Tag: Soviet Union

Making Sense of India’s Newfound Love for Russian Oil

Making Sense of India’s Newfound Love for Russian Oil

India’s love affair with Russia began a long time ago. India won its independence from the UK in 1947. Jawaharlal Nehru, its first prime minister, was a self-declared socialist who drew inspiration from the Soviet Union. In the decades after independence, India swerved increasingly to the left....

The American Century Ends Early

The American Century Ends Early

Like Gregor Samsa, the never-to-be-forgotten character in Franz Kafka’s story “The Metamorphosis,” we awoke on January 7 to discover that we, too, were “a giant insect” with “a domelike brown belly divided into stiff arched segments” and numerous “pitifully thin” legs that...

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Pave the Way for Trump?

Did the Fall of the Berlin Wall Pave the Way for Trump?

The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. It was one of the few unambiguously joyous moments in modern history. This popular, nonviolent explosion of dissent effectively toppled East Germany’s despotic regime. And it signaled, if only symbolically, the end of the Cold War that had divided Europe for...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Always “Anti-Communist”

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Always “Anti-Communist”

In the eyes of CNN and much of the media, Russia will always be a communist country. In an article on the alleged Russian spy, Maria Butina, CNN offers this surprising analysis of one of the key actors in the story, Paul Erickson, a conservative Republican operative from South Dakota. Erickson...

The World This Week: Fidel Castro Divides Opinion

The World This Week: Fidel Castro Divides Opinion

Fidel Castro was a complicated leader who leaves behind a tortured legacy that involves both fighting apartheid and then killing his loyal general who led that fight. Fidel Castro, the tall charismatic leader of Cuba, is dead. True to form, Donald Trump has called Fidel, as Castro has come to be...

In Death, Boris Nemtsov Embodies the Hope of a Better Russia

In Death, Boris Nemtsov Embodies the Hope of a Better Russia

For Russia to make peace with its troubled post-Communist history, it needs a 1990s hero to remember. Boris Nemtsov was killed just before midnight on February 27 in Moscow. His death was both the culmination and the continuation of his extraordinary political life. I first encountered...

Russia, Ukraine and World War Three (Part 2/2)

Russia, Ukraine and World War Three (Part 2/2)

Does history repeat itself? A parody. The Second World War that broke out in September 1939 was not the result of a criminal conspiracy by Adolf Hitler and his henchmen. The war trials held in Nuremberg in October 1946, which saw the conviction of prominent members of the...

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

The Fallacies of Russia’s Apologists

There is simply no justification for Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. The erroneous rationalization offered for Russia's annexation of Crimea proceeds along one or more of the following lines: 1: The US, NATO and other Western governments left Vladimir Putin and Russia no...

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society. When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that would...

Return of the Great Game or the Cold War?

Return of the Great Game or the Cold War?

Is the Crimea crisis a sign of a return to the Great Game or the Cold War? The crisis in the Crimea Autonomous Republic of Ukraine, wrought by the recent fall of Ukraine’s pro-Russian president and subsequent introduction of Russian troops in Crimea, revives memories of the 19th...

China Hedges its Bets on the Ukraine Crisis

China Hedges its Bets on the Ukraine Crisis

China's autocrats are hoping for a Russian victory in Ukraine. As events unfold quickly in Ukraine, Russia's increasingly close ally China is hedging its bets on an uncertain outcome. China has been quick to condemn US and European involvement in Ukraine's affairs, but has withheld...

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

Top 10 Ways Ariel Sharon Ruined Israel and the Middle East

Ariel Sharon probably helped doom the whole enterprise of Israel. Arik Scheinerman, who became Ariel Sharon, was from a Russian family that emigrated to Palestine at a time when Palestinians had been deprived of the right to set immigration policy into their own country. He would go on powerfully...

Is the Arab World Turning Back to Russia?

Is the Arab World Turning Back to Russia?

The Egyptian feint toward Moscow is probably a form of flirting. An Egyptian delegation heading to Moscow just after the United States cut $300 million out of its aid package to Cairo to punish the July 3 military coup, has raised speculation that Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s military...

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