Comparing Ukraine and Russia; Russification under Stalin and Ukraine;

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For context, As I always do, I first consulted Wikipedia to find their meaning of "Russification" for the various other Soviet members states besides Russia; 14 republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia,...

Lenin and the Symbols of the Season

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You may think it strange that Christmas makes me think of V I Lenin, the founder of the USSR. But for 50 years he was the symbol of everything good and holy in a powerful and...

Reprisals and the Killing of Civilians in War

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"In Belgium there are many towns whose cemeteries today have rows and rows of memorial stones inscribed with a name, the date 1914, and the legend, repeated over and over: "Fusille par les Allemandes"...

Thoughts About Squishing Bugs

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Every spring, in the bathroom sink, dozens of little black ants come out of the woodwork and dance around the basin. After 65 years of either squishing them with my finger or washing them...

Scratch a Russian and you’ll find a ……?

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(Footnoted, 3/10) Rudyard Kipling once wrote:                 "I had six honest serving men who taught me all I know. They were, Who, What, Where, When, Why and How" This simple life-rule has been virtually absent in news...

“Heaven for Climate, Hell for Society”, Hal Holbrook

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  You'd have to watch a lot of Hal Holbrook's presentations to find the one quoted in the title. But I heard off an old LP from 40 years ago, and he was comparing the differences between the North and the South at the time...