Monthly Archives: May 2024

The Butcher of Tehran is Dead

People in Iran are celebrating the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi with fireworks, memes and jokes. But why this outburst of joy and celebration over the death of a national leader? And is the celebration just about Raisi’s death … Continue reading

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Harper on the Treaty of Westphalia

I have a problem with the liberal democracy/authoritarian divide. From the time of our founding as a Constitutional Republic, the United States maintained a special close relationship with Russia. And Russia was always authoritarian. Catherine the Great and even Peter … Continue reading

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A truck tries to penetrate into the Quantico Marine Corps Base

By Robert Willmann Back on Friday, 3 May 2024, a box truck pulled up to the gate of the Quantico Marine Corps Base on Fuller Road in Virginia. The two men in the cab of the truck claimed they were … Continue reading

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Drone Warfare… What is to be done?

Note: This is a Twitter thread by Trent Telenko. Although he first published these comments last November, he felt it necessary to refer to this thread again in the last few days. I share his alarm. In my opinion, we … Continue reading

Posted in Technology, The Military Art, TTG | 18 Comments

500 Years of Western Dominance: Is it Coming to an End and What Comes Next?

The lesson from the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) was that no one power could restore order based on hegemony and universal values, as the other states in Europe would preserve their own sovereignty and distinctiveness by collectively balancing the most … Continue reading

Posted in Europe, Interviews and Lectures, Politics, Russia, TTG | 55 Comments

“Vladimir Putin removes Sergei Shoigu from Russian defence ministry”

BBC – Russian President Vladimir Putin is to remove his long-standing ally Sergei Shoigu as defence minister, the Kremlin has announced. The 68-year-old had been in the role since 2012 and will be replaced by Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, TTG, Ukraine Crisis | 29 Comments

The 42 sins by mcohen

The 42 sins  For the sin of unfolding the colours insideHolding the edges too soonFor deceit hastily deniedForsaking the light of the moonHolding an answer with no excuseThe question abandonedIn essence of time a ruseFor the sin of underhanded  For … Continue reading

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Open Thread – 10 May 2024

Whatever blows your skirt up. Big geomagnetic storm hit today. Too bad it’s cloudy and rainy in Virginia today. Might have gotten a glimpse of the Northern Lights. First time I saw them was on an ROTC winter survival weekend … Continue reading

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Russia can lose this war by Timothy Snyder

On Thursday Russia will celebrate Victory Day, its commemoration of the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945. Domestically, this is nostalgia. In the 1970s, Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev created a cult of victory. Russia under Putin has continued the tradition. Abroad, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Russia, TTG, Ukraine Crisis | 72 Comments

Inaugural crewed launch of Boeing’s Starliner

After years of delays and a dizzying array of setbacks during test flights, Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft is finally set to make its inaugural crewed launch. The mission is at last closing in on its historic astronaut launch attempt, with NASA … Continue reading

Posted in Space, TTG | 12 Comments