#163: Putin’s Russia Celebrates Its Own Fascism

Under the guise of celebrating the 77th year of victory over Nazi Germany, Russia has continued to deny its own home-grown brand of totalitarianism and to sanitize the savage brutality of the Soviet Union. Before Hitler attacked the Soviet Union, the Soviets were allied with him and happy to wage war on Poland, Finland, Latvia,… Continue reading #163: Putin’s Russia Celebrates Its Own Fascism

#160: Victim Blaming Par Excellence: Russia Complains About Those Helping Ukraine

Russia is complaining that the West is “prolonging” the war unnecessarily by helping Ukraine out with weaponry. This is quite outrageous – the aggressor, who in 2014 attacked an innocent country it was bound to protect (due to the Budapest Memorandum), stole part of its territory (Crimea and Donbas), and has now been waging an… Continue reading #160: Victim Blaming Par Excellence: Russia Complains About Those Helping Ukraine

#159: Stop the Ukrainian Genocide

Many people are asking whether Ukraine just doesn’t give up. Would that not save lives? How bad can it possibly be? All those cities destroyed, all those refugees, would it not be better to continue living in peace than to resist a much larger enemy? Anyone asking this needs to consider the evidence of what… Continue reading #159: Stop the Ukrainian Genocide

#158: Russia’s Entire “Special Operation” is a War Crime

Putin allegedly is outraged that President Biden just called him a “war criminal” now that the International Criminal Court is investigating Putin for war crimes. No need to labor over what exactly it could have been that would justify such a terminology. We can all plainly see what is going on. This entire “special operation”… Continue reading #158: Russia’s Entire “Special Operation” is a War Crime

#157: Liars Lie. Stop Believing Putin and Lavrov

We seem to always be surprised that proven liars keep lying. Maybe we are too honest, maybe we are desperate for honesty, and we certainly should expect it, but sometimes, we just need to accept that liars lie. They will keep lying. Expecting truth from established liars is the height of stupidity. Putin and his… Continue reading #157: Liars Lie. Stop Believing Putin and Lavrov

#156: Politics, Arts and Sports: Some Erratic Reflections

I. During the recent weeks, we have heard demands for uttering shibboleths from athletes or artists at two crucial occasions: During the Beijing Winter Olympics – held in a totalitarian state – and during the genocidal war waged by Russia against innocent Ukraine. What do athletes, what do artists, what do performers think about gruesome… Continue reading #156: Politics, Arts and Sports: Some Erratic Reflections

#155: Dear Russia: Make It Stop

Dear Russia, your president is lying to you. That happens sometimes, politicians are not always honest for a variety of reasons. Your president is stealing from you. That also sometimes happens. Your president is ruining you reputation. That also sometimes happens. Your president is doing something that you would really not approve of if you… Continue reading #155: Dear Russia: Make It Stop

#154: Against Putin: Yes. Against Russia: No.

There can be no doubt that Putin’s genocidal war against Ukraine needs to be stopped. Sanctions may be a tool to make the war too costly, but they will take time to work. We all know that. In recent days, we have seen that in addition to the official sanctions and denunciations of Putin and… Continue reading #154: Against Putin: Yes. Against Russia: No.

#153: The Monstrosity of Vladimir Putin: We Have Learned Nothing From History

A monster is something at which you point because it stands out. It is different, deviant, grotesque; you cannot stop being fascinated by it. It is negatively attractive, holds our attention, draws us in, mesmerizes, makes us trying to understand it – a task at which we typically fail. When speaking about human beings as… Continue reading #153: The Monstrosity of Vladimir Putin: We Have Learned Nothing From History

#152: Democracy vs. Tyranny, or: How Does It Feel to Live in a Dictatorship?

Monument to Giordano Bruno in Rome:A BRUNO - IL SECOLO DA LUI DIVINATO - QUI DOVE IL ROGO ARSE(To Bruno - From the Age he Predicted - Here Where the Fire Burned) We are seeing continuing criticism of current democratic countries become more and more prevalent. This is, of course, legitimate. Criticism is necessary, it… Continue reading #152: Democracy vs. Tyranny, or: How Does It Feel to Live in a Dictatorship?