Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A Year of a Good Old Enemy!
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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! A Year of a Good Old Enemy!

St Petersburg, the Tsars’ seat and still the most civilised city, the culture capital of Russia, enjoys its wonderful Yuletide. Fluffy snow had covered the streets, decorated hills and seashore, softened the air, and turned this fascinating city into a fairy winter tale. Christmas trees adorn the city squares and private dwellings. The magnificent imperial…

The Rodchenkov Act Brings Russiagate Into the Sports Realm
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The Rodchenkov Act Brings Russiagate Into the Sports Realm

Trump’s recent signing of the so-called Rodchenkov Act enabling the US to prosecute foreign athletes accused of doping amounts to the internationalization of the Russiagate conspiracy theory blaming the Eurasian Great Power for everything that goes wrong in the world. Trump’s recent signing of the so-called Rodchenkov Act enabling the US to prosecute foreign athletes…

How to Talk to Deep State Deniers
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How to Talk to Deep State Deniers

Anti-Trump activists attempt to delegitimize any analysis of factionalism in the permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies (“deep state”), which they outright deny has ever existed anywhere at any time in the history of the world, but this can be powerfully counteracted by sharing some ancient and contemporary historical examples which will force all but…

Make America Jeffersonian Again
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Make America Jeffersonian Again

The whole planet has every reason to be terminally puzzled at how all those lofty Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson embedded in the 1776 Declaration of Independence ended up with…Trump vs. Biden. Jefferson borrowed freely from Locke, Rousseau, Hume to come up with an eminently quotable Greatest Hits, featuring “self-evident” truths such as “all men are…