Category Archives: Politics

“Fear” by Bob Woodward

I am generally not a big fan of reading books on contemporary subjects, because books get better with a few years of hindsight. But for Bob Woodward’s book about the Trump presidency, Fear, I made an exception. Of all the … Continue reading

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How Social Media saved Yemen

Two countries walk into a bar, because there was an offer for any couple whose names start with the same letter. Says Yugoslavia: “I was so unlucky that my wars already took place in the early 1990s. A few years … Continue reading

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The Smoking Snakes

Just a few weeks ago, on 8 and 9 May, Eurocentric Europeans celebrated the end of World War II, although in Asia, that show didn’t get cancelled until a few months later. The surviving US-American, British, French, Belgian, New Zealand, … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts (22)

In 2017, I seem to have been a bit lazy. I did not run a single half-marathon. But with the risk of war rising, I want to become fitter again. Last weekend, I began by running a half-marathon near Pilsen … Continue reading

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The Millionaire Translators of Montenegro

Tivat is different from the rest of Montenegro: more glitzy, more shiny, more expensive, more show-off. All the things I don’t like. I only go there regularly because I am trying to visit the Maritime Museum in Tivat, but it’s … Continue reading

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Holy Che

In Latin American shrines, the image of Jesus is sometimes replaced by an icon of Che Guevara. Catholicism and Socialism apparently can be reconciled. Photographed in a hostel in Villa Tunari in Bolivia.

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A Government Shutdown is Nothing Unusual

Other countries have them all the time, too. Let’s look at when some specific countries went through a similar period of limited capacity to act. USA: today Germany: 1945 Russia: 1917 France: 1789 Japan: 1945

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