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“Blood and Ruins,” a revelatory history

Blood and Ruins: The Last Imperial War, 1931-1945, by British historian Richard Overy. That’s the book that has transformed my mind. So much so, every day I find myself absorbing news about our world and events within it with such … Continue reading

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Do we need to reactivate the word “defenestration”?

From Harper’s Weekly Review: The last leader of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, passed away at the same hospital where the chairman of Russia’s second largest oil producer, who had called for a speedy end to the war in Ukraine, fell … Continue reading

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What happens if you dis the State?

Depends on which State you’re dissing, and which part of It. From Harper’s Weekly Review: A Russian rock musician was charged with discrediting the army after declaring onstage that “the motherland, friends, is not the president’s ass that should be … Continue reading

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