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  • New insights on the Soviet Union's collapse

    07/29/2007 7:22:06 AM PDT · by JohnA · 122 replies · 1,874+ views ^ | July 23, 2007 | David R. Francis
    A former Russian official blames the threat of famine, not Gorbachev's reform policies. Crude oil prices last week were flirting with a record high. It's great news – for the Russians. Low oil prices contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. In Russia today, high oil and natural gas prices are, to a large degree, the reason for an economic boom. In the first quarter of this year, Russia's economy steamed along at a level 7.9 percent above the same three months of 2006.
  • Gorbachev: Bush, U.S. Trying To Build Empire

    07/29/2007 8:48:10 AM PDT · by Fennie · 19 replies · 549+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 27, 2007
    Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev critized the United States, and current President George W. Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to build an empire after the Cold War ended but had failed to understand the changing world. "The Americans then gave birth to the idea of a new empire, world leadership by a single power, and what followed?" Gorbachev asked reporters at a news conference in Moscow. "What has followed are unilateral actions, what has...
  • AP: U.S. Imperialism Cause of 'World's Gravest Problems' - But AP Loves Gorbachev

    07/28/2007 9:51:37 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 8 replies · 384+ views ^ | 7/28/07 | Warner Todd Huston
    Once again, and engaging in perfect Soviet styled historical revisionism, our glorious MSM presents the "truth" of how failed Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was really the one who "helped" the U.S. win the Cold War. AP claims Gorby brought about the fall of the Soviet Union but this "ushered in an era of U.S. imperialism," which the AP claims is responsible for "many of the world's gravest problems." So, according to the AP Gorby helped the U.S. win the Cold War, but his good deed is now the cause of all the world's ills? How losing the game can equate...
  • Gorbachev blasts American 'imperialism' (So when ya moving your San FRancisco "Peace" institute?)

    07/27/2007 4:49:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/27/07 | Alex Nicholson - ap
    MOSCOW - Former President Mikhail Gorbachev said Friday that the fall of the Soviet Union, which he helped bring about, ushered in an era of U.S. imperialism responsible for many of the world's gravest problems. Gorbachev is lauded in the West for ushering in democratic reforms but widely despised in Russia for paving the way to the economic free-for-all of the 1990s, which brought fabulous wealth for a well-connected few while plunging much of the country into humiliating poverty. He has since became a supporter of President Vladimir Putin's assertive foreign policy and resistance to American power — calling occasional...
  • Gorbachev says U.S. is sowing world ‘disorder’

    07/27/2007 2:29:31 PM PDT · by Baladas · 42 replies · 781+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 27, 2007
    MOSCOW - Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev criticized the United States, and President Bush in particular, on Friday for sowing disorder across the world by seeking to build an empire. Gorbachev, who presided over the break-up of the Soviet Union, said Washington had sought to build an empire after the Cold War ended but had failed to understand the changing world. “The Americans then gave birth to the idea of a new empire, world leadership by a single power, and what followed?” Gorbachev asked reporters at a news conference in Moscow. “What has followed are unilateral actions, what has followed...
  • "Tear Down This Wall" How Top Advisers Opposed Reagan's Challenge to Gorbachev—But Lost

    07/08/2007 11:27:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies · 682+ views
    The National Archives ^ | Summer 2007 | Peter Robinson
    In April 1987, when I was assigned to write the speech, the celebrations for the 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin were already under way. Queen Elizabeth had already visited the city. Mikhail Gorbachev was due in a matter of days... I was told only that the President would be speaking at the Berlin Wall, that he was likely to draw an audience of about 10,000, and that, given the setting, he probably ought to talk about foreign policy...
  • Ex-generals: Global warming threatens U.S. security

