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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

Message to Bernie: Be More Creative In Effort to Win Iowa Latino Vote

(29) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 4:44 PM

With polls tightening in advance of the critical Iowa Caucus, media outlets have sat up and taken notice of maverick insurgent candidate Bernie Sanders. With momentum on his side, the independent senator from Vermont might be able to replicate the unstoppable Obama coalition of 2008, yet in certain critical respects...

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Question for Bernie: Whatever Happened to Your Mayoral Foreign Policy?

(7) Comments | Posted January 7, 2016 | 5:24 PM

Since he began his long-shot bid for the presidency, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has spoken of the need for a veritable "political revolution." In earlier articles, I have suggested that Sanders could sharpen or deepen the meaning of his revolution, and in some ways Bernie has run a...

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Question for Bernie: ¿Dónde Está Mi Revolución?

(150) Comments | Posted January 1, 2016 | 2:11 PM

Ever since he launched his long-shot bid for the presidency, Bernie Sanders has urged his followers to carry out a veritable "political revolution." Bernie has been far too cautious, however, when it comes to defining the contours of such a revolution. When pressed, he declares that his followers should come...

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Bernie and Immigration: Reclaiming the Concept of "Open Borders"

(72) Comments | Posted December 19, 2015 | 4:32 PM

To hear Bernie Sanders speak, you'd think that merely espousing the notion of "open borders" immediately pegs one as some kind of right wing libertarian zealot. In a Vox interview, the Democratic presidential aspirant declared that open borders was equivalent to a "Koch brothers proposal." Influential Charles and...

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Letter to Bernie: Your "Revolutionary Messaging" Could Be More Revolutionary

(16) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 5:12 PM

Since Obama first emerged on the political scene, the social media landscape has evolved considerably. Over the past two electoral cycles, the mobile industry and internet-based services have mushroomed. In 2007, just as Obama was becoming a national figure, the iPhone had yet to be released and text messaging was...

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Message to Bernie: Stop Frittering Away Your Political Revolution

(89) Comments | Posted November 27, 2015 | 7:56 PM

After an energetic and dynamic summer, the Bernie Sanders campaign seems to have stalled. With the Benghazi hearings behind her and the e-mail scandal receding, at least for the time being, Hillary Clinton has regained political momentum and much of the pundit class has returned to its usual establishment mantra...

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Ukraine: Stop Harassing Us Over Oppressed Minorities --- We're Too Busy Fighting Russia

(9) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 5:00 PM

Though it's not commonly known, Ukraine's LGBT community played a significant role in the Maidan revolution which toppled the unpopular government of Viktor Yanukovych some two years ago. Careful not to upset or alienate conservative nationalist elements at the Maidan, LGBT protesters made a tactical decision not to promote their...

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Ukraine and Poland: Same Old Backward Rightwing Elements

(13) Comments | Posted October 29, 2015 | 4:26 PM

Over the past two years or so, I have developed a keen awareness of the wounded pride, historical revisionism and backward rightwing nationalism which characterizes swathes of Eastern European society. I didn't develop my views by actively seeking out such elements, but rather they found me.


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As Cold War II Looms, Washington Courts Nationalist, Rightwing - Catholic, Xenophobic Poland

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 6:41 PM

From Syria to Ukraine, a pesky and newly reinvigorated Vladimir Putin is testing the west. In this new geopolitical face-off, Poland has assumed key strategic importance and will no doubt play a hugely significant diplomatic and even military role. Already, NATO has taken steps to shore up its eastern European...

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Kiev Right Wing Violence: Time for Poroshenko to Look in the Mirror?

(6) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Amidst the emergence of politically-right-wing forces in Kiev, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko claims to be shocked and outraged by recent violence. Speaking in reference to an explosion which killed three members of the national guard outside parliament and left another officer in a coma, Poroshenko called the attack "an anti-Ukrainian...

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Ukraine: The Consequences of Far Right World War II Revisionism

(46) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 7:16 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 | 5:10 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 | 6:00 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

(218) Comments | Posted June 29, 2015 | 3:23 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 | 3:10 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 | 5:07 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 | 11:31 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 | 3:44 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 | 8:15 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 17, 2015 | 12:54 AM

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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