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bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Dec.28.2013
           When I think of Ukraine – an ancient but new country wedged between the Black Sea,  Russia, and six smaller states of the former Soviet Union -- I remember first the beauty of  the people and the landscape.  Only then do...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Dec.10.2013
              The scenes are flashing across the globe: the massive police and military reaction against the citizens who’ve dared raise their voices against the Ukrainian Old Guard.  Independence Square in the capital of Kiev has...
sheila-english's picture
Dec.06.2013
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bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Dec.02.2013
            Ukraine presented two faces, like those ancient Greek masks, when we were there in October: smiling toward western Europe on one side and toward Russia and the east on the other.  Now, the country seems to hurtling toward a decision...
bob-mustin's picture
Nov.01.2013
Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States     I don’t often give movie reviews this degree of treatment, but Stone’s  story here is an ultra-long documentary, and it’s somewhat important for what it accomplishes. In the movie’s preamble Stone professes to be disturbed by...
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Oct.29.2013
            Her little body hidden under kerchief and raincoat, the woman is arranging her treasures to tempt people who might pass: bulky socks and scarves that she has knitted, an old table lamp, several ashtrays of varying sizes and shapes,...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.30.2013
Harper’s Magazine, February 2013 The price exacted for good journalism is, occasionally, a cynical screed. Reporters look at events and public personalities with a practiced, often jaundiced eye and, I suppose an occasionally overly critical piece is to be expected. This is the case with...
michael-seidel's picture
Dec.15.2012
"Society does not consist of individuals, but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand."— Karl Marx, Grundrisse, 185 There's been another tragedy in America, another shooting.  Ho hum, how many is that?   I've quit counting.  ...
robert-earle's picture
Dec.20.2011
This is a fascinating, journalistic book, something like a Bob Woodward tale, but set in the dying USSR. Its protagonists are Gorbachev and Yeltsin, flawed men but driven, sporadically brilliant men. To some degree, there's a reductionism operating here. The USSR didn't fall apart only because of...
matt-beynon-rees's picture
Nov.17.2011
I'm a crime fiction writer. So I ought to shoot straight. Here it is: there are lots of crappy detective novels out there. Which is why I say thank God for Arkady Renko. The hero of Martin Cruz Smith’s excellent series set in the Soviet Union and, later, Russia (with stops in Cuba, Ukraine, Germany...