Posts Tagged ‘Tim Newman’

  1. Up in smoke


    November 8, 2016 by AK

    Pavel Felgenhauer, the veteran Russian military observer (I recall reading him in 1992 or 93), sees the Admiral Kuznetsov‘s journey to the Levant as an argument for more funding, advanced by the Russian admirals to erode opposition from the finance ministry and the “tank generals.” A request for money for a major upgrade. (Felgenhauer also seems to believe the …
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  2. From riches to rust


    October 26, 2016 by AK

    The Belgium that Sergei Soloviev admired in the 1840s was mostly Francophone or aspiring to fluency in French. At that time, Wallonia was the dynamic, industrialized, fast-growing part of the country while Flanders was less advanced and more agricultural. More than 170 years later, Wallonia’s recalcitrance towards a free trade treaty is raising eyebrows: see …
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  3. Sakhalin


    June 9, 2016 by AK

    I have never been to Sakhalin. I’ve been lucky to visit other oil and gas places but Sakhalin is so far away from European Russia, it’s almost another planet. Last year, Sakhalin produced a little more than 3% of Russia’s oil and condensate. The modest percentage does not explain what’s so special about the island’s oil …
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