    04/15/2007 6:00:56 PM PDT · by RDTF · 77 replies · 1,904+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | April 15, 2007 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Global warming poses a "serious threat to America's national security" and the U.S. likely will be dragged into fights over water and other shortages, top retired military leaders warn in a new report. The report says that in the next 30 to 40 years there will be wars over water, increased hunger instability from worsening disease and rising sea levels and global warming-induced refugees. "The chaos that results can be an incubator of civil strife, genocide and the growth of terrorism," the 35-page report predicts. "Climate change exacerbates already unstable situations," former U.S. Army chief of staff...
  • The Other Thing Reagan Said in Berlin

    06/13/2007 7:45:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 259+ views
    Town ^ | June 13, 2007 | Terence Jeffrey
    Western leaders searching for a long-term strategy to defend our civilization from fundamentalist Islam ought to reread the speech President Reagan delivered at the Berlin Wall 20 years ago this month. It was neither democracy nor capitalism Reagan foresaw bringing down the wall. It was Christianity. Reagan's demand that Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev tear down the wall was the defining sound-bite of that speech, but it was another passage that defined the core meaning of the Cold War. Pondering what sustained Berliners, surrounded as they were by the Soviet menace, Reagan concluded: "Perhaps this gets to the root of the...
  • Pelosi: Climate change is a reality

    05/28/2007 11:16:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies · 2,057+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | May 28, 2007 | GEIR MOULSON
    BERLIN - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Monday she led a congressional delegation to Greenland, where lawmakers saw "firsthand evidence that climate change is a reality," and she hoped the Bush administration would consider a new path on the issue. After meeting with German Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel, Pelosi praised Berlin for its leadership on the issue. Her trip comes ahead of next week's Group of Eight summit and a climate change meeting next month involving the leading industrialized nations and during a time of increased debate over what should succeed the Kyoto Protocol, a 1997 international treaty that caps...
  • Gorbachev says U.S. missile defense plans are threat to international security

    05/24/2007 11:06:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies · 392+ views
    AP ^ | May 24, 2007
    MOSCOW: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Thursday criticized Washington's plans to deploy a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, saying it could threaten international security. The United States plans to place a radar base in the Czech Republic and 10 interceptor missiles in neighboring Poland as part of a missile defense shield it says would protect against a potential threat from Iran. Moscow does not trust Washington's claims, saying the shield or its technology could be used to spy on Russia or pre-empt a strategic missile launch. In comments on Ekho Moskvy radio, Gorbachev echoed remarks made by President...
  • Chant in unison with dilated pupils: 'Eco-cult, Eco-cult, Eco-cult...'

    05/20/2007 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Valin · 40 replies · 916+ views ^ | 3/28/07 | Craig Read
    With $20 billion per annum in public funding the modern earth cult can easily spend some nickels to attract cult members. I can well imagine that soon, on prime time TV, [or a gay sitcom], will be the tax-payer funded eco-cult recruitment, 'You must join us' advert. It will show a wide expanse of meadow populated by masses of automatons with arms outstretched resembling a fuehrer cult rally. Their laconic voices will repeat the intonation, 'save the earth the earth goddess...' The camera will sweep in and out showing mindless, fixated faces with dilated pupils staring upwards, saliva seeping...
  • Unmasking Global Warming: The Case of Mikhail Gorbachev

    05/13/2007 6:59:49 AM PDT · by Reform Canada · 33 replies · 1,449+ views
    May 11, 2007 Unmasking Global Warming: The Case of Mikhail Gorbachev By Vasko Kohlmayer | View comments It is as paradoxical as it is revealing that the man who now parades as an angel of ecological salvation is by virtue of his actions at Chernobyl and elsewhere responsible for more environmental destruction than any other person alive. The most remarkable aspect of the man-made global warming claim is the lack of solid scientific evidence for it. Yet there are those whose apparent goal it is to advance this theory at all costs. Blatant in their disregard of the facts, they...
  • Yeltsin--Father of Democracy?

