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From nationalism to imperialism

At the recent UN General Assembly, several countries accused the Russian president of imperialism (eg, 2022 invasion of Ukraine). It has been a long way for Russia: from imperialism to communism to nationalism and back to imperialism. I presume Putin will be proud of being called an imperialist. The countries accusing Russia of imperialism know what they are talking...

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Why Putin Can’t Tap Fascism’s Greatest Resource (Bloomberg+WaPo)

Bloomberg + Washington Post title: Why Putin Can’t Tap Fascism’s Greatest Resource Bloomberg subtitle: Neither he nor Russia’s hard-core nationalists have come up with convincing arguments to persuade ordinary post-Soviet Russians to die in a discretionary conflict. By: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 21 September 2022 "The Bucha atrocities and more recent evidence of...

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Permission or forgiveness; not both

Recently, a friend proposed a move in our online game. I advised against it as I feared revenge or retaliation. My friend said (s)he would ask for permission. That permission was denied. Much to my surprise, my friend made that move anyway. Now, (s)he is seeking for forgiveness following the consequences. My 2019 blog, It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to...

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The War (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures (GPF) title: The WarBy: George Friedman Date: 13 September 2022 "During World War II, one needed to say only “the war” for others to know what was being discussed. We have reached the same point with the Russo-Ukrainian war. This is not what the Russians expected to happen. They expected the war to be over quickly because they regarded their...

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Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg opinion title: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Shows Time Isn’t on Putin’s Side Bloomberg opinion subtitle: Russia’s president is overestimating the weakness of Europe’s democracies and underestimating Ukraine’s willingness to fight. By: Leonid Bershidsky Date: 8 September 2022 "A battle for initiative is raging in southern and eastern Ukraine, and signs...

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China and Russia’s Strategic Problem (GPF)

GeoPolitical Futures title: China and Russia’s Strategic Problem By: George Friedman Date: 16 August 2022 "The war in Ukraine, now about 6 months old, is strategically important for a variety of reasons. If Russia defeats Ukraine and takes control of the country, its forces will be on the border of Eastern Europe. A Russian presence on Europe’s border would...

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