Gaslit Nation with Andrea Chalupa and Sarah Kendzior
Sarah Kendzior and Andrea Chalupa are experts on authoritarian states who warned America about election hacking years before 2016. Here, they take a deep dive on the news, skipping outrage to deliver analysis, history, context, and sharp insight on global affairs.
Oleg Sentsov Directs a Film from a Siberian Prison
March 2019 marks the five-year anniversary of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. We explain why the fake referendum is called a "referendum by gun point" and provide background on Russia's annexation which had been in the works since the mid-2000s. We share an inspiring update on political prisoner Oleg Sentsov, a Crimean filmmaker held in a Siberian prison on trumped up charges. Sentsov defies the odds by continuing to produce art, including a feature film.
Impeachment sends a message about who we are as a country and what we will accept and abide. The rule of law demands action. Refusing to take action is normalizing atrocity. Lawlessness must be confronted regardless of the outcome, as a matter of principle and conscience. Fighting only the battles that you know you will win is a sure way of ensuring you lose; preemptive surrender, in a rapidly consolidating autocracy, is permanent surrender.
Like Trump Tower Moscow, which was supposed to be the tallest building in Europe with a penthouse for mass-murderer Putin and an Ivanka Trump branded spa, the White House was another monument for Trump, in a long list of monuments he's built for himself over the years, and one that would help him and his family continue to live above the law.
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