprom warns of possible Nord Stream 2 suspension

RA’s Daily Russia News Blast- January 18, 2020

Today in Russia: Navalny. In Russia news this weekend, there is one story dominating global headlines: Alexei Navalny. The opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger who survived a poisoning attempt made his way back to Moscow from Berlin on Sunday after announcing publicly his plan to return on Friday, where he has been recovering from the […]

Departures Podcast with Zephyr Teachout

After the siege of the Capitol, we talk about some other pressing threats against American democracy.

If no one reports a massacre somewhere on earth, has it still happened?

“If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?” Philosopher George Berkeley asked this question while he was looking for answers to the notion that perception creates our reality. “Sound” is used to describe a physical phenomenon, an audible wave of pressure; but it is also an […]

Departures Podcast with Rana Mitter

For much of China’s history, the Communist Party leadership sought to portray the country’s experience in World War II as that of a victim of Japan. But now, as China grows much more powerful and influential, the historical memory is also adapting to tell a different story. This week we are joined by Rana Mitter, […]

Departures Podcast with Stephen Wertheim

The United States is a country that spent most of its history avoiding interventions, avoiding entanglement in great power politics, content to be isolated looking after their own affairs. Then suddenly, in just the past 75 years, it has become the world’s preeminent armed power in a position of global leadership. How did such a […]