Ukraine Leader Says Russia Wants To Set Southeast ‘On Fire’

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Ukraine leader says Russia wants to set southeast ‘on fire’ (via AFP) Ukraine’s Western-backed leader on Tuesday accused Russia of trying to enflame the country’s southeast but said he would proceed cautiously against pro-Kremlin militias consolidating control in the volatile region. Oleksandr Turchynov’s impassioned…

Arms Control: “Breakthrough in Months”

Another one for the “just like Bush” folder! From the AFP: WASHINGTON — The United States and Russia have reached an “agreement in principle” to slash their nuclear weapons stockpiles, the first such pact in nearly two decades, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. State Department officials could not immediately confirm the report which said […]

Russian Submarine Panic

The hoopla over Russian submarines patrolling off our coast is silly. Firstly because it’s not as if we didn’t have this sort of thing coming: Bush armed and trained Georgia, which began shooting artillery at Russian troops, killing dozens. Russia counterattacked and cowed Georgia’s army, but for some reason did not march into their capitol. […]

Globalization in a Photo

This might be one of the best visual aids I’ve ever had for the subject of Globalization. It’s part of an online collection by Russian photographer Petrosian: Notice the high-tech bridge being assembled. Such suspension bridges are everywhere these days, and they are the same in Houston as in Tokyo as in St. Petersburg. While […]

The Great Wall of Technology

Many years ago, Berke Breathed’s wonderful cartoon strip Bloom County proposed that America would be better off sewing a trillion dollar bills into a giant, orbiting net instead of trying to knock down missiles with missiles. While I appreciate the fact that missile defense creates lots of jobs at Redstone Arsenal about an hour’s drive […]