iOS app Android app

Soviet Union

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.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

Former Radical, Bestselling Author: Obama Is a 'Racist' and 'Communist'

Kevin Price | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Kevin Price

If conservative victory requires broad-based appeal, I'm not sure Horowitz's message resonates. He believes Rome is in fact burning, but that he is one of very few who have any clue of our predicament. That type of messaging is passionate, but its chances of success are doubtful.

Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your "Cossack" Pride

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Confronted with an existential threat in the form of Vladimir Putin, Ukraine is embracing patriotism and, in some cases, nationalist symbolism. In Uk...

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I usually find TV award shows as primarily fluff and hype, and they rarely stir deep emotions in me. However, listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's acceptance speech in the Best Actor category at the American Film Awards ceremonies for his portrayal of Alan Turing in the film "The Imitation Game" brought me to tears.

Why the China/Russia Rapprochement Won't Last

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Being a big believer in the lessons taught by history, I'm inclined to think that the current 'love fest' between China and Russia will probably have a limited shelf life.

On Memory, Loss, and the Holocaust

Kati Marton | Posted 01.10.2015 | Books
Kati Marton

Active engagement in public life is the most meaningful way to honor those we have lost, in my case my grandparents, my parents and my husband -- who did so much to fight the bullies and the demagogues on the world stage -- all the while putting up with a feisty Hungarian wife for 17 years.

Cuba's Wall Has Not Fallen ... But It Is Not Eternal

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

While Eastern Europe shrugged off the long embrace of the Kremlin, Fidel Castro screamed from the dais, promising in the name of everybody that we would never give up.

My Appeal to Our Leaders and to All of Us: Let Us Think, Propose and Act Together

Mikhail Gorbachev | Posted 01.08.2015 | World
Mikhail Gorbachev

Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in the dialogue between major powers is of enormous concern. The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it's already begun.

Fall of the Red Empire

Eric Margolis | Posted 01.07.2015 | Politics
Eric Margolis

Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet empire in Eastern Europe was collapsing. The Berlin Wall had been breached. The Communist East German government was literally swept away by the storm tide of history.

25 Years Later, Another Wall Is Rising Between the West and Russia

Artyom Lukin | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Artyom Lukin

The end of the Cold War, epitomized by the Berlin Wall destruction, quickly came to be seen by the West as its own triumphant victory and the USSR/Russia's unconditional surrender. Hence Russia was to be treated as a second-rank country, a regional power at best, that was expected to obediently follow whatever directions may have come from Washington and Brussels. The problem was the Russians did not share this view of themselves as a defeated nation obliged to accept the victors' terms.

The Night the Wall Came Down

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Dorian de Wind

I personally will never forget the night of Nov. 9, 1989, the night when "the Wall came down." I was living and working in Brussels, Belgium at the time and watched, via live TV, history being made.

Why Putin Believes Democracy Is a Wicked Conspiracy To Destroy Russia

Ghia Nodia | Posted 12.27.2014 | World
Ghia Nodia

Russia's geopolitical collapse occurred in part because Russians (not to mention their "captive nations" in Central and Eastern Europe) were seduced into believing that Western-style democracy and free markets worked better.

Lech Walesa Meets Cuban Democracy Activists in Warsaw

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

Yesterday, Monday, Walesa talked for more than two hours with a group of activists from diverse provinces and political leanings. It was if a piece of Cuba had arrived in the autumn cold of Wasaw.

What Was It Like to Be in the Soviet Union Just After It Collapsed?

Quora | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Quora

I was 18-20 at the time. It was a very difficult time, and I would not characterize it as a feeling of freedom. Freedom was the last thing everyone was thinking about, but the inflation, food, and shortage of everything else were foremost on everyone's mind.

The Year's Most Talked About Documentary So Far

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.13.2014 | Entertainment

"Red Army" is one of the year's most talked about documentaries, with critics raving after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Examining the Sov...

Ebola and National Security

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The discussions quietly occurring in the corridors of the White House, CIA, Pentagon, and in other capitals throughout the world certainly point to grave concern on the part of policy and decision makers about the possibility of a worst-case scenario becoming reality.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

World War II, Through the Eyes of a Red Army Medic

Brian Kahn | Posted 12.07.2014 | World
Brian Kahn

She had brought photographs of herself before, during and after the Great War, and she spread them on the table. The last showed her standing straight wearing a dozen medals and ribbons common in photos of Red Army veterans.

Behind A Hero's Mask -- A Very Dangerous Personality

Joe Navarro | Posted 12.07.2014 | Crime
Joe Navarro

There was no apology for putting millions of lives in jeopardy, for betraying his country, for involving others, for giving the Soviet Union the very information which according to one NATO general would have "assured the destruction of the West." The only things he cared about was himself and money -- lots of money.

It's Time to Talk About Cuba, Part 2

Kate Oberdorfer | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Kate Oberdorfer

Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, provoked by Cuba's military presence in Angola, wanted to stop its military from spreading to other African countries and organized the Washington Special Actions Group to draw the plans.

Photographer Risks Nuclear Radiation To Capture Haunting Post-Soviet Landscapes

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 09.16.2014 | World

In a haunting legacy of the Cold War, the remains of secret military cities still scatter the lands that were once part of the Soviet Union. Award-win...

If Not Us, Who?

David Harris | Posted 11.14.2014 | World
David Harris

I was one of the six Americans selected to live and work in the Soviet Union in the fall of 1974. I was 25 years old. And I went with a sense of youthful idealism, believing that such person-to-person contact could help ease tensions between nations.