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Franklin Roosevelt 70 Years On: America Never Really Recovered From FDR's Passing

William Bradley | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

Hillary Clinton, who will perhaps coincidentally announce her presidential candidacy on this 70th anniversary of FDR's death, can only hope to match even part of her fellow New Yorker's vast accomplishments.

The Déjà Vu of Russia's Rough Justice

Alex Storozynski | Posted 04.09.2015 | World
Alex Storozynski

As Europe commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, a troll army secretly floods websites with pro-Putin propaganda while Russian government officials openly defend the indefensible. Moscow archivists are spreading misinformation to whitewash Soviet history.

Why Gloria Steinem, Other Women and I Plan to March to the World's Most Fortified Border

Christine Ahn | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Christine Ahn

As Gloria Steinem says of the DMZ, "there is no other strip of land more symbolic of long-term division." We hope to cross the DMZ to renew Korean people's hope that the DMZ can and must be crossed to reunify families and to begin to heal the divided peninsula.

The Evocative Photos Of Aleksandr Rodchenko, Who Changed The Way We See Photography

HuffPost Italy | Silvia De Santis | Posted 03.27.2015 | Arts

Before Stalin-era Soviet restrictions on artistic expression turned Aleksandr Rodchenko's work into a paean to Communism, the legendary Russian ar...

Russia and North Korea Play Nice: Vladimir Putin's Ukrainian Dance With Kim Jong-un

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.24.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Russia and North Korea make up the latest international odd couple. President Vladimir Putin reached out to one of the poorest and least predictable states on earth. So far the new Moscow-Pyongyang axis matters little.

Putin Is a Soviet Leader for the 21st Century

Maxim Trudolyubov | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Maxim Trudolyubov

MOSCOW -- Today's Russia rejects Western-style competition, the rule of law and independent institutions while allowing capitalism and certain changes to economic and social policy under strictly controlled limits. The result is an attempt to strengthen the Soviet experiment and take it to its logical conclusion. Thus, the Putin regime defines "better" not in absolute terms, but as improving upon the performance of former Soviet leaders.

Only a United West Can Stop Putin

Shlomo Ben-Ami | Posted 03.10.2015 | World
Shlomo Ben-Ami

MADRID -- The struggle for influence in Ukraine is a game that Putin cannot afford to lose. He gained the upper hand early in the crisis with the annexation of Crimea. Now, in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region, he is shrewdly forcing a divided and risk-averse West to choose between war and accommodation.

Hockey Legend Slava Fetisov: It's Wrong To Compare Russia To The Soviet Union

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

Russian NHL hockey legend Slava Fetisov is no stranger to political conflict, as his harrowing time on the Russian men's hockey team in 1980 is well-c...

Israel's Closest Muslim Ally

Paul Alexander | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics
Paul Alexander

While Muslim-dominated countries like Iran harbor contempt for Israel -- the reason Netanyahu is speaking to Congress -- Azerbaijan could not be more different. As one publication recently pointed out, "What started as a marriage of convenience has netted Israel its closest Muslim ally."

Mongols, Murder, Mutton, and Throat Singing

Miles Atkinson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

The Republic of Tuva is the weirdest place I have ever been. It has the highest murder rate in Russia, is the fourth poorest region in the country, and also happens to be the geographic center of Asia.

Stanislav Petrov Saved Your Life and Mine

Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Rev. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson

We owe everything to his choice. But the real moral of The Man Who Saved the World is that no human being should be in his position in the first place. We can't continue to play with nuclear fire and expect not to get burned.

Modernization and the Ghost That Haunted Europe

Orlando Márquez Hidalgo | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Orlando Márquez Hidalgo

The Social Doctrine of the Church has defined and defended the social function of wealth, and it suggests that legal mechanisms are established that make those with more responsible for those with less.

U.S. Loses by Treating Russia as an Enemy

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

While avowed critics of social engineering at home, most conservatives believe the U.S. government can remake foreign societies abroad. It's a dangerous delusion. In pursuit of their interventionist fantasies, they are prepared to waste scarce financial resources, entangle the U.S. in foreign quarrels, and risk war with nuclear-armed powers.

Bully for Ancestry: Eat, Pray, Freak Out and Expose Stalin

Greg Archer | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

When you become a Northern Californian -- a true Northern Californian -- you can develop a penchant for -- how do I put this? -- spiritual things.

Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce

Jim Luce | Posted 03.07.2015 | Books
Jim Luce

Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more intimately.

Target Churchill: How Persistence Gave Birth to a Bestselling Thriller

Warren Adler | Posted 03.04.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

Every novelist is asked where they get their ideas. I have spent many years reflecting on that mystery with most of my work. Target Churchill is an exception. It came via a person, a persistent messenger who, like Winston Churchill, never surrendered.

Lubyanka Runs the New Russia, Much Like the Old Soviet Union

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Even during the worst of the U.S.S.R. the square was more symbolic than threatening. For the most part no one went to the Kremlin to die. Very different, however, is Lubyanka, just a short walk up Teatralny Proezd past the Bentley and Maserati dealerships.

35 Of The Most Impressive Communist Propaganda Posters

Huffington Post Japan | Posted 12.26.2014 | Arts

Propaganda posters were among the most significant tools for influencing public opinion in the Soviet Union. The text that accompanied each poster ...

What Can Latvia's Integration With Europe Teach Ukraine?

Fabrizio Tassinari | Posted 02.21.2015 | World
Fabrizio Tassinari

Real convergence does not happen only between East and West, but first and foremost inside each country. And it resides in the social contract between the state and its citizens. But Ukrainians must also have no illusion that this is a project lasting at least a generation. For a generation, from independence to the EU presidency, is exactly the time it took Latvia.

The 25th Anniversary of the U.S. Invasion of Panama

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

With a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations we might have an opportunity to come to terms with the long and sordid history of the United States' actions in the Caribbean divorced from the anti-communist hyperbole we still hear from some politicians and pundits.

Cuba Libre: Obama Frees a Monster in America's Head

Dan Siegel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Dan Siegel

The Cold War against Cuba not only made life worse for ordinary Cubans. It also diminished America's own democracy and undermined its lofty spoken commitments to human rights and the rule of law.

Obama's Big Move: Time to Bring Cuba Through the Time Tunnel

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's way past time for the rest of us to let Cuba as it is, imperfect though it may be, like the rest of us, find what future it can.

The End of the Cold War

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

President Barack Obama just spoke on the telephone with the leader of Cuba to finalize the two countries' new relations -- an event that hadn't happened in over half a century. The Cold War is now almost completely a matter of interest only to historians, to put things into context.

Abolishing the CIA

Robert Koehler | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The abolition of the CIA could be a conscious step in tearing our government out of the grip of the war consensus -- this unelected force that feeds on perpetual global mistrust and hatred, the exact opposite of what true security requires.

Nazis and Europe's Gold: The Chase Was On

Charles Alexander | Posted 02.14.2015 | Books
Charles Alexander

The title of Taber's book, with its emphasis on the Nazi thefts, doesn't do his tale justice.