Month: September 2007

The Grand Deception

An interesting piece by JR Nyquist on the notion, beloved of US conservatives, that “the Soviet Union fell because Ronald Reagan pushed it over.”

Not so, says Nyquist,pointing to the new work of exiled Czech director Robert Buchar, who is currently making a film on the true origins of Eastern Europe’s “People power”:

Former chief of CIA Soviet Bloc Counterintelligence, Tennant H. “Pete” Bagley told Buchar that an unknown hand was behind the collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe. “There was a different truth in this respect,” Bagley said. “and that’s a truth that was so well hidden that I don’t know if it ever will come out….” According to Ludvik Zivcak, a Communist secret police official tasked with organizing the demonstration that triggered the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia,“Many people think or believe that in 1989 there was a mass uprising of the nation. From what I did, or where I worked, I am convinced that there was no uprising at all. It’s hard to find out today who wrote the script but it wasn’t written in America. America just jumped on the bandwagon at the end. So the script was most probably written in the East.”

Hat tip: Mark Pettifor

Giving the green light

The Washington Post’s editorial makes it clear:

The problem is that the “whole world” is not yet prepared to prevent a massacre of monks. Several countries that like to think of themselves as strategic partners of the West — in particular, Russia and China — are blocking concerted international action against the regime. China, which has taken advantage of Burma’s pariah status to turn it into a virtual economic colony, came out against U.N. sanctions yesterday. Russia’s foreign ministry issued a statement rejecting “interference in the domestic affairs” of Burma and predicting that “the situation will be back to normal soon” — chilling words considering what the troops in Rangoon would have to do to return the situation to “normal.”

Return of the wolves

At Prague Watchdog, Ruslan Isayev discusses the apparent return of wildlife to Chechnya [my tr.]:

The residents of some villages in Chechnya’s Nadterechny district have already spent several nights lying in ambush for the grey predator. In the village of Goragorsk a pack of wolves attacked a private farm, savaging and killing 24 sheep. Only one of the flock survived. After an earlier attack the owners had put a guard on their livestock, but after three days lifted their precautions in the belief that the wolves sensed an ambush and would not return. The very next night a pack of wolves carried out an attack on the farm, during which this damage occurred.

Experienced hunters say that the wolves are behaving this way because it is now the time of year when the wolf cubs have to be taught how to hunt, and the raid on the sheep was one of the lessons.

Until recently it was believed that large numbers of wild animals and birds had left Chechnya and crossed into the neighbouring republics.This was mainly due to the ongoing military operations, particularly the bombing and shelling of mountainous areas. Now ecologists believe that much of Chechnya’s lost wildlife population may be gradually re-establishing itself.

State of the Union

The Telegraph reports that more than one-fifth of crime in London is committed by foreigners:

Poles, who have entered Britain in record numbers since they joined the European Union in 2004, committed 2,310 crimes in the first six months of this year to become the most prolific offenders.

Romanians, whose country became part of the EU in January, committed more than 1,000 offences — an eightfold rise on the same period in 2006, according to Metropolitan Police figures for solved crimes.

Facebook

A reader sent me one of those “I’ve added you as a friend on Facebook” emails, so I went to have a look at Facebook, but decided against opening an account there. Maintaining this blog in its two parallel versions is all the “online social networking” I’m going to need, thanks. Sorry if you got an email, too, while I was deciding.