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Kagarlitsky: Fursenko as Enemy
Nov 29, 2010
The Russian educational system has many problems but only one real enemy. It would take hours to list all of the problems but only a moment to name the No. 1 enemy: Education and Science Minister Andrei Fursenko.
Kagarlitsky: Prokhorov’s Shock Modernization
Nov 13, 2010
The State Duma invented National Unity Day on Nov. 4 to replace the Nov. 7 holiday commemorating the Bolshevik Revolution.
Kagarlitsky: the Russian Census
Oct 28, 2010
Today, when a census taker comes calling at your door, you are having a firsthand encounter with the legacy of the Tatar yoke...
Kelly: War & Your Mind
Oct 24, 2010
Khamad Jan, age 22, remembers that, as a youngster, he was a good student who enjoyed studying. “Now, I can’t seem to think,” he said sadly, looking at the ground. There was a long pause. “War does this to your mind.”
Kelly: Banning Slaughter
Sep 19, 2010
In the early 1970’s, I spent two summers slinging pork loins in a Chicago meat-packing factory. Rose Packing Company paid a handful of college students $2.25 an hour to process pork.
Kagarlitsky: Burning Wake-Up Call
Sep 13, 2010
Russian authorities and much of the Russian public have pretended up to now that there were no costs to privatization of forests and that there was no climate crisis. We have to hope this year's fires and heatwave causes a change in policy.
Kelly: Witnessing Against Torture
Jun 26, 2010
An old cliché says that anyone who has herself for a lawyer has a fool for a client. Nevertheless, going to trial in Washington, D.C., this past June 14, I and twenty-three other defendants prepared a pro se defense. Acting as our own lawyers in court, we aimed to defend a population that finds little voice in our society at all, and to bring a sort of prosecution against their persecutors.
Kagarlitsky: Nation of Poor
Jun 18, 2010
A new bill has been passed in Russia that will extensively roll back Government funding of education, the arts and social services - by introducing per capita financing - that will punish smaller towns and downgrade quality in the larger ones.
Kolko: U.S. Doesn't Get It
May 05, 2010
The United States' wars have always been very expensive and capital-intensive, fought with the most modern weapons available and assuming a modern, concentrated enemy such as the Soviet Union. The ever-growing Pentagon budget is virtually the only issue both Republicans and Democrats agree upon. But there are major economic and social liabilities in increasingly expensive, protracted wars, and these-as in the case of Vietnam-eventually proved decisive.
Kagarlitsky: Lenin’s Loss, Stalin’s Gain
May 02, 2010
Several years ago, I taught political science at a technical college. Why future engineers were required to study political science is anybody’s guess, but perhaps it replaced the mandatory Soviet-era course on the history of the Communist Party.
Konstantinou: Anti-Authoritarian Economy
Apr 30, 2010
The most extensive antiauthoritarian network of our country is preparing for a national meeting on May 8th-9th, inaugurating a special time period which will be as crucial for the progress of itself as for the future of the financial organization of our society.
Kagarlitsky: Crash in Moscow
Apr 09, 2010
Protests sparked by last month's fatal car accident in Moscow reveal the depth and scale of the anti-corporate mood in today's Russia.
Mar 31, 2010
If the U.S. public looked long and hard into a mirror reflecting the civilian atrocities that have occurred in Afghanistan, over the past ten months, we would see ourselves as people who have collaborated with and paid for war crimes committed against innocent civilians who meant us no harm.
Kagarlitsky: Russia's Olympic Failure
Mar 28, 2010
The authorities are looking for scapegoats for failure of the Russian team at the Olympics, but what is going on in sports is only an example of what is going on in other spheres of life - neoliberalism yields the same results no matter where it is applied.
Kagarlitsky: New Opiate of the Masses
Mar 13, 2010
If the new law recently passed by the State Duma goes into force, it will deliver a big blow to the Russian culture, education and public health.
Feb 08, 2010
If freedom is defined by a state’s non-participation in economic processes, as the Heritage Foundation suggests, then Haiti today would win first prize, as after the earthquake, it has no government at all.
Kelly: Speaking Truth to Power
Jan 10, 2010
There's a phrase originating with the peace activism of the American Quaker movement: "Speak Truth to Power." One can hardly speak more directly to power than addressing the Presidential Administration of the United States. This past October, students at Islamabad's Islamic International University had a message for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. One student summed up many of her colleagues' frustration. "We don't need America," she said. "Things were better before they came here."
Kagarlitsky: Default in Europe
Dec 29, 2009
When the Arab emirate Dubai was on the verge of bankruptcy, the international financial speculators became worried. The rating agencies simultaneously came to correct their assessments. The bankers started to check if their debtors were solvent. Another financial crisis is in the air.
Kagarlitsky: Flu for All Seasons
Nov 23, 2009
Swine flu is quite handy to politicians, who can use it to postpone elections, or justify a state of emergency, if needed.
Oct 28, 2009
For those who believe that privatisation automatically increases efficiency, just take a look at todayâ€™s AvtoVAZ, once considered a flagship of Soviet industry.