Diary of a Collapsing Superpower
- "Seventeen years ago, the Berlin Wall fell, and two years later the Soviet Union broke apart. More than 1,400 minutes published earlier this month in Russia from meetings that took place behind the closed doors of the Politburo in Moscow read like a thriller from the highest levels of the Kremlin. They reveal Mikhail Gorbachev as a party chief who had to fight bitterly for his reforms and ultimately lost his battle. But in doing so, he changed the course of history and helped bring an end to the Cold War."
posted by Gyan
on Nov 28, 2006 -
looks, at first glance, like your run-of-the-mill think tank website. Two recent articles, one
in The Economist and another
on economist.com, say that the International Council for Democratic Institutions and State Sovereignty
is, in reality, geopolitical astroturf
for the Kremlin and the rulers of Transdniestria
. Both of these articles are by journalist Edward Lucas
The organization even has a wikipedia entry
. The entry has a fascinating talk page
, with Edward Lucas contributing additional research he's done since the articles were published.
So... want to become a member
? Before deciding, maybe you want to read an interview with the program director
. It's in the Transdniestrian English-language publication The Tiraspol Times & Weekly Review
(slogans: "daily news, independent and objective" and "Get the Facts!").
posted by Kattullus
on Aug 11, 2006 -