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Born in Phila, I spent most of my adolescent and adult years in Europe, resulting over time in several unique books, my latest being Russia's Americans.

CUBA: Diary of a Revolution, Inside the Cuban Revolution with Fidel, Raul, Che, and Celia Sanchez

Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel: An Illustrated Personal Journey from the Cold War to the Arab Spring

America Revealed to a Honey-Colored World

A Taoist Politics: The Case For Sacredness

I began my journalistic career at the French News Agency in Rome, spent two years in Cuba finding out whether the Barbados were Communists before they made the revolution ('Cuba 1964: When the Revolution was Young'). After spending half a decade in Eastern Europe, and a decade in the U.S., studying Global Survival and writing speeches in the Carter State Department, I wrote the only book that foresaw the fall of the Berlin Wall AND the dissolution of the Soviet Union ("Une autre Europe, un autre Monde'). My memoir, 'Lunch with Fellini, Dinner with Fidel', tells it all. 'A Taoist Politics: The Case for Sacredness', which examines the similarities between ancient wisdom and modern science and what this implies for political activism; and 'America Revealed to a Honey-Colored World" is a pamphlet about how the U.S. came down from the City on a Hill'.

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       Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Pre-Eminent Russia Specialist Dots the I's America's pre-eminent Russia scholar demolishes the myths we are being fed by the Neocon establishment in pursuit of total world domination, which starts with the subjection of Russia. Indispensable!
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       Friday, August 24, 2018
The (So Called) Russian Peace Threat, a Review by Deena Stryker Ron Ridenour's latest book does more than cry in the wilderness. It provides detailed documentation of what is in fact a gigantic threat to world peace by the United States, which claims ever louder that the threat emanates from Russia! A must read for all who hope we can still avoid World War III.
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       Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Revolutionary Optimism, Western Nihilism, by Andre Vltchek, A Review Notes from the field of a dedicated witness to our time of sturm und drang. From one end of the globe to the other, Andre Vltchek has dedicated his life to documenting the ravages of empire -- as well as the hope that springs eternal when people take their futures into their own hands.
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       Friday, April 20, 2018
Standing on our Heads Has the US lost sight of its fundamental principles, when it invests most of its energy in an investigation as to whether the president is defying the law by seeking peaceful relations with the other major nuclear power?
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       Thursday, January 4, 2018
Red Hangover, by Kristen Ghodsee, a Review As Russophobia continues unabated, this book should be required reading for all Americans, who have been kept totally in the dark about 'real socialis' for almost a century. The author is an ethnographer whose personal ties to Eastern Europe encouraged her to take the region as the object of her highly accessible work.
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       Thursday, December 7, 2017
China is Communist, Dammit, a Review This third book on China by Jeff J Brown tops them all, revealing the fact that the communist ethos goes much farther back in time than Maos Long March. It's called the Heavenly Mandate, but Brown calls it Baba Beijing, confident it's here to last.
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       Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Sebastian Gorka's Hungarian Ties and a Growing EU Split Sebastian Gorka claims he resigned from the White House, while internal communications suggest he was fired. This article provides little-known information on the country from which his parents fled, to which he returned under disquieting circumstances.
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       Thursday, August 24, 2017
'Free' Speech, What does free speech mean according to the document that is intended to guide the world, that is, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, instigated by Eleanor Roosevelt during the founding years of that organization, but not entirely respected by the US?
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       Tuesday, June 13, 2017
A Nation of Laws? Watergate was a kindergarten game compared to the layrinthe that is cosing in on the President after barely four months in office. The players themselves often are not certain what the latest version is, but what it most resembles is a Greek labyrinth.
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       Monday, June 5, 2017
Story to Follow: Europe Free at Last, via Versailles and St Petersburg When ancient history and a fast-moving present manage to join up in front of the tv cameras, the result is a record of a major turning point.
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       Saturday, April 22, 2017
What all the Hullaballoo is About Calls to impeach the new president will grow louder as various pundits make their case, filling the coffers of mainstream publishers. But it would be surprising if they led anywhere, as I show in three examples of the new normal. Hopefully, fascism 2017 is less about making war than about making money.
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       Monday, December 19, 2016
Anti-Russian Feeding Frenzy instead of New World Information Order Fifty years ago there was an opportunity for the world -- though divided between East and West -- to agree on new principles concerning the production and dissemination of news and information more broadly. Guess why the initiative by the third world went nowhere?
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       Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Europe's Coming of Age Europe's techtonic shift to the right has only now been recognized by the US paper of record, the NYT. Since it misses the phiulsosophical underpinnings of this mouvement that is only distantly related to the US Alt right, I have tried to bridge the gap.
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       Saturday, November 26, 2016
Fidel Castro: A Giant Has Passed In July, 1963, Fidel Castro knocked on my door at the Habana Libre. I had been scheduled to depart that very morning, having exhausted my funds in what seemed like a hopeless attempt to reach him with my request for a 'portrait' for the French weekly Paris Match. A last minute intervention by the foreign minister,changed what would have been the next 50 years of my life
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       Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The Post-US Election: An Exercise in Muddying While the Trump transition team ponders the selection of Secretary of State, seeming to envision someone who is an uber hawk with respect to Russia, this may all be smoke and mirrors - or the Pentagon hoping to ensure continuing high military budgets.
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       Sunday, November 13, 2016
An American Phase Transition Anti-Trump demonstrators can be seen in systemic terms, but this does not change the fact that they are deluded: Hillary Clinton presents as much of a threat of fascism as does Trump - but on a different and potentially much more disastrous foreign policy level.
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       Wednesday, November 9, 2016
The World Will Never be the Same Again Vladimir Putin has played a major role in the US presidential election of 2016, athough he did not seek it. Hopefully, the election of Donald Trump will quiet the efforts of Wasington's hawks to provoke a war with Russia, as so many have done throughout history.
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       Sunday, November 6, 2016
Americans Are Having a Collective Breakdown Never has a presidential election been so fraught, in a country that not so long ago treated them like circuses. After 9/11, Americans asked 'Why?'Now they are asking 'How did we come to this, in the greatest country the world has ever known, wondering if it still is.
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       Thursday, November 3, 2016
The US Empire Versus Russia's America's war-mongers have been repeating like a mantra that Russia aspires to recreate its empire - or that of the Soviet Union, citing non-existent threats to the tiny Baltic states as 'proof'. But most of the world's people are painfully aware that the shoe is on the other foot.
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       Thursday, October 27, 2016
Wait a Minute! Is Early Voting Part of Campaigning? IS there some hanky-panky going on right before our eyes as early voting is folded into campaign rhetoric? Trump warns about rigged elections, yet he is silence about this new practice which could well swing the election one way or the other, as part of campaigning.

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