Monthly Archives: March 2008

Native English Misspeakers

Over the course of recent weeks, a peculiar and apparently contagious ailment has struck two U.S. presidential candidates: misspeaking fever. Here we have Sen. Hillary Clinton describing "sniper fire" she came under in Bosnia in March 1996.  For those who’d … Continue reading

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From Munich To Sochi

President Putin cannot complain that his Munich speech in February 2007 went down in history unnoticed.  Far from that.  Many Western observers have compared it to the historic Fulton Speech by Churchill and suggested that the Russian president had declared … Continue reading

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Vlad Sobell. “The Origins Of The New Cold War”

Dr. Vlad Sobell, of Daiwa Institute of Research (London, UK), is the world’s leading expert on post-Communist transitions in Russia and Eastern Europe.  He wrote extensively on the nature of recent political and ideological confrontations between Russia and the West.  … Continue reading

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Simple Math

Mathematically speaking, Sen. Hillary Clinton cannot win the Democratic party nomination.  The math is simple: Sen. Barack Obama leads Clinton by 142 pledged delegates.  Although about 500 more delegates are to be selected, the gap is unlikely to be bridged … Continue reading

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The Pitersky Sweep

There is one aspect of the March 2 presidential election that gets little attention.  The election of Dmitry Medvedev as Russia’s next president represents what can be called the "Pitersky" sweep.  Should Vladimir Putin accept the position of prime minister … Continue reading

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The “Democratic Opposition” In Russia: The Joker With No Clothes

Garry Kasparov, a former chess great and now a tireless violator of public order, often complains that the mainstream Russia’s media outlets are closed to him, and his message to the Russian audience gets silenced.  One would then expect him … Continue reading

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The Medvedev Gambit, Updated

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Moscow today meeting with both outgoing president Vladimir Putin and president-elect Dmitry Medvedev.  Chancellor Merkel has become the first Western leader to meet with the next Russian president.  Quite predictably, she has invited Medvedev … Continue reading

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