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Germany, Anti-Islam, and Vladimir Putin

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Stephen Schwartz

Why are anti-Islam rallies taking place in a part of Germany where there are almost no Muslims? One explanation might be that having little experience with Muslims, the inhabitants of Dresden are frightened of any newcomers, especially refugees from Syria. But other factors merit consideration.

Spies That Live Among Us

Joe Navarro | Posted 10.31.2014 | Crime
Joe Navarro

With satellites, Internet security breaches and code breaking, can't the Russians get the information they need without resorting to moles? The answer may surprise you.

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 10.23.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Visiting Russia three times in 2014 as the Ukraine crisis unfolded was insightful. For current events, but also for a look at what sites are being restored, opened and primed for tourists.

The Flawed Logic of Russian Sanctions (and Why They Might Be Useful Anyway)

Kimberly Marten | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

Western sanctions are harming the Russian economy, but that doesn't mean they will achieve anything the West wants in Ukraine.

Why Sanctions Against Russia Might Backfire

Kimberly Marten | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

The lesson from the past decade around the world is that the United States and its allies cannot control the internal politics of foreign countries. When they try, they often end up with a worse situation than they faced originally.

The Belarus Free Theatre: Committing Dangerous Acts

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Arts
Marcia G. Yerman

Tthe hardships of living under the claustrophobic and brutal Belarusian regime of death squads, disappeared persons and jailings has gone under the radar. Hopefully, this documentary will boost concern and ignite interest and support for those who are suffering.

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....

My Take on 'The Americans'

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

One draws from The Americans the realization that the KGB, with its division of "wet operations" (assassinations) is far more lethal than most Americans ever dreamed of. Clandestine activity is not just a way of life, it is a way of Russian life.

"The Blonde": A Talk With Anna Godbersen

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 07.12.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Anna Godbersen is the bestselling author of The Luxe series and Bright Young Things. Her new novel, The Blonde, is her first foray into adult fiction and is a compulsively gripping read.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Why the West Gets Putin So Wrong

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.10.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Putin is being consistent with his training in martial arts and the KGB -- he is disciplined, calculating, precise, and seized an opportunity that presented itself in pursuit of his objectives. His thought process is not driven by Western principles, but, rather, realpolitik.

'Just Because You're Paranoid Doesn't Mean...' Putin Paranoia Borne Out by U.S. Attempt at 'Color Revolution' in Cuba

William Bradley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

You know the old saying. Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

Retired U.S. Air Force Major General Chris Adams: The Cold War -- Then and Now?

Soul Dancer | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Soul Dancer

If history is our teacher, what have we learned regarding the cold war? According to Chris Adams, a published cold war historian, we've much to learn ...

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.

Russia's Economy -- a Crevasse in Putin's Armor

Michael Kay | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Michael Kay

It may be too late for the U.S. administration to salvage Crimea in the short term. But crafting an energy strategy that bolsters future geopolitical security for Europe and Ukraine would exploit the homemade crevasse in Putin's armor.

Ukraine 2014 Is Grenada 1983

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Sarwar Kashmeri

Before the U.S. gets too worked up about the Russian "invasion" of Ukraine, it should recall its own invasion in 1983 of the idyllic island of Grenada some 100 miles from the United States.

5 Reasons America is the Villain Hollywood Needs

Elford Alley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Comedy
Elford Alley

You know what's missing from the latest James Bond films, or any of our recent action movies? A villain. With the Cold War over and the Soviet Unio...

Dear Mr. Putin: How Dare You?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 11.13.2013 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Dear Mr. Putin: I read your NY Times op-ed Thursday. I have two questions for you: how dare you, and, what the hell were you thinking? But I mu...

UK Halts Inquiry Into Ex-Spy's Mysterious Death

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2013 | World

By Michael Holden LONDON, July 12 (Reuters) - The British government has turned down a request for a public inquiry into the murd...

Latest Snowden Revelations: How Very Far We've Come From the Days of 'Gentlemen Do Not Read Each Other's Mail'

William Bradley | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
William Bradley

Where do we draw the line on surveillance? Or will we draw no line at all, using 9/11 as the rationale for an era of ubiquitous surveillance of all, demonstrable friend and potential foe alike?

Putin's Stage

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
Joe Peyronnin

Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin loves being the center of attention. And his decision not to extradite fugitive Edward Snowden to the United States has now found him at the center of an East-West standoff.

Welcome to the Decentralization of Your Life

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

The world has become de-centralized. Your life is decentralized in ways you could not have imagined even 10 years ago. You carry the power of what was the world's most powerful computer 20 years ago in your pocket now.

Tselkov In New York: Brutal Beauty at the Back of the Candy-Store

Simon Hewitt | Posted 07.27.2013 | Arts
Simon Hewitt

After wowing London with his Last Supper at Saatchi during the Winter, Oleg Tselkov hit New York this Spring.

Amnesty International Offices Searched

AP | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors and tax police searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International and several other rights groups Monday, c...

Museum of Communism: Prague's Past Lives on in Cuba's Present

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The first surprise was at the entrance, where the woman who was selling tickets had the courtesy to let me pass free, due to the fact -- she explained -- that I came from Cuba.