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Putin’s Russia

2016 has been Putin’s year. He has succeeded in much of what he wants. He tells himself it’s about Making Russia Great Again. In reality, it’s about Putin himself. The Russian people are suffering and because of Putin, so are millions of others. And it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Putin and Russia Putin has been the face of Russia since 2000. Since then, he has... read more

Auē Tēnei Wiki: Vladimir Putin – Killer?

Staying with the leadership theme – this time an example of really bad and corrupt leadership – Vladimir Putin.  A report was released this week into the death in London of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko at the age of 43. Litvinenko, who was born in Voronezh in 1962, was a former lieutenant-colonel with the Russian FSB (Federal Security Bureau – the successor to the KGB).... read more

Worry of the Week – 4 October 2015: Syria

In reality, Syria has been a worry for years. Bashar al-Assad took over the presidency, the role of commander-in-chief of the Syrian armed forces, and the leadership of the ruling Ba’ath party on his father’s death in 2000. For several reasons, including his British education and wife, there was hope he would be a reformer. He himself indicated he would make changes. In reality, things have... read more

Saints and Sinners: 2 August 2015 – Russia and Kieran Reid

My “sinner” this week is again from the political arena. I suspect already that it usually will be – there is so much about people within politics to criticize! Besides, until November 2016 we have the US presidential primaries, followed by their election. It’s already shaping up to be a doozy especially with seventeen candidates on the Republican side, a majority of whom have, in... read more

Putin is a Real Threat to World Peace

The conflict between Russia and the Ukraine has the potential to be a much bigger problem for world peace than even the horrific behaviour of Islamist terrorists in the Middle East and northern Nigeria. The terrorists actions aren’t sustainable long-term, not least because they’re death cults. Russia is a very different matter, and is therefore far more dangerous. I wrote about Russia’s... read more

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