Posts Tagged ‘ Russia ’

Schiff tells Senate Ukraine interference conspiracy was ‘brought to you by the Kremlin’ | TheHill

 

Source: Schiff tells Senate Ukraine interference conspiracy was ‘brought to you by the Kremlin’ | TheHill

This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

The processes set in motion by the disintegration of the socialist economy in eastern Europe eluded all analytical frameworks. It was a time of ‘wild thinking’, in which received ideas were reconsidered and values re-assessed. We are still living through this troubled era, writes the historian of the Soviet Union Karl Schlögel.

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I was shocked on the campuses of the East and the West Coasts of America to meet so many people who had been practically been everywhere around the globe, but not in Gary, Indiana or Akron, Ohio. The victory of Trump has to do with this kind of absence, neglect and ignorance. The same goes for the many German intellectuals who only discovered the East after the AfD landslide. It may also apply to parts of the Warsaw intelligentsia, who are more familiar with the timetables of Brussels Airport than with the train schedules in ‘Polska B’.

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We must leave our comfort zones – physical and intellectual – and explore what is happening on the ground. We must be aware of the intellectual challenges in dealing with an entirely new situation and try – in all modesty – to do what others before us have managed to do. We need to heed Marx’s famous words, only in reverse: ‘Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point however is to change it.’ Now the point is to interpret a world that is changing all too fast.

The pre-1989 years were a time of exploring, describing and analysing – the Polish school of reportage was just one example. A key slogan of the era was Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s and Václav Havel’s ‘Tell the Truth’. This message is not outdated. But to insist on ‘the truth’ is to face many risks. To investigate, explore and redraw the mental map of Europeans beyond the old-new fault lines is a very difficult job. In order to succeed, it will be necessary to develop a consciousness of history not as a lesson to be drawn or sermon to be preached, but as a way to face the challenges – now and in the future. – Karl Schlögel

Source: This mess of troubled times | Eurozine

The most important document you may ever read 

Russia is far from done with destabilizing our democracy, Murphy writes. The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Richard M. Burr, right, and Mark Warner, made that clear in its latest report on 2016 election interference. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s latest report on Russian election interference in 2016 should chill Americans who value our democracy, Murphy writes.

Source: The most important document you may ever read

MEETING GORBACHEV (2019) – Werner Herzog’s New Documentary | Official US Trailer HD – YouTube

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Craig Unger: Donald Trump Is A Russian Asset In The White House | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC – YouTube

TOM CLARK: Under Cassiopeia | The mystery of the missing international friendship tree | Realism (There’s all of everything still)

L1200367-sokolovo2017 | Near Sokolovo villlage, Arkhangelsk region, Russia 2017: photo by Emil Gataullin, 17 February 2018

Source: TOM CLARK: Under Cassiopeia | The mystery of the missing international friendship tree | Realism (There’s all of everything still)

Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign –                                 The Washington Post

President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk at a November 2017 summit in Danang, Vietnam. (Jorge Silva/AP)

The Democratic National Committee seeks millions of dollars in monetary damages and acknowledgment of wrongdoing from Trump aides, WikiLeaks and others.

Source: Democratic Party files lawsuit alleging Russia, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign – The Washington Post

Engenderings – ‘Traditional values’ for the 99%? The new gender ideology in Russia by Daria Ukhova

Participants of the family festival ‘The Real Family’ dedicated to the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity (Moscow, July 8, 2015) © Nikolay Vinokurov / Fotobank Lori

Challenges posed to women’s rights and gender equality by neoconservative ‘pro-family’ and ‘anti-gender’ forces have been drawing attention of gender scholars and activists from acr…

Source: Engenderings – ‘Traditional values’ for the 99%? The new gender ideology in Russia

Trump’s Russia Connection – David E. Sanger | The New York Times

James Comey confirms Russia rigged election for Donald Trump, as GOP blames “Elaine Something” – Palmer Report

House Intel Committee hearings produce damning picture of Trump-Russia

Source: James Comey confirms Russia rigged election for Donald Trump, as GOP blames “Elaine Something” – Palmer Report