Fighting from the Forest for Freedom

One could castigate Mart Laar for idealizing the Estonian insurgents.  One could also point out that the author eschews footnotes.  But that would be petty:  for Laar, author of War in the Woods: Estonia’s Struggle for Survival 1944-1956, is perhaps the first to describe the forgotten story of the Estonian Anti-Soviet Uprising.

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The Pilgrimage of a Christian Gentleman

A man is born neither a Christian nor a gentleman. Through baptism one attains the former status. Through his own efforts one arrives at the latter. A gentleman is a rare species indeed. The world is awash with regular folks, but a few of them remarkably noble. Conversely, it is also full of titled heads,…

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Slave to Prejudice

A scholar or a journalist endeavors to sway the reader through a variety of approaches. Politically, the most sophisticated tackle is to castigate through praising. Under the guise of applauding his subject, the writer, in fact, censures it. Arguably the most prevalent style is fake impartiality, where the writer feigns objectivity. While suavely manipulating the…

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An Environmental Battleground: Eco-Politics in Poland

The capitalist West, and in particular Western corporations, are generally blamed for environmental degradation. Yet, as Dr. Chodakiewicz shows in this article, it was the communists who presided over the greatest pollution of the environment in history. Moreover, Dr. Chodakiewicz demonstrates, it was only the collapse of communism that allowed the Poles to clean up…

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A Time to Tell the Truth

When the president is in Moscow for his summit meeting with Gorbachev, he will be staying at the U.S. ambassador’s residence, Spaso House, a mansion not far from several islands in the Gulag Archipelago. As he enters its portals, he will come face to face with an imposing rendering of the American eagle, underneath which…

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Themes of Soviet Strategic Deception and Disinformation

This work exists as Chapter 3 in Soviet Strategic Deception (Hoover Press, 1987), edited by Brian D. Dailey and Patrick J. Parker.  John Lenczowski discusses the themes of Soviet strategic deception and disinformation, historically and in the years that would soon spell the end of the USSR. Available here in PDF format: Themes of Soviet Strategic…

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