30 Years of Post-Communism with Well-Deserved Gloom. But Why and By Whom? (written for The European Views*)

This isn’t a “Recylce Eastern Europe” sign but my gradation arc of post-communism in Eastern Europe – from most to least westernized, and from least to most oligarchical – going from the northwest down south and up to the northeast. Original map template derived from LizardPoint.com
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Western failures in Eastern Europe and at home, coupled with Eastern Europeans’ impotence, have entrenched post-communism, the highest stage of communism.

“A specter is haunting Europe. The specter of post-communism…” Continue reading “30 Years of Post-Communism with Well-Deserved Gloom. But Why and By Whom? (written for The European Views*)”

East Germany Is Perhaps Not Atavistic but Rebels against Some Extremes of the Old West

The growing popularity of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the five former East German provinces has helped turn them into a favorite target for “political correctness” warriors. Photo: Guvo59, Pixabay
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

The main difference between East and West Germans 30 years after the Reunification seems to be that the former are less constained by the paradigms of political correctness.

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Eastern Europe: (Still) the Most Crucial of All Challenges Facing the European Union (written for The European Views*)

Western Europe is making the mistake of failing to focus enough on its Eastern European brethren. Map: Wikipedia
(*This opinion / analytical article was written by Ivan Dikov for The European Views website.)

Without figuring out how to complete successfully the integration of Eastern and Western Europe, the EU will be doomed to failure.

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How Bulgaria’s Communist Regime Hid the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster from the Public, Protecting Only Itself (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: No. 4 reactor after the disaster. Reactor 4 (center). Turbine building (lower left). Reactor 3 (center right). Photo: Wikipedia
(*This history feature article was written by Ivan Dikov for Pax Glocalica's sister publication, ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)

The world marks on April 26, 2018, the 32th year since the Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster in the former Soviet Union, the worst catastrophe in the global history of nuclear energy, which in Communist Bulgaria was covered up from the public by the ruling regime of the Bulgarian Communist Party, at the time the staunchest satellite of Moscow. Continue reading “How Bulgaria’s Communist Regime Hid the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster from the Public, Protecting Only Itself (written for ArchaeologyinBulgaria.com)”

Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself

US film director Oliver Stone and Russian President Vladimir Putin viewing a video on a smartphone. Photo: Video grab from The Putin Interviews

Award-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone has seen a past which has never worked. Continue reading “Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself”