Posts Tagged ‘Peter Pomerantsev’

  1. Minsk architecture


    April 23, 2017 by AK

    Peter Pomerantsev, writing about the Belarus Free Theater on the LRB blog: The journey took me out of the unspoilt Stalinist centre of the city. (The architecture is known as ampir in Russian, which sounds like, though doesn’t mean, ‘empire’, and contains the word for ‘feast’, pir. ‘Feast of Empire’ is a good way to describe …
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  2. Security television, reality apparatus


    February 29, 2016 by AK

    At the last candidates’ debate before the South Carolina Republican primary, Jeb Bush made this remarkable comment: While Donald Trump was building a reality TV show, my brother [George W. Bush] was building a security apparatus to keep us safe. The “security apparatus” sounds like nothing but a euphemism for “security state” or “police state,” …
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  3. Cheering for the greater evil


    May 24, 2015 by AK

    The value of Mark Ames‘ writings to humanity lies in the fact that sometimes he goes after the right people. It is diminished by his habit of assaulting the lesser evil out of any two, in 2015 as in 1998, in California as in Moscow. Another of his habits is stating weak conjectures as proven facts. …
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  4. The conflict is shaping new identities


    April 15, 2015 by AK

    The Guardian published a long article by Peter Pomerantsev on the Kremlin’s information warfare last week, along with a Russian translation. While it reads smoothly in English, the Russian version requires a little effort to take in, but I still hope it gets reprinted and discussed in Russia. (It has an odd word, блёф, in it, probably a …
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  5. “More than mere journalism is needed”


    April 2, 2015 by AK

    More from Peter Pomerantsev’s Ukrains’ka Pravda interview (his text, translated by me, is in blue). I think he cuts to the heart of the problem but I detest the idea of a “global BBC” financed by a group of governments. There are few things government are good at, and the BBC is far from perfect. You are calling …
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  6. “Russia arrived at postmodernism via post-Soviet cynicism”


    April 1, 2015 by AK

    Peter Pomerantsev speaking to Ukrains’ka Pravda. Excerpt One (dark blue, translation mine), no comment for now: It’s not that the Kremlin has built a political system around Baudrillard’s ideas. Russia arrived at postmodernism via post-Soviet cynicism. It followed its own odd route through to a sense of total relativity of all things, and its route …
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  7. Russia as Hunger Games territory


    March 1, 2015 by AK

    From Stratfor’s latest 10-year forecast: …we do not think the Russian Federation can exist in its current form for the entire decade. Its overwhelming dependence on energy exports and the unreliability of expectations on pricing make it impossible for Moscow to sustain its institutional relations across the wide swathe of the Russian Federation. We expect …
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