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Russian officials say they’re doing military drills near Ukraine, U.S. officials say
Russian officials in Moscow formally briefed the U.S. military attaché and others on the exercises Tuesday, using established channels, the U.S. defense officials said.
Russian officials say there will be no invasion of Ukraine
Senior Russian officials in recent days have said that military intervention wasn’t on the table.
U.S. officials say there will be no Russian invasion of Ukraine
U.S. intelligence estimates conclude that Russia has no intention of invading Ukraine…
"The mere fact of the timing when you consider what is going on in Ukraine and you see the sudden nature of the exercise would cause concern," this official said. “From an intelligence perspective we don’t have any reason to think it’s more than military exercises.”…
[N]ot enough medical units have been ordered to accompany the Russian troops to the Ukrainian border to suggest preparation for war, according to one Congressional staffer who has seen intelligence on Russia.
Russia invaded Ukraine, Russian officials say
Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed source as saying that the Belbek air field was under the control of local pro-Russian self-defence units who had no links to the Black Sea fleet…
"Today the majority of the Ukrainian armed forces deployed in Crimea passed to the side of the authorities of the Crimean autonomous region. The transition was absolutely peaceful, without a single shot fired either by the military or by the forces of self-defense," an unnamed source told RIA Novosti news agency.
Those invaders aren’t Russian troops, U.S. sources say Russian sources say
[I]nformed sources in Moscow are telling their American interlocutors that the troops belong to Vnevedomstvenaya Okhrana, the private security contracting bureau inside the Russian interior ministry that hires mercenaries to protect Russian Navy installations and assets in Crimea.
Russian troops invaded Ukraine, U.S. officials say
"It looks like they’ve moved several hundred troops there (into Crimea)," a senior defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP…
Russia began moving in reinforcements to the Sevastopol naval base on Thursday and Friday, mostly by sea from Novorossiysk and Anapa, according to a senior Western official, who asked not to be named because he was discussing intelligence information.
It’s unclear exactly what’s happening, U.S. officials say
Another American official said that intelligence reports from the region were “all over the place,” but that the administration believed that Russia had moved some of its forces into Ukraine, while some of the movement, officials said, seemed to be an increase in protective measures around Russian military installations.
U.S. officials should’ve seen this coming, U.S. officials say
A veteran intelligence analyst with the United States military, noted that younger colleagues had been confident that “Putin wouldn’t do anything” in the current crisis. Then came the stealth invasion of Crimea. “How extraordinary it is that the conventional wisdom and self-licking ice-cream cone is alive and well,” this analyst said. “Why anyone should be surprised is what is surprising. We are believing our own spin that the world has changed. Not in the Russian government, it hasn’t.”…
An American intelligence operative with long experience in the Ukraine added, “Most likely, force is the only thing that will resolve this matter, even if some people think an angry [U.S. ambassador to the United Nations] Samantha Power is enough to make Putin rethink his desire to secure Russian interests.”
This is just like the Cold War, European officials say
One European diplomat at the Security Council said that the deadlock in the council was growing eerily reminiscent of the darkest days of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union invaded Hungary in 1956.
This is nothing like the Cold War, U.S. officials say
"The Russians have badly miscalculated here," a second senior administration official said. “What we see here are distinctly 19th and 20th century decisions made by President Putin to address problems, deploying military forces rather than negotiating, rather than talking. What he needs to understand is that in terms of his economy, he lives in a 21st century world, an interdependent world.
Putin will solve this peacefully, U.S. officials say
The official also said there has been no violence involving the Russian troops, and no evidence of shots fired.
Putin is incapable of solving any situation peacefully, U.S. officials say
Another senior official said: “When it comes to soft power, the power of attraction, Vladimir Putin has no game. So he’s left with hard power and it’s a very dangerous game to play.”
War is not an option for the U.S., say U.S. officials
[I]n a conference call with reporters later on Sunday, three senior US administration officials made clear that the “menu” of options before the White House does not include military action…
"Frankly, our goal is to uphold the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine, not to have a military escalation," one of the officials said.
War is an option for the U.S., say U.S. officials
Military force is always an option, U.S. officials said.
Source: Adam Weinstein for Gawker
Cis men like Jared Leto have their pick of roles in Hollywood. Meanwhile, trans* actors are rarely considered, and when substantial roles are written as trans* they are almost always cast with cis actors. The cis actors…
Okay slow the fuck down
Acting isn’t about the actor at all, and roles shouldn’t be restricted to anyone because of gender, skin color, or sexual preference. We don’t create plays, movies, or any adaptation of performance for ourselves. It is for the intended audience’s entertainment. If a casting agent wants a male Juliet and a female Romeo then it’s his decision.
You have total free range of opinion on who would’ve done better, who wasn’t good in that role, etc. - but why would you even start to try to say a certain actor/actress shouldn’t be portraying a character? That’s fucking mean as hell, and doesn’t make any actor feel good. If you would’ve told me I couldn’t be Othello because I’m white, you would’ve been have been a dick.
Theatre and film is about TELLING THE STORY. He wasn’t cast because he’s a white male, he was cast because I’m sure at the auditions he fucking destroyed the competition: he did a heartbreaking performance after all. Roles are for EVERYONE, it’s important it stays that way.
