To be Ukrainian

When the ethnic fashion first caught on in Eastern Europe, the Russian tsar was able to keep a pretty good lid on it in his vast and ethnically fragmented Empire. In Ukraine, slowly the Ukrainian language and other uniquely Ukranian traditions started to be recognized and studied, for example in the University of Kiev, where […]

Review: Bloodlands

If you can read Timothy Snyder’s Bloodlands and feel fine, go about your life as normal, I suggest you see a doctor. Death in this book is so omnipresent, so banal in a way, that it’s pretty much impossible to feel nothing. This book shows what happens if human lives (or some human lives) are […]

How did it end?

Today, I’d like to take a look at developments in things we’ve discussed in the past. Often, when journalist write an alarmist article about an upcoming event which then passes without a hint of the chaos that was predicted, it’s hushed up. Journalists and analysts seldom write ‘I was wrong’. I think they should. It […]

Tuesday Links

This week, TNIC is coming back! The first full post will be tomorrow’s, so please enjoy this offering of links in the meantime. I knew Russia’s Vladimir Putin had an interesting take on the world today, but it seems history doesn’t escape his revision either. This extract from the film ‘Drone’ shows us pilots deciding about […]

Tuesday Links

I hate to be such a blue Monday cliché, but my new year resolutions seem to be flying out the window. If you fail, you can either give up or pick back up and try again. And I’m not one for giving up. At the moment, paid work is coming before blog, but soon I’ll […]

Tuesday Links

As you’ve no doubt noticed I’m cheating and running behind on my schedule. I’m as behind on my reading as on everything else, but I thought I’d let you know about these three new additions to my list. To get back on track on Boko Haram, I hope to have time very soon for this […]

Review: Hand to Mouth

Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado is funny, yet dark. The observations about what it means to be poor in America are her own, the author repeatedly says, but they are very on point. The author takes us through her daily life, from work to children and relationships, via cleanliness, propriety and a host of other topics. […]

Sarko Benefits

This very funny post appeared in social media from France, after former president Nicholas Sarkozy had managed to put himself in nearly every press photo of last Sunday’s manifestation. Sarko is back, thanks to the Charlie Hebdo Massacre. In the French presidential elections in 2017, it seems very likely the former president will at least […]

Tuesday Links

I’m going to spend 6 hours on a train on Friday! This is a good thing! I can finally read my entire Pocket! So excited to read the following: Žižek’s take on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, and what it means for humanity, in the New Statesman. About the horrible things that can happen during travel […]

Young Turks Revolution

In 1908 the Young Turks, an unlikely mix of people who were unhappy with the Sultan’s policies, heralded the second constitutional era in the Ottoman Empire. They brought back the 1876 constitution (which had been abolished in 1878) and put a new Sultan on the throne; Mehmed V. They originated as a secret opposition group […]