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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. 21st July, 1940 : Russia annexes the Baltic states ( Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) … Continue reading

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  NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 16th August, 1953 : The Soviet Union has broken the American monopoly of the hydrogen bomb, according to Georgi Malenkov, the Soviet Prime Minister. Malenkov made his disclosure to the Supreme Soviet after … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 1st August, 1975 : Two years of negotiation between the West and the Soviet Bloc reached a climax in Helsinki today, with the leaders of 35 European countries, plus the US and Canada, signing … Continue reading

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Honeymoon for some – back to USSR

  …from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger Comrade Sanders may have another honeymoon, a late honeymoon perhaps, but if you want to screw the whole country it is never too late. Malice replaces testosterone. After all, Lenin was a … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 10th February, 1978 : Somalia is reported to be preparing to send regular forces into the Ogaden, a Somali-speaking province of Ethiopia, after peasant guerrillas have begun inflicting defeats on Ethiopian units. Behind this … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 19th August, 1960 : A Soviet court today sentenced Francis Gary Powers, the American U-2 pilot, to ten years detention for flying a spy mission over the Soviet Union. Powers, who was shot down … Continue reading

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NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 6th September, 1983 : The Soviet Union admitted tonight that military chiefs ordered a fighter pilot to “stop the flight” of Korean Airlines’ Boeing 747 flight 007. The Kremlin hopes the statement will ease … Continue reading

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november / 12

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST) 12th November, 1987 : Moscow’s Communist Party boss, Boris Yeltsin, has been fired after criticising Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader, for tolerating a slow pace of his reforms. Yeltsin, a candidate member of the … Continue reading

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Don’t lie to me, The Economist

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger On 25th February 2012 The Economist woke up and published Don’t lie to me, Argentina, trying to explain its decision to cease publication of statistics emanating from that country. The first paragraph is … Continue reading

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