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World War II Started 75 Years Ago Today, Still Shaping Foreign Policy

13 hours agoNews : Reason

Seventy-five years ago oday, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, kicking off World War II in Europe. Two weeks later, the Soviet Union would join and invade Poland too. In 1941, Adolf Hitler would turn on the Soviet Union, driving that country to the Allied powers. Show More Summary

WWII 75th Anniversary: Germany Invades Poland, Launches Bloodiest War in Human History

On this day, 75 years ago, the bloodiest war in human history broke out when Nazi Germany, fresh off of signing a nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union, invaded Poland. Though two years would pass before the United States entered the war, the conflict would profoundly change the American role in the world. Show More Summary

A once dominated sport by the Soviet Union

Chess / By Shelby Lymanon August 30, 2014 - 12:01 AMThe recent fourth-place finish of the Russian national team in the World Chess Olympiad in Tromso, Norway, reflects the apparently downward spiral of Russian chess since the breakup...Show More Summary

World War II Erupts: Haunting Color Photos From 1939 Poland

On Sept. 1, 1939, one week after Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact, more than a million German troops--along with 50,000 Slovakian soldiers--invaded Poland. Two weeks later, a half-million Russian troops attacked Poland from the east. Show More Summary

Cold War Soviet Spy John Walker Dies

John Walker, a former U.S. Navy officer convicted of spying decades ago for the Soviet Union, has died in federal prison, according to the U.S. government. Walker, 77, passed away Thursday at a federal correctional facility in Butner, North Carolina, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. The agency's website indicated Walker was scheduled to be released on parole within the year.

John Walker Jr., spy family ringleader, dies in prison at 77

John Walker Jr., a former American sailor convicted during the Cold War of leading a family spy ring for the Soviet Union, has died in a prison hospital in North Carolina, officials said Friday.

At least 81 nationalities are fighting in Syria

3 days agoNews : BlogPost

It's estimated that the three-year conflict in Syria has drawn foreign fighters to its frontlines at a rate faster than any such war in modern memory, including the struggle of the Afghan mujahideen against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Show More Summary

Iran says purported Israeli drone came from north

5 days agoNews : The Newsroom

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian general is saying that a purported Israeli drone shot down near a nuclear facility flew in from a northern country that one was part of the Soviet Union.

Cold War Overflights of Russia – the Peripheral Missions

My article the other day provided a pointer to information concerning US deep penetration overflights of the Soviet Union between 1950 and 1956 – before the U2 was flying.  Needless to day, these weren’t the only overflights of Soviet territory conducted by US aircraft during the “Cold War”.  Nor were they the only ones during […]

Pro-Russian rebels parade Ukrainian prisoners of war

Pro-Russian rebels paraded dozens of Ukrainian prisoners of war in a mockery of the nation’s celebration of independence from the former Soviet Union.

Ukraine Shows Off Military Might With Parade in Kiev, as Rebels March POWs in Donetsk

KIEV, Ukraine – Ukraine boasted its new military might on Sunday, parading troops and hardware through the capital to mark the 23rd anniversary of the country’s independence from the Soviet Union. Meanwhile, Russian-backed rebels inShow More Summary

For Europe: Finlandization’s Revenge or a Eurasian Identity?

In 1989 my book Une autre Europe, un Autre Monde, was published in France by a small academic house, after being rejected by all the progressive publishers. It foresaw the reunification of Europe, the dissolution of the Soviet Union,...Show More Summary

The Price of Oil Crushed Russia Once. Is It About to Happen Again?

An oil price collapse in the 1980s spurred the downfall of the Soviet Union. Is today's Russian regime staring down the same fate?

Baltics mark 25 years since anti-Soviet human chain

last weekNews : The Newsroom

The Baltic states on Saturday marked 25 years since two million people joined hands in a landmark human chain linking up their capitals to demand freedom from the Soviet Union. All three Baltic prime ministers gathered in Riga to commemorate...Show More Summary

USAF Overflights of Russia

I ran across a fascinating article this morning.  I thought I’d share it. The article deals with USAF involvement in overflights of the Soviet Union between 1950 and 1956.  And no, not just quick in-and-out “border dashes”.  Some of the missions were indeed deep penetration overflights. The article is not sourced, and the author appears […]

Russia's 'Eurasian Union' Shows Putin's Nostalgia For The Soviet Union

"It is like you've been dating a girl for a long time," grins Pavel Andreev, an editor at a state-controlled broadcaster, Rossiya Segodnya, explaining why it has taken so long to press ahead with the Eurasian Union. "You've met the parents,...Show More Summary

Russian Communist park restored amid wave of nostalgia

last weekNews : The Newsroom

Sliding into shabbiness after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, a giant Moscow complex extolling the days of the old planned economy has been restored amid a wave of nostalgia for Russia's past. The Exhibition of Achievements of the...Show More Summary

Congress Proposes Law Banning Body Armor In The Land Of The Free

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, By the late 1920s, Joseph Stalin became the unchallenged leader of the Soviet Union after having eliminated his opposition. He topped it off in 1929 by serving a decisive blow to anyone that would dare to oppose him by outlawing private gun ownership in the country. Show More Summary

Council On Foreign Relations: The Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s – Not Putin’s – Fault

We’ve previously reported that it’s the West’s encirclement of Russia – breaking a key promise which led to the break-up of the Soviet Union – which is behind the Ukraine crisis. We’ve also noted: The U.S. State Department spent more than $5 billion dollars in pushing Ukraine towards the West. Show More Summary

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