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How politics trumps history yet again Apr. 27th, 2015 @ 01:51 pm
Should they attend the 70th anniversary of the WW2 victory in Moscow, particularly the military parade - or not? That's the question that's been tormenting a number of leaders around the world these days. That's an especially sensitive dilemma for those from Central and East Europe, which the Red Army liberated of the Wehrmacht, and subsequently turned into the Soviet bloc (with the tacit agreement of the West).

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Get over it, it's genocide Apr. 26th, 2015 @ 09:47 pm
At the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Turkey had to swallow its pride many times over, and accept the fact that an increasing number of political entities around the world, particularly Europe and America, have disregarded its expectation that the assessment of the events that changed the history of the Armenian people between 1915 and 1917 should be entirely left to the historians. First the Pope used the word "genocide", and then the European Parliament followed suit. And Turkey was left gnashing its teeth yet again.

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Ukraine's true battles Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 05:24 pm
Many have argued that the battle for Ukraine is not just a matter of geopolitics, but a fundamental clash between Russia and the West, and that the fate of 40 million Ukrainians is being decided, and the answer to the question if a country situated in Europe's eastern periphery could possibly choose a European future, despite Moscow's resistance and Brussel's cautiousness.

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A fully automatic hope Apr. 20th, 2015 @ 09:19 am

What the cartoons say on money in politics Apr. 17th, 2015 @ 11:06 am

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Iron fleet is coming! Apr. 14th, 2015 @ 01:33 pm

Space-saving furniture Apr. 7th, 2015 @ 09:21 am

They walk together, at last... Apr. 6th, 2015 @ 11:14 am

Russia's backyard trouble Apr. 5th, 2015 @ 07:11 pm
If we're to believe the Uzbek intelligence, scouting units of the Islamic State have now appeared on the Turkmen and Uzbek borders. Meanwhile, Kyrgyz experts claim that the Islamic State has put aside 70 million dollars for the destabilization of the situation in the fiercely contested Fergana valley, the place where the borders of Kyrgyzstan, Tadjikistan and Uzbekistan meet.

A storm is coming to Central Asia...

The land of prohibitions Apr. 2nd, 2015 @ 11:11 am
Endless restrictions create narrow-minded people; narrow and restricted in both senses - timid, indecisive, unenterprising, not self-dependent, prone to prejudice, devoid of personal will, enthusiasm and courage for development and self-improvement. That's basically what the columnist for Der Spiegel, Alexander Neubacher argues in his book Totally Restricted. He believes that a free person is a responsible person, who doesn't need the constant tutorship of the state and society, or the terror of political correctness and the maniacal fashionable obsessions - in other words, some'd say he's the German equivalent of an Ayn-Randian. Undoubtedly, a very rare species in Germany.

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