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Can comedy spark political change?

[youtube:YXjqTyQuq4w] A new article in Slate says 'probably not': According to (British sociologist and international joke expert Christie) Davies, among all the factors that led to the Soviet Union’s spectacular collapse, joking didn’t even crack the top 20. Show More Summary

Russian Military Outmatches NATO in Eastern Europe

Russia is probing NATO defenses in Eastern Europe as part of its strategy to recover the satellite countries it lost in the break-up of the Soviet Union. Although NATO was designed around European members shouldering most of their own...Show More Summary

A former astronaut aims to create a rocket engine that would allow speedy travel to Mars

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

Franklin Chang Diaz got hooked on space exploration in 1957, when he was 7 and fascinated by the Soviet Union’s launch of Sputnik. Eleven years later, Steve Nadis writes in Discover magazine, Chang Diaz came from his homeland of Costa Rica to live with relatives in the United States; he had $50 in his pocket and knew barely a word of English. Read full article >>

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

Life and a Coffin Russian president (for life?) Vladimir Putin, perhaps unknowingly, is putting a final nail in the coffin of the performer (artist is too strong a word) formerly known as the Soviet Union. 1. By acquiring an economic...Show More Summary

Russia Provokes Ukrainian Retaliation

Russia's military annexation of the Crimea and buildup of land and air forces on its borders with Eastern Europe is raising anxiety that Russia will militarily intervene in other former “republics” to rebuild the Soviet Union. Ukrainian...Show More Summary

Russian Democracy

Here's a story to gladden the hearts of those who mourn the break-up of the Soviet Union - a move by MPs from President Putin's United Russia Party and Communist Party MPs to prosecute Mikhail Gorbachev for treason. I wonder if The Guardian's...Show More Summary

Divine collection of Russian icons from former ambassador to USSR sells for $1.3 million

5 days agoArts : Artdaily

An unparalleled collection of Russian icons assembled by the former United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Laurence A. Steinhardt, realized $1,340,000 at auction on April 10 at Bonhams New York. As ambassador, Steinhardt led the U.S. Show More Summary

New Patton Film Says General Was Assassinated for Opposing Soviet Union

The new documentary Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War claims that General George Patton was murdered, possibly by the KGB, because he was vociferous in his desire to oppose the former Soviet Union. Writer-director Robert Orlando...Show More Summary

Russia to Build 'Wall of Freedom'

Vladimir Putin, in a closed door speech to the Duma, announced that in keeping with his aim of bringing back the glories of the Soviet Union, would build the "Wall of Freedom" to keep out the corroding effects of western influence. "The Iron Curtain is nothing compared to the Wall of Freedom. Show More Summary

No, Russia isn’t about to invade Finland and Sweden

last weekNews : BlogPost

Russia's annexation of Crimea and what appears to be its provocation in eastern Ukraine has left many former members of the Soviet Union nervous. But the nerves aren't limited to the traditional countries in Russia's "near abroad," many of whom have large Russian-speaking minorities that give them reason for concern. Now even Sweden and Finland […]

No, Russia isn’t about to invade Finland and Sweden

last weekNews : BlogPost

Russia's annexation of Crimea and what appears to be its provocation in eastern Ukraine has left many former members of the Soviet Union nervous. But the nerves aren't limited to the traditional countries in Russia's "near abroad," many of whom have large Russian-speaking minorities that give them reason for concern. Now even Sweden and Finland seem afraid. Read full article >>

Getting "Containment" Right This Time

In his 1947 Foreign Affairs article, "The Sources of Soviet Conduct," George F. Kennan wrote that the Soviet Union's political action was "a fluid stream which moves constantly, wherever it is permitted to move, toward a given goal.Show More Summary

TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Regina Spektor, “You’ve Got Time” 7? Orange Test Pressing

Though Grammy-nominated artist Regina Spektor wasn’t able to attend this year’s Grammys, she is participating in the upcoming Record Store Day. Born in the Soviet Union, singer-songwriter Regina Spektor emigrated to New York with her family when she was just a young girl. Show More Summary

Bill Kristol on Phony O-Care Numbers: “It’s Like Saying You’ve Got to Give the Soviet Union a Lot of Credit” (Video)

Bill Kristol didn’t join the Obamacare cheer squad on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday. Kristol compared the phony signup numbers to Soviet propaganda. NewsBusters reported: ABC’s Jonathan Karl did his best to get Bill Kristol to admit ObamaCare is working … Continue reading ?

Dr. Zhivago Used by CIA to Drive Dissent in Soviet Union

The CIA used Boris Pasternak’s epic novel Doctor Zhivago as a force to spread dissent in the Soviet Union in the 1950s, according to a report in The Washington Post. The Post has published declassified documents that reveled that the...Show More Summary

"During the Cold War, the CIA loved literature — novels, short stories, poems. Joyce, Hemingway, Eliot. Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Nabokov."

"Books were weapons, and if a work of literature was unavailable or banned in the Soviet Union or Eastern Europe, it could be used as propaganda to challenge the Soviet version of reality. Over the course of the Cold War, as many asShow More Summary

Bill Kristol on ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers: ‘It’s Like Saying You’ve Got To Give The Soviet Union A Lot Of Credit’

ABC’s Jonathan Karl did his best to get Bill Kristol to admit ObamaCare is working on ABC’s “This Week” but the “Weekly Standard” editor refused to give into the fill-in host’s demands. Karl attempted to persuade Kristol to “Give the president a little credit here right? 7.1 million sign-ups after that disastrous start. Show More Summary

The Communist Fantasy of Living on the Moon

last weekOdd : Neatorama

The Space Race of the 1950s and ‘60s was just as exciting for the Soviet Union as it was for Americans, and both nations encouraged that excitement in children to build their interest in science and technology for the future. io9 has...Show More Summary

How Soviet Artists Imagined Communist Life in Space

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Artists from the Soviet Union didn't just imagine a worker's Utopia on Earth. They also thought that the great communist experiment would eventually reach other worlds, too. Here are some incredible works of art and conceptual design that put the Soviet Union in space. Read more...

Workers Fight Back in Hungary

One of the memorable events of the Hungarian transition period was the day that the taxi drivers went on strike. It was October 1990, and the economic changes were starting to bite. After the Soviet Union cut back oil shipments to Hungary, the government in Budapest dramatically raised the price of gas. Show More Summary

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