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Ukraine Conflict: Don’t Trust The Media

The armed rebellion by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine has been ongoing for nearly a year, and if you believe everything Western media says, it’s astonishing that the conflict did not end months ago. It does not have popular support and is propped up by Russian troops; but that effort, combined with sanctions, has brought

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Russian Rebels In Transniestria Arrested Me For Murder

Yesterday VICE published a version of this story. This gives a slightly deeper socio-political context. — The rebels in eastern Ukraine are not trailblazers. In 1992 pro-Russian rebels carved out a de-facto state on a narrow strip of land between Moldova and Ukraine. Transniestria, the fledgling state of half a million people has since created its

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Transniestria: The Last Refuge of the Soviet Union?

Transniestria is a breakaway state squeezed between Moldova to the west and Ukraine to the east. When the Soviet Union was coming undone and the various republics declaring independence, Transniestria went against the grain and fought a war to stay in the Soviet Union. While no nation recognizes this fledging state (with the exception of

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Ukraine and Our Own Biases

Results from 2010 presidential election Ukraine has been in the news cycle for a surprisingly long time. And it’s been a great case study in how our own biases dictate our views. Both sides—Russia and the West—are claiming the high ground. Both sides are claiming that the other is the aggressor and they are just

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Understanding in a Car Crash

I wrote this a few years ago, while living in New York City. It seems relevant now with all the negative talk about Russia in the Western press of late.  — When I moved to NYC I did not anticipate that it would lead to a deeper understanding of the Cold War; but it has. 

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