Category Archives: Politics

Never Truer Words Spoken

In August I wrote a post, the central point of which was Russia ought to tread carefully in its dealings with the west because they might not be as forgiving the next time should Russia find itself once again in … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia | 9 Comments

The Not-So-Strategic Base in Sevastopol

Alex K. – who appears to be providing me with a lot of blogging fodder these days – has written a post about the propaganda being fed to the Russian population which they appear to be swallowing wholesale.  This – … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia | 10 Comments

An Interesting Choice of Leaders

Alex K. has posted a graphic account of the treatment of a woman suspected of being pro-Ukrainian in the city of Donetsk recently. I made a comment under the post which I’ve decided to turn into a post of my … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia, Ukraine | 11 Comments

Leningrad It Ain’t

Nothing unites Russians so much as their agreement that they did a good job in defeating the Nazis in WWII, and hence this achievement has been wheeled out at various times by politicians looking to shore up their popularity or … Continue reading

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Russia Chooses

A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a friend, a European who has lived in Russia for most of his adult life.  We were discussing the current political environment in Russia, particularly in regards of the situation in … Continue reading

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The Russian Effect on Crimea

Thanks to Michael Jennings for forwarding me this story: A man died and a woman ended up in a hospital in separate incidents in the line for the ferry between the Krasnodar region and the recently annexed Crimea over the weekend, local news website Kerch.FM reported. The woman sustained … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia, Ukraine | 14 Comments

An Olympic Legacy

This is a damning report: Athens’ Olympic venues lie empty and disused as the tenth anniversary of the Games approaches. Greece spent over £7bn on the Games, yet the canoeing and aquatics centre are now completely dried up. The pictures … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Sport | 10 Comments

The False Start of Electric Cars

I have noticed that there is considerable optimism in some quarters about the future of electric cars, and many people are pointing to Norway as a sign that the internal combustion engine may be on the way out: Norway may … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Economics, Engineering, Norway, Politics | 13 Comments

The Coup in Thailand

Everyone, including the UN, appears to be getting their knickers in a twist over this coup in Thailand. Me, I’m not so worried (I have an apartment in Phuket, so I have an interest of sorts).  This is not like … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Thailand | 4 Comments

Où est la Thatcher française?

This article speaks volumes about the French government’s understanding of global business practices: French President Francois Hollande has met the boss of General Electric’s (GE) to discuss his firm’s interest in buying part of engineering firm Alstom. It follows reports … Continue reading

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