Monthly Archives: September 2018

Submissive voids

John Pilger: In the 1970s, I met Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s film-maker, whose propaganda mesmerised the German public. She told me the “messages” of her films were dependent not on “orders from above”, but on the “submissive void” of an uninformed … Continue reading

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Mid-term Democracy

I am amused that the second of four points in Anthony Zurcher’s BBC piece on the US mid-term elections is “Voter suppression”.

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Raduzhnoye

The Deer Bridge Kaiser Wilhelm II’s Hunting Lodge

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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad Lenin gazes east, directly towards the rising sun. Baron Munchausen monument The Bunker Museum is in the former German command bunker, and celebrates the seizure of Königsberg. The determined foe were a fanatical lot. The rooms which have “reconstructions” … Continue reading

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Obama Pizza

I mean, would you eat anywhere else in Kaliningrad? The names of the pizzas include Alaska, Wyoming, Pearl Harbor, San Francisco, Guam, Missouri. Needless to say I am having the Obama.

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Gierłoż

Wolfsschanze. This is the bunker where the von Stauffenberg bomb went off. Martin Borman’s bunker

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Courage and Wisdom

My message to my fellow Americans, and to many others abroad, is alarmingly simple: do not cry tomorrow for what you did not have the courage and the wisdom to defend today. —Ariel Dorfman, The Guardian The whole column is … Continue reading

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Let’s Go Together

Shall I go off and away to bright Andromeda? Shall I sail my wooden ships to the sea? Or stay in a cage of those in Amerika?? Or shall I be on the knee? Wave goodbye to Amerika Say hello … Continue reading

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Vilnius

Last night in a chapter entitled Europe’s Last Pagans Andres Kasekamp discussed 13th Century Lithuanian diplomacy: Mindaugas also erected a rudimentary Christian cathedral in Vilnius. His choice was political: with external aid, he defeated his internal enemies, secured peace in the … Continue reading

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Barlach

The most important artist working in the region was undoubtedly the sculptor Ernst Barlach (1870–1938), who lived in Güstrow from 1910. Not only did he create his most renowned antiwar sculptures there, but in the 1910s and 1920s he also … Continue reading

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