Why Conspiracy Theories Take Hold in Russia



All it takes is an hour or two of Russian state television to learn that someone is plotting against Russia. Watch for a few more hours, and you’ll find that everyone is plotting against Russia. Watch for a few more days, and the truth comes out: Russia is plotting against Russia.


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Protocols of the Elders of Ukraine



The flyer played upon the fears that continue to plague Jews around the world: unstable governments will ultimately turn their forces on the Jews, especially countries with long histories of anti-Semitism.


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HuffPost Interview: Is Media Distorting Russia & Ukraine?


Alyona Minkovski of HuffPost Live interviews guests David Speedie (Director of the Carnegie Council’s program on U.S. Global Engagement), Yanni Kotsonis (Director of the NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia), and Matt Taibbi (First Look Media).


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Syria: The Alternative to War



By claiming for weeks that “doing nothing” is the only alternative to a “limited” military response to the Assad regime’s reported use of chemical weapons in Syria—plainly stated, an illegal American war against a nation that has not threatened the United States—the Obama administration has continued Washington’s post–Cold War disdain for diplomatic solutions to international crises.


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Of Mice and Men: Why Animal Studies Matter


On Monday, May 6, the Jordan Center hosted the last event in this semester’s diasporas series. While our previous sessions have focused on human interaction in both politics, history, and literature, it was about time that we took a step towards our ultimate Other: the animal. Including a prolific panel consisting of Tracy McDonald (McMaster University), Thomas Fleischman (NYU), Karl Appuhn (NYU), and Dale Jamieson (NYU), the discussion that took place offered a worthy conclusion to the diaspora sessions.


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What counts as corruption?



It would be difficult to argue that the Russian political system is squeaky clean. However, the ways in which the media defines corruption are skewed to classify what may be elements of long embedded cultural practices within Russian political cultural as injustices that necessarily need adjusting.


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