How culture keeps the Russians and Ukrainians just steps away from war

The Ukrainian civil war has been easy enough to fall off the world radar; with headline grabbing terrorism striking the heart of Europe, Donald Trump running his irrational mouth, and the EU rendering itself asunder, the conflict in Donbass, the eastern province now split away from Kiev's central control, seems like a whisper of a … Continue reading How culture keeps the Russians and Ukrainians just steps away from war

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Attention Americans! Yes, you should know where Ukraine is (and that’s just the beginning of where you should be informing your opinion)

Here now is a classic moment of why I started this website.  Americans, apparently, have stereotypically fuzzy knowledge of where Ukraine is.  If they can't even figure out where the fuck the place is, how can they decide if it's worth starting World War III over?  (Interestingly, the more ignorant, the more likely to support … Continue reading Attention Americans! Yes, you should know where Ukraine is (and that’s just the beginning of where you should be informing your opinion)

The Advantages and Limits of Seeing Putin As Hitler

If you've done your job right as a world leader, someone has, at one point, compared you to Hitler.  The comparison is super lazy; mostly, opposition groups mean to slander somebody by saying they are the Most Evil Ever, and since nearly all of us agree Hitler was bad throwing his moustache on a photo … Continue reading The Advantages and Limits of Seeing Putin As Hitler