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Kazakhstan: A Revolt Against “Transitional” Capitalism

Dozens of protesters have been killed in protests sparked by a rise in fuel prices. The revolt is concerning to Russia and inconvenient for Western powers.

Philippe Alcoy

January 13, 2022

The Conflict between Russia and Ukraine Is Neither Bluff nor Ultimatum

Moscow is amassing 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine, whose government is seeking to lean on NATO to counter Putin. But even if Russian military intervention is central to that country’s defense, it is a very risky option. Are we one step away from war?

Philippe Alcoy

January 1, 2022

Why is Biden Escalating Tensions Between the U.S. and Russia?

Heightening tensions between Russia and the United States were on full display last week after a diplomatic row between the two countries. Like previous administrations, the Biden administration has quickly shown that it is unwilling to back down from U.S. imperialism’s aggressiveness. 

Sam Carliner

March 29, 2021

Widespread Protests Rock Putin’s Regime in Russia

On Saturday, thousands of people protested in almost 200 cities throughout Russia in response to the arrest of populist anti-corruption figurehead, Alexei Navalny. Will this protest wave become a sustained movement?

Dima Gonskiy

January 28, 2021

The Crushing of Chechnya’s Aspirations for Independence: An Interview with Tony Wood

Phillipe Alcoy interviews historian Tony Wood on the history of Chechnya, the two Chechen-Russian wars, and the ongoing hostility towards Chechens in France and elsewhere.

Tony Wood

October 30, 2020

What Is behind the Confrontation between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Armenia and Azerbaijan are on the brink of a new war for control over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Although the conflict is so far driven by local tensions, regional and global geopolitical factors also play a part, particularly the relations established in the recent wars in the Middle East.

Claudia Cinatti

October 9, 2020

Disputes Between U.S. and China Dominate UN General Assembly

This Year's remote meeting of the United Nations General Assembly reflected the continued global health crisis as well as the ongoing and increasingly sharp economic battle between the US and China.

Claudia Cinatti

September 26, 2020

Amid Corrupt Elections, Strikes and Protests Erupt in Belarus

Belarus’s authoritarian President, Alexander Lukashenko, has ruled the country since 1994. Yet Lukashenko’s regime is coming into question after a potentially rigged election unleashed unprecedented demonstrations that have been joined by a defiant labor movement.

Dima Gonskiy

August 18, 2020

The Coronavirus in Capitalist Russia

As the rest of the world continues to battle the coronavirus, the Russian government has not only failed to effectively battle the emergency but has attempted to actively ignore it and the plight of its citizens.

Dima Gonskiy

May 15, 2020