July 19, 2009 — Contents

SUNDAY JULY 19 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Holy Russian Empire

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Now, it’s Russia’s turn for the Chills

(3)  Essel on Russian Heroism

(4)  Goble on the Horror of Russian Bureaucracy

(5)  Russia’s Killing Girls

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on the mighty Pajamas Media blog takes Barack Obama to task on the Estemirova killing. His cowardly characterization of Vladimir Putin means he has blood on his hands, and that’s the name of that tune. His shameful response to the killing, not even as strong as Europe’s, hardly washes it off.  Kim also had a blog post on American Thinker covering the topic.

2 responses to “July 19, 2009 — Contents

  1. A Polish hero passes

    Polish anti-Marxist thinker dies
    By Adam Easton
    BBC News, Warsaw

    The Polish philosopher and historian of ideas, Leszek Kolakowski has died in hospital in Oxford, England. He was 81.

    One of the few 20th Century eastern European thinkers to gain international renown, he spent almost half of his life in exile from his native country.

    He argued that the cruelties of Stalinism were not an aberration, but the logical conclusion of Marxism.

    MPs in Warsaw observed a minute’s silence to remember his contribution to a free and democratic Poland.

    Leszek Kolakowski was born in Radom, Poland, 12 years before the outbreak of the World War II.

    Under the Nazi occupation of Poland school classes were banned so he taught himself foreign languages and literature.

    He even systematically read through an incomplete encyclopaedia he found.

    He once said he knew everything under the letters, A, D and E, but nothing about the Bs and the Cs.

    After the war he studied philosophy and became a professor. Seeing the destruction wrought by the Nazis in Poland he joined the Communist Party.

    But he gradually became disillusioned and more daring in his criticism of the system. In 1966 he was expelled from the party and two years later he lost his job.

    Seeking exile in the West, he eventually settled at Oxford’s All Souls college where he wrote his best-known work, the three-volume Main Currents of Marxism, considered by some to be one of the most important books on political theory of the 20th Century.

    In the 1980s, from his base in Britain, he supported Poland’s pro-democracy Solidarity movement which overthrew communism in 1989.

    For many of its leaders he was an icon.

  2. Meanwhile in Iran:

    Clashes in Tehran as Hashemi Rafsanjani warns regime

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/17/iran-hashemi-rafsanjani-islamic-republic

    His words were repeatedly interrupted by slogans from the rival camps as well as by whiffs of teargas fired by security forces and which drifted in from the surrounding streets. Hardliners chanted the traditional “death to America” while opposition supporters countered with azadi (freedom) as well as “death to Russia” – a reference to the government’s ties to Moscow.

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