“Stalker”: The Search for Faith Amidst Desolation

By |2019-02-28T23:55:03-05:00February 28th, 2019|

Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker is about a man who leads others, however obliquely, and despite obstacles, both external and internal, to faith. Faith is faith. Without it, man is deprived of any spiritual roots. He is like a blind man. Just more than thirty years ago, on 26 April 1986, a nuclear disaster occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear [...]

The Dangers of Russophobia

By |2019-02-27T13:37:45-05:00February 24th, 2019|

We should not confuse or conflate Russian President Vladimir Putin with Soviet leaders, such as Josef Stalin. They are as different as the proverbial chalk and cheese. Nowhere is this more evident than the way in which Mr. Putin has shown himself to be a great admirer of the anti-Soviet dissident, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. The Special [...]

Putin and Solzhenitsyn

By |2018-08-21T14:04:58-05:00August 20th, 2018|

The recent film, The Death of Stalin, should be shown to all those millions of millennials in the United States who still harbor romantic delusions about communism. According to the findings of a poll, as reported in the Washington Times last year, almost a third of millennials expressed an admiration for Karl Marx and almost [...]

Russia: Is it Time to Give Peace a Chance?

By |2018-07-20T13:36:42-05:00July 22nd, 2018|

Russia is resurrected from the dead, rising from the tomb in which communism had placed it. It is emerging as a Christian country at a time when other erstwhile Christian countries seem intent on abandoning their faith in order to embrace the suicidal culture of death... Patrick Buchanan’s succinct and penetrating essay on President Trump’s [...]

Did President Trump Commit Treason With Vladimir Putin?

By |2018-07-17T10:47:34-05:00July 17th, 2018|

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, President Trump has signaled a historic shift [...]

Misremembering the Russian Revolution: Romanticism Not Reality

By |2017-10-05T13:21:02-05:00October 4th, 2017|

The tragedy is not that the Russian Revolution is being forgotten; it’s that it is being remembered in the wrong way. It is being seen through rose-coloured spectacles, its grim reality being smothered in layers of romantic myth… This month is the centenary of the Bolshevik Revolution, one of the most important moments in [...]

Russia and the Rebirth of History

By |2017-10-07T17:16:55-05:00July 26th, 2017|

There is no escape from historical existence. With all its contingencies, unexpected happenings, and mysteries, historical existence offers opportunities for grasping the great drama of life… Conservative intellectuals have long been suspicious of the pressures that political ideologies place on the writing of history. Most famously, Herbert Butterfield, in his classic work, The Whig [...]

Van Cliburn, Nikita Khrushchev, and a Lull in the Cold War

By |2017-07-19T23:50:19-05:00July 19th, 2017|

At some point during the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition, Nikita Khrushchev was asked whether it would be okay to give the prize to the American virtuoso, Van Cliburn… One of the most famous—and unexpected—lulls in the Cold War came when Texan Harvey Lavan Cliburn Jr. stepped off a plane in Moscow in April [...]

Dear Mr. Putin: Time to Give Up on Better Relations with America

By |2017-09-29T12:09:37-05:00July 17th, 2017|

Dear President Putin: It is no use trying any further to accommodate the United States or cooperate with it. We cannot afford any more concessions. It is clear that the United States only respects force and firmness… Dear Mr. President: The below memorandum regarding Russian-American bilateral relations was drafted by my Ministry’s Department of [...]

From Russia with Love? Prospects for Cooperation With Vladimir Putin

By |2017-07-08T07:41:09-05:00July 7th, 2017|

As major players on the global stage, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump could counterbalance the forces of globalism which seek to destroy all sovereign nations… Can we trust Russia? Should we trust Russia? Should we trust Trump on Russia? The buzz word of Barack Obama’s Presidential Election Campaign, oh so many eons ago, was [...]

Solzhenitsyn on Russia and the West

By |2018-12-04T12:40:13-05:00May 2nd, 2017|

There are moves afoot to whip up the old Cold War angst and anger and to resurrect enmity towards Russia. Liberals in the West, outraged at Russia’s resistance to their decadent agenda, are caricaturing Russia as an enemy of Western “values”… In 1998 I had the inestimable pleasure and honour of interviewing Alexander Solzhenitsyn [...]

Russia: Friend or Foe?

By |2017-04-25T10:06:23-05:00April 24th, 2017|

Russia’s leaders are flawed, inclined toward violence, and covetous of power—but this doesn’t make them much different from the leaders of every other nation-state… On March 10, 2014, American ambassadors from across the globe descended on Washington for our annual conference: a few days to forget about the day-to-day hassles of running embassies and [...]

Is Vladimir Putin a Killer?

By |2017-05-03T14:51:59-05:00February 26th, 2017|

How is it that so many Senators on both sides of the aisle, and media outlets ranging from liberal to conservative, seem so fixated on goading the Trump Administration into confrontation with Vladimir Putin and Russia…? It never fails to get a few chuckles and more than a few eye rolls whenever a worn-out [...]