    04/27/2007 6:10:54 PM PDT · by A. Pole · 114 replies · 2,075+ views
    The Nation ^ | Apr 27, 2007 | Katrina vanden Heuvel
    Boris Yeltsin, who died on April 23, was a towering figure in Russian political history. But was he, as so many US obituaries and editorials have described him, the "Father of Russian Democracy"? As though a wave of historical amnesia had swept over the media, few commentators seemed to remember that it was Mikhail Gorbachev, upon becoming Soviet leader in 1985, who launched the democratic reforms of "perestroika" and "glasnost"--ending censorship, permitting, even encouraging, opposition rallies and demonstrations, beginning market reforms and holding the first free, multi-candidate elections. (Indeed, Yeltsin was the chief beneficiary of those reforms.) [...] After August...
  • Gorbachev says "Marches of Dissent" undermine stability

    04/17/2007 6:58:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 424+ views ^ | 17/ 04/ 2007
    MOSCOW, April 17 (RIA Novosti) - Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, now head of a socioeconomic and political think tank, said opposition marches in Russia only undermined stability in the country. Opposition protests, March of Dissent, were held in Russia's two largest cities over the weekend. Rights groups, oppositionists and journalists have accused Russian police of abusing their power in dispersing the unsanctioned opposition demonstrations. A total of 250 and 170 people were detained respectively. "Somebody wants to complicate the situation in the country and push for instability," Gorbachev told a RIA Novosti news conference. "We must learn our lesson, and...
  • United States Seeks Control of Europe Through Missile Shield - Gorbachev

    04/13/2007 7:47:22 AM PDT · by Fennie · 15 replies · 393+ views
    RIA Novosti ^ | April 12, 2007
    KALININGRAD - Deployment of U.S. missile-defense bases in Poland and the Czech Republic is an attempt by the U.S. to control Europe, the former Soviet president said Thursday. "It is all about influence and domination in Europe," Mikhail Gorbachev said. "I believe it is wrong that America did not even bother to consult its NATO allies." Russia, which has been anxious about NATO bases that have appeared in former Communist-bloc countries and ex-Soviet republics, has blasted the plans to deploy anti-missile systems in Central Europe as a national security threat and a destabilizing factor for Europe...
  • The Russian "Coup" Was A Hoax

    02/18/2007 11:08:59 AM PST · by Fennie · 24 replies · 1,186+ views
    The Modern History Project ^ | 1994 | David Rivera
    It is the belief of Donald McAlvany, who publishes the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, that the coup was a hoax. Only a minimal number of troops participated in the coup, the internal or international lines of communication were not cut, the press was not controlled, and the airports were not closed. A very strange "coup" indeed.
  • Gorbachev Asks (Bill) Gates To Spare Teacher

    02/05/2007 6:41:34 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 528+ views
    Gorbachev asks Gates to spare teacher By Our Foreign Staff Last Updated: 2:09am GMT 06/02/2007 Mikhail Gorbachev, the former Soviet leader, yesterday asked Bill Gates, Microsoft's founder, to intervene on behalf of a headmaster who faces jail in Siberia for using pirated software in his school. In an open letter, Mr Gorbachev said Alexander Ponosov, from a village in the Urals, should be shown mercy because he did not know he was committing a crime by using unlicensed copies of Microsoft software. "A teacher, who has dedicated his life to the education of children and who receives a modest salary...
  • Gorbachev recovering from (carotid) artery surgery

    11/22/2006 9:34:58 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 421+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/22/06 | AP
    MOSCOW - Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is recovering after undergoing surgery in Germany on a key artery in the neck that supplies blood to the brain, his foundation said Wednesday. Gorbachev, 75, had surgery on his carotid artery at a clinic in Munich on Tuesday after being hospitalized there Sunday, the Gorbachev Foundation said in a statement posted on its Web site. "The post-operation phase is proceeding normally," it said. Gorbachev has not had any major health problems in the past. Gorbachev went to a Moscow hospital 10 days ago feeling tired and somewhat unwell after a busy year,...
  • From Rummy to Gates [Bob Tyrrell knows and admires Gates]

