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Sharansky: When did America forget that it’s America?

Natan Sharansky, a former political prisoner of the old Soviet Union, writes in the Washington Post, “When did America forget that it’s America?” in regards to the way that the United States acted towards the Soviet Union during the latter years of the Cold War that resulted in the ultimate collapse of the Communist Empire. […]

Soviet Hyperrealists from the Dodge Collection on view at the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

13 hours agoArts : Artdaily

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers continues to introduce the work of ?unofficial? artists from the Soviet era to Western audiences with Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union, a new exhibition of art from the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art. Show More Summary

Russia pulls Hollywood film set in Stalin era for 'distorting history'

2 days agoArts : Artdaily

Russia on Wednesday cancelled the release of a Hollywood thriller set in the Stalin era on grounds it distorts history and would be shown as the country celebrates the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in WWII. The film, "Child...Show More Summary

EBRD Looks to the State for Revived Growth Momentum

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Wednesday made mistakes in relying too much on market forces to drive economic development in eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the collapse of communism, its president said Wednesday.

'Child 44' Russia Release Canceled Over Distortion Claims

The Tom Hardy movie, set in post-WWII Soviet Union, was accused of "distorting historical facts." read more

Winning A War Takes More Than Beating An Enemy.

In Iraq, “the Surge” managed to finally defeat the enemy forces and yet upon our departure Iraq has turned into a hot mess.  We won the Cold War and defeated the Soviet Union and yet except for somewhat altered rhetoric, Russia today...Show More Summary

Thomas Friedman: Obama Can See America From Iran's Perspective

Ronald Reagan: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: we win and they lose." Thomas Friedman on Barack Obama: "He actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. Show More Summary

The Bizarre Window Displays of Soviet Europe

last weekArts : Wired: Design

Funky shop windows from the Soviet Union show the fall of Communism. The post The Bizarre Window Displays of Soviet Europe appeared first on WIRED.

The computer, tool of capitalism

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

An unforced mistake of Stalin's Soviet Union: to condemn the computer as a capitalist tool and pour scorn on "cynernetics", dooming official work to the shadows. Read the rest

Happy Birthday ALB!

Believe it or not ALB is turning six years old today. My usual anniversary schtick is to repost our first book about the Soviet Union. It is still out there haunting a collection. ALB’s birthday also coincides with our birthdays (sort of). This always makes me a bit reflective on any acquired wisdom. Like most librarians, […]

Why Gloria Steinem, Other Women and I Plan to March to the World's Most Fortified Border

On the 70th anniversary of Korea's tragic division by the United States and the former Soviet Union, 30 women peacemakers will walk in support of the peaceful reunification of Korea. Our delegation includes two Nobel Peace laureates, Mairead Maguire and Leymah Gbowee, and authors, such as Gloria Steinem, artists, retired U.S. Show More Summary

Nightmare Scenario: How Would Israel Combat a Nuclear Iran?

Political science has analyzed the topic of nuclear proliferation since the Soviet Union tested its first nuclear weapon in 1949. After decades of watching the apparent chess game of nuclear brinksmanship between the United States and the Soviet Union, world leaders were met with alarm in the 1970s when both India and Pakistan acquired nuclear [...]Show More Summary

Obama: “Iran Understands They Cannot Fight Us” – Does Not Threaten Our Core Security Interests

In May 2008 Barack Obama told his supporters, “Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, these countries are tiny compared to the Soviet Union. They don’t pose a serious threat to us the way the Soviet Union posed a threat to us and yet … Continue reading ?

Venezuela Reaches the Final Stage of Socialism: No Toilet Paper

David Boaz In 1990 I went to a Cato Institute conference in what was then still the Soviet Union. We were told to bring our own toilet paper, which was in fact useful advice. Now, after only 16 years of Chavista rule, Venezuela has demonstrated that “Socialism of the 21st Century” is pretty much like socialism in the 20th century. Show More Summary

The Druze (27/03/15)

Here's a strange piece by Robert Fisk which appeared in The Independent the other day and purports to be about a Swedish intelligence officer, Stig Berling, who spied for money for the Soviet Union. The only interesting thing about the...Show More Summary

The Most Realistic Cold War Game Is a Boredom Simulator

ICBM. Image: Michael Davis ICBM is an historically accurate Cold War simulator, and we're all still here, and therein lies the joke in a game released on April 1. It's November 1, 1983, and with tensions between the Soviet Union and the United States running high as ever, it's a bad day to be 1st Lt. Show More Summary

Who Plays the Soviet Union in the Munich Analogies For Iran Nuke Deal?

As Paul Waldman noted earlier this week, the excrutiatingly slow but still continuing progress towards an international nuclear deal with Iran is once again raising the hoariest of historical analogies...

What’s Left of Former Soviet Cultural Centers 

In the former Soviet Union, Palaces of Culture—known in Russian as Dvrortzi Kultury, or DKs—were important community centers. They hosted dance performances, hobby groups, and movie screenings. Today, many still stand, but few are...Show More Summary

What if Democracy's Not Actually Declining?

Given the daily headlines from the Middle East and the former Soviet Union, it’s not hard to conclude, as the New York Times’s Thomas Friedman did, that “democracy is in recession” around the world. That impression is largely borne out by data. Show More Summary

Iran Nuclear Talks: Farce followed by tragedy

Between 1922 and 1933, there was an amazing degree of cooperation between Germany, which was seeking to rearm in violation of the Versailles Treaty, and the Soviet Union, which was trying to modernize its military in between bouts of purging anyone who could read or write from the Red Army. Show More Summary

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