Anybody can play ANY role, and that’s what makes theatre, film, and art beautiful. Saying a trans* woman should’ve played Rayon is Exactly like saying a slave woman should have played Patsey WHICH I DONT HEAR ANYONE SAYING FOR GOOD REASON.
Do you even realise what Jared Leto did for the Rayon role? Look up pictures of what he looked like, listen to interviews where he describes what the project meant to him, and then try and tell yourself he didn’t deserve an award for his performance.
P.S please write the casting agent a list of well known, professional, talented trans* women actors who could’ve been on par with what Jared performed in Dallas Buyers Club if you’re unhappy with his casting.
I agree that actors shouldn’t be restricted from accessing roles because of their gender, skin color, or sexual orientation, but the reality is that Hollywood does just that. Regardless of what you insist, the reality is that roles are not for everyone.
“What we usually see in media is that cisgender people portray trans people and it’s not very flattering to trans people. Also, trans people are not getting cast for trans roles and they’re also not being cast for any central roles. Essentially, casting agents are deciding that trans people aren’t allowed to act and we’d like to change that.” -Amy Fox, the creator and executive producer of The Switch, the world’s first comedy series to cast transgender actors in all of the transgender roles.
For example, even though a casting breakdown may describe a role as a “woman” or “man” it is implicitly implied to trans actors that these roles are for cis people. A UCLA study on casting breakdowns by race also found that casting calls that did not specify race were still intended for white actors, and that actors of color face a lot of barriers in being considered for roles. A lot has been said about the limited opportunities in Hollywood for women in general. Gay actors are still afraid to come out because discrimination in Hollywood will impact their livelihood.
Acting is about the actor, because who the actor is impacts the types of opportunities the actor has to succeed in this field. It isn’t “mean as hell” or “being a dick” to this out—though it is invalidating to pretend this isn’t happening to actors from “minority” groups on a systemic level.
Cis actors Felicity Huffman, Hilary Swank, and Jared Leto have both won Golden Globes and Oscar nominations (in Swank and Leto’s case, a win) for portraying trans characters. Meanwhile, trans actors have not been nominated for these prestigious awards and in fact, struggle to access roles in Hollywood at all.
I’ve heard of what Jared Leto did to “transform” himself into a trans woman (something a trans actress would not have had to do.) Hollywood applauded Jared Leto for playing trans even while it punishes and discriminates against trans actors for being trans. A lot has been written about how the fictional Rayon character reinforces stereotypes of trans people, and numerous articles discuss Leto’s appropriateness for the role.
- Here’s The Real Story of How Oscar Nominee Jared Leto Got Called Out for Transmisogyny At The Virtuosos Awards
- Pity Is Not The Same As Respect: A Critique Of ‘Dallas Buyers Club’
- Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club: Why can’t we cast trans people in trans roles?
- Don’t Applaud Jared Leto’s Transgender ‘Mammy’ [there are problematic comparisons and statements in this article that I disagree with, but the call out of this structural pattern is sound.]
- “Dallas Buyers Club” fails trans actors
As for providing a list of trans actresses—that is not my job or the job of any critic of this casting and completely takes the onus off casting agents to do their job. It is the responsibility of a casting agent to identify talent. If the “best” person this casting agent could come up with to depict a trans woman is someone who is not trans and someone who is not a woman, that is a major failure on the part of the casting agent. That being said, IndieWire —without much effort—quickly identified 10 Trans Actors Who Could Have Played Jared Leto’s Role in ‘Dallas Buyers Club.’
tl;dr - There are a lot of resources available for you to educate yourself on these issues, and it isn’t “mean” or “being a dick” to point out that Leto’s award adversely impacts trans representation.
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Lupita Nyong’o attends the 86th Annual Academy Awards held at Hollywood & Highland Center - March 2, 2014
"Elizabeth Marie Tall Chief was considered America’s first major prima ballerina, and was the first Native American to hold the rank."
Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, the protagonists of FX’s The Americans, are very good spies. But they aren’t super spies. We’re reminded of this at the start of Wednesday’s Season Two premiere. Elizabeth leaves the cabin where she’s been convalescing for months after a botched intelligence operation. Philip’s attempt to send an intimidating message back to Afghani freedom fighters turns bad, and he’s forced to kill two more people than he’d wanted to—including an innocent teenager.
Spying, see, is hard. This is something that pop culture’s depictions of the trade often forget. Yes, James Bond faces tough challenges, but he wins out with the help of superhuman tech, suaveness, and athletic ability. His only real threats are guys with lasers and metal jaws and control of all the world’s computer systems. In other words, he and the threats he faces aren’t real.
Lately, TV has been making covert agents seem a smidge realer than Bond. But that still doesn’t mean they’re relatable. Huck on Scandal is a savant; he’s also a traumatized, unstable sadist. Carrie on Homeland is a savant; she’s also a bipolar, unstable crusader. This makes sense. Part of the appeal of spies is that they’re a different class of person—invisibly affecting the world, but fundamentally not of the world.
On The Americans, though, spies seem just like most people.
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