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Joseph Stalin

Untold (or Retold?) History: Oliver Stone's Showtime Series

Robert Orlando | Posted 09.17.2014 | Entertainment
Robert Orlando

Stone's confrontation with myth should be embraced, yet I don't think this simplistic Left vs. Right dichotomy, while making good drama, is helpful. Nor is limiting evil to capitalism, when the bloody saga of state Communism has been condemned prima facie by 20th century history.

Obama: Mr. "We Don't Have A Strategy Yet" Does the Troubled NATO Summit

William Bradley | Posted 09.05.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Largely an exercise in fantasy, like the longest-running science fiction show on the planet, NATO, since the end of the Soviet superpower erased the Cold War fear of a Red Army surge through the heart of Western Europe to the Bay of Biscay, has been an institution in search of a new mission and an accident waiting to happen.

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Kerry as Churchill

Brent Budowsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

While commentators grow impatient with Kerry's Churchillian warnings about the consequences of failure in the Middle East peace process, the world might sadly witness how right Kerry is.

The Temptation of Moses Feigin

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 06.29.2014 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

This popular and exciting work, influenced by both Russian folk-art and European post-Impressionism, was nevertheless banned in 1931, when Stalin issued a decree forbidding such "degenerate" art, sanctioning only Social Realism.

McCain: Situation In Ukraine 'Hearkens Back To The Days Of Adolf Hitler And Joseph Stalin'

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) warned Friday that the crisis in Ukraine resembles the geopolitical factors at play when Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin led...

Vladimir Putin Can Learn A Lesson From History Taught By Joseph Stalin

Sheldon Filger | Posted 05.05.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

He would render a great service to his own country and world peace if he were to reflect on a costly lesson, well learned, by Russia's greatest and most ruthless Tsar.

Ukraine: Putin, Pride and Ports

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

The de facto expropriation of Crimea by Russia raises serious questions about the perceived legitimacy of the new government in Kiev, ethnicity in Ukraine, Russian history, Russian pride, and Russia's ability to project its power in the future.

From the Pinnacle of Power, Putin Stands Before the Abyss

David Paul | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
David Paul

The Sochi Olympic Games were supposed to mark the pinnacle of Putin power and prestige, but instead it may mark the moment of his undoing.

PHOTOS: Chavez Is Not The Only Dead Leader On Display

The Huffington Post | Carlo Davis | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

Thousands of Venezuelans spent hours waiting in line on Thursday to pay their respects to Hugo Chavez. According to the Associated Press, the line to ...

Stalin More Popular In Russia Now Than At End Of Soviet Union

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 03.01.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- An opinion survey commissioned by the Carnegie Endowment says that Soviet dictator Josef Stalin has remained widely admired in Russia and ot...

#StopSequestration: Not All Cuts Are Equal

Edward Headington | Posted 04.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Edward Headington

If ever there was a time to come together and remind ourselves that Peace Through (Economic) Strength is a virtue still embraced, it is now.

Happy Birthday Stalin

AP | MISHA DZHINDZHIKHASHVILI | Posted 12.21.2012 | World

TBILISI, Georgia -- People across the vast territory where Josef Stalin once imposed his terror have marked the 133rd anniversary of the dictator's bi...

IRS Complaint Filed Over Catholic Bishop's Obama Hitler Comment

AP | Posted 06.20.2012 | Chicago

PEORIA, Ill. — An Illinois Roman Catholic diocese whose bishop compared President Barack Obama's health care policies to actions taken by Adolf ...

Top Ten Koch Facts

Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava | Posted 06.09.2012 | Politics
Robert Greenwald and Jesse Lava

Everyone seems to be investigating Charles and David Koch lately, with exposés of their corrupt political behavior popping up in places like the New ...

Crimes Against Humanity--And Fashion: World's Worst-Dressed Dictators

TruTV.com | Posted 04.02.2012 | Weird News

Crushing entire nations can leave little time for wardrobe decisions. From Adolf Hitler to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, dictators past and present have on...

Want A Cast Of Stalin's Death Mask? It'll Cost You

Posted 01.24.2012 | World

Apparently the latest must-have item up for sale is a mold of a Russian communist leader's face. A cast of Joseph Stalin's death mask has been auct...

SMERSH: Stalin's Secret Weapon, Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII By Dr. Vadim Birstein

Holly Cara Price | Posted 03.13.2012 | Books
Holly Cara Price

Russian historian Dr. Vadim J. Birstein gives us a comprehensive look at SMERSH, Stalin's wartime terror apparatus, in his new book.

What Motivates Extremists? The True Believer, Eric Hoffer's 168-Page Classic, Has Some Answers

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 09.24.2011 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

Hoeffer's condemnation is a bitch slap to all those who believe so strongly in a cause that they want everybody else to believe in it. That single-mindedness is the core question of Hoffer's book: what kind of people become fanatics?

Anthony Weiner, Sarah Palin and the Case Against Apology

Stanley Bing | Posted 08.07.2011 | Media
Stanley Bing

Hey you, famous person now going about your business being stupid or venal or immoral or injudicious or criminal, even. When you get caught and the big, voracious media death star starts howling for your apology... stop.

A Morning Concert, A Revolution in Egypt

Albert Imperato | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Albert Imperato

Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony couldn't have been a more perfect thing to hear after learning of the revolution in Egypt.

Don't Blame Palin, Blame Stalin

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

For too many years in too many quarters, the name of the game has been blame. It seems that more and more people refuse to accept the responsibility f...

Putin Picks at Old Scab, Misses the Point of Cain and Abel

Alex Storozynski | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Storozynski

Putin hoped that pictures of him laying a wreath at Katyn would speak a thousand words to Poles, instead, his silence about the truth of the massacre broke a million hearts.

What the Health Care Bill Might Mean

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

If the Democrats can create some momentum of their own, and learn the lessons of health care, then they may be able to substantially reduce the electoral damage in November.

Russia Communists: Please Don't Criticize Stalin On His Birthday

AP | SIMON SHUSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOSCOW — The Russian Communist Party asked the nation Monday for a daylong moratorium on criticizing Soviet dictator Josef Stalin as they celebr...