Aug 11, 2014

Impact of a vodka glass on history

by Alexei Bayer

Toward the start of the 1970s, the Soviet government realized there was nothing it could do about the supposedly enthusiastic "builders of communism" imbibing huge quantities of vodka. Hence, the Soviet government figured it might as well make more money off the habit.

| Aug 9, 2014

Prelude to WWII: Japan's Nomonhan debacle

by Jeff Kingston

There has been considerable media hoopla about the centennial of the outbreak of World War I. The subsequent slaughter of 16 million people was prompted by the assassination of an Austrian archduke and duchess, which activated the system of interlocking alliances intrinsic to the ...

Aug 8, 2014

Gaza war may be a taste of the future

by John Lloyd

The latest war between Israel and Hamas is further testament to the historical fact that Israel's forefathers had to conquer the land that today's Israelis dwell in and ferociously defend. Is there hope of finding a lasting settlement with the Arabs?

Aug 8, 2014

A war is not inconceivable

by William Pfaff

Washington's demonization of Vladimir Putin has been so successful in the press, and it has been so secret about the American role in Kiev, that it has left the U.S. and EU public convinced that the Ukraine crisis has been the result of ...

Aug 7, 2014

Why ASEAN has not condemned Thailand

by Simon Tay

It is not a given that ASEAN won't condemn Thailand's recent military coup. At present, though, most neighbors regard the events as an internal matter while more than two-thirds of Thais surveyed report being happier now than before the intervention.