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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

McLenin's: The Taste of Communism

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 08.13.2014 | 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.

The Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan

Miles Atkinson | Posted 07.23.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

Outside of Khorog, the sole city in the region, government control evaporates. Life is exclusively local in the villages and foreigners are a rare and welcome treat.

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.

Soviet Cold War Spy Secrets Revealed

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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....

Will the Clash of Identities Consume Us?

Dominique de Villepin | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Dominique de Villepin

We seem to be prisoners of a terrible choice today: either the uncontrollable nationalisms of the humiliated striking back or the violent struggles of communities to assert their identities. At such a moment, we need to support artists that can be bridges between cultures. We need to support the work of spreading ideas and building a new common history. Only then can we avoid falling into the abyss of a clash of identities or succumb to the passions of nationalism.

Iraqistan

Francis Levy | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Francis Levy

It may sound like the old cold war policy of spheres of influence, but as we can see in the instance of Kirkuk, a strong Kurdistan seems to be the best insurance against making Iraq into a major outpost of Islamic extremism.

Ukraine is Putin's Blueberry Hill!

Benari Poulten | Posted 07.14.2014 | Comedy
Benari Poulten

Sure it sounds crazy, but just look at some of the lyrics to the classic Fats Domino song.

Kramatorsk

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 07.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

Ukraine is at nearly war. The war began in Kyiv on the Maidan in February, when Yanukovych's pro-Russian snipers cut down as many as 100 protesters. Then Crimea, which Putin 'won' but will eventually regret winning. The cost will be long-term and high.

Taiwan: Beware!

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

The world has watched in dismay as Russia's ruler, Vladimir Putin, has gobbled up Crimea. Now, he seems bent on dismembering Ukraine. Much of our attention has been focused on Putin and his next targets. Perhaps Taiwan is next.

Do the Humanities Help Us Understand the World in Which We Live?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Daniel R. Schwarz

Readers of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy will better understand Putins's behavior and his response to Western disapproval if they remember those 19th century authors' deep skepticism of the Enlightenment's emphasis on logic and reason.

Childhood Memories of Easters Gone By

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

Easter is one of the holidays I have always looked forward to the most. Perhaps even more so than Christmas, which is still not as festive a celebration in the former Soviet Union as New Year's Eve.

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.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Gorbachev: Crimea's Referendum Corrected Soviet-Era Mistake

RT | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

The people of Crimea fixed a Soviet-era mistake with the Sunday’s referendum and the will of the people should not be punished by sanctions, said fo...

Rattling the Chains of the Cold War

Keith Runyon | Posted 05.15.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the baby boom generation -- one of which I am and so is President Putin -- those crises were critical to the formation of our views of the world.

Crisis in Ukraine

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

It is important for all the political actors affected by the Ukraine crisis to use diplomatic methods to resolve it. There is no military solution to it.

The Beatles Song "Back in the USSR" Connects Hispanic and Ex-Soviet Artists

Penka Skachkova | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Penka Skachkova

Alexey believes that change is possible when more people embrace their own judgments of reality and stop accepting ideologies that are passed onto them. That's why, according to him, "Back in the USSR" is true art.

Russian Pop Culture in the West?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

Since buying, owning and enjoying foreign records in Russia is no longer a political issue, why hasn't the vast nation, in turn, managed to capture western hearts with their take on pop music?

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

In a Country Where the Government Breaks All Its Promises, Cubans Turn to Saint Lazarus

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When I approach El Rincón I feel this energy that comes from pain and faith. The leprosy asylum with its sad stories, the illegal settlements that have grown up on both sides of the railway line and the whiff of the always burning candles. It is not a place for smiles.

Why Won't Cuban News Tell Us What's Happening in Ukraine?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I imagine that many viewers, like me, watching that incoherent sequence, are asking themselves, "What? What's happening in the Ukraine?" But the official press can't answer us, because they can't even fulfill their role of telling us what's happening in Cuba.

Living in Putin's Neighborhood

Damon M. Wilson | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Damon M. Wilson

Putin's alpha male diplomacy binds personal humiliation, threats to cripple the economy, and the use of force to intimidate Russia's neighbors.

The Illusion of Color

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On learning that there are still more than 700,000 black-and-white TVs in Cuba, I can't help but evoke the excited neighbors of my tenement using their fingertips to paint their cathode ray tubes.

PHOTOS: Creepy Shots Of Abandoned Soviet Bunker

weather.com | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

Russian photographer and urban explorer Sam Namos traveled to the town of Krasnokamianka in Crimea, Ukraine to capture photos of a subterranean Soviet...