Author: East And West

“East & West” was launched in May 2016.
Culture

Закат западной философии?

Чтобы понять конечное предназначение (Bestimmtheit) философии— не как университетской дисциплины, а как антропологической установки, как способа бытия в мире —, прежде чем спрашивать себя о ее судьбе (Geschick), нам, безусловно, следует обратиться к происхождению самой философии. Философия, как написал знаменитый итальянский философ Эмануэле Северино, «рождается великой», то есть содержит в своем восходе и рассвете весь […]

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Europe Opinion United States

Forget the tears. The West is happy that Russia has attacked Ukraine

At first it may seem of course a terrible thing even to just entertain such a thought. Yet there are a lot of elements to suggests that Europe and the United States may not entirely be disinterested in the prolongation of the Ukrainian crisis, since February taken to a new level by the open confrontation […]

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Culture

Ist die westliche Philosophie zum Untergang bestimmt?

You can read this text in English here. Um die letzte Bestimmung (auch „Bestimmtheit“) der Philosophie zu verstehen, bevor wir uns fragen, ob die Philosophie noch eine Ziel, ein Geschick haben kann – nicht als Universitätsdisziplin, sondern als anthropologische Haltung, als Weise des In-der-Welt-Seins –, müssen wir uns zunächst ihrem Ursprung zuwenden. Die Philosophie, schrieb […]

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Culture

Is Western philosophy destined for decline?

To understand the ultimate destination (what some German philosophers have called Bestimmtheit) of philosophy, before asking ourselves about its having or not having – not as a university discipline, but as an anthropological posture, as a way of being in the world – still a Destiny (Geschick), we must certainly first of all turn to […]

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General

Security Policy and the Western Demonization of Russia and its Citizens – NachDenkSeiten

This article originally appeared on NachDenkSeiten.de Unfortunately, how the war in Ukraine is to be ended and how peace and a stable security structure are to be designed afterwards is still not on the agenda of the warring parties and, above all, not on the current agenda of the western states that support Ukraine. How […]

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China Geopolitics United States

THE GREAT CONFLICT FOR THE REORGANIZATION OF THE WORLD

This article was originally published on L’Antidiplomatico. The associated forms of human life that we can call “society” if seen from the inside, or “states”, if from the outside, have always had three kinds of exchanges between them: short, medium and long term. Although the rhetoric of globalization gave a superficial impression that distances and […]

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The slandering of pacifism and the woke war in Ukraine

Discrediting the appeasers, those who seem to want to add an unnecessary element of complexity in the reading of the events in Ukraine, is not a new thing, something that has emerged only since the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Appeasers” have been attacked at least since 2014, after the Maidan revolution and the passage […]

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Popular Ukrainian journalist Anatoly Shariy briefly arrested in Spain

Ukrainian journalist Anatoly Shariy has been arrested in his home in Spain yesterday. An international arrest warrant had been issued by the Ukranian Security Services or SBU. One would look for this news in Western mainstream media in vain though. After the arrest, Mr Shariy was taken to the National Court, Spain’s top criminal court, […]

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Geopolitics

The Concert of Harmonious and Independent Nations: An alternative history

In 2024, after Donald Trump’s re-election, the US parliament initiated a procedure to dispute the election result. Trump clearly posed too serious a threat to democracy for his unexpected re-election to be recognized. Two weeks after the election, the Supreme Court ruled that Donald Trump’s victory was illegitimate and declared Michelle Obama President. As eight […]

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Russia pulled the trigger: was she forced to? – part II

part I The Donbass conflict While the West supported the violent and unconstitutional overthrow of the democratically elected Yanukovich government, any uprisings in the very East of the country that had voted for the disposed Yanukovich would not be tolerated. The government that had come to power on the streets of Kiev very quickly resorted […]

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Geopolitics Politics

Russia may have pulled the trigger, but was she forced to? – part I

A realist’s view on the Russo-Ukrainian war – part I The current conflict in Ukraine is often defined in the West as Putin’s war. The journalists and representatives of the state who find their mouthpieces among the corporate and state-run media go into long diatribes analysing the psychology of Putin, citing isolation due to Covid, […]

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China

“The US has escalated the tension between Russia and Ukraine”, says China

The ins-and-outs of the unfolding Ukraine issue are crystal clear. The moves of the US-led NATO have escalated the tension between Russia and Ukraine to the breaking point. The US, instead of taking real actions to ease the situation, has been incessantly adding fuel to the flame, heightening the conflict, forcing other countries to pick […]

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Germany Politics

“But we live in a democracy!” – Nachdenkseiten

This article was originally published on Nachdenkseiten. That’s one of the standard phrases of Western self-portrayal. And anyone who denies that our political way of life really meets the necessary criteria of democracy is looked at with big eyes. The opportunity for political change would be such a criterion. Anyone who consciously experienced the first […]

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United States

A very American idiot

In a recent and widely published editorial written in the form of a letter that appeared in Le Monde and later several other publications, the famous and highly praised French-American writer Jonathan Littell, author of the award-winning novel “The Kindly Ones”, invites his “dear Russian friends” to take the matter into their own hands and […]

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Historian Niall Ferguson: “In Ukraine, the US is not interested in diplomacy”

In an interview with the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, British historian Niall Ferguson said the United States has chosen a strategy that prolongs the war in Ukraine. These remarks seem quite at odds with the Ferguson character,a professor now at Stanford University, who called himself a “member of the imperialist gang”. “The Biden administration […]

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Moscua delenda est: shall Moscow be destroyed?

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has left most people in the West terrified. And while many citizens keep asking how a war like this could happen in Europe in the twenty first century, others raise the question: did the West do too little to avoid the Russian attack? Has the West been too weak and […]

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Geopolitics

What’s the goal of the West in the Ukraine war?

This article originally appeared on Nachdenkseiten. The West is delivering weapons, tearing down the last diplomatic bridges and showing tremendous solidarity with the people of Ukraine. The solidarity of the people will certainly be well intentioned. It tears the heart. But if you want to minimize people’s suffering, you shouldn’t rely on escalation, but on […]

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General

“I am ready to discuss Crimea and Donbass with Russia”, says Ukrainian President Zelensky

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready for a dialogue with Russia on the issue of Crimea, as well as the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DNR and LNR). The day before, the Kremlin said that the Russian Federation would stop the military operation in Ukraine on three conditions: if Kiev recognizes Crimea […]

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China

Can China bring peace between Russia and Ukraine?

Experts and commentators have spent a lot of words on some kind of new world order or new geopolitical reality after the Russian military intervention in Ukraine. But a new world order is rarely born without a major crisis. The post world war II bipolar order was born after the devastation of the deadliest war […]

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What led Russia to attack Ukraine?

It had been announced for several months but in the end the Russian invasion of Ukraine in recent days truly shocked the world anyway. According to some important experts and pundits, this aggression was unleashed exclusively by the tyrannical will of a dictator, Vladimir Putin, who, harboring a deep and boundless hatred for democracy, freedom […]

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