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The Widening Gap

Posted on 08 November 2009 by admin


Will Rogers’ quip about statistics being less trustworthy than damn lies could apply equally well to opinion polls. Or rather, to the use of poll data by their most avid consumers, the media. Poll results, nicely tabulated and presented in bite-sized, quasi-scholarly chunks, are often reprocessed by harried journalists into quick news articles, not to speak of editorials.

Widely reported in the days leading up to the big Berlin Wall anniversary, a large regional opinion survey appears to back up a number of popularly held notions about attitudes toward democracy, market economics, and life in general in Central and Eastern Europe since the upheavals of the late 1980s and early ’90s. Continue reading …

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The Russian Patient

Posted on 12 October 2009 by admin

By Andrei Piontkovsky

I remember that in the early stages of perestroika, many of us in the Soviet Union dreamed that there might come about some movement in Eastern Europe like Solidarity had been briefly in Poland or like the Prague Spring in 1968. We felt that if such developments occurred it would greatly influence our own chances. This, we thought, would push the USSR very strongly toward a democratic solution and that might precipitate things. Continue reading  …

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