Serial Questions

It’s proving harder than I thought to pick up where I left off with the series about Ukraine. So in good academic tradition, I thought I’d share my struggle with you, and my research questions, so you can help me get better. In this series I attempt to answer the question: why are Russians and […]

Early Glory

The beginnings of human settlement in Ukraine are quite fascinating. The country has rich farmland and other natural resources, and was much contested by warring nomadic tribes, the Greeks and those coming in the Great Migration of Peoples. We don’t know much about this era, unfortunately, because there are very few primary records. The Scythians, […]

The Dark Side

The internet is a terrible thing. No, just kidding, I love it and couldn’t do without it. But this weeks’ trio of international newsmagazines does raise some sticky issues about the dark side of the web. Teenagers in America (and presumably elsewhere) are finding new ways to be evil to each other on the internet. Bullying […]

Lawlessness

I’m reading like crazy these days, trying to get to grips with the monumental subject I want to cover on this blog. One of the patterns that is standing out to me is the importance of the rule of law. The problem is again twofold, like the tax problem discussed here earlier. Corporations and entrepreneurs […]