"The West is blinking in disbelief – Vladimir Putin just invaded Ukraine. German diplomats, French Eurocrats and American pundits are all stunned. Why has Russia chosen to gamble its trillion-dollar ties with the West?
Western leaders are stunned because they haven’t realized Russia’s owners no longer respect Europeans the way they once did after the Cold War. Russia thinks the West is no longer a crusading alliance. Russia thinks the West is now all about the money. […]
The Kremlin thinks it knows Europe’s dirty secret now. The Kremlin thinks it has the European establishment down to a tee. The grim men who run Putin’s Russia see them like latter-day Soviet politicians. Back in the 1980s, the USSR talked about international Marxism but no longer believed it. Brussels today, Russia believes, talks about human rights but no longer believes in it. Europe is really run by an elite with the morality of the hedge fund: Make money at all costs and move it offshore.”
-Ben Judah, “Why Russia No Longer Fears the West,” Politico.
In 1992 when Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union it had the third largest arsenal of nuclear weapons. Shortly after, Ukraine transferred those weapons back to Russia for dismantling, and became signatories to the non-proliferation treaty.
I can’t help but wonder how nuclear weapons would alter the current situation. If Ukraine still had its nukes, would there still be thousands of Russian troops in the Crimea?
"The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense.
Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it into more than 30 published conference proceedings between 2008 and 2013.”
-Richard Van Noorden, “Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers,” Nature.
In an article for Foreign Policy Charles Kenny argues that international Marxism may be ascendant in the coming decades. Karl Marx’s vision of a united global working class has yet to materialize. However, Kenny hypothesizes that the wealth gap between rich and poor nations made it difficult for workers in developed countries to identify with workers in developing countries. For much of the 20th century the wealth gap within countries was moderate while the gap between nations was large. Now, as many developing countries are becoming more prosperous, the gap between countries is shrinking and the gap within countries is growing. This situation, according to Kenny, may make it easier for workers around the world to identify with each other, thereby giving rise to the global class consciousness that Marx wrote about.
This is an interesting theory however, the author does not take into account other factor that could be used to keep the working class from developing class consciousness such as culture, nationalism, etc. The lack of class consciousness cannot be attributed to economics alone.