The Global Drug Meta-Group: Drugs, Managed Violence, and the Russian 9/11

[…] scholarly analyses have seen the bombings and war as part of a stratagem to boost the popularity of the Kremlin, and particularly the little-known new Prime Minister Putin, for the coming presidential elections in November 1999. The most thorough study, by John Dunlop of the Hoover Institution, blames the plotting on three protégés of […]

Brands and Britannia: Some aspects of national image and identity

[…] person, Osama Bin Laden die, the brand succession is now secured. Russia The inconsistency of the British and American brands is something former KGB officer, now President Putin of Russia, has played for all it is worth.(19) In his bid to remain at the top of Russia’s political machine – but also as an […]

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President Putin and Sochi 2014 PR

[PDF file]: President Putin and Sochi 2014 PR Corinne Souza I was torn between not watching the opening ceremony of Sochi 2014 because of Russia’s deplorable gay and civil rights record and watching because all international relations PRs monitor big set piece national statements – particularly those of important nations such as Russia. An opening ceremony […]

The view from the bridge

[…] the fiction that it is a ‘private organisation’ despite receiving an ‘annual congressional appropriation’ – its chosen euphemism for US tax dollars. The death of diplomacy Vladimir Putin is now making a habit of speaking bluntly to the West. He did so in spectacular fashion in at the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy […]

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After Iraq: some FCO/SIS issues

When falsehoods are bared, we have to be alert to those that will take their place as well as the ones that remain concealed.(1) At the time of writing (October 2004), the deluge of media coverage on the false justifications for the Iraq war – now understandably giving way to greater anxieties about the well-being […]

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PR, espionage and language

[…] an adequate pension. Another example was the tragedy of the school in Beslan which presented a many-layered picture of a local society. This, presumably, is why President Putin has banned media coverage of any similar event should this unfortunately happen again. The Guardian, 9 February 2005. Presumably seeking to demonstrate that he has a […]

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Moscow on the Hudson?

Book review

[…] the centuries. The election of Obama and the ideological trend during the present Russian interregnum towards a more liberal, post-soviet, less autocratic and statist Russia (despite the Putin years) certainly shows this. Yet, he correctly adduces, ‘even for Obama overcoming racism may prove to be easier than abandoning imperialism’. Russia too, as Georgia demonstrated […]

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New Labour news

[…] reviewers, I found it tedious and oddly fascinating at the same time. While I read/skimmed it I marked the bits that struck me. Minus the section on Putin discussed elsewhere in this issue, these few are they. 1994 Blair trying to persuade Campbell to take the job with him: ‘He said I was right […]

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