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Why Won't Cuban News Tell Us What's Happening in Ukraine?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.08.2014 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

I imagine that many viewers, like me, watching that incoherent sequence, are asking themselves, "What? What's happening in the Ukraine?" But the official press can't answer us, because they can't even fulfill their role of telling us what's happening in Cuba.

Living in Putin's Neighborhood

Damon M. Wilson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Home
Damon M. Wilson

Putin's alpha male diplomacy binds personal humiliation, threats to cripple the economy, and the use of force to intimidate Russia's neighbors.

The Illusion of Color

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

On learning that there are still more than 700,000 black-and-white TVs in Cuba, I can't help but evoke the excited neighbors of my tenement using their fingertips to paint their cathode ray tubes.

PHOTOS: Creepy Shots Of Abandoned Soviet Bunker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Home

Russian photographer and urban explorer Sam Namos traveled to the town of Krasnokamianka in Crimea, Ukraine to capture photos of a subterranean Soviet...

If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.13.2013 | Home
Jesse Kornbluth

The message that our military has exported for the last half century --- America as a super-nation, as the exception to all rules --- has made its way around the world and has returned home. Too bad so few of us have read Chalmers Johnson.

Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 05.28.2013 | Home

You Are One Of Them by Elliott Holt $26.95, Penguin Press Published May 30th 2013 What is it about? The author's website describes it as "a haun...

LOOK: Scientists Bounce Laser Off Long-Lost Lunar Rover

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 04/30/2013 07:54 AM EDT on Scientists have successfully bounced a laser off the Soviet Union's old Lunokh...

Museum of Communism: Prague's Past Lives on in Cuba's Present

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2013 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

The first surprise was at the entrance, where the woman who was selling tickets had the courtesy to let me pass free, due to the fact -- she explained -- that I came from Cuba.

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.

The Russians, Back in Cuba With Their MasterCards

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2012 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

They walk among us and no one screams in fear, "The Soviets are back!" Because it's clear to everyone that they've returned and, swimming at our beaches or drinking a mojito in some tourist bar, they are -- clearly -- Russians.

Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | Home
Mark D. Steinberg

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.

Hearkening Back to the USSR

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

The U.S. must make itself attractive to its citizens, rather than penalize them for wanting to leave for more attractive destinations like Singapore.

Atomic Rate Rigging and the New China Syndrome

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Small wonder the death knell of new U.S. nukes may be upon us. Two reactors proposed for Florida will now, say its would-be builders, cost $24 billio...

Chavez in Cuba? Or Cuba in Chavez?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

Hugo Chavez has just left Cuba amid infinite speculation, and some alarming future scenarios are being woven around his health.

Benedict XVI, A Different Pope, Will Come to a Different Cuba

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 04.13.2012 | Home
Yoani Sanchez

The Catholics are preparing their liturgies and their pomp to receive Benedict XVI, while others wonder if his arrival will bring some significant transformation in the political or social situation of the nation.

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

Georgia: The Ultimate European Back Door

Rick Steves | Posted 02.07.2012 | Travel
Rick Steves

Where are all the tourists?

Nobel Peace Prize Controversies, Past And Present

Posted 12.07.2011 | Home

Congratulations from across the world this morning, as the Nobel Committee announced the laureates of its Peaze Price in Oslo today. The Committee rew...

Back in the USSR (You Don't Know How Lucky You Are)

Ken Blackwell | Posted 12.05.2011 | Home
Ken Blackwell

Vladimir Putin's Russian nickname would not be Vlad, but Vova. And the Russian word for what he is is vozhd. That's what Russians call the Boss. And Boss he is, to be sure.

WATCH: Soviet-Made Cars Still The Rage In Cuba

Posted 10.19.2011 | Home

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...

The Mongol Rally: Entering Turkmenistan for Dummies

Grif Peterson | Posted 10.13.2011 | Travel
Grif Peterson

Before disembarking, the first mate announced that the doctor would like to inspect all the Americans. There were 8 of us, too many for the doctor to be bothered with.

Somalia: Henry Kissinger and Me, Circa 1980

Richard Walden | Posted 10.08.2011 | Home
Richard Walden

At the time of Ronald Reagan's election, Somalia was sagely thought by Henry Kissinger to be ready for a tour de force, however off our collective radar screen it was at that time.

Found in Space: 50 Years After Yuri Gagarin

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 06.12.2011 | Home
Meg Waite Clayton

Fifty years ago today, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the Earth. During the flight, 190 miles above the globe, he sang to himself.

The Domino Theory Strikes Again: Who's Next?

Eric Lurio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Lurio

The next regime to go is Algeria. You may ask, "How do you know this? Didn't the police there just beat the crap out of the demonstrators a day or two...

Hunger for Change

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Craig K. Comstock

Sharply rising food prices have often meant trouble for governments, especially when people expect better and the cost of food is a big fraction of av...