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Has NAM Become a Sham?

Saad Khan | Posted 11.04.2012 | World
Saad Khan

With the Cold War long over and Russia finally joining the World Trade Organization, it is about time the members of the Non-Aligned Movement consider re-aligning their principles. Better still, they should think about agreeing on an amicable parting of ways.

My Medicare Milestone

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 10.03.2012 | Fifty
Joe Peyronnin

Today I crossed a major milestone: I now qualify for Medicare. Yes, I am a Baby Boomer, and I am proud of it!

Sometimes the Price of Success Is Just Too High

Christina Patterson | Posted 10.02.2012 | Sports
Christina Patterson

When the top American swimming coach said that Ye Shiwen's performance was "unbelievable," he sounded pretty fed up. You would be fed up if you thought your country might be beaten by a country that was cheating. But you might also be fed up if you were beaten by a country that wasn't.

3 Seconds From Gold: 'Stolen Glory' Recalls Epic 1972 Olympic Basketball Final

Taps Gallagher | Posted 10.01.2012 | Fifty
Taps Gallagher

To this day, 40 years after that final buzzer sounded, 12 silver medals lay unclaimed in a storage room maintained for the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. History says those silver medals belong to the Americans. Doug Collins and his teammates say that "history" is mistaken.

Context in the Fog of Afghan War

Suleiman Wali | Posted 07.27.2012 | World
Suleiman Wali

As the West continues to cite the quantity and cost of the war, let us also ask what the quality of the help has been.

Seven Trips To Expand Your Comfort Zone

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 09.23.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

he Hermitage is great, their storage rooms even better and the glorious mansions of the Romanov period are opening for a glimpse of the past we have all read about.

Russia's Growing Economic Influence in Europe and Beyond

Kambiz Behi | Posted 07.23.2012 | World
Kambiz Behi

Covering an area more than five times that of the European Union (EU), if Russia has its way, the 'Eurasian Union' (EAU) will serve as a de facto bond between the nations of the former Soviet Union, and could come to rival Europe in terms of economic importance.

PHOTOS: Art Nouveau, Born Again In Budapest

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 08.27.2012 | Travel
Rebecca Tinsley

There is good news for lovers of Art Nouveau, one of Europe's oddest cultural phenomena.


Richard C. Leone | Posted 08.24.2012 | Politics
Richard C. Leone

Overall, Republicans will have a big edge in the no limits contribution game this year and are likely to warp Congressional races in their direction. But at the presidential level will outspending be the key to swamping the campaign effort of President Obama?

Tea Party Lawmaker Compares Kansas To Soviet Union

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics

A Tea Party legislator in Kansas compared the state's economic development program with the collapse of the Soviet Union on a conservative radio talk ...

Helping Us to See the World Better

Shai Baitel | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York
Shai Baitel

At a time when the U.S.-Russian relations at a governmental level are frosty, the positive impact of civil society organizations, such as the Russian American Foundation, and their initiatives cannot be overstated.

Mitt Romney's Russia

The Harvard Crimson | Posted 07.30.2012 | College
The Harvard Crimson

Despite Romney's determination that the anchor of the former Soviet Union remains a serious threat to American freedom, the reality suggests otherwise.

Propaganda, Public Diplomacy and the Smith-Mundt Act

John Brown | Posted 05.26.2012 | World
John Brown

Propaganda is an instrument of war used by a government, primarily but not exclusively, against a present or possibly future enemy, and a democratic government should not propagandize its own people.

Should NATO Be Handling World Security?

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.21.2012 | World
Lawrence Wittner

There are real international security problems, and some entity should certainly be addressing them. But is NATO the proper entity?

Flailing NATO? Big Questions Surround Obama's Showcase Chicago Summit

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There's a lot of confusion about the ballyhooed NATO Summit in Chicago, intended as a big boost to Obama's geopolitical leadership, showcased in his hometown. Here are some big outstanding questions about NATO's future.

Soviet Chemical Plant Threat to Ukrainian City

Ben Barber | Posted 06.26.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, it left behind in the Ukrainian city of Gorlovka an abandoned chemical factory awash with leaking drums and pipes containing TNT and other dangerous chemicals.

George Soros: Eurozone Crisis, 'Similar To Soviet Union,' Has Potential To Destroy EU

Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

Billionaire investor George Soros is sounding the European alarm again. “Europe is similar to the Soviet Union in the way that the euro crisis h...

Fukushima's Nuclear Nightmare Is Far From Over (or the Disturbingly Deadly Act of Placing Profits Before People)

Vivian Norris | Posted 06.17.2012 | Business
Vivian Norris

Why does Fukushima still matter? Because no matter what TEPCO or the authorities have claimed, the reactors and the fuel pools are unstable.

First Man In Space Celebrated 51 Years After Historic Mission

Posted 04.12.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/12/2012 12:51 AM EDT on For more than five decades, humans have been suiting up and riding rockets t...

Dictator's Widow Brands Regime's Victims 'Criminals'

The Huffington Post | Mark Hanrahan | Posted 04.03.2012 | World

Margot Honecker, the widow of East Germany's communist dictator Erich Honecker, has given a defiant interview in which she defends her late husband an...

Making New Friends In Russia

Posted 03.23.2012 | Arts

Bertien van Manen's exhibition "Let's sit down before we go" features 60 photos taken from 1991 to 2009, when the photographer travelled throughout Ru...

Blowback, TINA-Style

John Feffer | Posted 05.06.2012 | World
John Feffer

The very ideology that the United States assumed would defeat all comers has in fact been turned against the United States. Liberal democracy contains within it the very seeds of the American empire's destruction. Call it blowback, TINA-style.

Thinking the Unthinkable: Iran, Israel, Afghanistan

William Bradley | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
William Bradley

Those who want a pre-emptive war, rather than a strategy of containment, have a very high hurdle of credibility to cross, not the least of it because they've offered little but hysteria.

Cuba's Modern Bourgeoisie: The Jogging Class

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.22.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Compared to the rest of Cuba, 5th Avenue stands as a rarity. And not because such urban beauty is scarce on this Island.

Russia's Self-Marginalization

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.14.2012 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The role Russia, and to a lesser extent China, is currently playing in the Middle East is destructive and self-defeating. Russia's obstructionist approach is reminiscent of the Soviet Union Cold War mentality based on a zero-sum game.