Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Russians Are Here. Again.

If you were to open the New York Times home page yesterday, your screen would suddenly shift to this:

Then, you would be treated to another image with lots of links:

It's been a long time coming. The ads and trailers for the new spy show set in the early 80's have been all over the place for months, and the big day of Episode 1 was yesterday. CNN seems to have liked it, while The Nation humbly noted that "'implausible' is too generous a word" to characterize the show. Since I don't have a TV and am actively trying to avoid watching it, I cannot truly speak of the quality or the entertainment value of the episode.

And yet, given my obsession with the subject, I couldn't resist the urge to bring this up on Global Chaos. Just like the SALT movie some two years ago, this show relies on the ever-present fear of sleeper cells and spooks deep under cover, who are constantly plotting to bring down the US, while living among unsuspecting and innocent Americans. Mix in some old footage, lots of red, faded posters, and some Communist symbols, and it makes for a great story!

Monday, January 28, 2013

CrossTalk on Perceptions of Russia Abroad

I finally watched RT's program on Russia's brand and perception abroad that was aired last week. Funny, that despite everything said and done on public diplomacy and soft power over the past decade, the Russian approach to the problem is still stuck in the early 2000s.