Month: December 2014

Grandmaster Putin’s Trap

Accusations of the West towards Putin are traditionally based on the fact that he worked in the KGB. And therefore he is a cruel and immoral person. Putin is blamed for everything. But nobody ever accused Putin of the lack of intelligence. Any accusations against this man only emphasize his ability for […]

Go west, young Han

November 18, 2014: it’s a day that should live forever in history. On that day, in the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, 300 kilometers south of Shanghai, the first train carrying 82 containers of export goods weighing more than 1,000 tons left a massive warehouse complex heading for […]

Cold Feet in the Caliphate

Although they revile democracy, thousands of European Muslims have, in Lenin’s line, ‘voted with their feet’ and left free societies to join the most reactionary terror group in the world: the Islamic State (ISIS). Over 3000 have left their families, relative material comfort and wealth, and in many cases university places, to […]

The Transformation of Post-Soviet Russia’s Image in the United States: Domestic and International Challenges

Dark Pictures are Easy to Paint: Journalists and American Images of post-Soviet Russia in Historical Perspective Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Convention San Antonio, Texas, November 2014 Prelude: Arthur Hays Sulzberger and Soviet Russia,  In the summer of 1929, the daughter and son-in-law of the publisher of The New York Times traveled to […]