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Nikolas Kozloff
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Nikolas Kozloff is the author of Hugo Chavez: Oil, Politics and the Challenge to the U.S. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), No Rain in the Amazon: How South America's Climate Change Affects the Entire Planet (Palgrave Macmilan, 2010), and a recently released novel, Post Academic Stress Disorder. Visit his blog at Also check out his new web site, Revolutionary Handbook.

Entries by Nikolas Kozloff

Poland Embracing Multi-Ethnic Past, So What's Wrong With Ukraine?

(5) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 7:16 PM

Despite its less than stellar attitude towards the Jews, Poland seems intent on coming to terms with its wartime past. Take for example the case of the provincial Polish town of Kutno, which stages impressive concerts of Jewish music. According to a recent report in the BBC, all of the...

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Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

(41) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 7:04 PM

Judging from events, Ukraine has even now failed to come to terms with the legacy of the Second World War. Recently, spectators in Kiev were graced with a divisive sight: outside parliament, protesters clashed with police after legislators failed to support a bill recognizing the Ukrainian Insurgent Army or UPA....

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Buffeted By Political Firestorm, Crimean Minorities Forced to Choose

(5) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 11:17 PM

As tensions are ratcheted up between Ukraine and the Kremlin, Jews have been forced to choose sides. In the Crimea, two small minority groups, the Karaites and Krymchaks, have been caught in the political crosshairs. Crimean Karaites, a Turkic-speaking ethnic group, have backed Russia's annexation of Crimea, while the Krymchaks,...

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Ukraine: What Is the Position of Ethnic Minorities? An Activist Speaks

(2) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 8:37 PM

While the media has focused on political and even military friction between Ukrainians and Russians, few have paid much attention to the status of other ethnic minorities living within Ukraine. Recently, while I was conducting research in Kyiv, I interviewed Denis Pilash, a left-wing political activist who hails from the...

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

(53) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Confronted with an existential threat in the form of Vladimir Putin, Ukraine is embracing patriotism and, in some cases, nationalist symbolism. In Ukrainian consciousness, the notion of the "Cossack" looms large, and during recent protests against the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych and subsequent drive to war with Russian separatists,...

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Ebola Crisis: What About China's Role?

(5) Comments | Posted November 7, 2014 | 2:58 PM

In the wake of the Ebola outbreak, the media have asked what role Washington ought to play in halting the advance of the deadly disease. Moreover, many countries hope the Obama administration will use and deploy vast U.S. resources so as to head off Ebola. As the world's paramount power,...

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Vladimir Putin, Ukraine, Oil and the Marine Environment

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 10:44 PM

It is to be hoped that a recent ceasefire between Ukraine and separatist rebels will hold, yet as tensions are ratcheted up few have given consideration to how military conflict could affect the local environment. It's hardly an idle thought, since Ukraine and Russia are now battling over oil and...

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Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

(30) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 8:38 PM

If recent developments are any indication, South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end...

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Interview: What Can Be Expected From Ukrainian Right in the Midst of Political and Military Crisis?

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2014 | 7:03 PM

In addition to the military crisis in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of pro-Russian separatist rebels, Kiev now confronts a growing political crisis as the country gears up for new elections. What can we expect from the Ukrainian right, and how will nationalist forces seek to profit from escalating tensions...

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Mercurial Tango: Putin's Odd Courtship of Argentina

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 10:25 PM

In light of the history, Argentina seems like the last country one would expect to embrace Russia and Vladimir Putin. Indeed, during the Cold War Buenos Aires was ruled by a military junta firmly allied to the U.S. In what came to be known as the "Dirty War," Argentine generals...

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

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:54 PM

As tensions rise in Ukraine between the Kiev government and Russian separatists, nationalists have sought to capitalize on the conflict by advancing a right wing and intolerant political agenda. Such ideas threaten the notion of promoting a more pluralistic and multi-ethnic Ukraine. What are the current stakes in Kiev, and...

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A Tale of Boko Haram, Political Correctness, Feminism and the Left

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 1:38 AM

As the situation confronting kidnapped women in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, the need for international solidarity has never been greater. The 276 teenage women, who were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist group Boko Haram, have been held captive for more than a month. What is worse, there have been reports...

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Ukraine Crisis: Hands Off Transcarpathia!

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:49 PM

As the Ukrainian crisis worsens, and the central government is revealed as incompetent and ineffectual, outside powers are stirring up mischief within the country's restive regions. Having already annexed Crimea without a hitch, Putin has now set his sights on Eastern Ukraine. But while the world remains fixated on Donetsk,...

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A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 7:49 PM

There are certain subjects that progressives tend to shy away from for their own ideological reasons. Concerned lest it provide ammunition to the right, the left downplays many retrograde practices associated with political Islam. In a sense, such a development is hardly surprising: for years the left has criticized U.S....

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EuroMaidan Left to the West: Where's My Solidarity?

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 8:22 PM

As East-West tensions steadily deteriorate, Ukrainian leftists may wonder what has become of their Western counterparts. Locked into a rigid ideological mindset, European and U.S. leftists have consistently ignored radicals in Kiev or sought to cast aspersions on the overall political character of the EuroMaidan movement. The underlying reasons for...

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A Tale of Ukraine, Crimea Crisis and Glenn Greenwald

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:30 AM

As the political crisis in Ukraine has continued to unfold, we've heard a lot from right wing ideologues about what "we" should do in terms of East-West relations. Indeed, time and time again conservative media pundits and far right hawks tend to frame international politics as a zero sum game...

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Ukraine Crisis: Time for Thorough Overhaul of the International Left

(6) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:06 PM

When they are not prattling on about lost Malaysia flight 370, the mainstream media try to uncover the unfolding Ukrainian crisis as best they can. In practice, that usually means giving over precious air time to foreign policy wonks, insiders and aging Cold War dinosaurs who are now given a...

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Crimea and the Left: It's an Intellectual Wasteland Out There

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 4:43 PM

As tensions ratchet up between Russia and the U.S. over the Crimea crisis, the American left seems to be lost in the wilderness and caught in a silly intellectual straightjacket. Leveling a heavy indictment of Vladimir Putin's power grab in the Ukraine seems to be a no-brainer, but you would...

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New Christie Attack Dog Attorney No Friend to Ecuador's Indigenous Peoples

(1) Comments | Posted January 20, 2014 | 12:16 AM

In a recent column, journalist Chris Hedges compares New Jersey governor Chris Christie to a "Third World despot." In a rhetorical flourish, Hedges writes that if the New Jersey governor ever becomes president "the corporate state's repression, now on the brink of totalitarianism, would with the help of...

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Al-Jazeera America's Strategic Missteps

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:18 PM

At long last, I have finally been able to tune into al-Jazeera America, which is now available in the New York metropolitan area on cable television. How does the new network stack up? For me, the current coverage is decidedly mixed. If anything, al-Jazeera America is committing many...

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