Posts Tagged ‘Donald Trump’

  1. Tillerson

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    December 11, 2016 by AK

    In dealing with Russian authorities, Exxon has always stood out among its peers for toughness. The company has steadfastly rejected opportunities that would not put it in control of a project: it would rather stay away altogether. As a result, 20 years after signing the original production-sharing agreement (PSA), ExxonMobil remains the operator and the …
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  2. Don’t forget Grillo

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    November 26, 2016 by AK

    Professor Jan-Werner Müller from Princeton claims in the London Review of Books: But the peculiarity of Trump is that he seems the equivalent of Grillo and Silvio Berlusconi merged into one person. I don’t think he is, but Müller’s view is an enormous improvement on the Trump as Berlusconi trope. If one is keen on …
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  3. Madlands

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    November 21, 2016 by AK

    Via Arts and Letters Daily, here’s Timothy Snyder’s little pamphlet in Slate, a brief synopsis of Hitler’s progress hinting at Trump’s possible trajectory. A parallel here, an analogy there, et voilà, here’s a case for Bush Trump as Hitler. Yes, I’m aware most of it is literally about Hitler in 1932-45. “[H]is affection for a foreign tyrant” is …
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  4. America’s Orange Revolution: what will Russians learn from it?

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    November 9, 2016 by AK

    I thought the Monster Vote was merely wishful thinking by escapist desperados – until it materialized. Well done, folks. Now I fear that certain people in the Kremlin, who do not believe in the possibility of government by the people will interpret Trump’s victory as the successful outcome of a “special operation.” Ridiculous as it …
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  5. Why shouldn’t the Kremlin like President Clinton II?

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    November 1, 2016 by AK

    The Kremlin should not mind at all a politically vulnerable, ailing person in the White House. Secretary Clinton fits the description perfectly, assuming that her digital trail and health are truly the sad affair her detractions claim they are. Besides, she is an intelligent, hence intelligible, machine with quite some mileage, reliably predictable. By contrast, DJT is allzu menschlicher – weak like all of …
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  6. Shnaider Tower

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    October 30, 2016 by AK

    Earlier this week, Tim Newman at White Sun of the Desert discussed a BBC report from Canada that looked at, among other things, Toronto’s Trump Tower from the usual angle of Trump being bad, toxic and in trouble. One thing that is clear is that Trump cannot be in much trouble over that particular project …
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  7. Why HRC deserves to become the POTUS

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    October 12, 2016 by AK

    Yes, Secretary Clinton deserves the world’s top job: she has sacrificed her entire life to the quest for this prize. It must have hurt a lot to deny oneself some of the simple normalcies commoners take for granted. Donald Trump, in contrast, has lived to the full: wealth, privilege, success, defeat and newly found success, …
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  8. “The truth is a trap”

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    October 1, 2016 by AK

    I stopped writing about DJT’s campaign when he failed the Khan test. Khizr Khan’s speech at the DNC made little sense. The US constitution does not authorize unrestricted immigration. The benefit of accepting potential heroes is immeasurably less than the risk of letting in potential terrorists. But Trump failed to make these obvious points. Now, …
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  9. “Peers in shallow lore”

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    September 30, 2016 by AK

    A lovely exchange in the comments section of this Washington Post article: A presumed Trump supporter. Hillary wants to do to American what Angela Merkel is doing now to Germany, by expanding Syrian Sunni Muslim immigration by over 500% per year. American women had better get used to wearing their burqas out when they go …
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  10. The art of the quick health fix, from Brezhnev to HRC & DJT

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    September 24, 2016 by AK

    When Brezhnev died in November 1982, he was almost 76 years old. Since the mid-1970s, he had been mocked for his apparent senility – approaching dementia – and for his slurred speech. Many Russians remember him as a decrepit wreck, unable to fluently read a speech printed on a sheet of paper, probably in big letters. The …
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