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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Western Europe’s cynicism about Ukrainian suffering (FT)

Introduction LO: Simon Kuper is a great writer and he proves it again, below. This must-read article should make you think (again) about the various European and the American position(s) in this war between Russia and Ukraine. Yesterday, the EU announced its backing of the EU candidate status of Ukraine (and Moldova ! ). Its “assessment [is] based on the...

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The lesser of two evils principle

Aristotle (384-322 BC) wrote the following in his book Nicomachean Ethics: "For the lesser evil can be seen in comparison with the greater evil as a good, since this lesser evil is preferable to the greater one, and whatever preferable is good" (Wiki). Fast-forward: if Russia is the greater evil, does that make Ukraine good? I've been carefully avoiding this topic...

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Struggling to Find the Exit From War (George Friedman)

GeoPolitical Futures title: Struggling to Find the Exit From War By: George Friedman Date: 7 June 2022 “French President Emmanuel Macron said last week that an off-ramp must be found for Russian President Vladimir Putin in Ukraine. This is not a novel idea. Negotiators know what they must have and what they must leave on the table for the other party. That’s the way...

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We all like to be needed, wanted or believed

Last Monday, I watched a French film on Netflix (eg, IMDb). After 1 hour and 9 minutes, someone says: "This woman needs me. Her children need me. And I want to be needed." Note: markings in quote by LO. I paused the movie and made a note. I wondered: is this what life is all about? There is a difference between being needed, wanted or believed in. I have a friend,...

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The interconnectedness dilemma

On June 2, the US president appealed to its nation to ban assault weapons following another mass shooting. In fact, each mass shooting causes increased sales of such weapons. There are more weapons in USA than people. However, more than half of the US population does not own weapons. The problem with interconnectedness is that everything is connected. US gun control...

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Don’t lead us into temptation

Late May 2022, a romantic suspense writer (71) was convicted for murdering her husband in 2018 (eg, Guardian, NYT). In 2011, she wrote a blog post: How to Murder Your Husband. Where did her temptation come from? Her blog mentions 5 motives: money, lying & cheating, betrayal, abuse, and killing as a job. Magpie Murders (eg, IMDb) is an excellent whodunnit on...

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