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Anne Applebaum, Professional Mourner

The crimes of history are optional. We mix, match and discard according to taste and convenience. It’s useful for Applebaum’s Tory backers to remember Stalin’s crimes because they can still use them to bash anyone who might want to beef up the National Health system with higher taxes. “Today an extra 1% VAT on my Jag convertible, tomorrow Kolyma!” is a very familiar war cry from these crusaders for human rights.

Dec 19, 2013 | Comments (10)

Ukraine: The Gogolean Bordello

But there is not any “final” thing in politics, least of all in Ukrainian politics, or Eastern European politics in general. The keys to understanding today’s political landscape in Ukraine can be found not in the European Enlightenment philosophy of the 18th century, or the Russian political discourse of “slavophiles” vs. “westernizers” of the 19th century. Instead, one should reach back to the genius of the Ukrainian soul revealed some 150 years ago by Nikolai Gogol.

Dec 14, 2013 | Comments (6)

Donetsk Paper Fascists: Protest & Track Suits In Yanukovych’s Hometown

Donetsk is a fascist city. I’m not using this term in the cheap way that it gets bandied around at a dinner table discussion between Republicans and Democrats. Donetsk actually is fascist. There is one party, people get beaten for opposition views, information is controlled, nationalist sentiment is enflamed with insane rhetoric about America/NATO plots to enslave Ukraine, and fear is the main motivating factor.

Dec 2, 2013 | Comments (6)

Books That Was in Nam

Vietnam, a war characterized by thousands of small skirmishes, was richer in incident and gore than an inner-city basketball tournament. When next you hear that rough voice asking, “War — what is it good for?”, you tell it: “First-person memoirs, that’s what!”

Nov 30, 2013 | Comments (1)

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Exterminate The Men: Honoring Andrea Dworkin, A Feminist Who Meant It and Paid

The recent death of Andrea Dworkin didn’t even make the small print news in Russia. Feminism, at least the feminism of the kind Westerners take for granted, never caught on. Patronizing Westerners often see that as a sign that Russians…

Sep 14, 2013 | Comments (19)

Paraguay: A Brief History Of National Suicide

THE STORY OF HOW PARAGUAY WENT FROM A WANNABE PRUSSIA TO THE RODNEY DANGERFIELD OF SOUTH AMERICA

Aug 14, 2013 | Comments (15)

Russian Roulette: Mark Ames’ Radar Magazine Profile On Eduard Limonov

Backed by an army of punked-out teens, cult Russian novelist Eduard Limonov dedicated himself to taking on Vladimir Putin. Will death threats and nutty supermodels derail his democratic revolution?

Jun 6, 2013 | Comments (18)

Mark Ames Interviews Mark E. Smith

Exile editor Mark Ames exposes a rare fawning side while interviewing his lyrical hero, Mark E. Smith of The Fall, while Smith, who is notorious for abusing journalists (even reportedly putting a cigarette out in the eyeball of one Brit journo), reveals a charming, disarming side.

May 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

Burn, Malibu, Burn! — Fire: The Most Effective, Underused Weapon in the World

This article was first published in The eXile on November 5, 2007 FRESNO, CA — By the time you finish this column you will be able to destroy huge buildings, kill hundreds of people in a few minutes, and strike terror…

May 3, 2013 | Comments (7)

How To Spot A Chechen

This article was first published in The eXile on August 10, 2007. I am one of 100,000 Chechens in Moscow. There are another 30,000 Ingush living here. Together, we belong to the “Vainakh” ethnolinguistic group and make up roughly one…

Apr 19, 2013 | Comments (29)

The Bleak House: Meet The Children Of The Solnyshko Orphanage

This article was first published in The eXile on January 22, 2003 Dima’s eyes lit up when he first saw the Solnyshko orphanage’s toy collection two months ago. He had never seen anything like it. It took me a few…

Apr 16, 2013 | Comments (3)

Georgia In The Crunch

This article first appeared in The eXile on November 11, 2003 TBILISI, GEORGIA – If you want to understand what’s really going on beneath the current election crisis in the former Soviet republic of Georgia — a struggle that threatens…

Apr 16, 2013 | Leave Comment

Edward Limonov: “Boris Berezovsky In All His Glory of Political Refugee”

This article was first published in The eXile on September 18, 2003 On September 11, Great Britain have accorded political asylum to the most notorious refugee from Russia: to Boris Abramovich Berezovsky. I never met him personally. Once, in 1990s,…

Mar 23, 2013 | Comments (17)

FILMSUCK, USA: Eileen Jones’ Furious Film Rants Now in Concentrated E-Book Form!

