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Thinking Aloud: “The Tsar of Love and Techno”

Dec. 23, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra. It’s an epic, surreal novel that spans decades and thousands of miles, composed of disparate threads of story and peopled by characters bound … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: America’s Much-Needed Syria Policy Rethink

Oct. 4, 2015 by Darius  Five days ago, the Russian air force began conducting airstrikes in Syria. Those under falling Russian bombs were not ISIS, as the Russians claimed, but moderate rebels, including some trained by the United States. At … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam”

“Russia Sees a Threat in Its Converts to Islam” The New York Times, July 2, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/world/russia-sees-a-threat-in-its-converts-to-islam.html “As a teenager in St. Petersburg, Maksim Baidak hung out with neo-Nazis and right-wing nationalists, but the Russian security services mostly left … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Tsipras to Meet Putin Over Bailout Loan as Fears of Greek Exit from EU Mount”

“Tsipras to Meet Putin Over Bailout Loan as Fears of Greek Exit from EU Mount” The Guardian, June 17, 2015 http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jun/17/tsipras-to-meet-putin-over-bailout-loan-as-fears-of-greek-exit-from-eu-mount “Alexis Tsipras will travel to Russia again on Friday to meet Vladimir Putin as questions swirl over whether Moscow … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible,” The Book

June 16, 2015 by Darius  I recently read Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia by British author Peter Pomerantsev.  It’s a unique look into the surreal, ever-morphing system that rules Russia, seen … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Ex-President of Georgia to Lead Ukraine Region”

“Ex-President of Georgia to Lead Ukraine Region” The New York Times, May 31, 2015, p.A8 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/31/world/europe/ex-president-of-georgia-to-lead-ukraine-region.html “President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine on Saturday appointed the former president of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili, as governor of the Odessa region, turning to … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine”

“In Multi-Ethnic Kazakhstan, Fears of Becoming the Next Ukraine” The Washington Post, May 3, 2015, p.A14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/in-kazakhstan-fears-of-becoming-the-next-ukraine/2015/05/01/10f7e73c-e878-11e4-8581-633c536add4b_story.html “A volatile mix building in Kazakhstan contains the same ingredients that ignited in Ukraine: a Russian minority that says it fears being under … Continue reading

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