    11/18/2006 8:17:24 AM PST · by aculeus · 7 replies · 604+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 17, 2006 | By R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.
    [snip] I have known Mr. Gates for almost two decades and I can tell you whose guy Mr. Gates was originally. From that point on, I watched Mr. Gates with especial interest and dined with him from time to time. Anyone who thinks Mr. Gates lacks grit or an independent mind is mistaken. He was clear-headed on the Soviets and will be clear-headed on the Islamofascists. I well remember when he was drafting a speech in late 1989 or 1990 in which he presciently expressed doubt as to the effectiveness of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's reforms. Though the content of...
  • (Senator Ted) Kennedy Offered to Help Soviets Thwart U.S. Policies, KGB Papers Show

    11/02/2006 9:51:17 AM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 117 replies · 3,881+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 2, 2006 | Kevin Mooney
    While Soviet troops occupied Afghanistan in 1980, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) worked in close concert with high level Kremlin officials to alter the direction of U.S. policy, according to documents made available through a KGB defector.
  • The 1956 Hungarian Revolution in the Eyes of Ronald Reagan (Soviets Retreat, Send Tanks & Takeover)

    10/21/2006 5:48:02 AM PDT · by bd476 · 14 replies · 853+ views
    Freedom Fighter 56 ^ | 2006 | János Horváth
    János HorváthThe 1956 Hungarian Revolution in the Eyes of Ronald Reagan* President Ronald Reagan had a great interest in and knowledge of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, and this knowledge helped to shape his world views and contributed to his morally firm statesmanship. Contrary to the conventional wisdom of his time, he understood that the Soviet Union was not the strong, stable superpower and the wave of the future that it pretended to be. Moreover, he was aware that the smaller nations that had been engulfed into its colonial empire strongly resented the yoke under which they were held. As President...
  • Gorbachev: U.S. must consult allies and Russia on Iraq exit strategy

    10/18/2006 4:59:48 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 541+ views ^ | 10/18/2006
    It's not too late for the United States to bring other countries in on an exit strategy for Iraq, former Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev said while visiting Midland Tuesday, adding he felt the war was a mistake from the start. Gorbachev, 75, spoke through an interpreter to a nearly packed Chaparral Center on the Midland College campus as part of the John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute Distinguished Lecture Series. JBS is housed at University of Texas of the Permian Basin. When the war in Iraq began, Gorbachev said he was on a Toyko subway being interviewed by a Russian...
  • Border Fence: A New Wall Game

    10/18/2006 4:58:08 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 9 replies · 522+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 18 Oct 2006 | Editorial
    Border Security: Mikhail Gorbachev stepped over the boundary of elder statesmanship by accusing the U.S. of erecting a Berlin Wall on its border. It shows the old Soviet still can't distinguish criminals from dissidents. Addressing a news conference Tuesday at the University of Texas, Midland, Gorbachev leveled his charge as if there were no difference between building a fence to keep foreign intruders out and erecting a vast prison wall to seal citizens in. "You remember President Reagan standing in Berlin and saying, 'This wall should be torn down'? Now the United States seems to be building almost the Wall...
  • Reuters Again Claims Gorbachev 'Ended Cold War'

    10/14/2006 5:23:31 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 66 replies · 1,124+ views ^ | 10/14/06 | Warner Todd Huston
    Contrary to what these so-called news reporters lead their readers to believe, ex-Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbechev did NOT help us "end the cold war" in any other way but to LOSE it! He was not on the same level with Ronald Reagan who is really the one responsible for ending the Cold War. I have seen this many, many times, but it is always a good idea to continue pointing out this bias to keep people aware of just what Gorbachev's role was in the Cold War. "News" services like Reuters continue to uplift Gorby to the level of benevolent...
  • U.S. wasted chance to improve the world: Gorbachev [Commie Moron Alert]

