Three Hundred Years Ago Today – The Battle Of Poltava
Some watershed events in history are generally well-known, while others remain obscure, perhaps known only in a particular geographic region. However, some of these seemingly-obscure events deserve more attention – as much of the present situation in many parts of the world owes a great deal to those events. Today happens to be the 300th anniversary of one of those little-known watersheds – the Battle | Read More »
TGIF Contest (Happy Hour Challenge)
I wanted to revisit this item that I noted yesterday: The bronze frog will appear towards the Independence Day in Kyiv. It is planned to place on Peizazhnaya alley. Author of frog, sculptor Oleg Pynchuk has nearly completed plaster copy of amphibian. The frog will weight 6 tons! Okay, here’s the TGIF Happy Hour Challenge: Find some way to blame this on “Global Warming”…. First | Read More »
Large Amphibian Open Thread
Yikes: The bronze frog will appear towards the Independence Day in Kyiv. It is planned to place on Peizazhnaya alley. Author of frog, sculptor Oleg Pynchuk has nearly completed plaster copy of amphibian. The frog will weight 6 tons! The-FP-has-been-too-quiet-for-too-long open thread….
Viktor Yushchenko – A Prototype for the Impending Tragedy of Barack Obama?
As regular readers probably know, one of the portfolios your humble correspondent holds here at RedState is the portfolio for eastern Europe; this is because I have numerous business-related interests there, and visit many of the countries regularly. One of the countries pretty high up on that list of “regulars” is Ukraine; thus, during my morning browse-around, I visit a number of English-language media outlets | Read More »
The Kremlin Picks Up Speed – Remember “Sevastopol”
As regular readers know, I’m trying to keep up with this situation and keep everyone informed. As I’ve said many times (and said why), the Russians are in a big hurry. And today we got another piece of evidence that they see their chance and are picking up speed. More below the fold….
Has Russia Overplayed Its Hand In This Gas Crisis?
Over the past couple of weeks, your humble correspondent has been writing regularly about various aspects of the ongoing gas crisis that’s been kicked off by Russia, directed at Ukraine, and causing fallout all over Europe – in the middle of winter, and a cold one at that. You can find previous scribblings here, here, here, here, and here. As events unfold, is it possible | Read More »
Russia Wishes Europe A Merry Christmas
The Orthodox Church in eastern Europe still uses the un-reset Julian calendar (Gregorian modifications added, but no resetting to account for the temporal drift that had occurred), leaving the two calendars offset by some 13 days. Thus, in the Orthodox liturgy, today (January 7th) is Christmas Day. Most of the Orthodox countries and churches long ago reset their official Christmas holiday to December 25th; ecumenical | Read More »
Russia’s “Gas Offensive” Expands
One of the supposed side-benefits of the collapse of the price of hydrocarbons is that various noxious jurisdictions – which had been flush on petro-dollars – have much lower cash-flow and thus much less ability to cause trouble. However, one overlooked economic error involves focusing solely on the “price” of something in the open marketplace. If you need something but can’t get it, the price | Read More »
Russia Wishes Ukraine A Happy New Year
In yesterday’s pondering-2009 essay, I devoted a bit of time to the likely troubles that Russia is likely to be causing on the world scene. One key problem Russia now faces is that the price of hydrocarbons has collapsed – which will of course weaken its nice revenue stream. However, there is one factor that basically is beyond money. For almost the entirety of “Europe,” | Read More »
Today In History – 6 December 1240
(This post had been intended for deposition on Saturday morning; however, this was pre-empted by the site difficulties. This is cutdown version. See the end for further information.) With all my travel to and around Ukraine, I have indeed made it to Kyiv (that’s the Ukrainian version of “Kiev”). Kyiv is beyond beautiful. Kyiv is majestic. Kyiv began as a Norse outpost. As Viking traders | Read More »
Today is Holodomor Remembrance Day (75th Anniversary)
I realize that due to the nature of baby-boomerness, November 22nd is largely marked due to the events of November 22nd…. 1963. But as that old cynic Stalin once said, “One death is a tragedy. A million deaths is a statistic.” And he should know, since he generated a large number of “statistics” on his own. Today also marks events that wound down by the | Read More »
Pre-Postcard from Kharkov
Good morning to all from Kharkov, Ukraine. The morning view from my window: Hopefully over the next few days, time will permit some more detailed thoughts for sharing – and comparisons with my last visit here two years ago. But some initial observations after rolling into town from the airport yesterday afternoon and strolling around the city center with friends last evening…. o Like Bucharest, | Read More »
Holiday Today – Happy Ukrainian Independence Day
If anyone needs a holiday today, this is a good one. Today is Ukrainian Independence Day. Some wit in the peanut gallery will probably ask “Which one?” And with good reason. Ukraine declared independence six times during the 20th century; the first five tries were unsuccessful, but maybe the sixth will be the charm. Going into the vote in the Rada (Parliament) in Kyiv on | Read More »
Bracing Piece by Simon Montefiore on the Ukrainian “Holodomor” (The Holocaust by Hunger)
There have been a couple of anniversaries of note in Ukraine lately. On the more pleasant side, this past weekend there were ceremonies in Kyiv to mark the 1020th anniversary of the acceptance of Christianity by Volodymyr, prince of the Kyivan Rus. In 988, Volodymyr accepted Christianity from Byzantine missionaries, and also issued an “executive order” to his subjects in Kyiv to do likewise. The | Read More »