Politics

The Russia Problem

The Russia Problem

MARCO D'ERAMO _ 07 MARCH 2022 For once, we find ourselves sharing the barely hidden wishes of the Pentagon, White House and entire Western establishment: if only a nice group of boyars could unite in an old-style plot to overthrow Putin and put an end to a war whose objectives remain difficult to comprehend. By boyars I mean the upper echelons of the armed forces or billionaire oligarchs and their contacts in the intelligence and security services; a whole class of potentates who seem ever more uncomfortable with their leader’s adventurism. Yet even if Putin fell and his adventure in…
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The Russia Problem

The Russia Problem

MARCO D'ERAMO 07 MARCH 2022 For once, we find ourselves sharing the barely hidden wishes of the Pentagon, White House and entire Western establishment: if only a nice group of boyars could unite in an old-style plot to overthrow Putin and put an end to a war whose objectives remain difficult to comprehend. By boyars I mean the upper echelons of the armed forces or billionaire oligarchs and their contacts in the intelligence and security services; a whole class of potentates who seem ever more uncomfortable with their leader’s adventurism. Yet even if Putin fell and his adventure in Ukraine…
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For a Cuba with Democracy and Solidarity

For a Cuba with Democracy and Solidarity

By: Samuel Farber March 9, 2022 This article, which originally appeared in Spanish in La Joven Cuba, the principal independent left-wing blog in Cuba, on Feb. 21, 2022, under the title “An Alternative for Cuba: political and economic democracy,” provides a critical perspective on the economic policies of the Cuban government and of some of its critics, and offers an alternative to both. The Economic Reforms Implemented by the Governmentand Proposed by its Critics The economic reforms in Cuba should be analyzed in economic terms as well as in terms of their social and political consequences, especially with respect to their impact on the…
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Russian Imperialism

Russian Imperialism

From the Tsar to Today, via Stalin, the Imperialist Will Marks the History of RussiaBy: Zbigniew Marcin KowalewskiMarch 4, 2022 Sergei Nikolsky, a Russian philosopher specializing in culture, argues that perhaps the most important thought for Russians “from the fall of Byzantium to the present day is the idea of empire and being an imperial nation. We have always known that we inhabit a country whose history is an uninterrupted chain of territorial expansions, conquests, annexations, their defense, temporary losses and new conquests. The idea of empire was one of the most valuable ideas in our ideological baggage and it was…
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How Europe is funding Putin’s war

How Europe is funding Putin’s war

European countries are reluctant to stop buying oil and gas from Russia for fear of economic consequences at home. BY CORNELIUS HIRSCH, GIOVANNA COI AND JAMES RANDERSON February 24, 2022  Who's paying for Russian President Vladimir Putin's jet fighters and tanks? The same EU countries that say they want him to stop his assault on Ukraine, a country that is supposedly their ally. It's a crazy paradox that Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki raised at an EU leaders' summit on sanctions against Moscow that ran into Friday morning. The bloc was unable to agree measures against the SWIFT international payments system because so many…
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Ten Theses on the War in Ukraine and the Challenge for India

Ten Theses on the War in Ukraine and the Challenge for India

Sadly, India has no moral standing to make constructive proposals for the resolution of a problem that it is not even willing to take a clear position on. Siddharth Varadarajan The United States, China, Israel and Russia (including its Soviet avatar) have resorted to aggression on numerous occasions before but the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered the most serious standoff between the big powers that the world has seen since the Cuban missile crisis. “History is relevant always,” says A.G. Noorani, “but history certainly does not justify this wrong.” Sadly, this history of past sins and misdemeanours weighs like…
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