    10/13/2006 2:01:42 PM PDT · by Enchante · 79 replies · 1,120+ views
    ABC News (Reuters article) ^ | Oct 13, 2006 | Reuters Staff
    Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, who played a key role in ending the Cold War, said the United States had squandered an opportunity to improve global politics after the Cold War, a paper said on Friday. In comments that were among the harshest he has made about the United States, Gorbachev compared U.S. foreign policy to one of the deadliest diseases on the planet — AIDS. "Today our American friends are suffering from an illness worse than AIDS. And I would say this is the victor's complex," Gorbachev was quoted as saying in an interview with the Netzzeitung. Unable to...
  • Happy Reykjavik Day

    10/12/2006 11:08:30 AM PDT · by Physicist · 30 replies · 3,382+ views
    History ^ | October 12, 1986 | Self
    Twenty years ago this very day, President Ronald Reagan destroyed the Soviet Union. On the morning of October 12, 1986, it seemed as if the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. were on the brink of sweeping reductions in their nuclear arsenal. President Reagan's refusal to abandon SDI caused the talks to collapse. This locked the Soviets into continuing an arms race that they could not afford, could not win, and could not abandon, dooming their empire to eventual collapse. The results of the SDI program President Reagan refused to abandon could well save our lives from North Korean aggression.
  • 97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can't Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime

    10/01/2006 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Old Badger · 62 replies · 1,953+ views
    Real Clear Politics/ ^ | 9/29/06 | Investor Business Daily
    Today's Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another .........
  • 97 Reasons Democrats Are Weak On Defense And Can't Be Trusted To Govern In Wartime

    09/29/2006 8:30:09 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 38 replies · 1,979+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | September 29, 2006 | Editorial
    Today's Democrats are nothing like Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy, who with courage and decisive action kept on top of their jobs and aggressively confronted one national defense crisis after another. Jimmy Carter, elected during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and (1) believing Americans had an inordinate fear of communism, (2) lifted U.S. citizens' travel bans to Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia and (3) pardoned draft evaders. President Carter (4) also stopped B-1 bomber production, (5) gave away our strategically located Panama Canal and (6) made human rights the central focus of his foreign policy. That led...
  • Ronald Reagan Statue in Poland — What About Gorby?

    09/19/2006 12:47:05 PM PDT · by lizol · 13 replies · 559+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | September 19, 2006 | Doug Powers
    Ronald Reagan Statue in Poland — What About Gorby? September 19, 2006 Vox Populi, Doug Powers It’s commonly said, especially among the intellectualoids, that the downfall of communism in Europe was due mainly to Mikhail Gorbachev. The Polish people aren’t buying it — at least not a group of them. From Newsmax: "Polish admirers of Ronald Reagan plan to raise a statue of the former U.S president in Warsaw, where he is revered for his role in the downfall of communism in Europe. The 3.5-metre (3.8-yard) stone-and-bronze statue will stand across from the U.S. Embassy, the head of the group...
  • The Golitsyn Predictions

    08/17/2006 6:07:20 PM PDT · by brain bleeds red · 164 replies · 3,643+ views
    Mark Riebling ^ | 08-17-06 | Mark Riebling
    Even if one rejects Golitsyn's overall thesis -- viz., that Gorbachev's changes comprised a long-term strategic deception -- one must still acknowledge that Golitsyn was the only analyst whose crystal ball was functioning during the key period of the late 20th century. When the Soviet Empire collapsed in 1989, the CIA was chastised for failing to foresee the change. "For a generation, the Central Intelligence Agency told successive presidents everything they needed to know about the Soviet Union," said Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, "except that it was about to fall apart." Sovietologists both inside and outside CIA were indeed baffled,...
  • My Enemy's Enemy by George Crile

    09/22/2005 10:04:49 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 25 replies · 2,407+ views
    My Enemy's Enemy: The Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History -- the Arming of the Mujahideen by the CIA In the early summer of 1980, Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson walked off the floor of the House of Representatives into the Speaker's Lobby, a rich, wood- paneled room that stretches along the full length of the House floor. A Teletype at one end spewed out stories from AP, UPI and Reuters. Wilson was a news junkie, and he reached down and began reading a story datelined from Kabul. The article described hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing Afghanistan as...
  • Gorbachev Praises Bush's Father and Clintons, Scolds McCain (Says This President Bush is a Leader!)

