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Remembering the Baltic Way human chain for freedom

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:18am
Baltic Way Human Chain Protest 1989

I need to calendar this so I remember each year. This year, I would have forgotten the date if I had not seen Marathon Pundit’s post On this day in 1989: Two million hold hands in peaceful anti-Soviet Baltic Way.

We wrote about the Baltic Way last year:

A history not taught in...

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Welcome to the Crimean Soviet Socialist, I mean Russian, Republic

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10:55am
http://youtu.be/fJ0sPfOwvTg

Via Reuters:

President Vladimir Putin signed laws completing Russia’s annexation of Crimea on Friday, as investors took fright at a U.S. decision to slap sanctions on his inner circle of money men and security officials….

In a Kremlin ceremony shown live on state television, Putin signed a law on ratification of a treaty...

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Zig-zagging against Obamacare

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 7:45pm

I realize I have re-posted this a number of times. The original post was November 11, 2008, a week after Obama’s first election.  Because I knew we had elected Door No. 2.

Watching Ted Cruz and others on the floor of the Senate tonight, I have to repost it again.

Is It Time For...

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Remembering the Baltic Way human chain for freedom

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, August 23, 2013 at 8:30pm

On this day in 1989, the Baltic Way took place. People in the Baltic Republics of the Soviet Union (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) formed a human chain stretching for hundreds of miles:

… on 23 August 1989, the three nations living by the Baltic Sea surprised the world by taking hold of...

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Laughing in their faces

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, December 3, 2012 at 7:16pm

From Gabriella Hoffman, the daughter of Soviet immigrants, two gems.

If they could laugh in the face of Soviet Russia …

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“… they have food specifically made for cats in America? What a country!”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at 12:08pm

Having spent a fair amount of time in the late 1970s and early 1980s studying and traveling in the Soviet Union (where all goods were moved to market on roads paid for by the government, too), I really appreciate both the humor and substance of this post by Karoli, 34 glorious, American years:

In 1977,...

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The ignorance of the masses – Soviet flag at #OccupyPhiladelphia

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 10, 2011 at 9:00am

We’ve seen this before, at the celebration of Obama’s victory in 2008, where students unfurled the Soviet flag in celebration. I chalked that up to profound historical ignorance, much like the chic wearing of Che Guevara and Mao t-shirts.

The carrying of the Soviet flag at the Occupy Philadelphia protest, by contrast, more likely...

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“I still remember your ‘death to the Kulaks’ post from a while back!”

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 9:41am

So e-mails reader and commenter KC_MRBB KC_MRBB, with a link to the video below, referring to my prior post The “Richest 5%” Are The New Kulaks from October 27, 2008.

Related: The Revolt of the Kulaks Has Begun

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    Babi Yar

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    Posted by  ▪  Monday, October 3, 2011 at 7:57pm

    Today marked the 70th commemoration of the Nazi massacre of 33,771 Jews in September 1941 at the Ukrainian ravine at Babi Yar.

    I visited the site in 1978, at which point a monument had been erected at the site.

    Yevgeny Yevtushenko’s 1961 poem, which was not officially published in the Soviet Union for...

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    Yelena Bonner

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    Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 10:18am

    It is with sadness that I read of the passing of Yelena Bonner, the wife of Andrei Sakharov, at age 88 in Boston.  The story is at CIF Watch, Yelena Bonner – Courageous Jewish Leftist:

    I have read several obits for Yelena Bonner, who died in Boston on June 18th at age...

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    “Back in the USSR” Was Just a Song

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    Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at 11:28am


    “You don’t know how lucky you are, boy
    Back in the USSR, yeah”

    It was just a song.  But to Brian Leiter, a law and philosophy professor at the University of Chicago who frequently takes swipes and swings at conservatives, it had a ring of truth to it:

    “I should add, of course,...
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    Boney M

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:38am

    That is a name I had not heard in decades.

    When I studied in the Soviet Union many of the East European students loved the group Boney M and were surprised that none of the Americans in our group had heard of it.  To them, Boney M was supposed to be one of the...

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    It Also Was Called The Soviet Union

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 4:19pm

    I traveled extensively throughout the Soviet Union during the early 1980s, both with groups and on my own approved itineraries.  I also lived in Moscow, and had a chance to slip out of the ring road with Soviet friends into the countryside, which was not permitted for foreigners without official approval.

    My assessment...

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    Maybe Anna Chapman Wasn’t Such A Joke After All

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    Posted by  ▪  Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 4:04pm

    When the story broke last June about the arrest of 10 Russian sleeper agents, none of whom seemed to be in a position to do any real damage, many people laughed at the supposed ineptitude...

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