Tag Archives: Russia

An Echo in Time, from 1853-56: the Crimean War

Charge of the Light Brigade (October 25, 1854) Although this was a short skirmish from the larger Battle of Balaclava, it made an impression on the British mindset in Crimea, and might be why the West hesitated to stop Putin … Continue reading

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Now That the World is Over COVID-19…

World Conflicts Are Escalating I’m not an expert, but it seems to me that the ‘delicate’ balance from 2019 has been knocked off kilter by the coronavirus. Today’s most dangerous flash points—whether Ukraine, Taiwan, or confrontations with Iran—relate in some … Continue reading

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He Claims to be Jesus Christ Reincarnated

Vassarion (Sergey Anatolyevitch Torop – January 14, 1961) Well, he certainly looks the part (according to our white Western misconceptions of how Jesus must have looked 2000 years ago). But is it true? Vassarion is a polarizing figure, to be … Continue reading

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Connecting the Dots of this Pivotal WWII Moment

Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943) The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August 1942 – 2 February 1943) was a major battle on the Eastern Front of World War II where Nazi Germany and its allies unsuccessfully fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (later renamed to Volgograd) in Southern Russia. … Continue reading

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Maybe This is Exactly What Everyone Wants…

The World Going to Hell in a Handcart You know what I’m going to write next, don’t you? Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it. Putin and Russia want a neutral buffer zone around their borders. … Continue reading

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Writing Yourself into the History Books

Veni, Vidi, Vici I remember reading The Gallic Wars by Julius Caesar in Latin in Grade 10. The above-noted statement cannot be found there. (And for those whose Latin is a bit rusty, it means “I came, I saw, I … Continue reading

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Will He Be the New Boss (Same as the Old Boss)?

Alexander Bortnikov (November 15, 1951) This man is the Director of the FSB (formerly the KGB). He is considered by many to be the next President of Russia, after Putin steps down (or is forced out, somehow). Change the head, … Continue reading

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Yesterday in History X

The Alaska Purchase (March 30, 1867) On this day in 1867: The U.S. buys Alaska from Russia for US$7.2 million. Big deal, eh? ‘Historian Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer summarized the minority opinion of some American newspaper editors who opposed the purchase: … Continue reading

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How Anything Happens, Against All Odds

The Tipping Point (2013 Edition) My son got this book for me, for my 72nd birthday. Thanks, Derek. After reading most of my other books from my birthday, I am starting to settle on this one. The title alone has … Continue reading

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Question: Who Will Succeed, Zelenskyy or Putin?

Psycard Reading, Today Seems dumb to even attempt a double-headed question, but it came out that way as I was shuffling the cards. As you can see I got a NO on one side and a YES on the other, … Continue reading

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