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From Tamar to Tolkien.

And from ‘The Orwell‘ to George Orwell…..see what i did there ?

This is of course one of my ‘Look to Windward’ series, the once a month post when i give myself free rein to talk about anything that i’m interested in and particularly in anything that’s going on in the world outside boats, although i have to ask : is there such a place ? 3,910 more words

Heroic villains called to judgement?

I know a thing or two about defending historical figures generally held to be villains. As a boy I once borrowed a book from a library on Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, about whom at the time I knew little or nothing. 408 more words



By Roger Simon

“We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom — and we condemn the brutality of the Maduro regime, whose socialist policies have turned that nation from being the wealthiest in South America into a state of abject poverty and despair. 788 more words


A Day Trip to Gori

On Sunday, I joined a group of seven other expats on a day trip to Gori, a city most known for being the birthplace of Joseph Stalin. 1,138 more words


Transformation of the Soviet Threat

For twenty years at least (most likely, much longer), Joseph Stalin had but one objective in life – world domination. In other word, to become the ruler, the Master, the owned, the lord, the Emperor of the whole world – by becoming the dictator, the absolute monarch of the gigantic totalitarian state – the global Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 1,532 more words


"Populist Stalinism"? Final Episode of In Search of Putin's Russia

In Search of Putin’s Russian – Part 4 The State of the Arts

Al Jazeera (20150

Film Review

In this final episode, journalist and filmmaker Andrei Nekrasov interviews the director of a film about the 1939 non-aggression pact between Stalin and Hitler; the manager of a fringe theater group that puts on pro-gay, pro-Ukraine and anti-Putin plays; visitors to the last remaining Stalin gulag; attendees at a recent pro-Stalin conference; a Russian ultranationalist who advocates the prosecution of pro-homosexuality, pro-Ukraine, pro-multiculturalism, pro-tolerance, pro-liberal and pro-abortion Russians; and a wealthy Moscow “liberal” who believes that wealthy oligarchs, rather than Putin, are the real power behind the Russian government. 152 more words

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