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Archives by Tag 'Russia'
Crimea River
MIKE WHITNEY
 ”There is no question but that Russia is confronted with an existential threat. The integration of Ukraine into the expanding anti-Moscow alliance would render Russia more vulnerable to imperialist aggression and destabilization. Future operations will...
Russia’s New Dissidents
ALEXANDER REID ROSS
In a risky action, activists with Greenpeace attempted to drop a banner off of an arctic oilrig when Russian Special Forces raided their boat, guns drawn. Today, thirty Greenpeace activists sit in Russian jails, faced with the charge that they posed a significant threat t...
Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
LAWRENCE WITTNER
he apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used. That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the...
Should Russia Attack Colombia?
NICK ALEXANDROV
The President and Secretary of State are making “a largely moral case for a retaliatory response” in Syria, New York Times editors asserted recently. And Obama declared Wednesday that “the international community’s credibility is on the line,” since it was “th...
Russia, China and Anti-Gay Bigotry
PETER LEE
For readers seeking insight into the atavistic creepiness of the institutionalized anti-LGBT bigotry of the Russian state—which is eliciting calls to boycott the Sochi Winter Olympics–I refer readers to ...
The Wishful Thinking Left
JEAN BRICMONT
Louvain, Belgium. Once upon a time, in the early 1970′s, many people, including myself, thought that all the “struggles” of that period were linked: the Cultural Revolution in China, the guerill...
Provoking Russia
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
It was five years ago that the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvilli, who was installed in power by the Washington supported “Rose Revolution,” launched a military invasion of South Ossetia, a break-away province under its own government. The Georgian atta...
America’s Police State Marches On, Media in Tow
DAVE LINDORFF
BREAKING!: It could well be that the harsh pretrial treatment of Bradley Manning and the harsh verdict handed down against him Tuesday may have been what convinced Russian authorities of the validity of National Security Agency whistleblower ...
The Earth’s Most Wanted Man Finds a Refuge
STEPHEN LENDMAN
On June 23, he arrived in Moscow. He applied for asylum. He’s been stuck in Sheremetyevo Airport transit zone limbo. Putin was clear and unequivocal. He won’t extradite him. No treaty obligation exists. Official requests don’t matter. Snowd...
Two Faux Democracies That Threaten the World
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Amitai Etzioni has raised an important question: “Who authorized preparations for war ...
Empty Lectures About the Sanctity of the ‘Rule of Law’
DAVE LINDORFF
The spectacle of the US threatening Hong Kong, China, Russia and now little Ecuador with all manner of reprisals if they don’t respect the “rule of law” and hand over whistleblower Edward Snowden to the tender mercies of the US national security apparatus is delicio...
Inflicting Death While Avoiding Taxes
BINOY KAMPMARK
For some time it has been a gathering that seemed to be more floral than substantive, a matter of chit chat, sometimes serious, over issues of the day.  General guidelines are proposed.  Bland suggestions are made. Declarations are always filled with well meaning sugges...
Privatizations and Failures in Russia’s Economy
JEFFREY SOMMERS
The departure of college rectors is typically is not the topic of national news, let alone a story dominating global press coverage for a week.  The exit of Sergey Guriev as rector from Russia’s New Economic School, however, has proved just that.  From Russian interne...
The Challenges Confronting Russia
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Despite being potentially one of the richest countries in the world, Russia still confronts several challenges such as youth emigration, and demographic and public health issues that hinder the country’s development. The lack of opportunities and growing economic...
Why Alcohol May Doom Putin
Dr. CESAR CHELALA
Russians’ love for vodka has a long history. Legend holds that vodka arrived in Moscow in the 14th century, brought by Genovese merchants to Prince Dmitry Ivanovich. Legend also says that monk Isidore, who lived in the Chudov Monastery, inside the Kremlin, made a recipe...
Russia, the West and World War II
JOSEPH RICHARDSON
London. When I lived in Moscow, occasionally Russians would fix me with a stern gaze and gravely pose the question ‘who won the war?’  Circumspectly, I would answer that Russia had without doubt borne the principal burden of vanquishing Nazi Germany. ...
Sarin in Syria
MANUEL GARCIA, JR.
A cruel and heart-rending civil war rages in Syria, and this tragedy is fueling a heated political debate in the rest of the world between interventionists (whether sincere R2P humanitarians, or opportunistic imperialists) and non-interventionists. Syrians opposed ...
America’s Syrian Riddle
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Recent remarks by Carla Del Ponte, a Swiss investigator of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry, have changed the nature of debate on the use of chemical weapons in Syria’s civil war. Momentum had been building up for months against Bashar al-Assad’s government, ...
The Problem With Russia’s Silicon Valley Scheme
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Russia’s Duma Deputy Ilya Ponomaryov once said, “To steal one ruble, it is first necessary to spend nine inefficiently.” That slogan should adorn the entrance to the Skolkovo technology park as its official motto. Scientists and scholars predi...
The Russians Came
URI AVNERY
When the huge immigration wave from the Soviet Union arrived in 1990, we were glad. First of all, because we believe that all immigration is a good thing for the country. This, I believe, is generally the case. Second, because we were convinced that this spe...
Sweden, Russia, Nato, and Extraordinary Political Theatre?
RITT GOLDSTEIN
Dalarna, Sweden “Will there be war?” (”Kommer det bli krig?”) was the question posed in the 22 April report by the one of country’s most respected papers, Svenska Dagbladet (SvD), its article revealing some alleged particulars of a Russi...
What Motivated the Boston Bombers
GARY LEUPP
New details emerge every day, raising more questions. But the outlines of the stomach-churning story seem clear. Two young men, brothers who emigrated from Kyrgyzstan twelve years ago with their parents and sisters—high-achieving, “well-assimilated” immigrant me...
Reviewing the Korean Crisis
PAUL GOTTINGER
Things seemed to have calmed on the Korean peninsula for now.  This despite the fact that the U.S. and South Korea are continuing their outrageously provocative Foal Eagle “war games” through April 30.  The Foal Eagle is one of the ...
The US / Russia Torture War
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
“The pot calls the kettle black.” –Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha The magic number is 18.  That is the number each country has selected to express its disapproval of the actions of the other.   Vladim...
Fear and Uncertainty in Cyprus
NIGEL O'CONNOR
Nicosia. The municipal theatre of Nicosia sits directly behind the Cypriot parliament. Its prominence within the capital suggests the importance of such civic buildings to a population seeing itself as the inheritors to the grand heritage of Greek traditio...