    08/18/2006 11:36:13 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 16 replies · 1,440+ views
    Bloomberg | 8/19/06
    Since we can't post from Bloomberg you can read the article here Gorbachev Praises Bush's Father and Clintons, Scolds McCain
  • Double snub for Gorbachev

    07/13/2006 10:20:55 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 589+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 14 July 2006 | Steve Connolly
    THE nation's (Australia) two main political leaders have snubbed a top international security, energy and environment summit headed by former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev. Mr Gorbachev will co-chair the Earth Dialogues conference in Brisbane next week. But Prime Minister John Howard and Opposition Leader Kim Beazley had both declined invitations from conference organisers to attend, a spokeswoman for Earth Dialogues said today. World experts in energy, security, climate change, water resource management and sustainable development will attend Earth Dialogues, which runs July 22-24 and is part of this year's Brisbane Festival. Queensland Premier Peter Beattie will co-chair the summit with...
  • Gorbachev: 'Americans Have a Severe Disease' ("It's called the winner's complex," he said.)

    07/12/2006 2:46:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 95 replies · 2,096+ views
    ABC News Internet Ventures ^ | July 12, 2006 | CLAIRE SHIPMAN
    15 Years After Being Deposed From Power, Former Leader Discusses Russia, U.S. Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as the man who broke down the "iron curtain" that separated the communist world from the West and thawed the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Now, 15 years after a coup removed him from power and the Soviet Union dissolved, he has some stern words for the United States, whose relationship with Russia has soured lately. "We have made some mistakes," he said, referring to recent attacks on Russia's democracy. "So what? Please don't put even more obstacles...
  • ABC News- Gorbachev ‘Thawed Cold War' --Scolds Americans

    07/12/2006 11:02:56 AM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 25 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | 7/12/06 | warner todd huston
    Gorbie is wagging his finger at that big, bad U.S.A. and ABC News is helping him do it. In a piece by Claire Shipman, Mikhail Gorbachev is claiming that we ”Americans Have a Severe Disease” because we see ourselves as “winners”, but that Russia’s attacks on democracy are just “some mistakes” made. And once again, Ronald Reagan -- the man who REALLY ended the Cold War -- is ignored by a fawning media falling all over itself to genuflect at the feet of failed leader, Mikhail Gorbachev. The pieces starts with this idiotic paragraph: “Mikhail Gorbachev is generally regarded as...
  • Don't meddle in our affairs, Gorbachev warns the West

    06/25/2006 5:22:48 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 51 replies · 1,268+ views
    London Times ^ | 6/26/06 | Adam LeBor
    World News The Times June 26, 2006 Mikhail Gorbachev has told Western leaders that interference in his country could be counter-productive. "Why should foreign organisations be involved in the Russian political process?" he said (PHOTO: KIM JAE-HWAN/POOL) Don't meddle in our affairs, Gorbachev warns the West From Adam LeBor in Venice MIKHAIL GORBACHEV has called on Western countries to stop interfering in Russia’s domestic affairs. Putting pressure on President Putin over human rights at next month’s G8 summit in St Petersburg, to be chaired by Russia, would be counterproductive, the last leader of the Soviet Union told The Times in...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 06-12-2006

    06/12/2006 5:44:19 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 196+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-12-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. Ten'years back at the Brandenburg Gate "Dutch" sealed the Communists' fate A clarion call to "Tear Down This Wall" A speech that the lib'rals still hate!
  • Gorbachev bolsters stake in media

