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Who bought the Maidan? May. 31st, 2015 @ 03:55 pm
A couple of weeks ago, Donetsk celebrated one year since the "liberation" of the so called People's Republic. Among the official guests were envoys from a number of nationalist parties from across Europe (sponsored by Putin), including representatives of the French FN of Marine Le Pen. Jean-Luc Chafauzer, the French rep, pretty much used the mic to regurgitate Russia's conspiracy theory that the Maidan revolution had been orchestrated, that the US ambassador, Ms Nuland had been picking up the members of the Ukrainian government, and that the US wanted to divide Europe, and put a barrier to further Euro-Russian partnership.

Another speaker, German journalist Manuel Ochsenreiter of Die Zeit published a large article with the provocative title, "Did the Americans buy the Maidan?" As you might've guessed by now, that article was re-published by the major Kremlin-friendly media, and has now become part of Russia's official and public narrative.

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Aydamir Mugu May. 30th, 2015 @ 11:51 pm

Mont Blanc largest panoramic image May. 27th, 2015 @ 07:06 pm

Orphaned Land: metal fuses with Oriental May. 25th, 2015 @ 01:57 pm

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Ouch. May. 21st, 2015 @ 05:07 pm

Videoglasses football May. 19th, 2015 @ 09:22 am

On-topic: Is the Sino-Russian alliance a threat? May. 18th, 2015 @ 03:45 pm
Looks like China and Russia are comrades again now.

So here's a question. Should the US be concerned of a closer Sino-Russian partnership, or possibly an alliance? Well, I'd say only if what these two are looking for and can realistically achieve is something the US sees as something worth spending sleepless nights over. For the time being, it looks like Russia and China will be working to tighten their grip on their respective regions. Chinese money could help Russia achieve this, at least for the short- to mid-term. And in exchange, Russian resources (both energy and raw materials) will allow China to pump up their economy some more, and develop its rising military.

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The museum of communism May. 17th, 2015 @ 10:06 pm
Most former communist countries in Central and East Europe dump their monuments from the communist era into special museums that look more like theme parks, where older people can indulge in their nostalgia. But the West Romanian town of Timisoara has gone one step further, and opened the first Museum of the Communist Consumer.

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Those crazy Argentineans May. 15th, 2015 @ 11:22 am

There's a reason that Labour got mauled May. 13th, 2015 @ 08:17 pm
So let me be the umpteenth dude(tte) to exercise their quill on the matter. I'm talking of the UK election. What a surprise! What a shock! Didn't see that coming! A freight train ran over the Labour party. The train of complacency, incompetence, and arrogance. They had decided that their voters are stupid and they, the leaders, know what's best for them.

A breakdown of a tragicomedy of stupid tactical mistakes...
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