Deena Stryker

Is Putin a Tsar, Really?

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The first time I took on The Economist was in 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev appointed Eduard Schevarnadze as Foreign Minister after the death of Andrei Gromyko, known in the West for his intransigence. When The Economist headlined something like…

The Impending Islamization of Europe, the Sor...

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An unexpected, but relatively easy to explain twist to the European immigrant crisis has just occured:   The right-wing Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, has accused billionaire financier George Soros of seeking to ruin his (Christian)…

Navalny vs Putin — Is This a Joke?

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On October 23, Politico published the latest beltway anti-Putin screed, by Susan B. Glasser. It takes a different tack from most Putin bashing, claiming that the US has built up the Russian President as more of a threat than he actually is…

The Alt Right and the Arithmetic of Race

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This past week one of the leaders of the Alt-Right, Richard Spencer was scheduled to give a speech at the University of Florida in Gainesville, and I wondered why the only reports stated that the governor of Florida had called…

How to Win Friends the Russian Way

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How to Win Friends and Influence People” was the title of a highly influential book by Dale Carnegie published in 1936 and still read today by people seeking to improve their chances of success. (The author was unrelated to Andrew Carnegie, the steel magnate, and…

Spain, Germany and Beyond

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2017 minus 1936 = 81, an untidy number, not even a prime number. 1936 marked the start of the Spanish Civil War that resulted in a long hiatus for the Spanish left, as well as the failure of Weimar Germany’s socialists to prevent Hitler from remilitarizing Germany. Strikingly, 2017 sees…

Crimea, Kosovo, Catalonia, Corsica and Kurdis...

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Just three years after a citizens’ referendum returned Crimea to Russia, from which it had been separated for sixty years, the people of Catalonia, Spain’s largest province, will vote to leave that country. And just as the international…

In the Land of the Free, No One is Above Susp...

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The Russia probe is making a lot of Americans unhappy, either because they are convinced that Vladimir Putin is an enemy who must be taught a lesson, or because they know the deep state is fabricating a case for war. One thing I never hear mentioned, however, is the fact that political…

Merkel Fourth Term Goes Unquestioned

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As Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel issue a joint declaration condemning North Korea for its nuclear tests, let me point out that the former is accused of being an autocratic ruler who is reelected under questionable circumstances…

Under the US Radar: The BRICS

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As the ninth annual BRICS gathering, held this year in China, comes to an end, it’s time to point out that these five nations representing some 23% of the worlds economy and 43 % of its population, is almost totally absent from the Western…

France’s Controversial New President

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French voters accuse Emanuel Macron of a plethora of crimes ranging from spending tax payer euros on make-up and ordering extra large frames for the official portraits that hang in government offices all over the country. But biting…

When ‘Democracy’ Backfires

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The US media focuses on the fact that President Trump failed to win the popular vote, although he did manage to rake up more delegates to the Democratic Convention than Hillary Clinton. Clinton believes a ‘Russian intervention’ in some unspecified way, skewed the results of the election…


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