Tag Archives: Russia

Russia’s LGBT Community Is Putin’s Scapegoat

18 Aug

Time's Tyrant of the Year

Russia, according to Ian Bateson, is less a dystopian oddity than a fledgling democracy where a beleaguered leader needs a scapegoat to head off populist outrage.

The spread of anti-homosexual propaganda laws in Russia has coincided with a general tightening of freedoms and civil society, and most notably recent crackdowns on non-government organizations and opposition leaders. Asylee and photographer Alexander Kargaltsev, 28, sees it as all being interrelated. “[The new law] indulges populism to shore up popularity ratings and draw attention away from the areas where the government is failing such as education, healthcare, corruption, and reliance on natural resources.”

Judging by the standard set by the Soviet Union when homosexuality was illegal and then legalized in the Yeltsin era, that Boris the boozing buffoon Americans came to ridicule now looks positively enlightened.

 

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Infidel Links, Fools For Controversy Edition

1 Apr

Hunger For Geopolitical PowerToday is (in South Korea) Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day! Or, Cesar Chavez Appreciation Day?

Capitalist Christian Holidays Don’t Halt the Kim Regime in Pyongyang!

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Rating Presidents By Nuke Reductions

1 Sep

Estimated US-Russian Nuclear Warhead Inventories, 1977-2018 (Arms Control Wonk) Who’s your favorite nuke-cutting president?

Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama vocalized their vision of a world without nuclear weapons – Carter in his inaugural address, no less – but they, like President Bill Clinton, have been cautious incrementalists on nuclear matters. President Reagan, in stark contrast, demonstrated massive disregard for nuclear orthodoxy. George H.W. Bush signed off on two strategic arms reduction treaties and wisely undertook unverifiable initiatives to reduce nonstrategic nuclear weapons, rather than try to pursue this objective by means of a treaty. Even George W. Bush, whose idea of a reasonable strategic arms reduction treaty was one that would come into effect the same day it was set to expire, oversaw a quiet, hard trim of the U.S. stockpile. The record since 1977 clearly demonstrates that both parties have worked to shrink nuclear forces and stockpiles, but Republican Presidents have had more leeway to do so than Democrats.

Now for the caveats: President Reagan was sui generis – an anti-nuclear, anti-Communist President, who was uniquely able to quiet second-guessers. President George H.W. Bush was the beneficiary of Reagan’s openings. After initial hesitation, he grabbed with both hands opportunities presented by the demise of the Soviet Union to reduce nuclear stockpiles. President George W. Bush had far more excess to trim than President Obama.

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