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G7 and the End of Days

Gorbachev dismantled his country’s empire. He was either visionary or crazy. Is Donald Trump now doing the same to America’s global hegemony? If so, why?

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On Hearing of the Death of Philip Roth

A lifelong friendship between two of the world’s greatest writers comes to an end

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Defining Soviet Jewish Cuisine

Under communism, Soviet Jews ate plov, pork-laden sosiski, and ‘herring under fur coat.’ But does that make those dishes ‘Jewish food’?

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Have ‘Left’ and ‘Right’ Outlived Their Meaning?

And are we now on the eve of the emergence of a new, Fifth International?

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One Hundred Years of Insanity

America’s greatest Marxist theoretician, Sidney Hook, identified Communism’s catastrophic cultism and the devastating splits it would cause in worldwide labor movements, and yet the Bolshevik mystique endured. Why?

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Soviet Ghosts Vacation in Santiago

An émigré travels in Chile with his wife and daughters

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Drinking Vodka With Zhukov, Talking Basketball With Khrushchev

Marvin Kalb remembers meeting the Cold War Soviet leader and his general, in ‘The Year I Was Peter the Great,’ a memoir of Moscow, 1956

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Why Did Russian Jews Support the Bolshevik Revolution?

100 years ago today the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd

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Introducing Soviet Union Week at Tablet

Readers of the world, unite!

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Why Do American Jews Idealize Soviet Communism?

Perpetuating the romance of the Bolshevik regime, whose ‘good intentions’ cannot mask the horrors imposed in its name

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Going to Lvov

Polish poet and essayist Adam Zagajewski’s extravagant and miraculous new collection, ‘Slight Exaggeration,’ takes on banality and vulgarity through elegant art

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On the Life and Death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Russian dissident, whose ‘Babi Yar’ poem continues to captivate, has died at 83

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Is it Time to Compose an Elegy for Russia’s Jewry?

A trip to the ‘old’ circus with imaginary Jewish clowns

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How an American Jewish Opera Star Accidentally Launched the Soviet Jewish Movement

The 60th anniversary of Jan Peerce’s landmark Cold War Moscow show, where a final encore pointed the way to deliverance

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Memories of Our Lost Soviet Youth

This May Day, a Jewish Refusenik looks back on the Spring of 1985

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My Grandfather Is Voting For Donald Trump

I now question everything because my Deda—my hero who escaped the Soviet Union and would never believe that a man in power could keep his children safer than he could—has made an unfathomable choice

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The Basketball Victory That Put Israel ‘On The Map’

Maccabi Tel Aviv’s win over the mighty Red Army team in the 1977 EuroCup Semifinals, bookended by an unforgettable quote from its star, Tal Brody, is the subject of a new documentary

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Fischermania

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ tells the story of the 1972 World Chess Championship in Iceland, a Cold War match between Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union and American Bobby Fischer

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Putin Takes Credit For Defeating Fascism. LOL

George Orwell would wince at the Russian leader’s gross distortions of history

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The Buried Jewish Past of Boris Nemtsov

The murdered opposition leader represented the dilemmas of the Jewish politician in Putin’s Russia

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Boris Nemtsov, Murdered in the Shadow of the Kremlin

Russian liberals see the late opposition leader as a martyr, but he was also a player in the post-Soviet power grab that is still unfolding

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Occupy Wall Street! The Jewish CP-Friendly 1930s Version

‘The Left Front’ highlights American art made for the Soviet Union’s official “Jewish homeland”

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1989 and the Jews

Eastern Bloc liberalism changed the Former Soviet Union and now Ukraine. Will the Velvet Revolution end there?

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Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible in Putin’s Russia

The post-Soviet, postmodern illiberal kleptocracy as a harbinger and warning bell for—the West?

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A Requiem for Russia’s Last Great Dissident, Valeriya Novodvorskaya

She was an enforcer of liberal morality in the face of cultish leader worship in the former Soviet Union. Who can take up her mantle?

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The End of American Jewish Literature, Again

What role does America play in Jewish life, and by extension what kind of Jewish literature can be created here?

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Smelly Little Orthodoxies of Iran’s Left

The anti-Israelism and anti-Semitism of Iranian intellectuals is especially troubling for one former comrade

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A Soviet Drop-Out’s Journey to Freedom

In search of the traces of my refugee transit camp in Vienna, on my way to America

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Dr. Zhivago’s CIA Connection and the Pope

‘The Zhivago Affair’ is a detailed reconstruction of one of the most fascinating of the Cold War’s cultural skirmishes

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Our Family’s Twin Passover Tales: Escaping From Egypt and the Soviet Union

My father used to share his harrowing childhood memories every year at the Seder. Now I make sure his memories will survive.

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