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Monthly Archives: August 2008

I have to admit that, for the last couple of weeks, I have been almost wholly absorbed in reading about the deepening crisis between Russia, Georgia, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, the USA, and — seemingly — the whole entire world. The kinds of things being said and done right now are the kinds of things I’ve only read about in history books, or learnt about in History class. The kinds of things being said and done right now feel like the kinds of things which will have an immense impact on our future.

It has been almost three weeks now since this conflict began, and already the media is going wild, speculating about the possibility of a “Second Cold War”. I have to confess that — despite the title of this entry — I do not believe another “Cold War” is on the (immediate) horizon, but there is no doubt that the international political landscape has been irrevocably changed. Russia has occupied huge chunks of a neighbouring independent country, and there is nothing the Western world can do about it. That is significant in itself. War with Russia is out of the question, just as it has been out of the question since 1949. Sanctions can’t be imposed when half of Europe relies on Russia for its energy supplies. All the Western world can do is criticise. “My God, Russia, it’s not 1968 any more!” That’ll show them!

Except, of course, it doesn’t. Read More »


“But it’s not fair, George!” I really need to get up to speed on Russian politics, but even with my outdated-by-two-weeks knowledge I can appreciate the hilarity of this image. You should, too.

I was procrastinating on some IS work, and hunting around my library for something to gaze at. I found a flow chart titled “Book Week”. “Oh, OK,” I thought, “let’s read it.” Unsurprisingly, the first item is “Books”. That makes sense. The next item is “Teachers”. Teachers do like people to read books, so that also makes sense. The third item? “Food”. Hey, wait — teachers are food?!