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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 11th November, 1941 : In the southern sector the Russians counter-attack powerfully. An Italian … Continue reading

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT No pain no gain – but unfortunately unnecessary pain when the obvious dangers are ignored. Politicians suffer no pain – you do. 23rd June, 1941 : The Germans make spectacular progress. In Army Group North’s sector … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th January, 1948 :The Shah of Iran fled from his capital today, driven into exile by supporters of Ayatollah Khomeini, who masterminded the downfall of the “Peacock Throne” from his own exile in Paris. … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 15th February, 1950 : Russia and China, the two great Communist nations, today announced they had formed a common, united front against the world. After three months of negotiations Stalin and Mao Tse-tung concluded … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 2nd January, 1905 : After a cruel seven-months siege the 20,000 strong Russian garrison at the great Korean naval fortress of Port Arthur surrendered to the Japanese today. At 4.30 p.m. General Anatoly Stoessel, … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 9th March, 1916 : Britain and France have begun planning the division of the postwar remnants of Turkey’s Near East empire into spheres of influence. Sir Mark Sykes and Georges Picot are the officials … Continue reading

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Cavalry! Charge!

Ludwig von Gress We remember a few of them, such as the Charge of the Light Brigade at Crimea or the entirely mythical Polish cavalry charge against German tanks, as examples of foolishness, if not successful; and as the examples … Continue reading

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The Unwashed Russia

…from the quills of the dead white poets  Mikhail Lermontov (1814 – 1841) Forever you, the unwashed Russia! The land of slaves the land of lords: And you, the blue-uniformed ushers, And people who worship them as gods. I hope, … Continue reading

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Flight to nowhere

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger  When I heard that MH17 Malaysia plane crashed in Ukraine my first thought was – how long before CIA is blamed? I didn’t have to wait long. I turned on the TV and … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 20th June, 1906 : Russia is griped by a new crisis promoted by a vicious pogrom against Jews and troop unrest. Murders of Jews and destruction of Jewish property have occurred at Bielostok, a … Continue reading

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Byzantine Levant

Ludwig von Gress As expected by many, Fog of Chaos including, [Ludwig von Gress America’s Vietnam Moment in Iraq – 21 December 2011]USA are leaving Iraq with shriveling tail between the legs. Posturing with aircraft carriers reminds one of a … Continue reading

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The Flight from Reality

 Ludwig von Gress   Who has not heard recently about Ukraine? Seemingly the problem is independence, not as such, but from Russia, for the European Union embrace would prove itself in time equally stifling. It is unrealistic to expect Germany … Continue reading

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november memories / 07

  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 7th November, 1917 :Russia’s Bolsheviks overthrew the Provisional Government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd today in a sudden and virtually bloodless coup. The country’s second revolution in eight months has brought Vladimir Lenin … Continue reading

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U.S. Foreign Policy from the Founders’ Perspective

  By George Friedman   Last week I discussed how the Founding Fathers might view the American debt crisis and the government shutdown. This week I thought it would be useful to consider how the founders might view foreign policy. I argued … Continue reading

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july memories / 22

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 22nd July, 1904 : The long-awaited Trans-Siberian railway – stretching 4,607 miles from Chelyabinsk to Vladivostok – has been completed after 13 years of construction. The decision to build the railway was made in … Continue reading

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june memories / 27

 NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 27th June, 1905 :Mutinous sailors have seized the Potemkin, Russia’s most powerful battleship in the Black Sea, thrown her officers overboard and raised the red flag. Reports from Odessa, where the ship is anchored … Continue reading

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Merciful Allah!

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger    No wonder that even the impeccably moderate blogger like Lubos Motl got annoyed:  “…I am disturbed by the fact that most of the U.S. media are trying to suppress the debate … Continue reading

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november / 08

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 8th November, 1905 : A new round of violence has erupted in Russia with much of it directed against Jews and including a horrific pogrom in Odessa where 1,000 people may have been killed. … Continue reading

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november / 03

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 3rd November, 1904 : Japan was engaged in the struggle with Russia in the interests of civilisation, peace and the progress of the world, Japanese Consul, Mr Iwasaki, told a luncheon in Sydney today … Continue reading

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september / 25

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 25th September, 1908 : A cholera outbreak in Russia is threatening to kill more people than in the last record epidemic in 1892. More than 15,500 cases of Asiatic cholera have been reported this … Continue reading

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