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Russians Feel a Tempest Brewing

Ivan Sukhov | Posted 12.17.2014 | World
Ivan Sukhov

In the life of any country a situation can arise that requires a clear choice between positive change or stagnation and decline. At such times, only the collective will of the people can generate sufficient will to begin the process of change. And yes, sometimes the awakening of national consciousness begins with struggling over a mountain of dirty and snowy slush on the side of the road.

Bury Lenin's Body: The Symbol of Communism Should No Longer Mock Humanity

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Doug Bandow

Someday Russians will be free. Not just from Communism, but also less forms of authoritarianism. Liberation will come only through the Russian people's own efforts, however, not from the West. Only they can make their own future. The day liberty arrives will be the real Russian Revolution.

The Eye of Sauron Over Moscow, or, Revenge of the Orcs

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 12.11.2014 | Weird News
Eliot Borenstein

In honor of the final installment of the eighty-seven-part Hobbit film series, a Russian art group recently decided to crown the Moscow International Business Center with the All-Seeing Eye of Sauron.

Construction According to Putin's Model, from Bosnia to Europe?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The scent of nationalism was present in the former-Yugoslavia before Vladimir Putin effectively assumed power in Moscow. Already during the early stages of the conflict in Bosnia & Herzegovina, "BiH"  solutions were being fashioned in the hope of, well appeasing is perhaps an appropriate term, those leaders in the region but also Moscow who saw feudal nationalism as the vehicle to replace authoritarian communism.

Vladimir Putin Wants to Frighten the World into Respecting Russia

Alexander Golts | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Alexander Golts

Putin wants to regain that same "respect" that the West held for Khrushchev, and he sees no other way but to underscore his own unpredictability. I suspect that the recent sorties by Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic, North and Black seas are a manifestation of this new unpredictability.

What's New in Russia? Moscow 2014

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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.

CEO Of Major Oil Company Killed In Moscow Plane Collision

AP | LYNN BERRY and LORI HINNANT | Posted 12.20.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Christophe de Margerie, the charismatic CEO of Total SA who helped establish the multinational oil company as one of the world's bigge...

Hemingway, Gellhorn and Capa at the Hotel Florida in 1930s Madrid

J. Michael Welton | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Author Amanda Vaill, whose Everybody Was So Young described how the lives of Gerald and Sara Murphy intertwined with the likes of Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Archibald MacLeish in 1920s Paris and the French Riviera, has discovered a new nexus.

Confronting ISIS: Is Rule of Law and Democracy Part of Coalition?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Beating ISIS on the battleground could prove inconclusive, even counterproductive, if its dogma is not de-legitimized. This cannot be done by the gun but the law and a political system that offers an alternative to the rule of might.

Thousands March In Moscow Against Fighting In Ukraine

AP | By NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 11.21.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched through central Moscow on Sunday to demonstrate against the fighting in Ukraine and Russia's alleg...

Visiting 10 Real-Life Locations From FX's 'Archer'

Hopper.com | Posted 11.12.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

Despite being an animated series (perhaps encouraged by that fact), Archer and his team at the International Secret Intelligence Service often travel to various high-flying locations around the world to practice spycraft.

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.

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Tinatin Japaridze

After imposing a "full embargo" on imports from the West, Russia has made it clear that the latest sanctions are politically motivated. Russians are likely to lose access to certain items that have long stopped being viewed as Western luxuries.

U.S. Says Images Back Up Claims Russia Fired Rockets Into Ukraine

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 07.27.2014 | World

DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Stepping up pressure on Moscow, the U.S. on Sunday released satellite images it says show that ...

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

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.23.2014 | 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.

How Glenn Casale Helped The Little Mermaid Find Her Feet After This Disney Stage Show Stumbled on Broadway

Jim Hill | Posted 09.22.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

It took the stage version of Disney's The Little Mermaid quite a while to finally find its sea legs. When the original Broadway production opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater back in January of 2008, the critics were not kind.

The 'Yes, We Can!' Project

Tara Heuzé-S. | Posted 09.21.2014 | Arts
Tara Heuzé-S.

At a time when all talk about the higher education bubble, I wanted to share the creative and artistic solution I've imagined to avoid the vicious circle of student loans... and maybe give others ideas.

19 Dead After Moscow Subway Derailment

AP | VITNIJA SALDAVA and NATALIYA VASILYEVA | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — A subway train derailed Tuesday deep below Moscow's streets, twisting and mangling crowded rail cars at the height of the morning rush...

Srebrenica Forgiveness!!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Every year we commemorate the genocide, we expect that those who betrayed Srebrenica might this time ask for forgiveness from the survivors. Instead, much of Europe appears inclined to forget Srebrenica and punish all Bosnian & Herzegovinians ("BiH") for reminding it of its collective failure to prevent the genocide.

Do Animals Need a UN Ambassador?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 09.03.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

As a matter of animal welfare/rights, cruelty/abuse should have the same meaning for a dog in China as the U.S. Identifying animals by their nationality stretches sovereignty -- people can be rabidly nationalistic but dogs cannot.

An Alliance of Necessity: Putin's Russia Enjoys a Strategic Partnership With Israel

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 08.31.2014 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

The Russian-Israeli partnership is crucial, given the perils and unpredictability of today's regional tensions. Their shared interests champion security and other geopolitical issues, and underscore deep-seated historical ties that bind the countries.

The AskMen Guide to Drinking Like a Local in Moscow

AskMen.com | Posted 08.26.2014 | Travel
AskMen.com

Young professionals in the heart of modern Russia care about cool cocktails, having a good time, a peaceful resolution in the Ukraine, and being an active part of the global world. It makes for great nightlife.

Can Muslim UN Human Rights Chief Save Humanity From Itself?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge for both Muslims and the international community is to counter the hijacking of the Muslim identity by extremists and also to respond to the victimization of all, including Muslims who are targeted by bigotry as well co-coreligionists.

Trains Collide Near Moscow, At Least 6 Dead

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 07.20.2014 | World

MOSCOW (AP) — A collision between a cargo train and a passenger train near Moscow killed at least six people Tuesday and left up to 45 others injure...

Iran Says OPEC Needs to Make Room for Its Oil

Daniel J. Graeber | Posted 07.19.2014 | Business
Daniel J. Graeber

Iran is serious about achieving a position on the international stage that's reflective of its reserve potential, the country's oil minister, Bijan Zanganeh, told an international energy summit in Moscow.