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Syria Will Present “Trophy” Tear Gas Cannisters to the UN – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing this piece from VZGLIAD, by Marina Baltacheva.  The Syrian government has claimed to discover, in caches left behind by retreating rebels in Aleppo, grenade launchers tipped with cannisters of two types of tear gas, CS and CN, … Continue reading

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Syria Will Present “Trophy” Tear Gas Cannisters to the UN – Part I

Dear Readers: It is time to return to the Syria War.  The war is winding down, and the victor is clear (hint:  it’s the Syrian government), but is still far from over.  There is still much suffering in store for many … Continue reading

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Tonya the Machine-Gun Girl

Dear Readers: Today I have something completely different for you.  This is a purely historical piece from the time of the Great Patriotic War.  World War II buffs may enjoy this.  But it is a troubling piece too, dealing with … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we finish this saga of Tsar Nikolai II’s warring mistresses.  On this side of the ring:  Nickie’s actual physical mistress, the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska.  On the other side:  Nickie’s spiritual mistress, Natalia Poklonskaya.  Of the two women … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part III

Dear Readers: The first shot in this new Culture War was fired by ex-Crimean Prosecutie Natalia Poklonskaya.  Recall that Natasha, a regional Prosecutor under the former Ukrainian government, defected to Russia during the Maidan Revolution of 2014, and became a … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing our saga of the new Culture War in Russia, with calls to ban the film, “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.   Release of the film to the broader public has been delayed a couple of times, but … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part I

Dear Readers: In Russia the Culture War has resumed in earnest, this time over a film, which very few people have seen yet.  The film, of course, is “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.  To add even more piquancy to … Continue reading

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