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Conclusion: Fateful Steps that Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part Two) by Thoms Riggins

This article picks up where Part One left off and explains in more detail the two conceptions of Ukrainian statehood discussed by Richard Sakwa in his new book Frontline Ukraine. 

Fateful Steps That Led to the Crisis in Ukraine (Part One) by Thomas Riggins

The crisis that struck Ukraine last year-- the overthrow of the elected president, the Russian annexation of Crimea, the rebellion in the Russian speaking eastern provinces— was the result of problems that had been festering, not only in Ukraine but all along the former frontiers of the USSR since the...

Prolegomena to Any Future Understanding of the Crisis in the Ukraine by Thomas Riggins

The political and military maneuvers now going in the Ukraine have the potential of escalating out of control.

Spiegel (Germany) -- Bloice's Quote of the Day -- Nov 24, 2011

Quote of the Day November 23, 2011'The euro zone is stuck in a double crisis.

Bloice's Quote of the Day

via Carl Bloice

Why does the working class have to pay for Wall Street's crisis?

The international financial crisis of several years ago cost  finance capital trillions of dollars, even though the US bailed them out with 15 to 20 trillion dollars (the same US that allegedly owes a big chunk of its national debt to the banksters it bailed out; shouldn't we have gotten a forgiveness of the "debt" we "owe" them ?) Even with the bailout there was a big loss to finance capital.

Leadership and Crisis: a Question

It is not a very good Marxist practice to spread despondency about revolutionary prospects, but even Marx and Engels became worried towards the end of their lives about the likelihood of war and the power and ruthlessness of the bourgeoisie (the traditional name of the ruling class, with French origins) in defending their wealth and class position.

Snake Oil Dream Shopping

The other morning I got this slim packet in the post which told me to open this golden wallet and see what was inside.

Too Big to Fail? The Bigger They Are...

We hear a lot lately about corporations (e.g. banks) that are 'too big to fail', in other words, companies that have become so large that they are 'structurally important', they have become a part of the fabric of society to the extent that their failure might be, at least in the eyes of the powerful, catastrophic.

Class and Crisis, notes

A class doesn't necessarily know what its own interests are, but it acts on its own interests, or what it thinks they are.