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To get to the Russian capital from Vladimir, a city 200km east of Moscow, locals who can’t or won’t drive do not have a whole lot of choices. The train is the fastest and most comfortable method, but the prices vary wildly – from RUB600 ($9) to RUB4700 ($70) – depending on the train, and the schedule isn’t the most accommodating. Buses leave the station almost every hour, with a trip costing about RUB450, cheaper than any train ticket. But the experience, like in most cities throughout Russia, isn’t the best one: tickets can only be bought at the crowded and poorly lit bus station or directly from the bus driver, while the buses themselves often feel like they should have been retired from service long ago. Some are newer, but there is no way of knowing which one you will get.
Politically, Americans are fed up. In cooperation with the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign had far too cozy ties with Wall Street, neoconservatives and Pentagon contractors, as well as mainstream media organizations; from CNN and New York Times to Huffington Post and Google.
With the growing tensions between Russia and the West hitting the headlines, Moscow and Athens continue to develop their bilateral relationship in all areas.
Russian military experts have found unexploded shells indicating that terrorists in Aleppo have been using chemical weapons in their regular attacks on civilian and Syrian government-held areas of the city, according to a Russian Defense Ministry statement. »While conducting reconnaissance in the ‘1070’ area [south-western suburbs of Aleppo], the officers of the scientific center of the Russian Troops of Radiological, Chemical and Biological Defence (RChBD) have found evidence of chemical weapon use by terrorists against the civilian population and Syrian servicemen, » spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement early on Friday.
Defense industry stocks are soaring in reaction to a clean Republican sweep of the executive and legislative branches. But how much will President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to rebuild the military actually cost? Given this will be a president who campaigned on the idea that the U.S. military should be focused on counter-terrorism as its most important mission, can this plan stay on track?
When asked about Fort Ross, the 19th century Russian outpost in California, the majority of both Russians and Americans look very puzzled. Few people on either side of the Pacific are aware of it at all. A handful of Americans have heard of the site — but in its other role, as a California State Park.“Often people come to Fort Ross because of recreational opportunities: the snorkeling, the kayaking or the hiking,” said Hank Birnbaum, program manager at Fort Ross. “And they later know a bit about the history, and they are totally surprised what a unique place this is.”Birnbaum has been working at the park for nine years, and says that the Fort Ross Bicentennial in 2012 helped increase awareness about the history of the site.
Brushing away the extreme claims and rhetoric of much election analysis, there are some observations which deserve attention. These unfortunately mostly provide hard lessons and not a lot of encouragement for people who hold to principles of democracy, enlightenment, and progressivity.The election demonstrated perhaps better than ever, and better than has been generally been recognized, that American is, indeed, a plutocracy. It took a genuine American Oligarch, a multi-billionaire, a man with a lifetime’s economic empire-building, to defeat a family which could provide the very definition of being politically well-connected, a family which had laboriously constructed and carefully maintained a kind of deep well ever-flowing with money for their ambitions.
“In victory, magnanimity!” said Winston Churchill.Donald Trump should be magnanimous and gracious toward those whom he defeated this week, but his first duty is to keep faith with those who put their faith in him.The protests, riots and violence that have attended his triumph in city after city should only serve to steel his resolve.As for promptings that he “reach out” and “reassure” those upset by his victory, and trim or temper his agenda to pacify them, Trump should reject the poisoned chalice. This is the same old con.Trump should take as models the Democrats FDR and LBJ.Franklin Roosevelt, who had savaged Herbert Hoover as a big spender, launched his own New Deal in his first 100 days.History now hails his initiative and resolve.
Liberals had a good laugh this summer when CNN’s Brianna Keilar (8/17/16) insisted to Donald Trump campaign lawyer Michael Cohen that his team was “down” in the race.“Says who?” he asked.Keilar snarked back: “Polls. Most of them. All of them?”At the time, it was the sickest of all burns. As the polls kept forecasting a clear win for Hillary Clinton, Trump fans went back and forth between complaining about a rigged system and accusing the polls of being dishonest.Again, it was a good laugh for liberals—until Election Day.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Donald Trump for his election victory, » said Newsweek. A Washington Post headline read, « Putin: ‘Trump’s first statements give us hope.' »But these and other positively expectant statements seem to be backfiring on Putin. Look at the headlines that followed:–« Vladimir Putin, Russians cheer Donald Trump’s victory, » Washington Times–« Surprise! Trump was a Putin puppet all along, » Daily Kos–« For Russia and Putin, a Surprise Gift From America, » New York Times–« How Vladimir Putin won the US election, » AOL News–« Putin gains Trump card in geopolitical poker game, » Reuters
I decided to take a trip to Sweden with a friend and see if the rumors and memes about the country were true.To those who haven’t heard, Sweden is the butt of just about every joke on the internet. Swedish men are mocked for their effeminacy and the country’s “tolerant” attitude towards migrants astounds many people. It is hard to believe some of the news stories about rapings, gropings and cultural marxist insanity that come out of Sweden on a weekly basis.I assumed much of this was hyperbole, but I was so painfully, agonizingly, and completely DEAD WRONG.