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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: What’s in a Name?

Oct. 24, 2015 by Darius  Have you ever wondered, when referring to the language spoken in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan, which term should be used, “Farsi” or “Persian”? The two aren’t actually complete synonyms. Both the terms “Persian” and “Farsi” … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”

Sept. 10, 2015 by Darius  I recently saw the new film The Man from U.N.C.L.E. It was my favorite movie of the year. When an international criminal organization led by former Nazis steals the secret to building cheap and unlimited … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Separatists Revise History of Famine in Ukraine”

“Separatists Revise History of Famine in Ukraine” The New York Times, April 30, 2015, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/30/world/europe/ukraine-separatists-rewrite-history-of-1930s-famine.html “Traditionally, Ukrainian historians have characterized the [1933] famine [that killed an estimated 3.3 million people] as a genocide, the direct result of Stalin’s forced collectivization … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Containing Arab Nationalism”

Apr. 2, 2015 by Darius I recently finished reading Containing Arab Nationalism: The Eisenhower Doctrine and the Middle East by University of Chicago professor Salim Yaqub.  Containing Arab Nationalism is a thorough and scholarly blow-by-blow account of the rise and … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Two Historical Traumas Formed China’s Leader”

“Two Historical Traumas Formed China’s Leader” The Washington Post, March 3, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/twin-historical-traumas-shape-xi-jinpings-china-presidency/2015/03/02/b4074516-b2f0-11e4-bf39-5560f3918d4b_story.html “To mark China’s Spring Festival, Xi made a visit in mid-February to the small northern village of Liangjiahe, where he was banished in 1969 as a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Siberian Curse”

Jan. 9, 2015 by Darius I just finished The Siberian Curse: How Communist Planners Left Russia Out in the Cold by Russia experts Fiona Hill and Clifford Gaddy.  The Siberian Curse is a comprehensive scholarly look at the economic price Russia … Continue reading

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