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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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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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Politics Russia Ukraine

Ткните медведя, и вот что произойдет – Питер Хитченс

Эта статья была первоначально опубликована в Mail on Sunday. Если Владимир Путин будет суров и безумен, то он вторгнется в Украину. Но я видел мало доказательств, что он такой. Он неприятный, жестокий, зловещий, нетерпимый и многое другое. Но человек не удержится у власти в Москве так долго, если он сумасшедший. Если есть хоть одно действие, […]

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Geopolitics Opinion Politics

The Western citizen is being prepared for yet another war

The typical Western citizen today firmly believes in the sanctity of freedom and democracy. Ask Europeans and Americans: most are deeply convinced the West is home to freedom and democracy and that freedom and democracy constitute the basis of good governance in the Western world. Freedom and democracy are of course universal values which can […]

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Caucasus General Politics Ukraine

The Georgian Revolution of 2003: what happened since then?

18 years ago, on 22 November 2003, a crowd of agitated Georgians led by the then little-known Mikheil Saakashvili burst into the building of the National Parliament with roses in their hands. The ceremonial first meeting of the new parliament was being held there. At that moment, Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze was making the opening […]

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Opinion Politics

Diego Fusaro: Against the G20, a gathering of soulless oligarchs

This post was originally published on Diego Fusaro’s Facebook page. Allow me some rhapsodic reflections on the G20 in Rome. Starting from the very essence of the G20, a periodic meeting with which the cosmopolitan bosses and their government butlers meet in different locations from time to time to take stock of their agenda and […]

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Geopolitics Poland Politics Russia

Gas prices rise across the world, but some try to blame Putin for it

Gas prices have skyrocketed in the past few weeks, with the price of some gas stocks having risen almost eightfold since the start of the year. Most experts explain this with a rise in demand, particularly in Asia, with economies recovering after the pandemic shock of 2020 and competing markets pushing the prices up. Some, […]

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Opinion Politics

Why Hobbes still reigns supreme

In contemporary academia liberalism has gained the upper hand, including in the field of international relations. This has led to a vehement rejection of the ideas of the influential British philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Hobbes is generally associated in international relations theory with realist principles that ostensibly define the international arena as being driven by the […]

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History Politics Ukraine

Ukraine celebrates 30 years of independence

Like all official state celebrations, Ukraine’s Independence Day has its good portion of pageant, fanfare and sentimental language. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s regained independence in 1991. Contemporary Ukraine may be only 30 years old, but like Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his speech for the occasion, it is a young […]

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History Politics Ukraine

Ukraine and nationalism

Over the last few years, the Western public, who arguably until 2013 had a very vague idea of that country in Eastern Europe called Ukraine, has been gradually and systematically educated into thinking that the phrase “Ukrainian nationalism” must unmistakable be the mark of Russian propaganda. “There are no nationalists in Ukraine” after all, as […]

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Opinion Politics

The “masses” are rejecting “liberal” hegemony

Joe Biden’s announcement that US troops will be pulled out of Afghanistan this year on the 11th of September is the umpteenth example of the pervasive liberal hypocrisy that dwells within the western media sphere. The point here is not a condemnation of Bidens decision: rather what is of interest is the way the press […]

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History Journalism Politics

East and West at 5

Five years ago, in May 2016, East & West was born. 5 years is not a long time ago, but from the perspective of 2021 the year 2016 feels already like a slightly different era. May 2016 was before the Brexit referendum, before Donald Trump‘s presidency, the likelihood of which at the time most experts […]

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Opinion Politics

Elections are nothing but entertainment

There are no elections in this world. There is a political entertainment show for the plebeians, on the one hand, and on the other, the elites who really have the power to make decisions behind the scenes of this show, bound by centuries of traditions, internal agreements and clan solidarity. At the same time, the […]

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Politics United States

Biden wins, the world goes back to normal

Now that Donald Trump has lost the presidential race to Joe Biden, the good citizens of the civilized world can breathe with relief. Donald Trump was going to destroy world order, they told us four years ago. Donald Trump was unfit to be President because he could start a nuclear war on a whim, they […]

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Culture Opinion Politics

Why should it be ok if the left is so divisive?

We truly live in a strange world. I don’t know whether it’s because of postmodernism or postpostmodernism, because of the triumph political correctness or the oversimplification of any message in the age of social media and short attention spans. It’s clearly though that only a few years ago, even if it looks so far away […]

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Politics United States

Why do neocons support Joe Biden?

The American election is more than six months away and in these nervous pandemic times, it’s hard to see at the moment what could happen in the long battle between the Democratic candidate Biden and the current President Donald Trump. Arguably, much will depend on how the US deals with the coronavirus crisis. Crisis years […]

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Opinion Politics Ukraine

Liberalism and the third world

To the so called third world, the periphery of the “civilized world”, the regions and countries that did not have the historical experience of capitalism and liberalism, the West offers a universal model of development and progress. This model of course cannot be implemented without the necessary financial means, and so the “civilized world” inevitably […]

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Culture Opinion Politics

The true face of liberalism – Liberalism as anti-democracy

We used to be taught from childhood that public interests are higher than personal ones. All levels of social formation of a full member of society are saturated with this idea, starting from children’s fairy tales and cartoons, ending with history and religion. At each level of education of a spiritually healthy and highly moral […]

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Europe Politics

Экс-президент Еврокомиссии Романо Проди: «Евросоюз рискует распасться»

В статье для газеты «Il Messaggero» итальянский политик Романо Проди, экс-президент Европейской комиссии, пишет, что после отказа Европейского совета договориться о выпуске общесоюзных облигаций ЕС рискует распасться. «Становится невозможным идентифицировать себя с сообществом, если члены этого сообщества не чувствуют общности, даже когда коллективные страдания достигают невыносимого уровня», – написал итальянец. «Если европейские правители реагируют только […]

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Europe Politics

Ex-President of the European Commission Romano Prodi: “The European Union risks to dissolve”

In an article for the newspaper “Il Messaggero” the Italian politician Romano Prodi, ex-President of the European Commission, wrote that after the refusal of the European Council to agree on the emission of union-wide bonds the European Union risks to dissolve. “It becomes impossible to identify with a community if the members of the same […]

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