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Stalin’s Shadow over the Tea Party

I don’t usually comment on American politics.  I rarely devote my time to reading about the place.  The level of hyperbole and rhetorical inanity makes me want to vomit.  Also, since I’ve been in Moscow, the US looks even crazier than it does when I’m there (the strange effect of this is that Russian politics looks downright normal).  I’ve also totally shied away from US-Russia foreign policy issues.  I used to.  Not anymore. There are people out there who do it better, and frankly, the debate is so locked in Cold War binaries, I can’t help to find it all a bit boring, repetitive, and quite nauseating.  So if you’re here looking for a treatise on START, ruminations on the Great Game, or how America is encircling Russia or how

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RT’s Agitprop

When I first saw the ads Russia Today is using in its American and UK ad campaign, I immediately had the reaction that most Americans and British probably had. Comparing Obama to Ahmadinejad? That’s like comparing Christ with the devil! Is RT crazy or just stupid!? But then I started to think about the ad, realizing my gut reaction is exactly what it was supposed to provoke.

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New Cold War Could’ve Gone Hot

A new book says that “senior staffers” in the Bush White House considered “limited military options” to support Georgia in its war with Russia. Luckily, cooler heads in the Oval Office prevailed. Namely, George W. Bush, of all people, who put the kibosh on the idea.

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Swine Flu Lands in Moscow

Hypochondriacs beware!  Swine flu has officially landed in Moscow. According to Novyi region, two women have been hospitalized in the capital. “Both women are citizens

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Overcharged Buttons

Yeah, yeah, I haven’t been blogging of late, but I hope to return at full throttle soon.  In the meantime I couldn’t resist mentioning a

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