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Russia

From despotism to anarchy and back to despotism

RUSSIA: Mikhail Shishkin has long pointed out that Russia, unlike Germany, has never come to terms with its totalitarian past.

Learning from history

War: What will I do on the day the war is over and Russia is forced back behind the borders that applied before Putin in 2014 first went wild on Ukraine?

The end of the European peace

Ukraine: In the past year, probably 140 have died too early. What are we waiting for now?

The 'Russian World'

INTELLECTUAL: Belarusian and Ukrainian intellectuals have applied postcolonial theory to Russia since the 1990s – but have been largely ignored in the West. MODERN TIMES presents here the voices from the "border countries".

Hellestveit's method

UKRAINE: Everyone is affected by the war in Ukraine: both family finances and official budgets, aid cuts, military rearmament, global energy policy, nuclear policy and, not least, bloc politics, and it also creates increased tension around the globe. So where is the overview, or a deeper understanding? Researcher Cecilie Hellestveit has her new book Bad news from the Eastern Front unfortunately carried out a serious 'cherry-picking' of sources and arguments where she conveniently develops backwards what confirms the generally acceptable.

Nord Stream: "We should cut it off."

HISTORY: Russia and Germany (as Europe's engine) should, like the coal and steel union, be developed into a joint peace project which in the future should make war between Russia and the European powers in the west impossible. The US clearly did not want this.

All violations of international law

UKRAINE: Rødt's former deputy, in this longer essay, looks at the significance of International Law, not only Russia's so-called "unprovoked" violations of it, but also the West's many violations of International Law. Here follows a, seen from MODERN TIMES, timely criticism of both SV, Rødt, the left side, the media and the ongoing warmongering.

The war – and most people

In this summer issue, as MODERN TIMES's editor, I publish a selection of articles that probably reflect different opinions than most people have about the war in Ukraine.

The warlike mindset

UKRAINE: What is it about our modern way of life that promotes such hostility and military-technological "solutions"?

Deterrence and reassurance?

MILITARISM: The Norwegian base declaration of 5 March 1949 was a first condition for Norwegian accession to NATO. Norway must deny the United States the base of armed forces on Norwegian territory in peacetime – The Storting must now reject the "supplementary agreement".

"NATO's ears in the north"

CHRONICLE: The American bases are a huge power factor that enables the US military hegemony in the world. Our geographical location should indicate a less provocative approach.

A militaristic elite

UKRAINE: What are the consequences of US and NATO expansion eastwards in Europe?

Reason in a world of lies

Peace Prize: The Nobel Peace Prize is important enough that even the Kremlin felt compelled to praise the Nobel Peace Prize to Dmitri Muratov.

Putin's swamp

RUSSIA: It is a type of crime that has merged with political misrule to a level where democracies are threatened in their foundations.

Russia without Putin

RUSSIA: One day Putin will leave the Kremlin – but that will not change anything, writes Tony Wood in his book on power and continuity in today's Russia, in which he attacks several well-known myths.

The art of keeping the people down

THE AUTHORITY: Authoritarian leaders only follow the Constitution as long as they profit from it.