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Look out Europe: the Russian bear is coming

Look out Europe: the Russian bear is coming

  • June 05, 2015
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There is a psychological theory called projection which I have often thought can be applied to international relations.     Essentially, projection describes a tendency in interpersonal relationships by which individuals project onto others certain characteristics that they fear or hate in themselves.

An obvious example might be a sexually-frustrated fundamentalist preacher who persecutes others because...


  • November 17, 2014
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I’ve just seen Andrey Zvyagintsev’s extraordinary film Leviathan.   The movie got the best screenplay award at Cannes and has received ecstatic plaudits all round, and in my opinion it deserves them all.   It’s a bleak, troubling, and haunting piece of work, one of those rare films that lingers in the mind long after...

Russia: Under Western Eyes

  • March 05, 2014
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Just to be clear:   I regard Russia’s quasi-occupation of the Crimea as a dangerous gambit,  and a violation of international law that opens the possibility for a range of potentially dire outcomes.     That said, I can’t see how any state in Russia’s position would allow such a vital economic and strategic asset...

Putin’s World

  • September 25, 2013
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OK.     I agree that Vladimir Putin said some very sensible and intelligent things in his open letter to America about America’s militarist posture in Syria and the limitations of American exceptionalism.   Granted also, that the tentative diplomatic process regarding Syria and also Iran which is currently unfolding at at the UN is...

Putin versus Pussy Riot

  • August 06, 2012
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The ongoing trial of Russia’s feminist/punk provocateurs Pussy Riot is now approaching its denouement.

The three women face the prospect of seven years imprisonment for engaging in ‘hooliganism’ and having ‘ insulted in a sacrilegious manner the centuries-old foundations of the Russian Orthodox Church’.   These charges stem from the ‘punk performance’ in Moscow’s...

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