ECONOMICS TRUMPS POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Great Britain and Germany both refuse to isolate Russia or to boycott her exports: Germany needs her gas and oil, and German companies have invested 22 billion in Russia; and England wants her cash for its financial markets. Putin sees this economic opening and, utilizing it, is now pushing for a referendum in Crimea in… Continua a leggere ECONOMICS TRUMPS POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

RUSSIA: SAME COUNTRY, CZARIST, COMMUNIST, OR “DEMOCRACY”

If  there had been any doubt—and I for one had never bought the idea that the Cold War was over—that doubt has been brutally confirmed. A tiger does not give up its stripes just on its (cunning) say so. Russia has never in its history been different from what it is today (save for that… Continua a leggere RUSSIA: SAME COUNTRY, CZARIST, COMMUNIST, OR “DEMOCRACY”