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The Cold War Never Died

John Feffer | Posted 09.11.2014 | World
John Feffer

Let's stop talking about the Cold War's revival as if Vladimir Putin is the one who raised the dead. We are the vampire hunters who failed to drive a stake through its heart. So we shouldn't be surprised, when we go out for a stroll one day to survey our domain, to hear the click of sharp teeth poised to tear into its latest victim.

Hillary vs. the Media: Real War? Phony War? Or Good Cause?

William Bradley | Posted 07.08.2014 | Media
William Bradley

Hillary vs. the media bit is a good narrative frame for her, no matter its accuracy. It's certainly accurate enough to have some credibility. And then there's the fact that the public doesn't think much of the news media. This week, in fact, we've seen how it can work for her.

Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The U.S. should tone down the rhetoric and concentrate on the core issues for worldwide peace and accept the Crimean reality. The solution will evolve slowly, if we let it.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

Putin's Gambit and Obama's Recurring Russia Problem

William Bradley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama and Russia, again. It's an ongoing storyline, President Barack Obama's chronic problem in properly reading Russia and in particular, President Vladimir Putin. We're shocked that Putin would intervene militarily in Crimea. Why?

David Stockman and Jeffrey Sachs: Smart Men From Whose Failures We Have Much to Learn

David Paul | Posted 06.06.2013 | Politics
David Paul

The deep pain and tragedy of unintended consequences are experiences that Stockman and Sachs share, and that they each carry with them to this day. We need them to write about that, because that is where they have the greatest insight to offer, and the side of their stories that people most need to understand.

Thank You, Mitt Romney!

James Zogby | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
James Zogby

With one factually wrong, decidedly insensitive, and patently biased comment, Mitt Romney did more to focus U.S. media attention on the Palestinian economy than any other development in the past two decades.

Conor O'Clery's Moscow, December 25, 1991 Captures End of Soviet Union

Steve Kettmann | Posted 11.13.2011 | Books
Steve Kettmann

The dissolution of the Soviet empire -- and the resulting end of the Cold War -- is the single most decisive development of recent decades and yet we remain ignorant of what happened -- and why.

Bill Clinton Says He Followed Helmut Kohl's Lead

Steve Kettmann | Posted 07.17.2011 | World
Steve Kettmann

I was on hand Monday night in Berlin with Angela Merkel and a tent full of luminaries to hear Bill Clinton give former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl the night of his life.

HuffPost Review: Countdown to Zero

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

I still marvel at the simplicity and effectiveness of Al Gore and Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth as a model of a documentary that manages to...

Obama Does Moscow, and Vice Versa

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
William Bradley

Unlike most of the rest of Europe, Russia is hardly in the grips of Obamamania. He's certainly more popular than George W. Bush or John McCain, but that's damning with faint praise.

Medvedev Interview: Russian President Breaks From Putin In Landmark Interview With Opposition Newspaper

Huffington Post | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Breaking with the tone established by his predecessor Vladimir Putin, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev stated outright in an interview with a well-kn...

Chuck Hagel Will Help Obama Find his "Inner Nixon"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Rumors are swirling that Chuck Hagel -- and Colin Powell -- may both endorse Barack Obama in the days shortly after this debate. I have no idea if that is true -- and to some degree it doesn't matter.