Soviet Union

EXCERPT: The Spy I Brought in From the Cold

Peter Worthington | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada
Peter Worthington

For some time, Olga had been talking in riddles, dropping hints, making provocative comments. Once when I had remarked on her relatively good life in Moscow, she replied: "It is better to be a free sparrow than a caged canary." I had ignored all hints, aware they might be a trap.

Why Geopolitics, Not Economics, Governs Russia's Crimea Decision

Sam Singh | Posted 05.15.2014 | Canada
Sam Singh

Despite the very tangible political or economic benefits it could bring, Russia never considered peacefully ceding any of its remaining territorial holdings to its neighbours. During the 1998 financial crisis for example, President Boris Yeltsin never thought of selling the sparsely populated, almost vestigial property of Sakhalin Island in the north Pacific to a cash-rich, land-poor Japan, even as Russia desperately needed hard currency to prop up a crashing ruble. If and when Crimea votes to leave Ukraine for Russia, Western economic sanctions will surely follow if Russia happily embraces the peninsula.

Star Power: Mikhail Gorbachev Has a Courage From Within

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Mikhail Gorbachev initiated the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of communism and the end of the Cold War. At the heart of all his actions has been compassion for his fellow human beings. We had a chance recently to sit down with Gorbachev.

Finally, Canada Confronts Communism's Ugly History

Martin Krossel | Posted 04.29.2013 | Canada
Martin Krossel

Recently, the CBC Radio program Ideas ran a full hour interview with Washington Post columnist and author Anne Applebaum. Her new book, Iron Curtain, ...

Euro 2012 is Euro 1939, the Sports Edition

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada
Kolby Solinsky

When black Dutch players received their Jim Crow-inspired welcome in Krakow last week, we were shocked, stunned, and depressed -- but hardly surprised. This stuff ain't new in that part of the world. Meanwhile a portion of the 10,000 Russian fans who have bought tickets will be holding a march from central Warsaw to the stadium. Poles view it as "provocative." Can you really blame them?

Let Them Eat Borscht

Peter Worthington | Posted 04.26.2012 | Canada
Peter Worthington

The Soviet Union once sought to intimidate, undermine, influence, subvert, exploit, deceive, penetrate, and dominate every country it had dealings with -- friendly or otherwise. It was paranoid and paralyzed by its dependence on the secret police. But today, the best course of action with Russia is to leave the damn country alone.

Lee Harvey Oswald's "Lover" Claims Conspiracy

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.18.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Here we go again! Another conspiracy theory -- this time by a woman who has written a 600-page book (Me and Lee) claiming she and Lee Harvey Oswald were lovers and that instead of assassinating John Kennedy in 1963, he was trying to save him.

Russia's War With Islam

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.07.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

We in North America tend to forget that Russia is Europe's second biggest economy. It's also the world's biggest producer of oil and gas -- probably more than the rest of the world combined. What Russia has that we haven't to the same extent, is Islamic terrorism.

Was Trudeau a Disaster for Canada? Yep.

David Frum | Posted 11.28.2011 | Canada
David Frum

Three subsequent important prime ministers -- Brian Mulroney, Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper -- invested their energies cleaning up the wreckage left by Pierre Trudeau. Finally, nobody speculates any more about Canada defaulting on its debt, or splitting apart, or being isolated from all its major allies.

Europe Rejects Trademark Bid For Soviet Hammer And Sickle

CP | The Associated Press | Posted 11.20.2011 | Canada Business

BRUSSELS - Two decades after the fall of Communism, the hammer and sickle is still off limits to capitalist ownership.An European Union high court Tue...

Canada's $6M Cleanup

The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- OTTAWA - The cleanup of two Canadian Forces bases in Germany that closed after the Cold War cost Canada millions of dollars, new...