Monthly Archives: July 2014

Can Putin survive?

Ludwig von Gress By George Friedman / July 21, 2014 There is a general view that Vladimir Putin governs the Russian Federation as a dictator, that he has defeated and intimidated his opponents and that he has marshaled a powerful threat … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 28th July, 1953: The war in Korea is over after three years of bloody fighting which has cost over two million lives. The armistice was signed at Panmunjom at 10.01 yesterday. The terms of … Continue reading

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For You O Democracy

…from the quills of the dead white poets Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) Come, I will make the continent dissoluble, I will make the most splendid race the sun ever shone upon, I will make divine magnetic lands, With the … Continue reading

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Georgia on their mind

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger I do not know what provokes the Left more – guns or the people’s ability to think. Firearms in thinking people’s hands are thus for them the absolute anathema, of course. Guns in … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  23rd July, 1955: The first East-West Heads of Government meeting since 1945 ended in Geneva today. With diplomatic humbug, Sir Anthony Eden, President Eisenhower, the French Premier, Edgar Faure, and Soviet Premier, Nikolai Bulganin,, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)   Saigon, April 1975 22nd July, 1954: Agreement was reached in Geneva to bring peace to Indochina. The main provision of the treaty calls for the division of Vietnam along the1 17t Parallel, with … Continue reading

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Orel Balkánu

…from the quills of the dead white poets Svatopluk Čech (1846 -1908)   Sedl orel na mečetu, sivý orel Balkánu, pod ním muezzíni světu hlásají zvěst koránu, pod ním moslemím se beře k harému, by touhy své vlíbal bujné do … Continue reading

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Hope springs eternal *

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger This is the slightly truncated maiden speech by the newly elected Senator James McGrath, a Liberal, from Queensland. It looks good, but we have had many politicians elected, saying one thing, and then … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)  18th July, 1967 : Some 2.000 Britons and 800 Americans are fleeing from Biafra in cars and canoes as Nigerian Federal troops step up their two-pronged drive into the break-away Eastern Region, but it … Continue reading

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Gaza smoking again

Ludwig von Gress The Middle East, this time the Gaza strip, is smoking again. With monotonous regularity, the conflict cauldron let’s off the steam, saving it for the future use and thus far avoiding a catastrophic explosion. With nukes in … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th July, 1961 : More than 1,000 migrants rioted at the Bonegilla camp in northern Victoria. Spokesman for migrant groups in Australia said the recent arrivals were “discontented” because they had not been given … Continue reading

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Thoroughly modern Miliband, continued

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger When asked by the BBC to nominate his history hero, Ed Milliband could hardly say Stalin or Pol Pot, not yet anyway. Another female Communist activist Rosa Luxemburg might have done, but for the family connection: “I met … Continue reading

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As you would expect

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Australian Liberal (with capital L) politicians pretend to be conservative, mainly because Labor wouldn’t have them – Malcolm Turnbull is a good example. Ex-Liberal MP Peter Slipper or Ex-Liberal PM Malcolm Fraser, to … Continue reading

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London 1802

…from the quills of the dead white poets   William Wordsworth (1770 – 1850) Milton! Thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need of thee; she is a fen Of stagnant waters; altar, sword, and pen, Fireside, the … Continue reading

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Thoroughly modern Miliband

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  Oh, dear me. It started when I read the book, Cables from Kabul (HarperPress 2011) by the Her Majesty’s ex-ambassador to Afghanistan, so properly aristocratically hyphenated Sherard Cowper-Coles. In my humble opinion, expressed … Continue reading

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US missing in inaction

Ludwig von Gress With Obama successfully doing to America what its enemies, mostly unsuccessfully, have been trying to do for ages, the world history chapter called Pax Americana is reaching its last pages. The enemies got Obama’s measure a long … Continue reading

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Sherpas’ dilema

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  I read, and liked Edmund Hillary‘s Nothing Venture, Nothing Win (Coronet Edition 1977). My achievements are somewhat (forty times approx.) less than his – his Mount Everest, or Samarmatha or Quomalangma (depending on … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 9th July, 1933 : The new concordat between the Holy See and the German Reich was initialled today by Cardinal Pacelli, the Papal Secretary of State, and Herr von Papen, the German Vice-Chancellor. Within … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 6th July, 1977 : Zulifikar Ali Bhutto, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, was overthrown and arrested by General Zia ul-Haq, the man Mr Bhutto had appointed Chief of Staff of the Army. The coup … Continue reading

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Les

…from the quills of the dead white poets Fráňa Šrámek (1877 -1952)   Kyj v pravé ruce, v levé mladou krásnou ženu, jež vínem smíchu třísní jalovčí a mech, tak potkám já tě zas, hruď rozhalenu, kyj křikem pozdravím a … Continue reading

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