Category: Russia

Jim Smith: Politics in Russia

Boris Kagarlitsky is a Moscow-based writer, academic, and democratic socialist political activist. He was a leader of the Party of Labor, which was outlawed by Boris Yeltsin in the aftermath of the 1993 “presidential coup” that resulted in the destruction of parliament. Since then he has served as an advisor to various trade unions and Read more…

BlasŽ Bonpane: Fasting for Justice

Balse Bonpane In the wake of a dozen Vigils throughout the United States on January 11, 2000, Lori Berenson began a hunger fast. This news has been confirmed by the Peruvian prison authorities and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. This date represents the fourth anniversary of Lori’s unjust conviction at gunpoint by a hooded military Read more…

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Noam Chomsky: Millennial Visions and Selective Vision Part Two

Noam Chomsky In fairness, it should be mentioned that the chorus of self-adulation that closed the millennium was disrupted by some discordant notes. Questions were raised about the consistency of our adherence to the guiding principles: the "new doctrine" that "universal standards of human rights were putting at least some limits on sovereignty," as illustrated Read more…

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Doug Henwood: What is Globalization, Anyway

Doug Henwood If there’s one thing that analysts and activists across the political spectrum agree on today it’s that we live in an era of economic globalization. This is taken by both critics and cheerleaders as self-evident and largely unprecedented. We should think twice about this consensus. The concept that has now entered daily speech Read more…

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Saul Landau: More Nuclear Disasters

Saul Landau The Lesson Unlearned "We have contained the spread of radiation from last week’s nuclear accident," Japanese authorities assured their citizens. They blame the chain reaction on improper handling of materials by low level workers. As if that explanation will sedate the Japanese public! The Japanese know all too well the long term effects Read more…

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Norman Solomon: The Enduring Spirit of a Dissident Senator

Norman Solomon The black-and-white TV footage is grainy and faded, but it still jumps off the screen — a portentous clash between a prominent reporter and a maverick politician. Thirty-five years ago, on the CBS program "Face the Nation," journalist Peter Lisagor argued with a senator who stood almost alone on Capitol Hill, strongly opposing Read more…

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Mark Weisbrot: The Looting of Russia

Mark Weisbrot What were they thinking? When executives at the Bank of New York saw billions of dollars floating in from the home computer of a Russian businessman with ties to organized crime there, did they really believe that these were just ordinary profits? The biggest money-laundering scandal in history has prompted calls for a Read more…

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Edward Herman: Russian Corruption

Edward S. Herman With the discovery of the massive laundering of Russian money– some of it compliments of the IMF, and U.S. taxpayers–through the Bank of New York, the issue of Russian corruption is now "in." But it presents the establishment with a problem. After all, didn’t we help put into power and encourage people Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Beyond the Soviet Union

Howard Zinn In the spirit of killing two obligations with one effort, I offer as my Commentary a response I just made to a letter by a retired professor in California, who wrote: "As a great admirer of Howard Zinn [should he have said "as a former great admirer…"?] I was profoundly disappointed by some Read more…

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Jeremy Brecher: Letter to Bernie Sanders

In the Dayton agreement, the U.S. gave Milosevic a free hand in Kosovo in exchange for a settlement in Bosnia. The U.S. has consistently opposed sending ground forces into Kosovo, even as the destruction of the Kosovar people escalated. (While I do not personally support such an action, it would, in sharp contrast to current Read more…

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