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September 9th, 2022 - 10:43 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Europe

Should Biden invite Trump to the Queen’s funeral?

It looks like Trump wants to be photographed at the Queen’s funeral. He’s furiously posting photos of himself with her when she was alive (e.g. photo below; see story here). There are three ways he can attend: (1) With the official U.S. delegation, (2) by invitation, or (3) gatecrashing.[...]

August 10th, 2022 - 10:08 pm § in Europe, Misc.

Why Venice is smaller than Bellingham

Venice, Italy (pop. 50,011) has lost 70% of its population, and now has barely half as many permanent residents as Bellingham, Washington (pop. 92,289 as of 2021), a city that has grown despite loss of the big and smelly toilet paper factory that used to be there. (The whole city smelled like sulfur[...]

July 26th, 2022 - 11:56 am § in America, Biden, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Russia

Yale study says Russia sanctions are working as intended

“No path out of economic oblivion for Russia as sanctions crush Putin’s regime,” the Raw Story headline reads (story here). That conclusion is the result of a study by a Yale professor in business management (c.v. here) who advises CEOs and U.S. presidents. He’s not a neutral[...]

July 15th, 2022 - 12:52 pm § in Europe, Science

U.K.’s 2050 climate is here now

     “Two years ago,” CNN reports, “forecasters in the UK conducted an interesting thought experiment: What will our forecasts look like in 2050?”      Meteorologists at the U.K.’s official weather agency produced “super long-range climate models in the sum[...]

July 7th, 2022 - 1:17 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Economics, Europe, Health, Politics, Russia

How Biden could have prevented high gas prices

He couldn’t have prevented the years of low oil prices and cheap gas that gutted oil company profits. (For example, Exxon’s profit dropped from $32.5 billion in 2014 to $7.8 billion in 2018, and the company lost $22.4 billion in 2020.) That was engineered by Saudi Arabia to kill off the [...]

June 24th, 2022 - 2:32 am § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Russia

Putin likely will survive; what should America do?

The Russian people are being forced to live in a dreamland, whether they want to or not, in which Putin’s aggression against Ukraine is a “sacred” duty of “defending the Motherland” and those supporting Ukraine are “international terrorist gangs.” Moreover, [...]

June 19th, 2022 - 7:45 pm § in China, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Russia

Head of British military sees war clouds over Europe

“The new head of the British Army warned soldiers that they must prepare ‘to fight in Europe once again,'” AOL News reported on Sunday, June 19, 2022 (read story here). Gen. Patrick Sanders, on his first day in office, seemed to foresee a wider war when he spoke of a need “to[...]

May 30th, 2022 - 4:11 pm § in Europe, Misc.

Author Boris Pahor dies at 108

Boris Pahor (photo, left), a prominent Slovene writer, has died at age 108 (see story here). Pahor (bio here) was “one of the most important” Slovenian-language authors of the 20th century. His best-known work, an autobiographical novel titled “Necropolis,” recounts the 15 mo[...]

April 25th, 2022 - 8:40 pm § in America, Biden, Europe, Foreign Affairs, Russia

What’s the U.S. strategy in Ukraine?

I’d say we don’t have one, for the simple reason we aren’t at war. It’s not a U.S. or NATO “proxy war,” either. We’re not at war with Russia, period. So supplying Ukraine with weapons isn’t what I’d call a military strategy. It’s military a[...]

March 22nd, 2022 - 9:29 pm § in Europe, Russia

Can Cyprus replace Russia as Europe’s natural gas supplier?

  Before the sanctions, Europe imported nearly 40% of its natural gas supply from Russia, in part via pipelines through Ukraine. The invasion is making European leaders rethink their economies’ dependence on Russian gas. But the idea of cutting the energy cord with Russia isn’t new.[...]