An Analysis of Soviet Economic Policy in the Periphery: Tajikistan in Context

Below is a copied and pasted version of a paper I published on Academia.edu (here) in which I examine the economic relationship between Tajikistan and the Soviet Union. The economic relations between the Russian Soviet federative Socialist Republic (RSFSR) (the centre) and the Soviet Union’s peripheral republics has frequently been described as ‘colonial’. Nowhere is […]

Marxism and the National Question: Nagorno-Karabakh in Context

Below is a copied and pasted version of a paper I published on Academia.edu (here) in which I attempt to apply Marxist dialectics and Lenin’s theory of the right of nations to self-determination to the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. For the full bibliography, please visit my Academia.edu page. (Featured image source: https://karabakhfacts.com/nagorno-karabakh-republic-artsakh-map/) In the late 1980s […]

Soviet Nationalities Policy and Territorial Delimitation: “Divide at impera” or something else?

Have you ever looked at a map of Central Asia and the Caucasus? If you answered ‘yes’, then you have more than likely wondered why the borders of many of the now independent states in these regions of the former Soviet Union are so confusing and seemingly irrational. The strategic and fertile Ferghana Valley, for […]

A Letter to Ralph Eichler, MLA for Lakeside

Dear Ralph Eichler, Congratulations on your re-election as MLA for Lakeside. At approximately 7:30 PM on September 18, 2019, I received a distressing phone call. The call was from my vocational counselor at Interlake Employment Services. (Her office is beside yours in Stonewall.) Due to draconian budget cuts imposed by the Progressive Conservative regime in […]

An Open Letter to David Anderson, MP for Cypress Hills-Grasslands

Dear David Anderson, I am writing to express my disgust with your false and outright disgraceful polemic in the House of Commons recently about the death of Fidel Castro and the revolutionary government of Cuba. I’d like to respond to some of your criticisms of Castro and of the Cuban “communist regime.” Quoting an unnamed […]