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Tag: Chechnya

Moscow Court Charges Two Men With Boris Nemtsov’s Murder

On Sunday, nine days after Russian activist Boris Nemtsov was gunned down near the Kremlin, a Moscow court charged two suspects with his murder. The back story about their possible motives and ties is still under examination.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE

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Triumph of the Immigrant American Spirit: Meb Keflezighi and the Boston Marathon

On Monday, Boston responded with its vigorous spirit of community and transcendence to the cowardly terrorism that marred the marathon in 2013, coming out in record numbers for this year’s event.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE

Fundamentally American Activities

This is about men doing away with those general laws to which they themselves will need recourse in their day of adversity, how moderation became mistaken for cowardice, extremism for courage, and how words lost their meaning.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE

Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to ‘Play Ball’ With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 READ MORE


Real American Boy: How Our Byzantine Immigration System and Failed Economy May Have Made a Terrorist

It’s likely Tamerlan Tsarnaev was just another angry young man in our brave new America, a burgeoning dystopia where mass murder suddenly seems like a weekly occurrence.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE


The History That Birthed the Tsarnaev Boys

Chechen scholar Thomas Goltz gives a historical primer on the centuries old culture and struggle that shaped the Tsarnaev brothers, suspects in the bombings of the Boston Marathon.

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE

The Culture of Preconception

The political response to the Boston Marathon bombings suggests that we live in an age of shrink-wrapped, prepackaged opinions. When something new comes along, we hasten to squeeze it into whatever frameworks we were carrying around with us a day, a month or a year before.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 23, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Boston Regional Intelligence Center

Updated: Bombing Suspect Captured Alive

Update: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody Friday night in Watertown, Mass., after he was discovered hiding in a boat parked in the driveway of a home.

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 READ MORE

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Putin Bags Chinese Peace Prize

The competition included Bill Gates, Angela Merkel and Kofi Annan, among others, but this week a little-known organization called the China International Peace Research Center named Russia’s bombastic Prime Minister ... (more)

Posted on Nov 15, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Musa Sadulayev

Swank Cans Managers After Chechen Birthday Surprise

Turns out even hard-boiled Chechen presidents like their photo ops with movie stars, but it doesn’t always work the other way around. Actress Hilary Swank just learned the hard way that she should pick her celebrity endorsements, not to mention her management team, a little more carefully after making a cameo appearance … (more)

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

Wikimedia Commons / Presidential Press and Information Office

New Attacks in Russia Kill 12

At least a dozen people died in two suicide blasts in Russia’s north Caucasus region on Wednesday, prompting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to take to the airwaves and call the recent onslaught of terrorist attacks “a crime against Russia.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2010 READ MORE

AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Another Chechnya Rights Activist Slain

In Chechnya, a renowned human rights activist and outspoken critic of the abuses committed during the Chechen wars was kidnapped and killed Wednesday. Natalya Estemirova’s death has sparked international outrage and marks the second such slaying of a Russian rights activist this year.

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE

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