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Back to the USSR: A Call for Glasnost as We Re-think U.S. Foreign Policy

Gilbert Doctorow | Posted 05.19.2016 | Politics
Gilbert Doctorow

In the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev issued a call for Glasnost, meaning transparency and open discussion of issues that had been taboo. Now the U.S. badly needs a dose of Glasnost if we are to face domestic and international challenges that our ideology in place has proven incapable of mastering.

Why the New Nobel Laureate Svetlana Alexievich Is the Voice of Modern Russia

Michael Skafidas | Posted 10.20.2016 | World
Michael Skafidas

Alexievich was born and bred in the sadness of this place, in what is now Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. No wonder her work is all about it. Her sister was killed and her mother was blinded in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. Even before that, Alexievich had already resolved to chronicle the endless misfortunes of her land -- most of them intentionally silenced by the Soviet system.

Is MH17 Putin's Katyn Wood Massacre?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Blocking accountability and seeking to blame others for its crimes, even when premeditated is a KGB tactic, but only marginally successful. Putin should have learned the lesson that the truth is bound to come through.

Is Maxim 'The Hatchet' Martsinkevich a Political Prisoner?

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 06.09.2014 | Politics
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

This Russian neo-Nazi activist is facing a second prison term. Could he be prosecuted unfairly?

The Strategy of Sochi: Did Censorship or Friendship Define the Winter Games?

Alan Kelly | Posted 04.29.2014 | Media
Alan Kelly

Sochi was a showcase for soft power strategy and there is no doubt that influence plays were being run.

Why Sochi Will Be the Greatest Winter Olympics Ever

David DiGregorio | Posted 04.04.2014 | Sports
David DiGregorio

Like many host countries, Russia has made its share of enemies. But where we often see the Host Country and the Games themselves as one entity, it's important to remember that is not the case.

We Can Free Cuba Now

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 07.24.2012 | Latino Voices
Fernando Espuelas

Fifty-two years after U.S. policy first sought to break the communist dictatorship with an economic embargo, the Castro regime is still in power, lording over the Cuban people, enjoying trade and diplomatic relationships with countries across the globe.

Glasnost For The Middle East

The European Magazine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
The European Magazine

Finally, the countries north and south of the Mediterranean Sea have something to share again: the experience of liberation and the story of freedom.

The Man Who Changed the World: An Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev

Ginny Dougary | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ginny Dougary

Mikhail Gorbachev is still a man who strides the global stage -- and maintains a keen interest in domestic politics. I spoke to him about power, presidents, Putin and life after Raisa.