‘Our European Values’: 1.21 Euro Minimum Wage in Ukraine

‘Our European Values’: 1.21 Euro Minimum Wage in Ukraine

Meet Ukraine, a country with Europe’s poorest and sickest population, the hub of cigarette smuggling, the world leader in female body trafficking. When a statutory minimum wage was first introduced in Ukraine, in 2015, it was 0.34 euros, or 34 cents per hour. After that, it was increased: in 2017 it was 68 cents, in…

Black Sea and The Three Musketeers. Conflict Slouches Toward Odessa…

Black Sea and The Three Musketeers. Conflict Slouches Toward Odessa…

As the conflict in Ukraine slouches toward Odessa, the war gets elevated to the sphere of a romantic adventure. If Alexander Dumas was alive, the idea might have struck him to write a sequel to his Three Musketeers, the historical novel written in 1844, which has heroic, chivalrous swordsmen who fight for justice, highlighting the…

Zelensky Told Americans That His Country Should Be More Important to Them Than Their Own

Zelensky Told Americans That His Country Should Be More Important to Them Than Their Own

It’s understandable why people would be offended by a foreign leader telling them to place his country’s interests above their own and to not care about inflation. It’s beyond disrespectful after they’ve already suffered enough to help him. Zelensky isn’t ever happy, however, unless he hears about more wealth being redistributed from Americans to Ukrainians….

Hold Your Breath. Europe Is at a Tipping Point, As the Abyss Is Closer Than We Think

Hold Your Breath. Europe Is at a Tipping Point, As the Abyss Is Closer Than We Think

It’s Italy which will fire the starter’s gun on a turnaround on the EU’s policy on Russia and the Ukraine war. It might well be Italy which marks the starting point of a demise of sorts of the EU, as the coalition government collapses. Mario Draghi, who might be remembering interest rate hikes like the…

The Dangers of Military Escalation: Lessons from Vietnam for Ukraine

The Dangers of Military Escalation: Lessons from Vietnam for Ukraine

In April 1965, U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) explained why he was escalating US involvement in Vietnam. With an Orwellian touch, LBJ titled the speech “Peace without Conquest”  as he announced the beginning of US air attacks on Vietnam.  He explained that “We must fight if we are to live in a world where…

Ramachandra Guha Is Wrong: India Should Be Proud of Its Principled Neutrality, Not Ashamed

Ramachandra Guha Is Wrong: India Should Be Proud of Its Principled Neutrality, Not Ashamed

Like many left- and liberal-leaning members of the Indian intelligentsia, he appears to have gotten carried away with his latest emotionally driven rant. What irritates him and his ideological ilk to no end is that India has flexed its strategic autonomy by practicing a policy of principled neutrality in line with its objective national interests….