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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, 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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Ukraine: Still Failing on World War II

(90) Comments | Posted December 25, 2014 | 6:04 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 | 10:17 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

(3) Comments | Posted December 19, 2014 | 7:37 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 | 1:15 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 | 1:58 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 | 9:44 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 | 7:38 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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