David Priestland

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“¡Hurra! ¡Hurra! ¡Hurra!”. Recuerdo vívidamente el fuerte sonido emitido por los serios soldados en uniforme gris al escuchar el saludo de su comandante: “¡Felicidades por el 70 aniversario de la Gran Revolución Socialista de Octubre!”.

Como estudiante de intercambio en Moscú en 1987, había asistido a la calle Gorky esa fría mañana de noviembre para ver el desfile militar en su camino hacia la Plaza Roja. Una fila de dignatarios soviéticos y extranjeros reunidos presidía mientras los jóvenes soldados rendían tributo en el Mausoleo de Lenin. Este aparentemente impresionante despliegue buscaba mostrar la perdurable energía revolucionaria del comunismo y su alcance internacional.…  Seguir leyendo »

Red century. A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, can a phoenix rise from the ash heap of history?

“Ura! Ura! Ura!” I vividly remember the wall of sound as stern, gray-uniformed soldiers met their commander’s greeting: “Congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution!”

An exchange student in Moscow in 1987, I had traveled to Gorky Street on that crisp November morning to see the military parade making its way to Red Square. A row of assembled Soviet and foreign dignitaries presided as the young servicemen paid homage at Lenin’s Mausoleum. This impressive-seeming display was to showcase the enduring revolutionary energy of Communism and its global reach.…  Seguir leyendo »

If you say the word “Brussels” to most British people, they will immediately think “bureaucracy”, or maybe “straight bananas”. So the award of the Nobel peace prize to the European Union is an important reminder that the European project has always had a strong element of anti-war idealism at its core.

The timing of the prize, however, is distinctly odd. The introduction of the euro changed the EU from an institution that used economic integration to promote peace to one that is sacrificing peace on the altar of free-market economics. Brussels is being rewarded for its pacific past at the very moment it is provoking civil strife.…  Seguir leyendo »