Tag Archives: Russia

What Flags Do Russia’s Protesters Use?

Russia has recently had a number of protests against President Vladimir Putin. The protests constitute a challenge of urban Russians against Putin’s rule.

If you’ve ever seen pictures of these protests, one interesting thing stands out. This is the fact that the protesters don’t wave Russia’s national flag. Instead, they always wave different flags: Continue reading

Posted in Europe | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Revealing Story About Russia’s Mind-Set

Russia launched a spacecraft to explore Mars, which unfortunately failed. Then Russian officials did something very curious: they blamed the failure on an American weapon. America, in this view, purposely used a weapon to destroy Russia’s probe. Continue reading

Posted in Europe | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The BRIC Fallacy

A person living in the third-poorest province of Brazil is about as well off as the typical Chinese. So much for the Chinese dragon; the typical Brazilian is far better off than the typical Chinese. And let’s not even start comparing Brazil to India. Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Europe, Latin America | Tagged , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Dmitry Medvedev Doesn’t Look Like Your Typical Russian Leader

Born in 1965, Mr. Medvedev was all of 42 years old when he took power; today he is still a mere 45 years old. By the standards of world leaders, this is amazingly young. Continue reading

Posted in Europe | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Reforming the U.N. Security Council?

The United States has permanent membership in the Security Council along with the China, France, Russia, and United Kingdom. Each of these countries may veto any resolution they desire to. There have been occasional calls to reform the Security Council. … Continue reading

Posted in Foreign Affairs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

A Russian Perspective on the Russian-Georgian War

This article, by Mikhail Barabanov of the Moscow Defense Brief, provides a fascinatingly perspective. It is from the Russian point-of-view, specifically a military one. Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Europe | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

What the Russian Spy Scandal Really Tells Us

Much has been made of the recent Russian spy swap, in which ten Russian infiltrators were exchanged for four American infiltrators. The overall reaction has been one of amusement. Russian spies combined with Desperate Housewives? Straight out of a Cold … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Media | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment