Monthly Archives: December 2019

Putin and Zelensky Greet Each Other For New Year

The first crack in the ice, perhaps?  This will not please the hawks on either side: According to reporter Alina Nazarova, Ukrainian President Zelensky initiated contact by phoning President Putin of Russia today (Tuesday, December 31).  The two men exchanged … Continue reading

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Ukrainian Mejlis Leader Receives Gift From Crimea

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece which is soked in irony.  Refat Chubarov is the leader of the Ukrainian-based “Mejlis” of the Crimean Tatar community.  That is, he claims to represent the Crimean Tatars even though they are subjects … Continue reading

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Liquidation of Illiteracy In Soviet Russia

Dear Readers: Today I have this historical piece from Argumenty I Fakty (aif.ru), by author Konstantin Kudryashov.  The title is: “We are not slaves, slaves not We!” – Why the Liquidation of Illiteracy Dragged Along Commenters to the piece have … Continue reading

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Russia Honors A Hero

Dear Readers: Today I have this story by reporter Alexei Degtyarev.  The headline reads: A Monument Has Been Raised to Magomed Nurbagandov, Hero Of Russia Readers may recall my post, from a couple of years ago, about Magomed Nurbagandov, a … Continue reading

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A White Christmas For Santa’s Helper – Part III

Dear Readers: Today, on Catholic Christmas Eve, concluding our exploration of this interesting Dutch character known Zwarte Piet, or “Black Pete”, who is one of Santa’s helpers in the Low Countries.  For years and even decades, Piet just kept trundling … Continue reading

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A White Christmas For Santa’s Helper – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing to break down this character of “Black Pete” as an element of contemporary Dutch folklore.  Is the depiction of Piet racist, or is it not racist?  Or somewhere in between?  That, as Prince Hamlet used to say, … Continue reading

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A White Christmas For Santa’s Helper – Part I

Dear Readers: As the Holidays approach, I just wanted to take another dive into the mine-field of Christmas racism (or accusations of racism).  This is basically a follow-up to an interesting discussion with a commenter on the topic of a … Continue reading

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Khaindrava: Fix Your Own Damn Democracy First!

Dear Readers: Today I have this short piece by reporter Dmitry Alexandrov who covers the Tbilisi beat for VZGLIAD.  He offers some juicy soundbites from a man named Georgy Khaindrava, a Gruzian documentary film maker.  I think that Alexandrov is … Continue reading

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Russian Classical Ballet Criticized As Racist – Part VI

Dear Readers: Now that we have gotten to know Tsiskaridze a little better (and those who have heard him speak in interviews know that he is quite a character in his own right, eccentricities and all) — it is time … Continue reading

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Russian Classical Ballet Criticized As Racist – Part V

Dear Readers: Where we left off we were exploring the biography of a remarkable Russian artist, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, after we learn more about him, then we will hear his thoughts on that whole La Bayadère “racism” controversy.  Tsiskaridze, by the … Continue reading

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