The Day of the October Revolution, November 7, is still a public holiday in Belarus. In Russia, it stopped being one after the collapse of the Soviet Union. More precisely, before 7 November 2004, the day was marked in calendars as a Day of Accord and Reconciliation. But the surrogate did not live long.
From the archives—The following material originally appeared in the satirical, well-nigh impossible to categorize and often wicked newspaper The exile, coedited by Mark Ames and Matt Taibbi in the 1990s in Moscow, with more than able help from the likes of Gary Brecher (nom de guerre), a war aficionado with a deep respect for truth in such serious topics and blessed with at least three different personalities, one of them that of an underground academic.
Note: If you’re a humorless leftie, or, worse, a humorless PC liberal, abandon this article at once. Consider that fair warning. —PG
By James Verini, Vanity Fair
FIRST PUBLISHED February 23, 2010
The demise of The Exile began, as so many demises have in Russia, with an official letter. Faxed to the offices of the newspaper late on a Friday afternoon the spring before last from somewhere within the bowels of Rossvyazokhrankultura, the Russian Federal Service for Mass Media, Telecommunications, and Cultural Heritage Protection, it announced the imminent “conducting of an unscheduled action to check the observance of the legislation of the Russian Federation on mass media.” The Exile, a Moscow-based, English-language biweekly, stood accused of violating Article Four of that legislation by encouraging extremism, spreading pornography, or promoting drug use. The letter scheduled the unscheduled action to take place between May 13 and June 11. This being Russia, it wasn’t faxed until May 22.
Op-Ed Contributor / The New York Times
A Plea for Caution From Russia
By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
MOSCOW — RECENT events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies.
What Really Was Underlying the Edward Snowden Asylum Standoff
by STEVE HORN
The much-discussed Snowden affair is only the latest surface-level event in a geopolitical standoff between the U.S. and Russa over natural gas.
Nearly two months ago, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden handed smoking-gun documents on the international surveillance apparatus to The Guardian and The Washington Post in what’s become one of the most captivating stories in recent memory.
It was five years ago that the president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvilli, who was installed in power by the Washington supported “Rose Revolution,” launched a military invasion of South Ossetia, a break-away province under its own government.
Araik Stepanyan, Pravda.ru
MATERIAL INDICATED BY OUR CORRESPONDENT GAITHER STEWART
Is this a chain reaction or mass epidemic? Either way, the fact remains – the political upheavals in the Muslim world that began in Tunisia swept across North Africa and Syria, and now a wave of instability has reached Turkey. A member of the Presidium of the Academy of Geopolitical Issues Araik Stepanyan analyzed this complex, ambiguous situation in the country.
by Stephen Lendman
On June 17, G8 leaders began two days of talks in Northern Ireland. Seven nations want escalated war on Syria. Putin’s alone. He’s an outlier for peaceful conflict resolution. Obama’s hands are bloodrenched. He bears full responsibility for ravaging Syria. It’s been ongoing since early 2011. It was planned many years earlier.
By Sergei Vasilenko, Pravda.ru
During the Cold War, the Mediterranean was the most important area of strategic struggle between the West and the USSR. Many years have passed, a lot has happened, but the importance of the Mediterranean Sea has remained the same. Russia, a successor of the USSR, has lost some of its influence in the region over the years. It appears, though, that the country is not going to sit on its hands watching others taking its place under the Mediterranean sun.
SUGGESTED BY OUR EASTERN EUROPEAN SPECIALIST, GAITHER STEWART
About 100,000 documents from the archives of Joseph Stalin and the Communist Party of the Soviet Union became available to the general public. The legendary leader is presented in the materials as both a statesman and the man he was in every day life.
From our archives: Setting the record straight> Articles you should have read the first time around, but missed.
Campbell Plowden, Greenpeace International
To mark the launch of new movie, Big Miracle (2012) starring Drew Barrymore, about the 1988 rescue of grey whales in Alaska, we’re publishing this fascinating story by Campbell Plowden who was a Greenpeace whales campaigner who played a key part; he describes one of the craziest weeks in his 14 years with Greenpeace, and puts the whale rescue story dramatised the movie Big Miracle in the context of a wider campaign to end whaling worldwide.