The revolutionary sex

Detail from a 1926 Soviet poster ‘Emancipated women – Build Socialism!’ Photo by Getty For one shining moment, being a Russian woman meant sexual freedom and radical equality. Never seen before – or since by Paula Erizanu is a freelance writer focusing on ideas, people, the arts, and eastern Europe. Her writing has appeared in CNN, The Guardian, and Dazed, among others. She lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies ‘We don’t have sex in the USSR, and we are categorically against it.’ When a female hotel manager said this on Soviet state television in 1986, the studio audience laughed. The line soon became a catchphrase, … Continue reading The revolutionary sex

EDGAR CAYCE MAY HAVE BEEN RIGHT ABOUT RUSSIA’S ROLE IN PREVENTING WORLD WAR III

by Dylan Charles, Editor Waking Times The U.S. has been attempting to enter Syria for almost five years now, and the chemical weapons pretext has been in play since the invasion of Iraq. We seem to be in a repeat cycle. Some kind of macabre Groundhog Day where no matter how many times we manage to survive the day, we keep waking up to the same twisted scenario. Retired General Wesley Clark told us over a decade ago of the military plan to invade Syria, and now in the Syrian theater, the drive to force Russia into retaliation against the U.S. is deadly persistent. This … Continue reading EDGAR CAYCE MAY HAVE BEEN RIGHT ABOUT RUSSIA’S ROLE IN PREVENTING WORLD WAR III

A MAP OF THE COMING WAR: WHO IS WHO (AND WHERE) IN SYRIA

APRIL 12, 2018    With war likely set to break out in Syria at any moment, a question many Americans are asking is… where is Syria? Geographical challenges aside, it is safe to say that the situation in Syria is extremely fluid, and changing on an almost daily basis, which is why we have shown several strategic and tactical snapshot maps of Syria as of this moment. The first and most useful one, courtesy of Turkey’s Omran Dirasat think tank, shows updated areas of control and influence in Syria by international military forces with reference to the most prominent international military sites in … Continue reading A MAP OF THE COMING WAR: WHO IS WHO (AND WHERE) IN SYRIA

Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community by Lacy Cooke VIEW SLIDESHOW If you ever happen to visit Chernobyl, you might run across one of the roughly 300 stray dogs that reside there. After the 1986 disaster, residents weren’t allowed to bring their pets away with them, and many dogs were left behind. Today, their descendants still roam the area, and while their life isn’t easy, The Guardian reports they are “a playful example of global kindness and cooperation.” Around 300 stray dogs reside in the 2,600 square kilometer – or around 1,004 square mile – exclusion zone at Chernobyl in Ukraine. The Chernobyl Prayer, an oral history of … Continue reading Chernobyl’s abandoned dogs create their own exclusion zone community

The Source of Russia’s Notorious Hatred for Gay People

by Steven Blum A researcher discusses the first-ever large-scale study on Russian homophobia In Russia, the “Gay Lobby” is seen as a social contagion — highly infectious and spreading fast. “Society believes we can multiply,” says Evgeny Osin, a professor at the National Research University in Moscow. This fear, stoked by politicians and kept aflame by the Russian media, has warped the public’s perception of sexual minorities and bolstered support for state policies that drive the community into the shadows. That said, Russia wasn’t always a place where gay people feared for their lives. “In the Middle Ages, travelers from Europe were actually surprised by the … Continue reading The Source of Russia’s Notorious Hatred for Gay People

I TOOK A TRIP TO CHERNOBYL’S EXCLUSION ZONE AND PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN INFRARED

by Vladimir Migutin We always hear praises of the might of Mother Nature, how it renders useless mans’ creations, and bears life above the ruins. Well, it’s something that is always felt, but never on such a huge scale. This place IS the place for these contrasts. It’s pretty hard to describe the overall atmosphere I experienced during this trip. Despite the events of 1986, the ruins, and the rust, I didn’t have grim feelings while traveling there. On the contrary, it felt like I was in a “kind of” paradise on a different planet. Thirty years after the fallout, while … Continue reading I TOOK A TRIP TO CHERNOBYL’S EXCLUSION ZONE AND PHOTOGRAPHED IT IN INFRARED

The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read

 The writer Leo Tolstoy at his desk. Getty Images by Jeffrey Somers There are certain books that are always on lists of “books you must read” and the like, and these books are generally two things: Old and complex. After all, this week’s hot new bestseller is often an easy read for the simple reason that it’s part of the current zeitgeist—you don’t have to work very hard to get the references and understand the relationships more or less intuitively. Even the most ambitious books on the store shelves right now are easy enough to ‛get’ because there are familiar aspects … Continue reading The Greatest Works of Russian Literature Everyone Should Read