    06/09/2006 12:52:09 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 427+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 9, 2006 | CHRIS STEPHEN
    TWENTY years after ushering in the era of Glasnost, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has jumped back into politics by bolstering his stake in one of Russia's few remaining independent media outlets.He has announced a major cash injection into the weekly Novaya Gazeta, one of only a handful of Russian newspapers not controlled by the state. "The press needs to be objective and independent," he said. The move comes amid mounting criticism of the Kremlin's domination of the media: as well as controlling most national papers, the government controls all national TV. Novaya Gazeta was founded with money Mr Gorbachev...
  • Stalin's Ghost

    05/04/2006 5:36:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 85 replies · 1,269+ views
    Dick Cheney charges Vladimir Putin with limiting freedom and intimidating former Soviet satellites. A sure sign he's right: Russia's last communist premier, Mikhail Gorbachev, cries "provocation." The most dishonest news story of the 20th century was the cover-up of the Soviet Union's forced famine in the Ukraine in the 1930s by New York Times Moscow correspondent Walter Duranty. The Stalin sympathizer knew as many as 10 million Ukrainians died, yet he wrote that famine was not happening. Disgracefully, his Pulitzer Prize was never revoked and his photo still has a place of honor in the Times' offices. In a reminder...
  • Putin subverting US Government! (HOT)

    04/21/2006 6:38:28 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 41 replies · 9,172+ views
    National PR-ity // Moscow drafts a plan to influence the United States The Kremlin has taken up the promotion of Russian interests in the United States head-on. The key role will be given to the Russian-U.S. Council for Business Cooperation (RUCBC) whose supervisory board will include high-ranking officials from the Russian president’s administration, ministers and prominent public figures. The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to find sources to finance the NGO. However, it has already been suggested that big business contribute for the council’s activities. The first donation is expected to amount to $50 million. Work has in progress...
  • Chernobyl 2006: The communism triumph (Photos)

    04/20/2006 9:37:49 AM PDT · by b2stealth · 52 replies · 5,338+ views
    Chernobyl 2006 Directly in front of the gate the radiation levels are 350-3000 microroengen. Soviet scientists reported that the Chernobyl Unit 4 reactor contained about 180-190 metric tons of uranium dioxide fuel and fission products. Estimates of the amount of this material that escaped range from 5 to 30 percent, but some liquidators, who have actually been inside the sarcophagus and the reactor shell itself -- e.g. Mr. Usatenko and Dr. Karpan [citation needed] -- state that not more than 5-10% of the fuel remains inside; indeed, photographs of the reactor shell show that it is completely empty. Because of...
  • Chernobyl's meltdown accelerated that of the Soviet Union (Mikhail Gorbachev Op-Ed)

    04/18/2006 3:25:25 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 28 replies · 838+ views
    Daily Star ^ | April 18, 2006 | Mikhail Gorbachev
    The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago this month, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was a historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed. The morning of the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear station on April 26, 1986, the Politburo met to discuss the situation, and then organized a government commission to deal with the consequences. The commission was to control the situation, and to ensure...
  • Did an Oil Crisis Cause the Transition in the Soviet Union

    04/15/2006 4:04:50 AM PDT · by wotan · 55 replies · 1,281+ views ^ | don't know | Reynolds?
    Soviet Economic Decline: Did an Oil Crisis Cause the Transition in the Soviet Union? If Marxist-Leninist Communism was so inefficient, then why did it last in one form or another for over 70 years in Russia and the Soviet Union before it finally died. Did it last so long because inherently it provides a good economic system or did it last so long because inherently it was not as inefficient as we are made to believe, but that some other circumstances caused its demise? We believe the latter. The Soviet system was not spectacularly inefficient and was an adequate, though...
  • April 9, 1989: Remembering a Georgian tragedy

    04/10/2006 3:41:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 184+ views
    Messenger ^ | April 10, 2006
    Although the Caucasus are placed at the edge of virtually every map, there is something about Georgia that has always put it on the front lines of history. Georgia, for example, recently become famous for pulling off the "Rose Revolution" - a bloodless regime change which paved the way for a number of other relatively peaceful reformist movements across the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. In fact, the term "color revolution" owes its existence to Saakashvili's first making his way into the parliament building clutching that now-famous flower, and for this reason when analysts speak of the last...
  • 10 Questions for Mikhail Gorbachev ( trying to be the new head of the DNC? )

