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WATCH: Red Army Film Explores Hockey, The Cold War, and Sports as Propaganda

yesterdayNews : Reason

"The movie is about the Soviet Union and the greatest sports dynasty arguably in history, the Red Army hockey team, and the interrelationship between sports, politics, [and] society," says director Gabe Polsky, the filmmaker behind the critically acclaimed documentary Red Army, which has just been released after a wildly successful festival run. Show More Summary

How The 'Death Of Meat' Could Impact Your Portfolio

From Lehman Brothers to Worldcom to the Soviet Union, many seemingly robust institutions can disappear in a flash. Other institutions can gradually fade away, which appears to

Haywood

Who wants a feel bad story about a hero of the American left? As you may know, Big Bill Haywood jumped bail in 1921 to avoid a return to prison for violation of the Espionage Act. He fled to the Soviet Union, where he died a miserable, lonely drunk in 1928. It’s a sad story. […]

Museum of Confiscated Art in Brest, Belarus

Sitting on the border of the tumultuous Soviet Union, the city of Brest, Belarus became a prime destination for art thieves looking to secret their goods across international lines, but thanks to a committed customs service, much of these artifacts are taken back by the authorities before they can ever be fenced. Show More Summary

In America, Government Pays You Interest. In Switzerland, You Pay Government.

The old joke is, “(with a Russian accent) In America, you correct newspaper, but in Soviet Union, newspaper corrects you.” Switzerland is now experiencing the bond market equivalent. In America, the government pays...

Norman Naimark Reviews Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, by Stephen Kotkin

last weekNews : Reason

We all think we know Stalin. He was the brutal and vengeful dictator of the Soviet Union from the late 1920s until 1953, when, mercifully, he died before he could do any more damage. He was the instigator of forced industrialization and...Show More Summary

The ebb and flow of Federal fortune

IN DECEMBER 1979 Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan. The oil price at the time was at its peak of $101 a barrel. The high price combined with fast-growing production of oil in Western Siberia provided the Soviet Union with unprecedented revenues. Show More Summary

Tim Harford: How much is a (micro)life worth?

If you haven't had time yet to read Banzhaf (2014) and Cameron (2010):... Edwin Paxson, one of its top mathematicians, had been asked by the Air Force to think about the problem of an optimal first strike against the Soviet Union. How could the United States annihilate the Soviet...

Russian Economy Minister Cites Lenin To Describe The Country's Economic Crisis

Russia's economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev borrowed a quote from communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin in his speech to the Gaidar Forum in Moscow today. Ulyukayev cited the founder of the Soviet Union as he told guests at the economic...Show More Summary

Getting a green card is easy if spouse is a U.S. citizen

Q: I came here as a visitor from Georgia in the former Soviet Union in 2008.

Forget Cuba Opening Up To The US, Watch Out For Venezuela

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog, When the Soviet Union was dying out and privatization schemes and free market measures were being implemented, it was like the Wild West out there. With a bit of street smarts, insights, the right contacts, information, and access to capital, you could grab or build a fortune. Show More Summary

15 Unbelievable Facts About Russia

Everyone's heard a thing or two about Putin and the USSR. But few people have heard anecdotes about real-life in Russia and the Soviet Union. So Business Insider put together a list of stranger-than-fiction facts about Soviet pop stars, military classes in high schools, a lake that could kill you... And that's just the beginning. Show More Summary

Worst Christian Persecution in Over 20 Years Marks Last Year; ISIS, Islamic Extremism Mostly to Blame, Finds Open Doors Report

Last year saw the highest level of persecution of Christians the world has seen since the fall of the Soviet Union, according to a report by a Christian persecution watchdog group released Wednesday.

Four observations prompted by the Paris attack

(Paul Mirengoff) 1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn used to make fun of American journalists — so “courageous” when operating under protection in the U.S.; so cowed when working in the Soviet Union. The same tendency is evident these days. News...Show More Summary

Eurasian Economic Union Jeopardized by Trade War

Fears of Russia’s declining ruble led Belarus’ government to impose a 30 percent commission on the purchase of foreign currency on December 19th. It comes just weeks before both former Soviet states are set to upgrade the current customs union into the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU).

Space-Themed Soviet Postcards Are a Cosmic Delight 

2 weeks agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The Soviet Union had some problems, but one thing they got right was space art. That's why there's nothing better than this gallery of adorable and awe-inspiring postcards from the USSR, looking at our future life in outer space. Read more...

African Russian official has turned locals' suspicion to admiration

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

The stares that greeted Jean Gregoire Sagbo when he first arrived in the Soviet Union from Benin in the early 1980s were sometimes accompanied by insults.

U.S. got nothing in the Cuba deal

There's an old Cold War joke — pre-pantyhose — that to defeat communism we should empty our B-52 bombers of nuclear weapons and instead drop nylons over the Soviet Union. Flood the Russians with the soft consumer culture of capitalism, seduce them with Western contact and...

Cold War Flashback: Great Britain’s Plan to Save Its Art from Nuclear War

3 weeks agoArts : Hyperallergic

The threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union reached new heights in the early 1980s, prompting authorities in Great Britain to devise a plan for saving its greatest art treasures, Bloomberg reports.

The future “former” USA: Just another former Soviet Union?

But what I really want to talk about here is what will actually happen to America (and to you and me) when our country suddenly does become referred to as "The Former USA". To know that, all we have to do is look at a model already set...Show More Summary

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