Monthly Archives: January 2008

The Stability Candidate

The talk that Dmitry Medvedev gave to the All-Russian Civic Forum on January 22 was a vintage election campaign speech: rich on generalities and short on specifics.  But why would Medvedev — an out-of-reach front-runner who has just registered a … Continue reading

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The Magic Numbers (Is Anti-Americanism Rising In Russia?)

There are lies, outrageous lies, and then there are interpretations of opinion polls… In a January 18 post to the U.S. News & World Report, Alastair Gee sets out to prove that anti-Americanism is on the rise in Russia. Well, … Continue reading

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Our Man In Tbilisi

It’s now official: Mikheil Saakashvili is the president of Georgia for the next term.  In a 7 to 6 vote, the Central Election Commission of Georgia has declared Saakashvili the victor of the January 5 snap presidential election.  According to … Continue reading

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Seven Years Too Late

President Bush couldn’t have chosen a worse time for his Middle East tour.  In the region, apprehension is growing about America’s Middle East policies amid the continuing mess in Iraq and the Bush administration’s attempts to isolate Iran.  At home, … Continue reading

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Married With Kids (Déjà-Vu Comeback Kid)

Second marriages are said to be victories of hope over experience.  If Barack Obama had beaten Hillary Clinton in yesterday’s New Hampshire Democratic primaries, the result would have been such a victory.  But he didn’t; instead, Clinton edged him out … Continue reading

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It’s All About “Change”, Stupid!

King Midas is remembered for his remarkable ability to turn everything he touched into gold.  Politicians remind me of King Midas for turning every word into a meaningless campaign slogan.  So when I hear them saying "change", my reaction is … Continue reading

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