    04/03/2006 5:13:06 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 3 replies · 291+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | April 3, 2006 | SALLY B. DONNELLY
    Mikhail Gorbachev made this statement in his recent Time interview. DO YOU THINK WE ARE MOVING BACK TOWARD A COLD WAR? "I think some people may be pushing President Bush in the wrong direction. I don't think the U.S. can impose its will on others. This talk of pre-emptive strikes, of ignoring the U.N.Security Council and international legal obligations--all this is leading toward a dark night."
  • US 'intoxicated' by power: Gorbachev

    04/02/2006 4:06:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 64 replies · 1,116+ views
    Zee News ^ | April 03, 2006
    Washington, Apr 02: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who triggered the demise of the Soviet Union's Communist empire, said in an interview published today that the United States was "intoxicated" by its power and should not impose its will on others. "This talk of pre-emptive strikes, of ignoring the UN Security Council and international legal obligations -- all this is leading toward a dark night," Gorbachev told time magazine. "I think some people may be pushing President Bush in the wrong direction," he said of the us leader. "America is intoxicated by its position as the world's only superpower. It...
  • Treachery of the past

    03/05/2006 12:41:19 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 344+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | March 5, 2006
    FLASHBACKS TO a vanished Cold War have been recurring in the news. Just the other day, the world learned that an Italian parliamentary commission has concluded ''beyond any reasonable doubt, that the leaders of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate the Pope Karol Wotyla," the Polish pontiff known as Pope John Paul II, in 1981. About the same time, Mikhail Gorbachev was hosting 200 eminent guests at a snazzy Moscow restaurant, where he celebrated his 75th birthday and reviled his absent supplanter, Boris Yeltsin. Gorbachev accused Yeltsin of acting on his own, treacherously, to dissolve the Soviet Union...
  • Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively

    03/04/2006 9:04:56 AM PST · by lizol · 39 replies · 846+ views
    Angus Reid ^ | March 4, 2006
    Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively March 4, 2006 (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in Russia think the tenure of one of the most notorious Soviet leaders was beneficial, according to a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation. 47 per cent of respondents believe Josef Stalin played a positive role in the country’s history. Stalin was the second leader of the Soviet Union, taking over after the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924. Stalin was responsible for a series of repressive campaigns—known as the Great Purge—during the 1930s. During his tenure, Stalin eliminated all possible political opposition...
  • Gorbachev chides US for 'superiority'

    03/02/2006 2:44:52 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 72 replies · 3,456+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3 March 2006 | Marina Lapenkova
    FORMER Soviet leader and Nobel peace prize laureate Mikhail Gorbachev has turned 75, bitter that the end of the Cold War has left the United States with what he called a "superiority complex". "It would be in everyone's interest if that big country America recovered from that disease," he said. Mr Gorbachev, who launched the democratic and economic reforms that ultimately led to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, described the end of the Cold War as a gift that the United States has squandered. He also denounced growing Russophobia, saying "some in the West would like to...
  • Italian Panel: Soviets Behind Pope Attack

    03/02/2006 7:20:10 AM PST · by Vaquero · 38 replies · 867+ views
    AP/YAHOO ^ | 03-02-06 | VICTOR L. SIMPSON
    Italian Panel: Soviets Behind Pope Attack By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 31 minutes ago ROME - An Italian parliamentary commission concluded "beyond any reasonable doubt" that the Soviet Union was behind the 1981 attempt to kill Pope John Paul II — a theory long alleged but never proved, according to a draft report made available Thursday. ADVERTISEMENT The commission held that the pope was a danger to the Soviet bloc because of his support for the Solidarity labor movement in his native Poland. Solidarity was the first free trade union in communist eastern Europe. "This commission...