Submitted by Alexander on 2 September 2014 - 4:48pm
Col. Putin is a tragically misunderstood figure, not least by me.
There I was, thinking that the good colonel is desperate to rebuild the Soviet Union, whose demise he once described as “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”.
How wrong I was! A reader has kindly sent me an excerpt from an interview given to the Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet by Putin’s former economic advisor Andrei Illarionov.
Submitted by Alexander on 1 September 2014 - 12:22pm
Witness Prof. John J. Mearsheimer of Chicago University and specifically his Foreign Affairs article bearing the self-explanatory title Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault.
Prof. Mearsheimer’s stock-in-trade is a foreign policy based on what he calls ‘neorealism’, and at first I thought it had something to do with those old Italian films.
Submitted by Alexander on 29 August 2014 - 4:39pm
Obvious differences apart, they’re similar in many ways.
Both are felonies committed by violent criminals. In other words, by human refuse. Such vermin must be punished, preferably by a long custodial sentence.
Now how can this desired result be achieved within our legal system?
That’s where the two crimes stop being similar. They become identical.
Submitted by Alexander on 28 August 2014 - 5:24pm
According to Nato intelligence, there are at least 1,000 Russian soldiers fighting against the Ukraine.
According to Putin, there are none.
Much as I’m always prepared to give career KGB officers the benefit of the doubt, the numbers don’t quite add up.
Specifically the number of young soldiers, hundreds of them, mostly airborne, who are being buried in army-issue zinc coffins all over Russia.
Submitted by Alexander on 27 August 2014 - 4:02pm
By sheer luck I have uncovered this document, solely designed for internal consumption.
Reliable evidence suggests that most French drivers, especially in the country’s backwater (France profonde), follow the Manual’s recommendations religiously.
Submitted by Alexander on 26 August 2014 - 12:52pm
Naysayers! Prophets of doom! Sightless pundits failing to discern the feverish competitive activity unfolding before their very eyes!
Behold: France boasts a highly competitive unemployment rate of 11%, locked in hot pursuit of Hollande’s 17% approval rating.
As the competition is hotting up, the current bet is that the two numbers will soon converge halfway.
Submitted by Alexander on 25 August 2014 - 12:49pm
Kazakh dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev knows how to use the right man for a challenging job, thereby teaching a lesson to us all.
When you need a heart operation, go to an experienced cardiac surgeon. When you need investment advice, seek out a proven financial consultant. When you need a new transmission for your car, use a reputable garage.
And if you want someone to put a positive spin on mass murder, nobody’s CV inspires greater confidence than Tony Blair’s.
Submitted by Alexander on 23 August 2014 - 11:03am
This was the title of a 1961 Soviet song thundering ad nauseam from radio and TV sets for years.
Repetition being the mother of learning, most Soviets knew the song by heart. (I haven’t heard it in 45 years but, to my shame, could still hum every hack line by Yevtushenko.)
According to that piece of musical propaganda the Russians had suffered such misery in the Second World War that it was silly even to pose the question in the title.
Submitted by Alexander on 22 August 2014 - 7:58am
Germany’s economy contracting. France’s stagnating. Italy’s going into a triple dip, just like that Engländer Dave on his third seaside holiday.
As to the other 15 countries in the eurozone, their economies are a sheer Alptraum, or nightmare, as those sneering Anglo-Saxons call it.
Submitted by Alexander on 21 August 2014 - 12:53pm
I’m opposed to prenatal abortion, but Richard Dawkins provides a strong argument in favour of the postnatal variety.
Wouldn’t it be nice, I catch myself fantasising, if some 50 years ago, when he first started to spout his malignant drivel, his parents had decided belatedly that their attempt at childbirth had failed miserably.