Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful. Continue reading
President Vladimir Putin gave his state of the nation speech, trumpeting Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. A new book, “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” examines how the Kremlin uses television to promote Putin’s views and influence its citizens through reality TV. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner interviews author Peter Pomerantsev. Continue reading
BASEL, Switzerland — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Russia could rebuild its relations with the West “if it simply helps to calm turbulent waters” on its border with eastern Ukraine, where pro-Moscow separatists are fighting with Kiev forces.
President Barack Obama on Sunday bluntly accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of not living up to a cease-fire agreement in Ukraine, but offered no new plans for how the West might change his calculus. Continue reading
Following a growing list of aggressive moves made by Russia against the West, what is Putin’s plan? Kimberly Marten, a Russian scholar and professor at Barnard College and Columbia University joins Hari Sreenivasan to provide insight into what may be behind Putin’s recent behavior. Continue reading
For a deeper look at the Obama administration’s strategy to defeat the Islamic State in Syria, as well as the regional challenges of implementing that strategy, Gwen Ifill talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey and Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, American nurses staged rallies and strikes in parts of the U.S. to call for better protection for medical workers who may treat Ebola patients. Also, NOAA, the federal agency that oversees the National Weather Service, was hacked in recent weeks. The Washington Post reported that Chinese hackers were responsible for the cyberattack. Continue reading
BEIJING — On the surface, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were all niceties — a pat on the back here, a pleasantry there. But away from the cameras, the two leaders circled each other warily at a global summit in China, coming face to face while relations between their countries continue to deteriorate.
In our news wrap Tuesday, Human Rights Watch reported that the Islamic State militant group tortured and abused Kurdish children in Northern Iraq. Some 150 teenage boys were kidnapped and then beaten and forced to watch beheading videos. Also, the Ukrainian government announced it is sending more troops to the eastern part of the country to defend key cities against pro-Russian rebels. Continue reading