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In Tripoli – Dumb Questions Get Smart Answers

Posted August 30th, 2011 at 2:23 pm (UTC+0)
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In journalism,”dumb” questions often get smart answers. In Tripoli in recent days, I have repeatedly asked Libyans if they think Moammar Gadhafi or his politically ambitious sons can one day make a comeback. People look at me with incredulity, as if the foreigner has a learning disability. Impossible, never, he is a criminal, are some […]

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Welcome to Tripoli…

Posted August 25th, 2011 at 3:38 pm (UTC+0)
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In the last 24 hours, I drove with two VOA colleagues from southern Tunisia through the desert and mountains to Tripoli, Libya, on the Mediterranean. Troops loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi still control the coastal road. Leaving Tunisia’s Djerba Island, we stopped at Tatouine to stock up on necessities before crossing into Libya. We loaded […]

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Ukraine Does Not Want to be ‘Little Russia’

Posted August 21st, 2011 at 8:20 pm (UTC+0)
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Over dinner at a Kyiv restaurant, Oksana, a Ukrainian journalist remarks, in Russian, that if she ever had to visit Moscow, she would address people in Ukrainian. At another gathering, Yulia, a visiting Russian, innocently suggests to Anna, a gallery manager, that it might be useful to have two passports – one Ukrainian and a […]

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Georgia: Cuba of the Caucasus?

Posted August 12th, 2011 at 4:07 pm (UTC+0)
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Let’s shake off August doldrums, and play a mind stretching game. Let’s imagine democratic, free market Georgia as . . . the Cuba of the Caucasus. For both countries, whether in the Caribbean or in the Caucasus, threat numero uno is the Colossus of the North. This Northern Empire has a long history of interfering […]

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Georgia’s David Attacks the Russian Goliath — And Lives to Tell the Tale

Posted August 4th, 2011 at 1:47 pm (UTC+0)
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TBILISI — It sounds like a basic political rule of Machiavelli: launch a war, lose the war, lose power. Here’s how it works. In 1974, Greece’s ruling general, Dimitrios Ioannidis, engineered a coup on Cyprus, calculating that Turkey would not respond. Before Ioannidis could unite Cyprus and Greece, the Turkish military invaded, occupying the northern […]

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.

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