Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?

Historians are divided on Josef Stalin’s intent in the Ukraine that resulted in millions of deaths. Anne Applebaum’s new book has revived the dispute

Was the Ukrainian Red Famine genocide or incompetence?Chances are Anne Applebaum’s Red Famine will set the cat among the pigeons with respect to the horrendous Ukrainian hunger of 1932-33. It’s already touched off a rhetorical skirmish between the author and an early reviewer. Applebaum is an American journalist-historian whose Gulag: A History won a 2004 Pulitzer Prize. Russia is a particular specialty of…

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him well

While former KGB agent Vladimir Putin no longer reports to anyone, that doesn’t mean a demotion might not be in his future

Putin’s risky Syrian gambit is not serving him wellRussia intervened in the Syrian Civil War in September 2015, with the deployment of a range of 65 bombers and fighters, 16 attack helicopters and roughly 4,000 personnel, including a contingent of Russian Special Forces. At the time, the Assad government was experiencing significant losses to the Syrian rebels and seemed on the verge of…

Looking for lines in the sand in Syria

What’s troubling is the abrupt manner in which the Trump administration reversed policy on Syria. Assad’s barbarism is not exactly news

Looking for lines in the sand in SyriaPORTLAND, Ore., April 12, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Lines are being drawn in the sand in Syria, but the sand keeps shifting. Former U.S. president Barack Obama's administration resolutely declared that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had to go. It said he was an obstacle to the peaceful resolution of the Syrian civil war and that his use…

Can Russia and the United States be allies?

Expanded co-operation with the West and an increase in Russia’s role in combatting jihadism would come at a steep price — for both sides

Can Russia and the United States be allies?PORTLAND, Ore. Mar. 26, 2017 /Troy Media/ – During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump roiled the foreign policy establishment by praising Russian President Vladimir Putin. He suggested it was time for a comprehensive re-evaluation of U.S.-Russian relations and broader co-operation between the two countries, especially in the fight against jihadists. In doing so, Trump…

The rise and fall of the Romanovs

100 years ago this month, Tsar Nicholas II abdicated. In July of the following year, he and his immediate family were bayoneted, shot and mutilated

The rise and fall of the RomanovsTORONTO, Ont. March 2, 2017 /Troy Media/ – The First World War was a disaster, not just for the millions of battlefield casualties but also for three of the hitherto dominant imperial dynasties. Two of the families, the Hohenzollerns of Germany and the Habsburgs of Austria-Hungary, were deposed and exiled. The third, Russia's Romanovs, experienced…

Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weakness

Russia is banking that a new U.S. administration will give it a way out of the hole it has dug for itself

Putin’s brazen bluffs obscure increasing weaknessPORTLAND, Ore. Jan. 16, 2017 /Troy Media/ – If Vladimir Putin ever writes his autobiography, he must call it The Art of the Bluff. No Russian leader since Catherine the Great’s prime minister, Grigory Potemkin, has done a more masterful job of blending guile, audacity and bluff to project an undeserved illusion of power and success. Whether…

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedy

Forgive me for not wanting Canada to get involved in this game, other than to take in and support as many refugees as we can

The West is not to blame for the Aleppo tragedyRED DEER, Alta. Dec. 19, 2016/Troy Media/ – The tenuous ceasefire in Aleppo has allowed a heartbreaking, stuttering exodus of residents, fleeing whoever it is who will take over their ruined city next. And the flow of these now-refugees raises deep concerns – and plenty of blame. Just don't blame the West. Syria's civil war has resulted in a nation that not…

NATO urgently needs to redefine its mission

NATO needs to redefine the kinds of threats it is designed to oppose to reflect the current tactics in the Kremlin’s playbook

NATO urgently needs to redefine its missionPORTLAND, Ore. Nov. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Founded in 1949, the 28-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aimed “to keep the Russians out, the Americans in and the Germans down.” Those were the words of Lord Ismay, its first Secretary General, and those goals largely defined NATO’s mission over its first 40 years. Since the…

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless Obama

To the KGB-schooled “hard men” of the Kremlin, dealing with the Obama administration is akin to taking candy from a baby

Emboldened Putin rolling over feckless ObamaPORTLAND, Ore. Oct. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/2016/09/16/yet-another-syrian-cease-fire/" height="1000" width="1200" scrollbars="1"]Syrian ceasefire[/popup] has collapsed. At best it survived 48 hours. In reality it was stillborn. The UN Security Council is expected to take up a resolution in the next few days calling for a new ceasefire, but given Russia’s veto on the…

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospects

Even if the U.S. succeeds in rolling back the Islamic State, one or more rebel alliances committed to Sharia law will rise up in its place

Yet another Syrian ceasefire without good prospectsPORTLAND, Ore. Sept. 16, 2016/ Troy Media/ – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have announced another ceasefire in the Syrian civil war. The end result is unlikely to be positive. Ostensibly, the purpose of the ceasefire is to allow aid convoys from Turkey to bring badly-needed supplies to the besieged…