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Burn After Reading

14 October 2008
This film verges on spoof. Two scatty gym workers find the autobiography of a recently sacked FBI agent and attempt to bribe and blackmail him while selling the information to Russian intelligence.

Turmoil on Wall Street hammers Moscow’s markets

30 September 2008
The shockwaves from the US credit crisis have started to crash into Russia’s economy.

New Labour banging war drums - again

02 September 2008
The new Labour government is leading the West’s war of words against Russia in its dispute with Georgia.

Western leaders panic at their plight in Afghanistan

26 August 2008
The occupation of Afghanistan has entered a new and deeper crisis. A rising number of sophisticated attacks on foreign troops, combined with a growing rebellion in Pakistan and Russia's crushing of Nato ally Georgia, have raised the prospect that the occupation is heading for defeat.

George Bush is the real loser in the latest Caucasus war

26 August 2008
Now that the dust is beginning to settle, what are the long term consequences of the war between Russia and Georgia?

Imperialism, nationalism and national liberation struggles

26 August 2008
The recent war in the Caucasus between Russia and Georgia has highlighted once again the complex question of national rights. National antagonisms and nationalism are often put forward as explanations for war. Nationality and nations are portrayed as age-old.

Polish activists: ‘We’ve had Moscow, we don’t want Washington’

19 August 2008
The US and Poland’s leaders have escalated the militarisation of Europe and the tensions between the West and Russia.

The US and Russia: the limits of a superpower

19 August 2008
Internationally the war is a big blow for the US, at least in Central Europe and the Caucasus. It has suddenly shown that the influence and control of the sole superpower is limited. There are situations when the superpower cannot protect its client states such as Georgia.

Missile system turns Britain into a target

19 August 2008
George Bush’s plans for a "missile defence shield" have already played a major part in goading Russia and destabilising the Caucasus. Now it could turn Britain into a target in any future nuclear confrontation.

It’s not Czechoslovakia 1968

19 August 2008
In the Czech Republic, just as in most European countries, we have been watching television pictures of Georgia’s "brave" president Mikheil Saakashvili "defending his small country against imperial Russia".

Deepening unease with US strategy

12 August 2008
The recent fighting between Georgia and Russia has revealed splits in the Western ruling class over whether or not to turn up the heat on Russia.

Scramble for resources is destabilising the world

12 August 2008
The global system of competition between rival power blocs has transformed the Caucasus – with its myriad of ethnic and historic rivalries – into a surrogate test of will between the US and Russia.

War in Caucasuses is result of imperial game

12 August 2008
War has torn apart yet another region of the world in the last week, as Russia and Georgia clashed over South Ossetia, a breakaway province that lies in the Caucasus mountains between the two countries.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn: Witness to the Gulag

12 August 2008
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, the great Russian writer who died this month, was an unparalleled witness to the Gulag – Joseph Stalin’s system of slave labour camps.

Poland timeline

29 July 2008
1945 Poland falls under Russia’s sphere of influence following the Second World War. A dictatorship modeled on Joseph Stalin’s Russia is imposed on the country.1956 A workers’ uprising breaks out in the city of Poznan involving over 100,000 people. It is brutally put down by troops but inspires the creation of workers’ councils in factories in other parts of Poland. It is two years before the movement is crushed.1980 A strike movement sweeps the country in response to an increase in food prices. The Solidarity trade union is formed. It wins massive support and becomes the main opposition to the regime, which is f

Afghanistan was a pawn in the Cold War between US and Russia

08 July 2008
After the Second World War and the independence of India, Britain declined as an imperial power and the US replaced it.

Imre Nagy and Hungary’s heroic uprising

10 June 2008
Fifty years ago this week Hungary’s prime minister Imre Nagy was executed following a secret trial. He was accused of treason and of plotting against Russia.

Charlie Wilson’s War

15 April 2008
In December 1979 the Russian army invaded Afghanistan.

Letters

01 April 2008
Did China free Tibet? The most patronising argument used to defend China’s crackdown on Tibetan protests is that Chinese rule has benefited and developed Tibet. Some on the left even argue that Chinese domination liberates Tibetan women. The argument is all too familiar – the Russians, the US and Britain said the same thing about liberating women in Afghanistan.

A very high price for Nato expansion

01 April 2008
George Bush arrived in Romania for a Nato summit this week backing applications from Ukraine and Georgia to join the US-led military alliance. The expansion of Nato to Russia’s borders has been key to the "new Cold War" between the US and Russia.

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