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Viktor Kochnoi: Fighting The Soviet System To Play Better Chess

Doug Bandow | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

His childhood was harsh; his career difficult. But he spent almost half of his life in the West, able to taste liberty even before the Soviet Union fell. Viktor Korchnoi is one more reminder of the manifold injustices of totalitarian communism.

Olympic And Sports Boycotts

ADST | Posted 07.11.2016 | World
ADST

Sport boycotts have been effective measures for countries to express disdain and condemnation for the actions of another.

Kalevi Kull: Censorship & Royal Society Evo Event

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.03.2016 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Founders of the Copenhagen-Tartu School of Biosemiotics at a Seminar in Estonia: (l-r) KALEVI KULL, Claus Emmeche, Jesper Hoffmeyer, Frederik Stjernfe...

BREXIT: Lessons of History Applied by UK's Patriots

Natasha Srdoc | Posted 06.29.2016 | World
Natasha Srdoc

After all the noise, threats, doomsday scenarios and cataclysmic prognosis by political pundits and elitists, the only relevant argument in the BREXIT victory is the self-determination by the British people.

California's Classic Road Trip: The Pacific Coast Highway

David Code | Posted 06.24.2016 | Travel
David Code

Most of my family's travel is international, but when my son suggested driving the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco down to Los Angeles, we couldn't resist.

Vegans vs. Sausage-Wielding Nationalists; or, How I Miffed Your Motherland

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 06.02.2016 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

Vegans: occasionally self-righteous but well-meaning advocates of good health and animal welfare, or traitors to the Motherland? And why would post-Soviet nationalists see seitan as a path to Satan?

Risk Agility and Decision Making in the 21st Century

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Daniel Wagner

As risks have evolved from being phenomenological occurrences in the natural world, the twenty-first century is in many ways the era of man-made risk and man-stoked fires.

How One Man Saved 140 Jewish Children in the Far East From the Holocaust

Anav Silverman | Posted 05.18.2016 | World
Anav Silverman

Nearly 75 years ago, the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa, a massive invasion of the Soviet Union, in which 4.5 million Axis soldiers surprised the Soviets with blitzkrieg attacks across the 2,900-kilometer border.

#TalkToMe: Futurist Zoltan Istvan Interviews His Aging Father

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Zoltan Istvan

My mother and father illegally left communist Hungary in 1969 and came to America to start their lives afresh. Like hundreds of thousands of other Eastern Europeans living under the oppressive Soviet Union regime, my father wanted a better life. In America, he found what he was looking for and prospered.

A Chimera is haunting the World--the Chimera of the Mysterious Russian Soul...

Lena Hades | Posted 05.05.2016 | Politics
Lena Hades

Russians are fond of asking two vitally important questions about life: "Who is to blame?" and "What is to be done?"

Ukraine Remembers Chernobyl Disaster Victims 30 Years On

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 04.26.2016 | World

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine held memorial services on Tuesday to mark the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster which permanently poisoned s...

Time for the US to take Cuba seriously

Georges Ugeux | Posted 04.24.2016 | World
Georges Ugeux

These thoughts are the reflection of a people-to-people trip to Cuba with National Geographic, a program that is fundamentally educational and a disco...

Uncle Sam Should Close Its Nuclear Umbrella Over Asia

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.19.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Although American policymakers prefer to assume that what has ever been must ever be, Trump was right when he argued that "At some point, we cannot be the policeman of the world," which, alas, now is nuclear.

Diplomacies, from Public to Pubic

John Brown | Posted 03.23.2016 | World
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John Brown

My own minor, rather frivolous, contribution to the creation of the new diplomatic jargon -- pubic diplomacy -- did not appeal to the wordmasters of the universe. But it does occasionally appears as a typo in some U.S. Embassy internal memoranda.

Your Cliffs Notes Guide to The Americans Season Four Premiere

Janet Turley | Posted 03.16.2016 | Entertainment
Janet Turley

What do you have when you take two KGB agents, trained as shadowy assassins, groomed to blend in with American suburbia, and drop them into Reagan-era Washington D.C.?

How The World's First Syrian Astronaut Became A Refugee

The Huffington Post | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 01.02.2017 | World

Once floating hundreds of miles above the world, 64-year-old former astronaut Muhammed Faris now finds himself grounded in one of its worst humanitari...

The Gentle Art Of Sucking At Languages

Steven Shehori | Posted 03.09.2016 | Education
Steven Shehori

Languages are hard to learn. Sure, I'm a professional writer, which means me am totes real good at English. But outside of my mother tongue, these abilities sort of drop off the table. I studied French for 15 years in school, from Kindergarten to my final year of college.

The Republican Collapse

Jesse Larner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Jesse Larner

The Soviet Union seemed permanent and invincible, until it didn't. When it fell, far more suddenly than anyone thought it would or could, the festering rot of decades was exposed to the world. We're seeing this happen, in real time, with the Republican Party.

A Surge in Psychiatric Punishment in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.07.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

A particularly despicable way of punishing dissidents during Soviet times was committing them to insane asylums.

Workers Struggle for Their Rights in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 03.02.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Because Russia has workers rights on paper only, workers are scared to complain, fearing they will be fired. Better dwindling pay than none at all.

Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.26.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

What would Russia gain from attacking the Baltics? A recalcitrant, majority non-ethnic Russian population. A possible temporary nationalist surge at home. A likely short-lived victory over the West. The costs would be far greater.

How U.S. Sidelines Some of the Corrupt in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.20.2017 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Evgenia Pronina Most residents of the former Soviet Union hate the corruption that prevents everyone but a tiny mi...

The Grim Pollution Picture in the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.18.2017 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Sean Carpenter Guests staying at a modern hotel in Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics recall signs in Eng...

Animal Cruelty Is Part of the Fabric of the Former Soviet Union

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 02.08.2017 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Animals as well as humans have suffered from greed and neglect across the former Soviet Union, animals-rights activists say. Some of the worst offenders have been organizations owned by the government, such as zoos and circuses.

Esteemed Journalist Marvin Kalb on Why Russians Prefer Putin's Brute Strength Over American-style Freedom

Tavis Smiley | Posted 01.28.2017 | Politics
Tavis Smiley

Marvin Kalb's career spans three decades of award-winning reporting and commentary for CBS and NBC, including a turn as host of the iconic political talk show Meet the Press.