Articles by Jean MacKenzie



A Dark Anniversary in Afghanistan

Amid the bells and baubles of the holiday season, few in the West will pause to mark one of the year's darker anniversaries. Twenty-five years ago this month, the Red Army invaded Afghanistan, opening a Pandora's box whose effluvia include Osama bin Laden and leader of the Taliban Mullah Omar. Afghanistan has largely slipped from the collective consciousness since the U.S. bombing of 2001, which toppled the Taliban and brought a precarious, internationally enforced peace.

Were We Really That Naive?

In October '93 many in the foreign press cast Yeltsin as the brave white knight battling the darkness.

After 10 Years, Whose Russia Is It Now, Anyway?

Moscow today is vastly different from the chaotic city I lived in 10 years ago, and yet somehow the same.

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: So Long to All That's Russia

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Seeking Prince Charming

Local Insight Brightens Plain Thriller

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: 'Barber' Just Doesn't Cut It

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Revealing the Elite's Secret

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Guilty Thoughts of Leaving

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Kill or Cure Flu Remedies

Eastern Pride and Western Prejudice

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Nikitin Case a Real Scream

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Potemkin Soup Kitchens

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: A Jekyll and Hyde Taxi Ride

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Laughs Over the Lubyanka?

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Christmas Witches Go Wild

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: A Draining Holiday Binge

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Resolutions for Russia 1999

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Foul Fish Is a Holiday Treat

Russian Cuisine Feeds on Tradition

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Scrooge's Moscow Mellowing

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: It's the Real Thing, Or Is It?

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Time to Jump-Start Crisis

Unlikely Story of a Scattered Dynasty

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Has Nothing Been Learned?

A Bold New Literary Voice Revealed

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: New Hands Beat Soul Trail

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Freedom to Hate the Party

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Russia's Cry Reaches Oops!

CONFESSIONS OF A RUSSOPHILE: Old Riddles for New Russia