Click the cover, buy the book! Eileen Jones’ new screed on America’s cinematic flameout, Filmsuck, USA, is currently available on Amazon for the absurdly low price of $1.99.  Buy it today! Here’s an excerpt from the intro: That loud sucking…

Jan 15, 2013 | Comments (13)

Great Obscure Films #1: A New Leaf

A New Leaf, a 1971 screwball comedy written and directed by Elaine May, is a great genre film made by a women. You know how many great genre films were ever made by women? Well, lessee, there was…oh, how about…no,…

Jan 15, 2013 | Comments (33)

Free Me From Django Unchained

I waited to write about Django Unchained because I couldn’t figure out how to account for its maddening effects. But they’ve gotten more and more maddening over time, to the point that I found myself in a restaurant the other…

Jan 6, 2013 | Comments (121)

BOOK REVIEW: Greg Gutfeld’s Laugh Track To Electoral Failure

It is not insulting Fox News host Greg Gutfeld to say he doesn’t know much about the subjects he jokes and chats about for a living. He draws pleasure from saying so himself, over and over again, in a thousand repetitive ways.

Dec 3, 2012 | Comments (67)

DC Stakeout: Watching the Hacks Watch Paula Broadwell

Washington D.C.– I was at home minding my own business last Tuesday, when I got the tip-off via Twitter from friend and neighbor Mike Elk: Paula Broadwell was holed-up in her brother’s house just around the corner, hiding out from…

Nov 20, 2012 | Comments (21)

In Leaked Docs, Honeywell Cites Obama Ties As Key to Anti-Union Strategy

This article is cross-posted from In These Times In These Times has exclusively obtained a leaked internal Honeywell document outlining an anti-union strategy that includes leveraging Obama administration connections. The documents suggest that the megacorporation is deeply concerned about recent union…

Nov 16, 2012 | Comments (8)

Skyfall: Die, Bond, Die!

First things first: Roger Deakins is the god of cinematographers. As you know, he’s the Coen Brothers’ long-time DP—your cue to salute—and he’s on the job here in Skyfall, the latest Bond movie. Another Coen film crew member, Dennis Gassner—salute,…

Nov 11, 2012 | Comments (59)

Letter from Los Angeles: Election Night Yeast Infection Nightmares

On election day, I woke up before dawn, took a dip in the ocean, made coffee and worked until about noon, when I decided to get the thing over and go vote. I walked five blocks to my polling station,…

Nov 9, 2012 | Comments (18)

Election Watch: Libertarian Party VP James Gray & the Libertarian Pothead Conspiracy (Or: Don’t Be a Sucker)

Judge Gray’s sleazy efforts to bring lefties and progressives into the Libertarian Party fold under the innocuous banner of pot legalization is much more relevant today than it was 2011.

Nov 3, 2012 | Comments (68)

Infiltrating the Lincoln Club: My Lunch With the Powerful Rightwing Group Behind Citizens United and CA’s Anti-Union Legislation

Cross-posted from Frying Pan News It’s an unreasonably warm October day, and I’m milling about awkwardly with a handful of suits at a mixer in a small banquet hall at Newport Beach’s Pacific Club—which, according to its website, is the…

Oct 31, 2012 | Comments (9)

The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg Was a Follower of Jewish Rightwing Terrorist Meir Kahane

Goldberg might condemn anti-Palestinian violence today, but he himself was a die-hard follower of anti-Arab terrorist Meir Kahane.

Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (16)

Halloween Tribute: Val Lewton Sez Death Is Good!

In this festive season of the year when cheery death-related imagery like skeletons and ghosts and zombies cluster all around us, it seems fitting that we celebrate someone who really liked death and tried his best to show us how…

Oct 28, 2012 | Comments (20)