Putin Condemned

An unusually intense barrage of criticism was fired at Vladimir Putin's Russia last week, which is saying something where he's concerned. Three different highly-respected international organizations condemned his neo-Soviet crackdown on the press in the strongest terms. The reason for Putin's anti-press actions is simple: he's failing, and he doesn't want people to know about it, especially not Russian people. You might think the toughest words about Putin had come from Reporters without Borders, who in honor of World Press Freedom Day with stunning bluntness called him a "predator" and a "control freak" and stated of Russia: "The country remains marked by a completely unacceptable level of impunity for those responsible for violence against journalists. A total of 29 have been murdered since 2000, including Anna Politkovskaya." If you're counting, that's more than two political murders of journalists ever single year of Putin's reign. But that wasn't the worst of it. The...(Read Full Article)