The Great Debate

For Poles, defending their democracy and defending Walesa are the same

March 4, 2016
People hold Polish national flag during a demonstration in Gdansk, Poland February 28, 2016. Poles protested on Sunday against the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the government's recent accusations of Lech Walesa collaborating with the communist-era secret services. REUTERS/Rafal Malko/Agencja Gazeta THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. POLAND OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN POLAND.

Protestors hold a Polish national flag during a demonstration in Gdansk, Poland, February 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rafal Malko/Agencja Gazeta

The continuing Soviet collapse

November 9, 2015
A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

A crane lifts a monument of Vladimir Lenin, the founder of the Soviet Union, in St. Petersburg April 15, 2010. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk

When it comes to war in space, U.S. has the edge

August 10, 2015
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A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the U.S. Navy lifts off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, January 20, 2015 U.S. Navy

Why Estonia’s not worried, despite its neighbor to the east

July 22, 2015
U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron's F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base

U.S. Air Force 510th Fighter Squadron’s F-16 fighters are seen at Amari air base March 26, 2015. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Iron curtains: The world’s new dividing lines are no better than the old

May 14, 2015
Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border

Bulgarian border police stand near a barbed wire fence on the Bulgarian-Turkish border July 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

Vladimir Putin calls Ukraine fascist and country’s new law helps make his case

May 14, 2015
A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev

A member of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) waits to depart to the frontline in eastern Ukraine, in central Kiev, March 17, 2015. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

In 2015, Vladimir Putin may witness his empire’s death knell

December 16, 2014

Russia's President Putin chairs a meeting at the Bocharov Ruchei state residence in Sochi

The year ahead could see the outbreak of the third Chechen war, which, in turn, could be the death knell of the Russian Federation in its current borders. 

Which past is prologue for Putin’s Russia?

November 30, 2014

People attend a rally called "We are together" to support the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea to Russia in Red Square in central Moscow

As Russia moved into Crimea in March, annexed it and then began to create, promote and support separatist movements in eastern Ukraine, commentators and citizens alike worried about a “new Cold War.” Others compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s land grab to Nazi Germany’s 1938 annexation of Czechoslovakia’s Sudetenland.

Building Berlin’s Wall helped avoid a nuclear confrontation

November 7, 2014

West Berliners walk in front of the Berlin wall at the Allied checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Twenty-five years ago Sunday, Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev refused to use force when thousands of people from East and West converged to pull down the Berlin Wall. He taught us all a great lesson: No wall can hold back democracy. Since then, however, Russian President Vladimir Putin has taught another lesson: If a country’s people don’t want democracy enough, no Berlin Wall is needed to keep it out.

Ukraine fight shows how far Russia’s star has fallen from Soviet ‘glory’

August 24, 2014


How far the Soviet star has fallen A statue of Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, stands near Sputnik in the first gallery of the Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow. REUTERS/Jason Fields Russia's just not the same under President Vladimir Putin. It wasn't long ago that Russia didn’t need to paint its military convoys a pale white to cross international boundaries. The trucks and tanks were green and boldly emblazoned with red stars — not crosses — on their sides and turrets. And when they …

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