What do Iran and Russia have in common? Oil reserves, sanctions, and instilling fear in the West. By Nicole Pickens and Lori Perkovich

U.S. senators are calling for sanctions against Iran for making a deal with Russia for a barter scheme involving oil-for-goods worth $20 billion, which will undermine the impact of U.S. sanctions on both countries. Currently, both Iran and Russia suffer under U.S. sanctions; Iran for its nuclear program, and Russia for its aggression toward Ukraine.…

We Want The Airwaves, by Stevin Azo Michels

Lots of internet chatter recently, and especially this week, about media control and manipulation. In Russia since late last year there have been increasing restrictions on media outlets and media content. The Voice of Russia (formerly Radio Moscow) ended broadcasts this week and liberal leaning RIA Novosti was absorbed by RT in December of last…