Category: East Europe

David M. Kotz: Plummeting Oil Prices Could Bring Radical Change to Russia

The current crisis, like the two before it, demonstrates the peril facing any petrostate, which is always vulnerable to events outside its control

Jack Rasmus: Shadow Bankers now run Ukraine

The IMF, the European Commission, and the USA have been intensifying their demands that Ukraine’s Poroshenko government expand and accelerate the IMF’s April 2014 plan to ‘restructure’ the Ukrainian economy

Pepe Escobar: 2015 Will Be All About Iran, China and Russia

2015 will be all about further moves towards the integration of Eurasia as the US is progressively squeezed out of Eurasia

Pepe Escobar: Russia, China mock divide and rule

In September Chinese Prime Minister Li Keiqiang signed no fewer than 38 trade deals with the Russians

Alexandr Litoy: The Kremlin has nothing to fear from left-wing opposition

Russia’s present troubles would suggest that the left-wing opposition finally has a chance to be heard. But how is that possible when so many of them have been in bed with Putin for years

Andrew Cockburn: East vs. West, Again

Just a few months earlier, the outlook for the defense complex had looked
dark indeed

William Boardman: Gorbachev Warns of a New Cold War

Whatever is actually happening in Ukraine nowadays, reporting on the struggle remains remarkably unreliable and seemingly biased from all directions. Reports like one from Bloomberg typically treat mysterious military convoys spotted in the region as greater threats to peace than the Ukraine government’s actual killing of 200 people by bombarding Donetsk.

Paul Krugman: Conquest is for Chumps

More than a century has passed since Norman Angell, a British journalist and politician, published “The Great Illusion,” a treatise arguing that the age of conquest was or at least should be over. He didn’t predict an end to warfare, but he did argue that aggressive wars no longer made sense – that modern warfare Read more…

Gilbert Achcar: New but Still Cold

Ilya Budraitskis Talks to Gilbert Achcar Ilya Budraitskis: The question I want to start with concerns your opinion about Russia’s place in the global system. Today the main discourse on that subject is the discourse of the new Cold War. Do you think this is a relevant term and who has most to gain from Read more…

Gabriel Levy: The spectre of social unrest is haunting Putin’s Russia

The economic strains on the elites of oil-producing countries are very real. In Russia and perhaps elsewhere, these economic conditions will certainly trigger social and labour movements that those elites don’t like and can’t control

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