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15/01/2023

The Plan of “Breaking up the Country”. “The Decolonization” of Russia, Fomenting Separatism and “Ethnic Nationalism”

The war in the Ukraine has revived Western plans of dismembering Russia and, in the words of the promoters of this idea, to complete the dismantlement of the Soviet Union. Active efforts, including ample funds, are being spent on fomenting ethnic nationalism among Russia’s many ethnic groups. Meetings are convened outside Russia in order to stimulate separatism […]

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12/01/2023

La décolonisation de la Russie et ses ramifications

La guerre en Ukraine a ravivé les projets occidentaux de démembrer la Russie et, selon les termes des promoteurs de cette idée, d’achever le démantèlement de l’Union soviétique. Des efforts soutenus, ainsi que des fonds considérables, sont consacrés à susciter le nationalisme ethnique parmi les nombreux groupes ethniques de la Russie. Des réunions sont organisées […]

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11/01/23

Decolonization of Russia and its Ramifications

The war in the Ukraine has revived Western plans of dismembering Russia and, in the words of the promoters of this idea, to complete the dismantlement of the Soviet Union. Active efforts, including ample funds, are being spent on fomenting ethnic nationalism among Russia’s many ethnic groups. Meetings are convened outside Russia in order to […]

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23/12/22

A Deeper Understanding of the Ukraine War Could Prevent Further Bloodshed

In February 2022, began the longest military conflict in Europe’s post-World War history. But what were its main causes? Although the war in the Ukraine has inflamed emotions across the Western world like never before, the answer requires a realistic and cool-headed approach. Aristotle, admittedly neutral as far as this conflict is concerned, outlined three […]

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23/12/2022

Una comprensión más profunda de la guerra de Ucrania podría evitar más derramamientos de sangre

En febrero de 2022, comenzó el conflicto militar más largo de la historia europea posterior a la Guerra Mundial. Pero, ¿cuáles fueron sus principales causas? Aunque la guerra de Ucrania ha exaltado los ánimos en todo el mundo occidental como nunca, la respuesta requiere un enfoque realista y tranquilo. Aristóteles, ciertamente neutral en lo que […]

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22/09/2022

Historia y secuelas de la crisis de Ucrania (y II)

Preocupaciones geopolíticas más amplias en lugar de la nostalgia por la Unión Soviética, los odios étnicos o el estado mental de Putin deben considerarse al explicar los motivos de Rusia para la invasión. La preocupación más importante es la expansión gradual hacia el este de la OTAN. En tres décadas, las fuerzas de la OTAN […]

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15/09/2022

Historia y secuelas de la crisis de Ucrania (I)

La primavera finalmente llegó a Kiev cuando, en un día soleado, hace unos años, le pedí a un amigo local que me llevara al monumento a los caídos en la guerra que se extiende sobre una de las colinas que subyacen a la encantadora capital ucraniana. El majestuoso complejo fue inaugurado en 1981 por el […]

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01/09/2022

Más allá de las élites: la cuestión del empleo

En un artículo anterior, analicé el efecto de consolidación que las sanciones económicas occidentales contra Rusia han tenido en las élites del país. Por muy importantes que sean, la población está más preocupada por los asuntos cotidianos que por la geopolítica. Uno de ellos es el empleo. El desempleo bajó del 4,4% al 3,9% entre […]

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07/07/2022

Cómo capean las sanciones occidentales los consumidores rusos

Desde que regresé de mi último viaje a San Petersburgo el pasado mes de enero, los consumidores de Rusia han tenido que enfrentarse a muchos cambios. También los visitantes occidentales. El mero hecho de viajar a lo que se denomina «la capital rusa del Norte» se convirtió en una experiencia diferente. La última vez, el […]

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28/06/2022

Rusia: solidaridad más que aprobación

Desde hace cuatro meses se está produciendo en el país un profundo cambio político, económico y cultural, una revolución de arriba y hacia abajo. El abanico de opiniones expresadas públicamente se ha ampliado considerablemente en los medios de comunicación desde el ataque del 24 de febrero, cuando la mayoría de las élites políticas, intelectuales y económicas se encontraron en […]

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June 2022

Peter the Great: Legacy and Celebration

Peter the Great: Celebration and Legacy Yakov M. Rabkin, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Montreal, co-author of Demodernization: A Future in the Past. My arrival in Saint-Petersburg coincided with a celebration. June 9 was the 350th anniversary of Peter the Great, the founder of this city. He changed Russia’s course of history, turning the country […]

