In Putin’s Nationalist Russia, a Tolstoy as Cultural Diplomat

It is not a surprise that literature aids all countries in showing a human face in the midst of hard-edge politics and ideology.This piece is from The New York Times. Follwing the NYT piece is aninterview with Putin and Tolstoy concerning the culture policy document. RLW CreditJames Hill for The New York Times By RACHEL …

The War In Ukraine – A Frenchman’s Eyewitness Report – Bernard-Henri Levy

Bernard-Henri Levy: Poroshenko's visit with death in Kramatorsk before fateful meeting with Putin Feb. 15, 2015, 12:31 p.m. | Op-ed — by Bernard-Henri Lévy - from Kyiv Post - Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper. A handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian presidential press service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (2nd R), standing next to French …

Base diplomacy on: The right thing to do

This is uncommonly good advice for Americans to heed. ____________ Wrecking Russia’s economy could be a disaster for the west Angus Roxburgh It’s sheer folly to hope that the country is destabilised and Vladimir Putin overthrown. We’ve no idea what the outcome would be. Photograph: Maxim Marmur/AFP/Getty Images 'Bush understood nothing about Russia – from …

Michael Kinsley Weighs in on “The New Republic” Controversy

photo - getty images              The New Republic Magazine, a 100-year-old liberal publication was purchased recently (two years ago) by the young co-founder of Facebook ( worth $700 Million) who now wants to turn the company into a digital media company after initially announcing that he wanted to maintain the …