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Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg title: Germany Is Rising Above History to Support Ukraine Bloomberg subtitle: Despite the constraints imposed by Germany’s past, geography and politics, Chancellor Olaf Scholz has made clear that he and the country stand firmly against Russian aggression. Opinion by: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 12 May 2022 "Compared with the vocal and lavish...

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The World and a Small War (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures title: The World and a Small War By: George Friedman Date: 19 April 2022 "No war is small when you are living in it, but the world is large, and large wars are rare. At the same time, wars reverberate in unexpected ways. A small war here might make another war elsewhere deadlier, or it might help prevent a war elsewhere. No war can be understood...

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The victim to offender cycle

In past centuries, Russia was invaded several times by (a.o.): Turkey (1570-1572), Poland (1609-1618), Sweden (1708-1709), France (1812), Japan (1918-1922), and Germany (1941). The roles were reversed after WW2. To date, Russia invaded Georgia (2008), Crimea and Donbas (both 2014) and Ukraine (2022). The above paragraph is an (international)...

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What is peace? The absence of war?

Allegedly, Russia wants peace with Ukraine, less than a month after its invasion of Ukraine. To many people, this desire is (very) hard to believe. Hence, some argue that it's a tactical move (eg, replenishing Russian troops). Why trust an aggressor and a war criminal? Moreover, what is peace? The absence of war? When I was in my teens in the 1970's, there was a...

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Too little, too late

Several weeks ago, the phrase too little, too late entered my mind. An example in my private life qualified for that phrase. Subsequently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine took place. Some opinions argued that the Western response qualified this phrase. Most were surprised that it did not qualify. I think, feel and believe that too little, too late is our default...

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Shrinkflation

Last week, I read a new word: shrinkflation. I haven't noticed shrinkflation yet in my local supermarket; only (limited) inflation. With the knowledge of hindsight, I did notice shrinkflation when ordering a recent meal: less quality for more money. I doubt that this restaurant will survive. "In economics, shrinkflation, also known as the grocery...

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