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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.

Medals for Sale

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez


War Is Over. What Next?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.19.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To mark the milestone of the last American troops to leave Iraq, I'd like to take a wider view and look at the entire region, post-Saddam and post-Arab Spring.

The Prophet Is Dead: Juche and the Future of North Korea

Amarnath Amarasingam | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Amarnath Amarasingam

Little has been written about North Korea's driving state ideology - the "Juche idea" - and the clues it may hold for predicting the nature of post-Kim Jong Il North Korea

WATCH: Soviet Factory Goes Technicolor

Posted 12.04.2011 | Arts

Overcoming the overbearing blandness of Soviet era aesthetics can quickly turn into a daunting task, but a new time lapse video by Sasha Aleksandrov s...

On Libya and Liberty

Carol Smaldino | Posted 10.31.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

When we vote or decide or discuss or debate, we are supposed to be informed. However, if we so often rely on superstitions and belief systems that don't work, how is there any truth at all?

Cai Guo-Qiang's Latest Blockbuster Comes To...Industrial Ukraine?

VernissageTV | Posted 10.28.2011 | Arts

Izolyatsia is a new art center in the industrial city of Donetsk, Ukraine. The center just opened with a solo exhibition of Cai Guo-Qiang. The show ti...

WATCH: Soviet-Made Cars Still The Rage In Cuba

Posted 10.19.2011 | World

Twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, one reminder of the U.S.S.R.'s link to Cuba can still be found on the roads of Havana: an abundan...

Associated Press: America Is Dead -- Funeral Plans Under Debate

Mark Steinberg | Posted 10.08.2011 | Comedy
Mark Steinberg

It was announced today that the United States of America, also known as the U.S., U.S.A. and the U.S. of A., died during the last week of August 2011 ...

Presidential Rebuttals Throughout History

Albert Brooks | Posted 09.25.2011 | Politics
Albert Brooks

Isn't the whole point of winning the office of president that you can talk to the nation without others belittling what you say? I began to think of some great presidential moments and what their rebuttals might have sounded like, had they been allowed at the time.

1937, 2011: Déjà Vu All Over Again -- Stimulus Wanes, Unemployment Increases

Paul Abrams | Posted 09.18.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

One of the reasons the U.S. economy did so well in the last half of the 20th century is that we ignored ideology in favor of pragmatism. That is no longer true. Ideology has again become fashionable. And, we are paying for it, dearly.

GOP Antiscientists Are Leading America Down a Dangerous Road

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Americans should support the rarer and rarer Republican candidates that are pro-science. Nations that have strayed too far down the path of placing ideology ahead of science have come out losers, both economically and in terms of global power.

The Biggest Jaw-Dropping Journalism Scandal of All?

Paul Fitzgerald | Posted 09.12.2011 | Media
Paul Fitzgerald

As the first journalists to enter Kabul in 1981 following the expulsion of the Western media, we continue to be amazed at how the American disinformation campaign between Hollywood, Washington and Wall Street built around the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan lives on.

Comedian Eugene Mirman on The Interview Show (Video)

Mark Bazer | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York
Mark Bazer

Comedian Eugene Mirman appeared on The Interview Show to discuss his career, lip-synching a Bill Cosby record for a school book report, giving Pauly Shore a back rub and more.

America Led Astray

Gary Hart | Posted 06.27.2011 | Politics
Gary Hart

Mighty as we are, we cannot govern the world by force or intimidation. Traditional military power might awe inferior regimes, but not insurgents. And we pay a heavy price in respect when we operate outside our proclaimed principles.

The X-Men Didn't Save Us

Joe Cirincione | Posted 08.16.2011 | Entertainment
Joe Cirincione

It wasn't the mutants. It was humans that caused the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only luck saved us from nuclear war. But other than that, the new film, X-Men: First Class, gets a lot right about the historic crisis that is central to its plot.

Join, Silence, Kill: Stalinism Alive in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I could barely sleep last night. A book left me tossing and turning, staring at the ceiling grid in my bedroom. The Man Who Loved Dogs, the novel by L...

Author 'Nearly Derailed MI6 Operation With Novel Plot'

Telegraph | Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent | Posted 08.01.2011 | Books

A novelist nearly derailed an MI6 operation when his plot line was found to be almost identical to the secret plan....

How To Marry A Russian Man In Three Months

GlobalPost | Iva Skoch | Posted 08.01.2011 | World

MOSCOW -- Yulia Varra says that when a 50-year-old Russian man looks for a girlfriend, he never considers women close to his age. "He wants somebod...

Teaching Capitalism in the Last Days of the USSR, Part Two

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.18.2011 | World
Steve Mariotti

Two burley KGB guards, Andrei and Mikhail, marched into the classroom. "Vladlen Barsonav. Vladlen Barsonav -- out!" The 15-year-old almost fell out of his seat with fear. I was witnessing Soviet repression in action.

Bill Clinton Says He Followed Helmut Kohl's Lead

Steve Kettmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life.

Teaching Capitalism in the Last Days of the USSR, Part One

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Mariotti

One night in October of 1990, I was awakened by a phone call from a man with a strong Russian accent inviting me to teach a seminar.

The Incompatibility Of Christianity And American Capitalism

David A. Love | Posted 07.11.2011 | Religion
David A. Love

The inequality in this nation -- and the flagrant manner in which concentrated power flaunts its excesses -- is so perverse that it offends the moral sensibilities and belief systems of everyday folks.

A Monster of Our Own Creation

Robert Scheer | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Robert Scheer

It is time to concede that the mess that is Afghanistan is a result of our cynical uses of those people and their land for purposes that have nothing to do with their needs or aspirations.

The Most Surprising Facts About May Day

Posted 07.01.2011 | World

Although it's not recognized in the U.S. or Canada, May Day is one of the biggest bank holidays elsewhere in the world. While it conjures up image...