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Agents of Change: 5 Inspiring Souls Worthy of Our Attention Right Now

Greg Archer | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

They walk among us -- those agents of change. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are. Take note of five stand-outs creating significant sea changes.

5 Reasons Feb. 10, 1940, Should Be Remembered

Greg Archer | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Greg Archer

The events that unfolded on this day back in Eastern Poland may still haunt those who lived through the experience and managed to come out the other side alive. However, the rest of the world is not yet fully aware of what took place and the ripple effects that remain.

Syriza in Athens and Putin in Moscow: An Unholy Alliance?

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 02.06.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Islam is by no means the only faith in which evil intentions are covered by pious phrases. The fantasy of a new Christian Orthodox empire should alarm the world no less than the tremors of the financial markets or the status of the euro.

Bully for Ancestry: How I Went From Glitz to the Gulags and Grew

Greg Archer | Posted 01.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Greg Archer

I remember when it first happened. Several years ago, I was sitting across from John Travolta at a round table press interview for a film the actor ...

Bully for Ancestry: My Journey Into the Past Uncovered a Forgotten Polish Odyssey

Greg Archer | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

These may be heady questions, but now that we're 15 years into the 21st Century--yes, that's a jawdropper when you think about it--and the future has, basically, arrived, ironically, we find ourselves in the midst of another phenomena: Looking back into the past.

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.

Three Minutes to Remember: How Glenn Kurtz Resurrected a Forgotten Jewish Town In Poland and Its Citizens

Greg Archer | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Greg Archer

I thought that I had done my part--simply write something about what my Polish family and their comrades had experienced. I was horribly wrong in that assessment.

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.

Movie Review: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 -- Action, Interrupted

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.21.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

At this point, it seems pretty pointless to review a new entry in The Hunger Games series. 

Agents of Change: 5 Enterprising People Worthy Of Your Attention

Greg Archer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Good News
Greg Archer

Sophia Turkiewicz They walk among us--those agents of change--but sometimes, we just need to be reminded of who they are, especially in an era that...

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 11.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

The Irony of Current Russian-Ukrainian Relations

John Brown | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
John Brown

In all the wise commentary on the tragic Russia-Ukraine situation, I have seen few observations (admissions?) that 20th-century Ukraine is essentially a Soviet geopolitical construction.

Interview: What Will It Take to Rein in Rightwing Nationalism in Ukraine?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.20.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Recently, I caught up with Marko Bojcun, a Ukraine expert and political scientist at London Metropolitan University. Bojcun has worked in Ukraine on and off for 20 years, and was recently shouted down by rightists in a Kiev bookstore when he attempted to engage in a discussion about the historic role of Leon Trotsky.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

Biden Was Right

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It may not have solved everything, but dividing Iraq up at least had the best chance for success. It might have allowed what is happening now to have happened in a more organized fashion, with a lot less violence and death. Or, to put it another way, Joe Biden was right.

Heroes of the Great Patriotic War

Tom Teicholz | Posted 08.15.2014 | Arts
Tom Teicholz

At the University of Southern California (USC), a giant story of Jewish history has been writ large in a small exhibition titled "Lives of the Great Patriotic War: The Untold Story of Soviet Jewish Soldiers in the Red Army during WWII."

Vienna 1913: Monumental Historical Figures

Steven Clifford | Posted 08.02.2014 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

An amazing recent discovery of a handwritten diary from 1913 proves that such historic personalities as Freud, Adler, Wittgenstein, Hitler, Stalin, Schoenberg, Berg, Kokoschka, Klimt and Schiele knew each other intimately.

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Overcoming the Emotions That Discourage Us From Giving to Those in Need

David Ropeik | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
David Ropeik

Studies have found that people donate more to save two lives out of four potential victims, than to save the same two lives if they are two of 1,700 possible victims.

Karski's Story of a Secret State -- A Primer on the Polish Ethos

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.28.2014 | Books
Alex Storozynski

First published in 1944, Karski's book reads like a spy novel on steroids. But you can't make this stuff up. The truth is indeed more horrible than fiction.

Why Pacifism Was Modified: Vladimir Putin

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Strict pacifism's weaknesses glare when we review a bygone era that ran on different assumptions: The fascist threat rendered the political Left less dovish in the 1930s.

McCain: Situation In Ukraine 'Hearkens Back To The Days Of Adolf Hitler And Joseph Stalin'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Friday that the crisis in Ukraine resembles the geopolitical factors at play when Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin led...

Adventures in the Crimean Peninsula, a Reminiscence of Time Spent in the 'Gem of the Soviet Union' with the Crimean Tatars.

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Brian Glyn Williams

With the headlines speaking of a Russian invasion of the Crimea, I fear for the ancient Tatars who warmly welcomed me to their communities and hope they don't find themselves again facing repression at the hands of their historic oppressors, the Russians.