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Toronto protests Russia's imprisonment of Pussy Riot

An unidentified woman voiced her opinion at Friday's demonstration.
An unidentified woman voiced her opinion at Friday's demonstration in Toronto protesting Russia's imprisonment of Pussy Riot.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

Lenin's Tomb in Moscow's Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh
A visit to Lenin's Tomb in smoky Moscow is a trip into the paradox of Russia's past and its present.

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Moscow: Red souls in repose

A bride and groom walk through Red Square. Photo: Ron Verzuh

Wild fires still raged around Moscow in mid-August and the smoke clouds above Red Square hung heavily over the brown marble block that sits below the ominous red walls of the Kremlin. This is the final resting place of the leader of the October revolution, the event that changed the world in 1917. Here lies Vladimir Ilyich Lenin looking as fresh as a daisy.

Lenin died in 1924 but his body has been kept intact ever since and on display in the polished Red Square crypt. The guide books tell us that his brain has been sliced into thousands of pieces and is preserved for scientific purposes. Was it perhaps to decode and bottle the revolutionary spirit? The rest of him is kept from deteriorating by various treatments and is, in effect, mummified.

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Harper on Russia: America's useful idiot?

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Stephen Harper's acutely embarrassing behaviour regarding the crisis in Ukraine -- demonizing Vladimir Putin and upping the rhetoric -- must be welcomed in the U.S. which created the crisis in the first place and apparently believes it still has something to gain by isolating Russia. But it is not clear that Harper even realizes -- or cares -- what the larger game is.

And that game may include a Russia-driven shift in global currency allegiance that could devastate the economies of the U.S. and Canada.

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Do you think Canada should intervene in Eastern Europe?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Thursday that Canada has agreed to send six CF-18s to assist NATO in operations in Eastern Europe. Of the decision Harper said, "This is in response to the situation that's developing there, and frankly, more generally to the concern that we have on what really is expansionism and militarism on the part of Russia under the presidency of Mr. Putin."

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Ukraine government crack down on protests backfires

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Pro-Russia sentiment in eastern Ukraine, no doubt with chauvinist overtones, is mixed with opposition to the austerity, anti-people policies that Europe and the U.S. want to impose.

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​Ukraine government risks a whirlwind in efforts to halt protests in east of country

| April 16, 2014
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How the gas industry is exploiting the crisis in Ukraine to push fracking

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The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the U.S. Congress -- one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) -- that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin's fossil fuels, and enhancing U.S. national security.

Putin's procedure: The new Russian power bloc

| April 9, 2014
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Denouement of the conflict over Crimea?

| March 31, 2014
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