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2022

Les sanctions occidentales renforcent le patriotisme russe

À Saint-Pétersbourg (Russie) pour quelques semaines, le professeur Yakov Rabkin nous livre dans une série de textes ses impressions à travers le témoignage de la population locale. Bonne lecture. (Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie) Un profond changement politique, économique et culturel, une vraie révolution mise en branle par le haut, se produit dans le pays depuis quatre mois. […]

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28/05/2020

The Spectre of a “China-centric World”

A spectre is haunting the United States—the spectre of a “China-centric world”. By voicing this concern President Trump pledges to “Keep America Great”. Some of the European allies echo this concern. Others remain conspicuously silent. But what exactly is this concern about? The United States has enjoyed the status of a sole superpower for three […]

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21/052019

Illusory Freedoms

On April 19 Google disabled the accounts of Press TV, an Iranian news service.  Google denied Press TV access to all its services, including the video streaming platform YouTube and the e-mail service Gmail.  The company’s move took place without prior notice or subsequent explanation. Iran is a founding member of the United Nations and a country that […]

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17/07/2017

Fairy Tales and Globalisation: Bringing Up the Young in the Values and Virtues of Great Civilisations

Introduction Globalisation affects children’s values, self-images and world outlook through targeted marketing of fairy tales, games and assorted media products. This article analyses these effects and proposes a number of measures to counteract them. Pro-active, grassroots approaches on the part of educators, writers, and artists should help produce specially designed storybooks, animated cartoons, and online […]

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16/05/2017

Russia on the International Checkerboard

This article is not an exhaustive analysis of Russia’s foreign policy. Rather, it is a reflection based on Russian and Western sources, without adopting mainstream positions of either. Society gives university professors time to think; presenting original views is our way of repaying our debt to society. Regurgitating mainstream ideas would betray this vocation of the intellectual. It […]

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20/11/2015

The Paris Terror Attacks: Canada Helps Avoid Pitfalls of Irrationality

The recent massacres in Paris have so far produced predictable emotional reactions. President Hollande called for national unity and intensified bombardment in Syria. Citizens lit candles and commemorated the victims. Observers continued to mull over the content of the Koran, deploring “the alienation of Muslims from Judeo-Christian civilization”. The focus has shifted to essentialism, to […]

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15/11/2015

Canada: Citizen Participation Does Not End On Election Night

“This is not my victory, this is your victory.” This sentence uttered by the elated Trudeau on the election night is not a compliment to the millions of Canadians who voted strategically to bring about change but a call for continuing engagement. Civil society’s engagement must not end in the wake of the Liberals’ victory […]

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17/08/2015

Canada’s Stephen Harper Wants to Redesign a New Collective Memory of World War II

Stephen Harper has been changing our collective self-image. He has emphasized the martial, rather than the peace-making episodes, in our history, and had a war memorial replace art and literary images on the ubiquitous 20-dollar bill. Now his government wants to leave an even more durable trace of its rule: a “monument to the victims […]

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16/08/2015

The Iran Deal: A Triumph of Irrationality

It took years of intense negotiations, travel by diplomats equal to 16 around-the-world trips and thousands of pages of position papers to solve a problem … that never existed. Intelligence services of major powers, such as the 2007 U.S. National Intelligence Estimate, repeatedly concluded that Iran was not developing a nuclear weapon. Crude attempts to […]

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03/08/2014

Siyonizmin Yerel İşbirlikçileri

Gazze’de devam eden şiddet, tiksinme ve başkaldırı duygularını tetikliyor. İsrail’in hamleleri üzerinde herhangi bir tesiri olmamasına rağmen, işgal altındaki Filistinlilerle dayanışma eylemleri tüm dünyaya yayılmış durumda. Bu eylemler, İsrail’i desteklemeye devam eden Batı hükümetlerinin hamleleri üzerinde de etkili olamıyor. İsrail’e destek, çok büyük bir demokrasi açığından mustarip. Kamuoyu anketlerine göre Batı ülkeleri vatandaşları, hükümetlerinin aksine, […]

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September 2006

About the War on Terror

a talk at McGill University, September 20, 2006. President Bush cast the battle against Islamic extremism as a “struggle for civilization” that will set the course for the world in the 21st century. Harper believes that Canadians live in a “dangerous world.” In the wake of the arrests in Toronto last summer, he said that […]

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