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bob-mustin's picture
Apr.05.2014
I've often heard that the ones who see the wort of war don't talk about it; it's the "hang-backs" who see the glory, the romance to such nasty business. Still, time can heal somewhat, and so can a decades later memoir of conflicts such as the horrendous ones on the Eastern Front of WWII. ...
michael-warren's picture
Mar.29.2014
On August 8, 1783, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, annexed Crimea into the Russian Empire, "from now until the end of time." On February 19, 1954, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR transferred Crimea from the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic to the Ukrainian Soviet...
earl-merkel's picture
Mar.25.2014
When a President --visibly peeved at a press-conference question, apparently holding firm to his debate-season statement about "the '80s called, and they want their policy back"-- terms Russia a mere "regional power"... ...one can almost see Mr. Putin's buttons flying around the room as he rips...
will-durst's picture
Mar.23.2014
After an absence of 25 years, it's downright ducky to be able to welcome back one of the great socio- politico conflicts in the history of the planet. How about a round of applause folks, because the Cold War is back and it's colder and warrier than ever. Like an old friend popping up on your...
michael-seidel's picture
Mar.02.2014
I confess:  I am a whinger.  I complain about my life a great deal, bemoaning small trifles as though they're of great magnitude.  It's my nature to whine.  Sometimes, though, my problems get put into perspective. My wife and I didn't want to see Twelve Years A Slave when the...
mark-hunter's picture
Feb.12.2014
SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK               I kept hearing about some disaster that was going to happen in a place called Sochi this winter. Something about gay terrorists with torches attacking bad hotels during a heat wave, or some such thing....
robert-earle's picture
Feb.06.2014
Before I write anything else, I want to emphasize that Alexander Solzhenitsyn's August 1914 is a splendid, ambitious book. It puts on full display all of his talents as a novelist who creates intriguing characters, moves easily through different dimensions of society (rural, urban, upper...
phil-naessens's picture
Jan.27.2014
There aren't any gay people living in Sochi, Russia. At least not according to the mayor of Sochi that is. "We don't have them (emphasis mine) in our town". That's good to know, isn't it? Now we can all  relax now that the mayor of Sochi has declared there aren't any of them hanging about....
bruce-douglas-reeves's picture
Jan.24.2014
           It’s almost impossible to travel without coming up against the violence that’s such a part of the human story.  Maybe it has always been this way, but it seems more immediate these days.  The causes may be varied, but the...
bob-mustin's picture
Jan.11.2014
Eastern Europe!, by Tomek Jankowski     It’s been my experience that books filled with history - and I think this applies doubly to the density of European history - can boggle and bore. Not so with Jankowski’s book. It’s indeed filled with close to two millennia of history, both western...