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Saving Comrade Castro

The Soviet Union did not have to fall. If Carter had won a second term and Mondale had succeeded him, the Communist dictatorship might have received the outside help it needed to survive. And we would still be living under the shadow of the Cold War. Carter couldn’t save the Soviet Union, but he did […]

Mr Muscle

The Times cartoonist, Peter Brookes, captures the dilemma facing President Putin who likes to behave as if he's a modern-day Russian Tsar, as if this former KGB officer and 'loyal' member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union has been reincarnated as Peter the Great. Show More Summary

How The Soviet Union Used Nuclear Explosions To Create Giant Canals

I know the Soviets made tons of crazy stuff back in the 20th century, but this is beyond insane: They blasted an entire forest and the adjacent land with the help of nuclear explosions to carve a canal. Atomic terraforming makes so much sense, doesn’t it? More »      

Russia's Top 10 Problems

My good friend, Yuri Rashkin, who emigrated to the U.S. from Russia when it was known as the Soviet Union, posted a great article on Facebook about the current situation in Russia. He was gracious enough to let me republish it.

Pope Francis' role in Cuba stretches back years

It has been a generation since Pope John Paul II helped kickstart the collapse of the Soviet Union through his support for anti-communists in his native Poland. Now a new pontiff, Francis, has taken up where John Paul left off.

U.S.-Cuba thaw could erode Russian influence with Havana allies

Cubans fearful of hostile U.S. neighbors have long counted on the Kremlin to ride to their rescue with military backing and economic infusions, even in the lean years that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The End Of The Cold War

Today, the Cold War's end is finally in sight. Begun almost immediately after World War II, the Cold War was the defining issue in American foreign policy right up to 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union. One final legacy remained for another quarter-century after the Berlin Wall came down, though: America's Cuba policy. Show More Summary

TV Club: Selfie: “Perestroika”

“Perestroika” refers to the economic restructuring toward the end of the Soviet Union, its thawing toward the West. Both parts happen in Selfie’s “Perestroika.” Eliza thaws toward Henry in preparation for her 1991 transition into ostensibly republican government, and Henry restructures her capital and finances. Show More Summary

It May Not Be 1989 In Russia, But It Sure Looks Like a Close Cousin

Why did the Soviet Union lose control of its satellite states behind the Iron Curtain in 1989? Lots of reasons, but the proximate cause was a disastrous war in Afghanistan; plummeting oil prices; and a resulting economic crisis. Here is Yegor Gaidar: The timeline of the collapse of the Soviet Union can be traced to September 13, 1985. Show More Summary

Russia's Ruble Crisis Is Following The Same Pattern That Destroyed The Soviet Union

The Russian ruble is collapsing, reaching fresh historical lows on a daily basis. That's as oil prices go even further into the floor: the price of oil is down nearly 50% in the last six months. The currency's fall has crossed the line from a headache to a full-blown crisis. Show More Summary

Home Computers Behind The Iron Curtain

I was born in 1973 in Czechoslovakia. It was a small country in the middle of Europe, unfortunately on the dark side of the Iron Curtain. We had never been a part of Soviet Union (as many think), but we were so-called “Soviet Satellite”,...Show More Summary

The Implosion Of American Culture

Submittted by JC Collins of The Philosphy of Metrics, via Alt-Market blog, It was widely expressed by the mainstream media of the time that the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall could not have been predicted. Show More Summary

The Politburo Approved The Soviet Invasion Of Afghanistan 35 Years Ago Today

The US is ending its 13-year-old combat operation in Afghanistan later this month. But thirty-five years ago today, a small group of key players within the Soviet Union decided to commit the empire to military involvement in the country. Show More Summary

Why Russia’s Unfazed By Falling Oil Prices

Submitted by Karin Matusa via Casey Research, Oil is not quite as powerful a weapon against modern-day Russia as one might think. By arguing that the slump in oil prices will finish off Russia just like it did the Soviet Union, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the Daily Telegraph, is forgetting how far Russia has come since those dark days. Show More Summary

Caterpillar Bears, Bulldog Bears, and God Bears – Ursine Cryptids of Kamchatka

In spring 1987, amid the far northeastern Kamchatka peninsula region of what was then the Soviet Union but is now Russia, hunter Rodion Sivolobov obtained the skin of a giant white bear. To most eyes, it might simply look like the pelt of an over-sized polar bear, but according to Sivolobov, and the area’s local […]

Yes, there is an Asian space race

The term 'space race' entered our lexicon in the 1960s to describe the competitive nature of the space programs of the US and the Soviet Union, who were not the world's only space powers but certainly the dominant ones. The term fit the situation well. Show More Summary

International Implications of Space Exploration

Many people have heard about or remember the great “Space Race” between the United States and the Soviet Union from 1955 to 1972. Both countries fought for supremacy in spaceflight capability for national security measures and as a sign of ideological superiority. Show More Summary

Tallinn: Become a Resident of Estonia...on the Internet

2 weeks agoLifestyle / Travel : Jaunted

Twenty-five years ago, Estonia, the independent nation, didn?t exist. It was a country stuck behind the Iron Curtain, controlled by the Soviet Union. This week, Estonia launched into a technological forefront by declaring anyone?as long as you?re of age?the chance to become a resident, an e-Resident, that is.

Listicles of the Arctic!

Latest at the National Interest: It’s not surprising that Russia has prepared its military for arctic operations better than any other country. During the Cold War, the Soviet Union prepared to fight across the Arctic, both in the air and at sea. Many of the weapons and much of the expertise from that era have […]

Why the Ukrainian economy is in deep trouble

Ukraine's problems were a long time in the making. Botched privatisations after the collapse of the Soviet Union created an oligarchic class that sucked up most of the country's wealth. In Kiev, battered Soviet-era cars and tractors can be seen on the roads alongside Ferraris. Show More Summary

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