Последние события негативно повлияли на отношение к Соединенным Штатам и президенту Трампу. Около трети россиян считают возможным вооруженное столкновение между Россией и США, блоком НАТО, показывают данные ежедневных опросов «ВЦИОМ-Спутник».
There are certain real grounds for Western concern about aspects of Russian policy. These however are by far not the most important thing about the current obsession gripping the US media and political scene and the security elites in the USA and Europe. This should be seen rather as the product of two motives, one conscious, the other largely unconscious. The first is a passionate desire to bring down the Trump administration, a desire which goes beyond normal opposition and is rooted in a belief on the part of many Americans in that administration’s fundamental illegitimacy.
In which I’m interviewed by fellow blogger and Russian learner Katherine!
…details are spilling out, and they are not bolstering the intelligence community’s conclusion. Indeed, the most recent revelation suggests they don’t understand who has influence in Moscow.
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Given the hysterical level of Russophobic rhetoric in Washington at present, it is rare for anybody to raise their heads up above the parapet and say that better relations between America and Russia might be a good thing. The prevailing belief is that the worse relations are the better: Russia is an aggressive and dictatorial nation with which it is impossible to reason; attempts at dialogue or to forge compromise will merely be interpreted as weakness and encourage further aggression; the only viable policy is to show strength at every opportunity.
It’s good, therefore, to see the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank which has historically had close ties to the American government and is generally considered representative of the American establishment, publishing a report entitled Reducing Tensions Between Russia and NATO. The report, written by Kimberly Marten of Barnard College, makes a number of quite sensible suggestions and demonstrates that traditional Realists haven’t entirely abandoned the foreign policy community.
A high-level adviser and operative for the 2016 Sanders campaign was Vitali Shkliarov, a Soviet-born citizen of Belarus. Shkliarov, who had previously worked on the 2012 Obama re-election campaign and for several other successful Democratic Party campaigns, has also become increasingly in demand as a political adviser and campaign manager in Russia, working for liberal candidates in opposition to President Vladimir Putin.
Possessing a unique background and vantage point, Shkliarov, now that the 2016 election is over, has many interesting observations to express on the state of American politics, the Democratic Party, U.S.-Russian relations, and the impact of rising anti-Russian sentiment in the U.S.
Codename Baboushka: The Conclave of Death
It’s the cheap klyukva knockoff Black Widow!*
“What if the sexy Russian femme fatale was actually the main character?”
Mysterious young heiress Contessa Annika Malikova has been part of Manhattan high society for several years… but if they knew the truth, her dinner companions would faint! The white-haired Contessa is in fact the notorious criminal “BABOUSHKA” — a former Moscow gang leader, now living in exile!
But Baboushka’s retirement is about to be shattered, as the US government has somehow discovered her true identity, and blackmails her into working for them! Now she must infiltrate a secret conclave of global crime lords, on a cruise liner, to retrieve information for the Americans. But nobody reckoned on the boat being hijacked by pirates…
Suitable for teens and up, CODENAME BABOUSHKA is an action-packed modern pulp spy thriller from writer ANTONY JOHNSTON (THE FUSE, THE COLDEST CITY, ALEX RIDER) and artist SHARI CHANKHAMMA (THE FUSE, SHELTERED, KILL SHAKESPEARE), filled with glamour, guns, exotic locations, guns, explosions, high-kicks, and did we mention guns?
Codename Headscarf – action packed and with a 2.89/5 on Goodreads.
*And no, I will not be tackling the Black Widow on this site. She already has three strikes against her: 1) she’s a spy, 2) she’s a sexy Russian seductress character, and 3) she’s a superhero. So yeah, reviews likely wouldn’t be fair…
Side book #9
This week, I continued reading The Strongman and began reading Emotion Amplifiers by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi.
The beauty of emotion is that it can be manipulated by internal and external stimuli – circumstances that amplify what a character is feeling. Hunger or extreme heat can increase strain and deplete the body to the point where goals seem insurmountable. Stress can unbalance the most stable of characters, opening them up to raw emotion, rash decisions and, ultimately, mistakes that send them on a crash course with disaster.