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The Paleoconservative “Internationale”: Pat Buchanan Hearts Vladimir Putin

American conservatives have a curious relationship with Vladimir Putin: they recognize him as a macho and authoritarian traditionalist (which they like), yet he’s not an American, but a Russian (which they don’t like). And in a recent article, Pat Buchanan … Continue reading

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Whips Used to Break-Up Pussy Riot Protest of Vladimir Putin at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Those wielding the whips are Cossack militia. These are some brave women activists: ___________

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In Light of Kiev, Will Vladimir Putin Be Tightening the Screws Even Further on Russian Dissidents?

Julia Ioffe, at The New Republic, thinks so: Moscow’s liberals are watching Kiev with a mix of horror, envy, and admiration: they’re just like us, but look at what they’ve been able to do against a president they didn’t like. … Continue reading

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A Pretty Awesome Disruption of Business as Usual

Speaking truth to power and standing up for the stigmatized and persecuted.

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Mars Life Missions Cancelled: Short Sighted and Evidence of America’s Decline

The following is in the New York Times this week: Just as NASA is on the cusp of answering the most fascinating questions about Mars — is there, was there or could there be life there? — the money needed to provide the answers … Continue reading

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Burger King in Russia, Circa 2011

Thought experiment. Imagine resurrecting the following figures from the Russian and Soviet past: Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Czar Nicholas, and Lenin. Show them the ad below. Tell them this is what is being promoted to Russian youth as desirable in the year … Continue reading

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Have you seen “Countdown to Zero” yet?

Countdown to Zero  is supposed to be a documentary not to be missed, and its website says that the film starts in theatres today. Its subject: nuclear terrorism and the dangers associated with nuclear proliferation. Here’s what Salon says about Countdown to Zero: As [Valerie … Continue reading

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Obama: “He’s a thinker, he thinks when he speaks . . . [and] he’s eager to listen”

A thinker in the Oval Office, and someone who listens. What a nice thing it is to have the leaders of other countries express respect for our president’s intelligence, human empathy, and ability to hear someone while in dialogue. Here’s … Continue reading

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Be Happy

And so you are.

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Image of a Working Mother

Marc Chagall:

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21st Century Russia: Early 1930s Germany Redux?

A sobering documentary on 21st century Russia. Worth watching in full. We live in dangerous times. Here’s part 1 of 6:

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John Bolton: Wrong in His Prediction That Israel Will Bomb Iranian Nuclear Facilities?

Neoconservative, and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said this past summer that he thought Israel might well bomb Iranian nuclear facilities before the end of the year. With just two weeks to go in 2009, he … Continue reading

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The BRIC Hits the Fan

Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Meet the BRIC consortium as described in Salon today: Just a concept a year ago, when the very idea of BRIC was concocted by the chief economist at Goldman Sachs, the BRIC consortium became a … Continue reading

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Oxford University Press Publishes a Biography on Atheist Capitalist, Ayn Rand

But the author of the book does not call Rand a “conservative” because Rand was an atheist! Hmm. Jennifer Burns is a University of Virginia historian, and her book on Ayn Rand is titled Goddess of the Market. Here is part 1 … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Fyodor Dostoevsky

From Notes from Underground : “I could not become anything; neither good nor bad; neither a scoundrel nor an honest man; niether a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself … Continue reading

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From Liberty Bonds to Bailout Bonds?

The NY Times says that Barack Obama is contemplating letting small individual investors in on the bank bailout—wedding Main Street to Wall Street. Like a mutual or bond fund, you would buy shares, perhaps for as little as a few … Continue reading

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Russian Fascism: Xenophobia and Racism Directed Toward Immigrants

CNN does a segment on a paranoid, violent, and authoritarian Russian subculture:

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A Brilliant and Beautiful Mash Up: Soviet Era Dancers—and Run DMC!

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Bearing Witness to the Holocaust: Carpatho-Ukrainian Jews at the “Judenramp” (Receiving Area) Await Selection for Labor or Immediate Extermination, Auschwitz-Birkenau, May, 1944

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Film Review: See “Russian Ark”

I can’t praise this film enough. Russian Ark (2002) is a single, unbroken tracking shot that: (1) lasts for an hour and a half; (2) manages to tell the story of two characters caught in the sweep of Russia’s epic history; and (3) orchestrates … Continue reading

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