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Archives by Tag 'Russia'
The Left’s Broken Clock
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
Someone once likened the political positions of the extreme left with a broken clock that never shows the right time. But as everyone knows, a broken clock shows the correct time with astronomical precision twice every 24 hours, something a functioning clock can ne...
Banking on Sanctions
PEPE ESCOBAR
Let’s start with red lines. Here it is, Washington’s ultimate red line, straight from the lion’s mouth.  Only last week Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said of the Iranians, “Are they trying to develop a nuclear weapon? No. But we know that they’re ...
The Lull Before the Russian Storm?
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
The global political crisis — a natural outcome of the continuing economic crisis — finally made it to Russia in December before getting derailed by the country’s traditional hibernation in early January. Nothing ever happens in Russia between Dec. 31 an...
The Golden Age of Tycoons
JOHN FEFFER
John F. Kennedy essentially bought his way into politics. His father, the wealthy Joseph Kennedy, picked out a nice congressional seat in Massachusetts and basically paid the occupant of the position to step down and run instead for the Boston mayoralty. JFK’s father ...
The Arms Merchants
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Arms sales are not as straightforward as one might think. For one thing, Russia and the United States are both eager to maintain their respective positions as the most successful merchants of death dealing devices. That causes them to sacrifice principle to expediency.  ...
A Very Peaceful Russian Revolt
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
The calls by the “moderate left” for passively following behind the liberals are supposedly based on the need to “work among the people”, to go where the masses are. But how, and with whom, are the forces of the left to set out after these ardently pursued masses?...
The Snow Fronde
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow After an interminably long delay, the grey Moscow heavens were at long last generous with snow, dispensing heaps and heaps of the white stuff, turning cars into snow mountains and making sidewalks  impassable. This is a nice time of year: bare tree...
The Struggle Emerges in Russia
LEE SUSTAR
Protests by tens of thousands of people in Moscow and other cities December 10 were by far the largest demonstrations in Russia since the collapse of the USSR two decades ago. The focus of the mobilizations was massive fraud in the December 4 parliamentary election...
Russia and the Return of the Repressed
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow saw its biggest demo in a decade last Saturday. It was a feel-good, peaceful manifestation of youthful Facebook users, and it was already nicknamed the Likes Parade, as the prospective participants had clicked on “like” in response to the call to demonstrate. T...
Why Managed Democracy Always Fails in a Crisis
BORIS KAGARLITSKY
The crisis is developing exactly as expected. The inability of the authorities to cope with the rising wave of social problems has naturally spilled into the political sphere. At the same time, the mechanism of “managed democracy” has yet agai...
Crisis for Billionaires
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow The fate of Qaddafi hovers like Hamlet’s father’s spirit over many a presidential and managerial desk. The Libyan leader amassed a fortune, some for himself and his family, some for his nation. He placed it in various banks, funds and shelters, ...
The Decline and Fall of Just About Everyone
PEPE ESCOBAR
More than 10 years ago, before 9/11, Goldman Sachs was predicting that the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) would make the world economy’s top ten — but not until 2040.  Skip a decade and the Chinese economy already has the number two spot all to its...
Russian Chess on the Korean Peninsula
TIM BEAL
Wellington, New Zealand. The visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong Il to Russia in August 2011 received little attention in the international media, and most of the articles were uninformed. As is often the case, the South Korean media provided the best co...
Wall Street’s Code of Silence
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner were at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. this week for a discussion about their book – ...