THE CRISIS IN UKRAINE

CRISIS IN UKRAINE: PART ONE- Prologue

For over three weeks, I traveled across Ukraine with Terrell Starr and our fantastic guide, Andriy. We explored the country’s vast history and met so many people and departed just hours before Russia attacked across the nation.

We traveled around many major cities and smaller towns to report back to the west on the evolving conditions. It was an eye opening experience but more important, a moment to bond with amazing people. But then the Russians invaded. After a few days in the United States, I returned to the country to continue coverage.

CRISIS IN UKRAINE: PART TWO - A day in Bucha: First hand account of atrocities in Ukraine

Days after the Russians invaded Ukraine, they descended upon the small town of Bucha, just west of the capital, Kyiv. For weeks the battle ensued in the town until the Russian forces withdrew on March 31, 2022. The Russians were under command of Gennady Bayur, commander of the VDV’s 234th Air Assault Regiment. Like many other commanders in this war, he died just days later in Bucha on March 11, 2022. The Russian digital sphere said he died of a land mine, but we may never know. 

MUSIC-THE HEART OF A NATION: A journey through the music of Ukraine

You can know a people through the music they play, dance to, celebrate with and mourn those who pass. Ukraine has a vibrant music tradition and the path across the country is loaded with variety and expression.

ATTACKS ON DEMOCRACY

BEFORE THE JANUARY 6, 2020 Insurrection:
On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Katy Tur spoke with former FBI Special Agent Frank Figliuzzi and Chris Sampson about the pending threats around the 2020 Election. Online chatter and real world comments indicate there is a serious threat of retribution if Trump legitimately loses the election. As Trump consistently tells his supporters there is only one way he’d lose, rigged and stolen election, his supporters then feel no other possibility exists. This has created an unparalleled threat problem with talk of violence.

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Hacking ISIS released in April 2017 An overview of the ISIS online battlespace and players, Hacking ISIS covers the ISIS internet campaign to recruit, embolden and deploy its terrorist network reach. From Propaganda releases to their script kiddie hackers, we look at their operations and the counter-operations by nation states, organizations and individuals. As the physical caliphate dissolves the group will turn more and more to its online resources to extend its reach and longevity. Available now.

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PUTIN’S ASYMMETRIC ASSAULT ON DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA AND EUROPE: Implications for U.S. National Security

In Putin’s Asymmetric Assault on Democracy in Russia and Europe, we learn about Vladimir Putin’s rise to power through the KGB to mayor of St. Petersburg and eventually as head of the Russian state. We discover the history of how Putin used classic Cold War KGB tactics by weaponizing civil society, culture, ideology, and Russia’s criminal element against the nascent Russian democracy by cultivating and using ties to NGOs, thinktanks, extremist political groups, the Russian orthodox church, industrial and energy policy, and the Russian Mafia. We also see how the Kremlin then exported this political extortion, intimidation, and monetary corruption first to its Eastern European neighbors, then their western partners in the European Union, and how it has now landed on America’s shores.