Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans



One of the most annoying expressions, in my view, is the following: I am entitled to ...... (eg, a house, a job, migration, service). Often, these people believe they have a right to something (or someone), and usually without having duties (eg, good behaviour, good intentions). In Putin's view, Russia is entitled to former Soviet republic territories, like Ukraine,...

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Is Turkey more trouble to NATO than it is worth? (Economist)

The Economist title: Is Turkey more trouble to NATO than it is worth? The Economist subtitle: Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is the alliance’s loose cannon Date: 16 June 2022 The Economist "The received wisdom is that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has breathed new life, and a new sense of purpose, urgency and unity into nato. Someone forgot to tell Recep...

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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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America’s Interests in Ukraine (George Friedman)

GeoPolitical Futures title: America’s Interests in Ukraine By: George Friedman Date: 31 May 2022 "Nearly every time Russia has been invaded, it has been saved by its strategic depth. Russia can’t truly be defeated without first taking Moscow, and it is a long way to Moscow. From Napoleon to Hitler, invaders from the west had to try to reach the capital city before...

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