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Russia

The war – and most people

: In this issue, as MODERN TIMES's editor, I publish a selection of articles that probably reflect different opinions than those 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?

The military-industrial complex

MODERN TIMES CONVERSATIONS: From someone who should know the intricacies of foreign policy and geopolitics: Thorbjørn Jagland on military rearmament and enemy images – when it comes to the USA, Russia, China, Turkey, and Libya.

Reason in a world of lies

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

Putin's swamp

Luke Harding: Shadow state. Murder, Mayhem, and Russia's Remaking of the West

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

Russia without Putin

Tony Wood: Russia Without Putin: Money, Power and the Myths of the Cold War

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, where he attacks several well-known myths.

The art of keeping the people down

Günter Frankenberg: Authoritarianism. Constitutional theoretical perspectives

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

150 years after Lenin's birth

ORIENTERING 1. MAY 1970: The 100th anniversary of Lenin's birth is being celebrated all over the world. Today, Lenin is a historical leading figure for rebellious people in the world's poorest peasant country, writes Hans Fredrik Dahl in this article, where he emphasizes Lenin's role as a dialectical revolutionary, politician and journalist rather than theorist and philosopher.

On paved paths

COMMENT:: Could our military and political leaders wake up and take action against a fate far more serious than the pandemic that has hit the world?