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Power Drain

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

The U.S. now stood alone. Initially, Washington was stunned. After all, as one observer put it, "the end of history" had been reached -- and there, amid the rubble of other systems and powers, lay an imperial version of liberal democracy and a capitalist system freed of even the thought of global competitors and constraints. Or so it seemed.

Why Germany Can't Avoid a Larger Military Commitment to NATO

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Germany's position as Europe's leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin's extra-territorial activities.

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.

Former NATO Commander: Russia Is An 'Adversary' Until Proven Otherwise

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

As NATO leaders wrapped up a two-day summit in the city of Wales on Friday, the organization's former military commander warned that its member states...

Brzezinski: NATO Should Stop Putin From Restoring Czarist Empire

The WorldPost | Nathan Gardels | Posted 09.03.2014 | World

Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, remains one of America’s top strategic thinkers going back t...

A New, Senseless Cold War Is Now Inevitable

Vasily Kashin | Posted 09.02.2014 | World
Vasily Kashin

The first Cold War was the result of the total opposition of two systems. This likely second Cold War, meanwhile, is simply the result of conflicting U.S. and Russian interests. It is a conflict that has spiraled out of control due to serious political mistakes, arrogance and lack of foresight on both sides. How long will this second Cold War last, and how will it end? There is a widespread belief among Chinese experts that the Ukrainian crisis has given China a 10-year "strategic break" in its clash with the U.S. This view is likely close to the truth.

U.S. Trained Alaskans As Secret Citizen-Agents In The Early Cold War Years

AP | By ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fisherm...

My Morning With Nixon

Jerelle Kraus | Posted 09.15.2014 | Arts
Jerelle Kraus

In 1983, I entered my New York Times office to a ringing telephone. "This is Ray Price, President Nixon's press secretary. He wants to speak to you." Then came the unmistakable voice

Canada Launches Cold War with Russia in the Arctic

Seriously Skewed | Posted 08.12.2014 | Comedy
Seriously Skewed

There seems to be a new Cold War brewing and it's not between the U.S. and Russia, but between Canada and Russia. The contentious issue is the North Pole, or more specifically, the seabed under the Arctic.

Russian-American Duet: How Do You Keep the Music Playing?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

How do you keep the music playing in a chaotic political climate where the only music being played is a dissonant duet with counter-melodies that never resolve, but instead contradict the common theme?

Why Russia Could Invade Ukraine

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The crisis in Ukraine continues to get worse against a backdrop of conflicting signals. Pro-Russian separatists have called for a ceasefire but Ukrainian forces continue to pound them in Donetsk.

A Proud Russkiy Citizen or an Unpatriotic Traitor of Mother Russia?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

I refuse to be defined by my passport -- both literally and metaphorically. Surely there's more to an individual than his personal identification number and/or the color of his passport?

New Cold War on the UN Stage and Closing Curtain on 'We the People'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The UN is as much stage as platform for diplomatic exchange, and the Kremlin is no longer so keen on keeping the curtain up.

The Bolshoi in America: Cold War Deja Vu

Elizabeth Kiem | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Elizabeth Kiem

A week is an awfully long time when an international crisis is brewing; it's a good thing that everyone at the Koch Theater speaks "in one language."

Russia, the U.S., and Preservation of the Status Quo

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia is a well-ingrained enemy of the U.S., and vice versa. For that reason, not too much effort is required to dust off and re-oil the propaganda machines on both sides of the Atlantic.

Putin In Havana, Seeking an Ally or a Satellite?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Yoani Sanchez

Not a single official commentator has hinted at the dangers entailed in this approach, nor to the Russian government's need to use Latin America as a diplomatic "launching pad" against its old enemy, the U.S. In the midst of this renewed confrontation among the great powers, we are trapped as a disposable part.

U.S. Nuclear Missile System Is Really Old

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 09.07.2014 | Politics

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. (AP) — The Air Force asserts with pride that the nation's nuclear missile system, more than 40 years old and designed dur...

Former Georgian Leader Dies

AP | By MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) — Eduard Shevardnadze was a key figure in revolutions abroad and the victim of one at home. As the Soviet Union's foreign mini...

Soviet Cold War Spy Secrets Revealed

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

CAMBRIDGE, England (AP) — The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian dacha and read like an encyclopedia of Cold War espionage....

Cold War, Ruthless Power, and Toxic Agriculture

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Evaggelos Vallianatos

In 2014, instead of DDT, which thankfully EPA banned in 1972, we have the neonicotinoid insecticides (neonics) to satisfy the toxic addiction and practices of agribusiness men.

Even Just to Celebrate Our Differences: Why We Still Need Sports to Make Peace

Meicen Sun | Posted 09.01.2014 | Sports
Meicen Sun

To many of my friends in the U.S., sports often entail beer on a Sunday night. To some in Africa, it might mean making and playing with a football made from plastic bags. But this is exactly how sports unite by highlighting commonality among those who are otherwise very different.

25 Years Later, Ways to Explore The Rise And Fall Of The Berlin Wall

EuroCheapo | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel
EuroCheapo

With the big milestone coming up, we've compiled a list of 10 ways to explore the history of the Wall, its construction, dismantling, and the reunification of Germany.

'Silence Patton': First Victim of the Cold War

Robert Orlando | Posted 08.23.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise...

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

How America Is Replaying the Cold War and Russia Is Replaying World War II

Justinian Jampol | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Justinian Jampol

Reacting to historical periods that were enormously antagonistic and bloody to guide action on the emerging battlefield of eastern Ukraine has the potentiality for further escalating conflict, fueled by past victories and memory of old clashes.