Category Archives: Friendship of Peoples

Instilling Russian Patriotism In Yakutian Youth

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece from the Russian newspaper “Military-Industrial Courier” (VPK).  The click-baity title is: Yakutia Has Followed In the Footsteps of the U.S.A. The title made me click, natch, I was going “Wha…?”  But all they … Continue reading

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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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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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In Bolivia, Americans Let the Genie Out of the Bottle – Part III

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece by TV’s Sergei Brilev from VESTI news.  Where we left off, Brilev was busy extracting soundbites from commentator and Latin American expert Andrei Shchelchkov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences.  In … Continue reading

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