Posts under ‘Russia & former USSR’

What’s the End Game for Ukraine?

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

Who actually wants a war in Ukraine? Despite sending the troops in in the first place, I’m not convinced Putin does. The Russian and blockaded Ukrainian troops in Crimea don’t – as these remarkable scenes from earlier show. Russians and Ukrainians East and West don’t. The new government, excepting Svoboda (Freedom) and the fascist street militias, don’t. […]

Has Ed Miliband given the world a chance for peace?

by Andy Newman.

It is worth recalling the words of Ed Miliband about Syria in his recent conference speech The other week I faced [a] decision about whether the country should go to war. The biggest decision any leader faces, the biggest decision any Parliament faces, the biggest decision any party faces. All of us were horrified by […]

Is Russia now in charge of Middle East policy?

by Michael Meacher.

The US has been comprehensively outmanoeuvred over Syria. First, the Commons vote induced Obama to seek a vote in Congress to shore up his authority to take military action against the background that US public opinion shared UK public opinion in resisting any further intervention in the Middle East. Then as uncertainty grew about the […]

Syria: the path to hell

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The path to hell is paved with good intentions. And to take most people at face value who favour military intervention in Syria, they appear to sincerely favour “doing something” – anything – for the best of reasons. The chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus is utterly reprehensible, no doubt about that. After […]

Attacks on the International Brigades are symptomatic of the rewriting of history

by Dominic Curran.

In a shocking ruling the other day, a Spanish court endorsed the tearing down of a recently erected memorial to the International Brigades in Madrid, after much outrage from right wingers. This is an outrageous attack on those who sacrificed everything for democracy. The International Brigades volunteered to fight fascism at a time when British aristocrats fraternised […]

Why Stalingrad still matters 70 years on

by Mark Perryman.

Seventy years ago, 2 February 1943 is the date of the Red Army victory at Stalingrad. From the moment of near-certain defeat the previous year the siege of the city, Hitler’s gateway to success on the Eastern Front, had been turned into an encirclement of the German forces and their eventual, and humiliating surrender. Up […]

Stalingrad 1942 : The hour of courage had struck the clock

by Mark Perryman.

We know what’s at stake and how great the foe’s power, And what is now coming to pass. The hour of courage has struck on the clock And our courage will hold to the last. The bullets can kill us, but cannot deter; Though our houses will fall, we shall remain. 13 September, 06.45, 1942 […]

Pussy Riot: back in the USSR

by David Osler.

In this country at least, the punk music I loved as a teenager lost its ability to shock long before Johnny Rotten started appearing in butter commercials. So safe has it become that brief snatches of Sex Pistols songs even made it into the Olympic opening ceremony. Not so in Russia, where it has obviously […]

The anti-imperialism of fools….

by Darrell Goodliffe.

While the world’s gaze if fixed on London and the Olympics, in Syria, the battle for Aleppo has well and truly begun. This is clearly an attempt by the Assad regime to reassert itself after the bombings and raids into Damascus that knocked it so badly off-balance. So, it is a crucial battle, whichever side […]

Tony Blair: PR man for Kazakhstan

by David Osler.

Nursultan Nazarbayev is clearly an extremely popular guy. Why, only last April, he secured 95% of the votes in Kazakhstan’s presidential elections. And just to underline how much his people love him, the name of the party which holds every single seat in the country’s parliament loosely translates as ‘Ray of Light of the Fatherland’, […]

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