TV and radio appearances by Nation writers and editors, big Nation announcements.
Stephen Cohen went on The John Batchelor Show yesterday evening to discuss Vladimir Putin’s recent speech on the state of Russia, the equivalent of the State of the Union address in the United States, which is both an opportunity to boast about the achievements of the past year and to outline a program for the next. “What we’re witnessing is the transformation of Vladimir Putin as leader of Russia,” Cohen said. He goes on to explain how Putin’s goals have changed since he first came to power, and his recent pivot from the West to the East.
“The world’s being transformed, John,” Cohen said. “It’s being transformed in a way that ten years we will look back and say we were talking about it when it was happening.”
CinthyaThis is the most dangerous time for Russian-US relations since the Cuban missile crisis, according to Stephen Cohen. When Cohen joined The Young Turks this week, he explained that we are living through a new Cold War, and that those who deny it are the people who “got us into it and they don’t want to admit it, or they said it wasn’t possible.”
Stephen Cohen joined The John Batchelor Show earlier this week to discuss Ukraine’s political and economic stability, or lack thereof. President Poroshenko’s recent address to the new parliament of Ukraine is revealing, Cohen says, because Poroshenko “strikes a triumphal note,” claiming victory in the midst of war “because at last Ukraine is united.”
“The only way you could claim that it was now united,” Cohen argues, “is if you had given up on the eastern part of the country as a legitimate part of the country.”
The Donetsk People’s Republic, the contested area of eastern Ukraine that has been the scene of violent confrontations between Ukrainian troops and separatist rebels, recently elected a new leader, Alexander Zakharchenko. On The John Batchelor Show, Stephen Coehn explains that it was not clear whether or not the Kremlin wanted this to take place. The situation reminds us that “the Kremlin is not in complete control of the Donbass.”
“[Zakharchenko]…is an interesting figure partly because he is so local,” says Cohen. “He is representative of the political forces in the Donbass, not the ones in Moscow.”
This election year, abortion rights are being vigorously challenged in the courts and in referendums across the US. That’s why Katha Pollitt’s new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, is making an active case for reproductive justice. Pollitt joins Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman and Narmeen Sheikh to explain that “having children when you want to have children is very important for women’s lives.”
In the next few days, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will meet with European leaders Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel and François Hollande. Stephen Cohen goes on The John Batchelor Show to discuss what will occur at that meeting and what’s next for Ukraine, now that Poroshenko’s position has drastically weakened and Putin holds all the cards. First, says Cohen, Poroshenko will ask for gas, because winter is coming.
As the Wisconsin gubernatorial race between Mary Burke and Scott Walker tightens—the latest poll shows the two in a dead heat—Walker appears to be fighting for his political life. On Wednesday night, John Nichols, The Nation’s Washington correspondent, appeared on All In with Chris Hayes to talk about how the minimum wage debate in Wisconsin could doom Walker’s re-election campaign and tank his presidential ambitions. “The issue of the minimum wage and the issue of a living wage have come front and center,” Nichols said. Walker’s opponent is a relative newcomer to statewide politics, Nichols explained, but she has gained an advantage over Walker because “her ads have focused like a laser beam on these economic issues.”
“For the first time, there is a military expansion of NATO, not just political, toward Russia. But, it’s not too late to stop it,” said Stephen Cohen, contributing editor of The Nation, on the SophieCo show. Cohen spoke about deteriorating US-Russian relations, the possibility of direct conflict and the dangers of NATO expansion eastwards. “If leadership does what leadership is supposed to do, if states—men and women—do what they’re supposed to do, we can end this Ukrainian crisis and stop this military expansion of NATO.”
Watch the interview here.
Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, has now formed his own political party, but whether or not he will control a majority of Parliament is now in doubt. As Stephen Cohen explained on The John Batchelor Show, “For Poroshenko everything, everything—the war, the political future of Ukraine, his own future, and the billions of dollars that the West is promising Ukraine to build and restructure—hinges to some degree on these parliamentary elections and whether he can build in Kiev a workable majority. He certainly doesn’t have it now.”
On the eve of the September 11 anniversary, President Obama revealed his strategy to combat terrorism, particularly the threat posed by ISIS. On Monday morning Phyllis Bennis appeared on Democracy Now! to explain why the US strikes against Iraq are “politically driven, not strategically driven.”