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Title: After the Rain
Author: Sam Vaknin
Posting Date: August 24, 2012 [EBook #4685]

Release Date: September, 2003

First Posted: February 27, 2002
Language: English
Character set encoding: RTF

After the Rain

How the West

Lost the East


Sam Vaknin, Ph.D.

Editing and Design:

Lidija Rangelovska

Lidija Rangelovska

A Narcissus Publications Imprint, Skopje 2001
Published in association with Central Europe Review and

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ISBN: 9989-929-07-6

Print ISBN: 80-238-5173-X



I n t r o d u c t i o n
The P E O P L E
The Author of this Article is a Racist

The Cavemen and the Alien

Is Transition Possible?

Can Socialist Professors of Economics Teach Capitalism?

The Poets and the Eclipse

The Rip van Winkle Institutions

Inside, Outside - Diasporas and Modern States

The Magla Vocables

The Elders of Zion

The Last Family

Rasputin in Transition

The Honorary Academic

Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

Who is Guarding the Guards?

Herzl's Butlers

The Phlegm and the Anima

An Impressionistic Canvass

The Dance of Jael

Homo Balkanus

The MinMaj Rule

The Balkans between Omerta and Vendetta

On the Criminality of Transition

The Myth of Great Albania

The Bad Blood of Kosovo

The Plight of the Kosovar

The Black Birds of Kosova

The Onset of Cultural Imperialism

The Defrosted War

Russia's Role in a Brave, New World

The Bones of the Grenadier

Endgame in the Balkans

Millenarian Thoughts about Kosovo

NATO's Next War

Why did Milosevic Surrender?

The Deadly Antlers

NATO, the EU and the New Kids on the Block

The Treasure Trove of Kosovo

Lucky Macedonia or Macedonia's Serendipity

The Good Fortune of Neighbouring a Human Catastrophe

Black Magic, White Magic - Managing our Future

The Friendly Club

The Books of the Damned

The PCM Trail

The Mind of Darkness
The E C O N O M Y
Central Europe - The New Colonies

New Paradigms, Old Cycles

Lessons in Transition

Lucky Russia

Russian Roulette

Foreigners do not Like Russia

Russia's New Economy

IMF – Kill or Cure

The IMF Deconstructed

Financial Crisis, Global Capital Flows and the International Financial Architecture

The Shadowy World of International Finance

The Typology of Financial Scandals

The Revolt of the Poor

The Demise of Intellectual Property

Scavenger Economies, Predator Economies

Market Impeders and Market Inefficiencies

Public Procurement and very Private Benefits

Liquidity or Liquidation

The Predicament of the Newly Rich

The Solow Paradox
E p I l o g u e
The A u t h o r


This is a series of articles written and published in 1996-2000 in Macedonia, in Russia, in Egypt and in the Czech Republic.

How the West lost the East. The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the old and the new, the plough and the internet – it is all here, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as I could make it.

From "The Mind of Darkness":

"'The Balkans' – I say – 'is the unconscious of the world'. People stop to digest this metaphor and then they nod enthusiastically. It is here that the repressed memories of history, its traumas and fears and images reside. It is here that the psychodynamics of humanity – the tectonic clash between Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam – is still easily discernible. We are seated at a New Year's dining table, loaded with a roasted pig and exotic salads.

I, the Jew, only half foreign to this cradle of Slavonics. Four Serbs, five Macedonians. It is in the Balkans that all ethnic distinctions fail and it is here that they prevail anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and change the only two fixtures of this tormented region.

The women of the Balkan – buried under provocative mask-like make up, retro hairstyles and too narrow dresses. The men, clad in sepia colours, old fashioned suits and turn of the century moustaches. In the background there is the crying game that is Balkanian music: liturgy and folk and elegy combined. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. It is like time travel. It is like revisiting one's childhood."

How were the articles and essays contained herein – many of them translated and published in local languages – received by people everywhere?

My readers from the Balkans reacted to these essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected defensive barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. And they let their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, world plots). I asked a resident of this tortured region to write the foreword to this book. People from other parts, from Central and Eastern Europe, were more argumentative and contemplating, though much less passionate. And Westerners – especially those with interest in these regions of the world – reacted with great, cathartic enthusiasm.

In reading this book, I wish upon you the joy and the revulsion, the dark fascination of this region and its surrealist dreams and nightmares. This is what I experience daily here and it is my hope that I succeeded to convey the siren's song, the honeyed trap, the lure and the allure of this tortured corner of the earth.

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