Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree

Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree Washington’s celebration of U.S.-Russian relations quickly turned into a pity party for the Kremlin’s die-hard American apologists.

Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers

Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers The revolutionary dream lives on among Maidan supporters in Odessa, despite their disappointment with the government in Kiev and the threat of Russia’s sinister machinations.

Does Mugabe Have a Conscience?

Does Mugabe Have a Conscience? Most people would not suspect Robert Mugabe of harboring a guilty conscience. The 89-year-old President of Zimbabwe has ruled the southern African nation for 34 years, making him one of the world’s longest-serving leaders. The results of his misbegotten reign form a uniquely depressing catalog in the annals of post-colonial Africa: the erstwhile “jewel” and...

Paleocons for Putin During the Cold War, the term “useful idiot” described Westerners who functioned as apologists for the Soviet Union. No matter how unjustifiable the behavior—whether invading Hungary in 1956 or unilaterally constructing a wall to divide the city of Berlin—the Soviets could depend upon a core group of supporters on the other side of the Iron...

The Curious Case of Countries Where Being Gay is a Crime While the cause of gay rights has made remarkable progress in the United States over the past year—with recent court rulings in New Mexico and Utah mandating recognition of same-sex unions—the situation has been bleak in other corners of the world. Two weeks ago, the Ugandan parliament passed a long-debated bill imposing lifetime sentences for...

The Myth of the American Mullah If last month’s interim nuclear agreement with Iran ultimately fails, former New York Times editor and columnist Bill Keller will know who to blame: American “hard-liners.” “Iran’s Hardliners, and Ours,” is the title of a post on Keller’s blog from earlier this week. We all know about Iranian hardliners: bearded clerics who call for stoning adulterers, Basij militiamen...

Sorry, Naysayers, But America isn’t Over Yet

Sorry, Naysayers, But America isn’t Over Yet The Myth of America’s Decline By Josef Joffe Liveright, 352 pages, $26.95 It may be hard to fathom today, but there was a time when the existence of a 23-inch-long satellite heralded America’s downfall. The tiny contraption in question was Sputnik, the launching of which by the Soviet Union on October 4, 1957 simultaneously set...

The Folly of Banning Greece's Fascists Last June, an incident on Greek television revealed a disturbingly prescient commentary on Golden Dawn, the far-right political party whose rise over the past two years has shocked Europe. Ilias Kasidiaris, a young party member and parliamentarian, was sitting alongside two female politicians on a political chat show. When Rena Dorou, a member of the...