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Wahhabi Colonialism

Pope Benedict XVI recently cited a Byzantine-era critique of Islam, and the usual hubbub of outrage ensued.

A Very Personal Sovereign Democracy

We need a sober assessment of where we are to see our society as it really is, with all its possibilities and needs.

Every Move a Losing One

Three weeks have passed since the small Karelian town of Kondopoga was engulfed by ethnic violence, and passions are still running high.

Dreaming of a Big City of Fewer Bright Lights

Cars with blue warning lights on their roofs are a constant topic of debate.

Yuzhny Wants Roddick Revenge

Mikhail Yuzhny hopes to teach Andy Roddick a lesson in clay court tennis when Russia hosts the United States in the Davis Cup semifinal this week in Moscow.

Russia and Europe Win IAAF World Cup Titles

Russia and Europe took the team titles at the IAAF World Cup but the second day of competition belonged to Qatar-based Saif Saaeed Shaheen and Sanya Richards of the United States, who completed competition doubles.

'Sad Sam' Building Loses Lustre

In the Soviet era it was a little piece of the West in the heart of Moscow. Journalists and diplomats from kapstrany, or ""capitalist countries,"" were assigned to live and work here, and it attracted dissidents eager to be heard.

City Hall Wants Cheaper Hotels

City officials bemoaned the state of the city's tourism industry at the Moscow International Hotel Forum and Exhibition earlier this month.

Property Values Threaten St. Petersburg Landmarks

Property values have more than quadrupled after seven years of growth to an average of $1,800 per square meter in St. Petersburg, said Itaka, a local real estate firm.

Power Substation Built in a Day

A St. Petersburg firm hammered its way into the record books after building a transformer substation in 24 hours.

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