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Score 1 for Covid

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On April 6, 2022

Good riddance to very bad rubbish: Vladimir V. Zhirinovsky, a veteran Russian politician who served as both ultranationalist firebrand and clownish provocateur in the Kremlin’s carefully managed pol

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The Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to create heartburn for reactionary populists. Jacob Heilbrunn reports from an emergency gathering of crypto-fascist luminaries: It was notable that at the conference, speaker after speaker targeted the GOP hawks more often than they spoke about Ukraine itself. Indeed, Kyiv itself was essentially MIA — serving more as a […]
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The Korea Analogy

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In foreign policy , Trump-Russia , war
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On March 15, 2022
Paul’s post about David Remnick’s interview of Stephen Kotkin reminds me of another interview that Kotkin recorded in February. In that earlier interview, Kotkin draws an analogy between Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and Stalin’s decision to give Kim Il-sung the “green light” to invade South Korea. The comparison not only highlights the dysfunctions of […]
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Scott already posted about Viktor Orbán’s opposition to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It’s not hard to understand the backlash among reactionary populists in former Warsaw Pact countries. The revolutions of 1989 may have been liberal-democratic in orientation, but they were, at heart, nationalist uprising against Soviet imperial domination. Reactionary populists in countries like Hungary, […]
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