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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

Ukraine: The Consequences of Far Right World War II Revisionism

(41) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 6:16 PM

Beset with military conflict in the form of Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine has sought to cultivate crucial foreign and diplomatic support for its cause. To be sure, Kiev seeks tactical military advantage over its adversaries though a no less significant public relations war has also assumed key importance. Within the high...

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Ukrainian Diaspora Must Jettison Right Wing Tendencies

(4) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 4:10 PM

Though World War II has long since concluded, the conflict still lives on for many in Ukraine and the country's foreign Diaspora. For Kiev, which has been locked in a deadly stalemate with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the public relations stakes are high. While Moscow has sought to exploit...

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Ukraine: In the Midst of War, Debate Swirls Around Soviet-Era Famine

(27) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Even as the conflict with Russian-backed separatists smolders, Kiev has ratcheted up a no less ferocious public relations war. Hoping to bolster its case against Moscow, Ukraine as well as the country's foreign Diaspora have zeroed in on the so-called Holodomor or Stalinist-induced famine of 1932-33. In an effort to...

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Ukraine: World War II Fiasco Leads to Public Relations Disaster and Thorny Questions for Kiev and Foreign Diaspora

(219) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 2:23 PM

For Kiev, winning the public relations war against Vladimir Putin would seem to be a no-brainer. For a year now, the Kremlin has conducted a thinly-disguised war of aggression in eastern Ukraine resulting in the deaths of thousands. Yet Kiev seems intent on squandering any international public support it might...

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Note to Ukraine: Time to Reconsider Your Historic Role Models

(34) Comments | Posted May 27, 2015 | 2:10 PM

In the midst of tumultuous political and social ferment, as well as escalating military conflict with Russian-backed separatists, Ukraine is casting about for a national identity. What are the country's relevant values and symbols? As a relatively new and independent nation, Ukraine is seeking to answer such profound and pressing...

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More Than a Year After Annexation, Crimean Tatars Need Allies

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Amidst all the media frenzy surrounding Putin's nefarious destabilization efforts in Eastern Ukraine, other issues of vital importance have gone ignored. Take, for example, the plight of ethnic Tatars, a group which is predominantly Sunni Muslim and traces its roots back to Turkic and Mongol tribes. Physically, Tatar men are...

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Ukraine: Developing an Authentic 'Counter-Culture' Will Be Difficult

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 10:31 PM

As an idealist, I always like to assume that radical revolutions will inevitably cultivate a kind of "counter-culture" in opposition to the establishment and prevailing norms. Take, for example, the Mexican Revolution with its mural art, or even the Russian Revolution which in its initial phase at least spurred great...

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Ukraine, Politics of History and Jewish Identity: A Personal Story

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 2:44 PM

To the extent that Western media focuses on Ukraine at all, it tends to focus primarily on Kiev's war with Russian-backed separatists in the east of the country. Yet dig a little deeper and it becomes clear that Ukraine confronts many other significant problems that are frequently neglected or overlooked....

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Ukraine: What's the Role of Religion in Post-Maidan Milieu?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 7:15 PM

During a recent trip to Kiev, I was struck by mementos placed in and around Kiev's Maidan square. The plaques featured individual photo portraits of fallen martyrs -- the so-called "Heavenly Hundred" who had sacrificed their lives during violent protests against the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych. What particularly got...

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Ukraine: Will Maidan Spark a Revolution in Gender Equality?

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:54 PM

Just what were last year's protests in Kiev square all about? By now we have all heard the official version of events. Concerned lest the government of Viktor Yanukovych tilt Ukraine toward the Kremlin, demonstrators occupied Maidan square and pushed for a so-called association agreement with the European Union. Once...

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Ukraine: Enough With Stale Insider Debates in the Media

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 10:24 PM

To the extent that U.S. media covers Ukraine at all, outlets tend to focus on "what's good" for "the west" and how "we" can outflank Vladimir Putin. Going overboard with the geopolitical analysis, the media invites wonky policy insiders to discuss how "U.S. interests" should be deployed in the fight...

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Welcome to Ukraine: Wild West of Populist Politics

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 8:46 PM

In the wake of revolution and the midst of war, Ukrainian politics is becoming increasingly more volatile. Intent on proving their anti-establishment bona fides, public figures are turning to firebrand populism in an effort to bolster their own "authenticity" and folksiness. In a sense, the rise of populist politics and...

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Ukraine: Insider Oligarchs Derail Maidan Revolution

(7) Comments | Posted February 28, 2015 | 11:48 AM

In the midst of war and heightened nationalism in Ukraine, many demonstrators who participated in protests at Maidan Square just one year ago are gripped with a profound sense of shock and wonder what has happened to their country. During the revolt in Kiev which eventually ousted the unpopular government...

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Welcome to Ukraine: One of the 'Biggest Kleptocracies in the World'

(104) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 9:39 PM

With all the media frenzy centering upon hostilities in Ukraine, it's easy to lose track of the original goals of the Maidan revolution which occurred one year ago. Just what was the revolt all about in the first place? It's a somewhat tricky question to ask since rebellion against the...

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Coming of Age: Ukraine's Maidan Student Generation Assesses Next Moves

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 7:48 PM

Modern history has shown that student movements are often in the vanguard of radical social change, and Ukraine is no exception. One year ago on Maidan square, Kiev's young generation played a pivotal role in protests which eventually managed to topple the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych. Since then, Ukraine...

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Maidan One Year Later: What Happened to the Social Component?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 3:05 PM

Amidst increasing hostilities in Ukraine, many of the social aims of the Maidan revolution could be lost or simply forgotten. That, at least, is the impression I got from speaking to activists on the independent left circuit, not to be confused with the old Soviet and authoritarian left. During my...

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Note to Ukraine: Stop Whitewashing the Political Record

(64) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 4:34 PM

Listen too much to Kremlin pronouncements, and one might get the impression that the Ukrainian government in Kiev is comprised of nothing less than a malevolent and sinister fascist junta. In light of Putin's own authoritarian tendencies, not to mention Russia's support for Ukrainian separatists, such talk is highly ironic...

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Ukraine: Nationalist Flags, Insignia and Curious Symbolism

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:46 PM

A year ago, during protests against the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych, Kiev's Maidan square was full of activist encampments and a plethora of diverse political flags. On the Maidan, nationalism was often associated with pro-European Union sentiment, and indeed EU blue and yellow flags could be seen fluttering alongside...

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In Midst of War, Ukrainian Political Left Ponders Next Moves

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 4:33 PM

To the extent that the mainstream media cover Ukraine at all, they tend to frame Kiev's conflict with Kremlin-backed Russian separatists as a zero-sum game pitting Vladimir Putin against the U.S. and its Western allies. Yet beneath all the wonky geopolitical chatter, Ukraine's independent left -- which must be distinguished...

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

(51) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 6:16 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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