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  1. The US entry freeze: far from a blanket Muslim ban

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    January 31, 2017 by AK

    The country with the largest Muslim population in the world is Indonesia, followed by Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh. These four account for more than 40% of the total. Nigeria is in the fifth place. Egypt, Iran and Turkey share places six through eight. The Muslims in the seven countries covered by the American temporary ban …
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  2. The flip side

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    January 31, 2017 by AK

    “The witch has lost: now everything is permitted” seems to be the operative motto of the day in the Kremlin and its environs. Thus, the de-facto leader of the opposition – the only opposition politician with presidential potential – is to be further harassed and, possibly, imprisoned on transparently bogus charges. Russia’s long slide to misery has …
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  3. Blame it on J. Q.

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    January 29, 2017 by AK

    Josef Joffe is der Herausgeber – “publisher-editor” – of the influential Hamburg weekly Die Zeit. He grew up in West Berlin but went to college and earned his postgraduate degrees in the US. When writing in English, Joffe comes across as an American neoconservative with a better than average education and sense of humor. Appearing …
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  4. “A quasi-religious faith in a pan-European identity”

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    January 23, 2017 by AK

    At last, a piece on the “alt-right” that doesn’t mention Dugin! Plus, it hinges on this worthwhile observation: The alt-right’s love of Europeanism blends racial politics with a quasi-religious faith in a pan-European identity. Says Devin Burghart, vice president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights: “It is white nationalist internationalism,” he added. The aim “is …
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  5. Jokes for the DDCI

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    January 18, 2017 by AK

    On a lighter note, a small selection of Soviet jokes from the recently declassified CIA documents, “Soviet Jokes for the DDCI” (deputy director of central intelligence). I’m not sure if I heard numbers two and three; the rest are familiar in some variation. The stuff’s undated – I’d venture 1987. That year or a little …
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  6. Humming

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    January 13, 2017 by AK

    One If you were in the real estate business in NYC, London or Toronto in the late 1980s, the 1990s or the noughties, there’s no way you could have avoided dealing with shady operators of Soviet or third-world extraction. I can’t tell if the cash inflow from the former USSR into UK and US real estate was greater …
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  7. Amusing trivia

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    January 12, 2017 by AK

    Max Boot writes in his latest NYT op-ed: Mr. Trump himself is doing nothing to dispel suspicions with his hyperbolic attacks and his denials that he has business interests in Russia — when his dealings there go back decades. So far, no evidence has surfaced of any real estate deals Trump may have done in …
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  8. Vlad: the Omnipotent Cat

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    December 17, 2016 by AK

    Ivan Krylov published The Mouse and the Rat in 1816. My rough translation follows, without the last quatrain, or the “moral” of the fable. “Dear neighbor, have your heard the good rumors?” Said Mouse to Rat, running in. “They say the cat has fallen into the lion’s claws? It’s time for us to have some rest.” “Don’t rejoice, …
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  9. Tillerson 3

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    December 13, 2016 by AK

    In March 2014 – right after Moscow’s Crimea operation – Christopher Helman, who covers the energy business for Forbes, wrote: So why has Exxon excelled there [in Russia]? I think it’s because Exxon has proven itself to be as hard-nosed as Putin is. Agreed. I’m not so sure about the following, however, since the Kremlin’s thought process is …
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  10. Tillerson 2

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    December 12, 2016 by AK

    If I were to respond to this piece, I’d probably make these points: Exxon has always negotiated with Moscow from a position of strength. Can you say this of the other majors with tangible Russian exposure – BP, Shell and Total? Exxon’s only major active project in Russia is Sakhalin-1, which contributes less than 1.5% …
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