Daily Archive for June 7th, 2006

Gorbachev to the rescue

Vladimir Putin just acquired an interesting opponent in his war against free speech and human rights when Mikhail Gorbachev and a Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev bought a 49% stake in the only major Russian newspaper that’s openly criticizing Putin’s dictatorship.

Novaya Gazeta is a newspaper whose staff consists largely of journalists fired from other media outlets by Putin and his cronies because of the journalists’ critical coverage of Putin’s dictatorship.

The newspaper has gained a powerful ally in Mikhail Gorbachev. It’s unlikely the Putin dictatorship dare meddle with the newspaper that has him as a financial backer.

I’ve written about the Russian human rights violations before:
The IHF issues a stinging report on human rights situation in the Republic of Mari El
Mari-El activists still persecuted in Russia
The people of Mari being systematically persecuted by Russians


Hell freezes over – I agree with Lou Dobbs on something

Lou Dobbs rips the (pseudo-)conservative Republicans a new one over the idiotic pandering constitutional amendment initiative to ban gay marriage. He says:

It’s an insult to the intelligence of every voter, Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative.

Couldn’t agree more.


Barry Manilow gets unusual airtime in Aussieland

Got hoons? Barry Manilow to the rescue!

Copa. . Copacabana
Copa Copacabana Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh
Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana