Some thoughts on the creepy-crawling and carpet shitting

That is, indeed, a wonderful piece of journalism. From it we can glean the moral and intellectual progress of the Russian intelligence (or counterintelligence, or whichever service it is that is pushing the diplomats around): they have achieved the level of the hippie radicals of the 1960s, exemplified in the infamous Manson Family. Contrary to […]

Sometimes They Come Back

The Latin American political life is gaining momentum. We are witnessing some serious political purges. Just last month the vice president Gabriela Michetti announced that 2035 Senate employees are getting the sack. She also made known her intention to form a committee that will review the personal records of all the permanent employees. This, Michetti […]

“Brotes Pisoteados” by Kitty Sanders – 2nd edition

The 2nd edition of my book is finally out. The book describes the history of the state-funded and state-controlled youth organizations, and the method the states use to recruit and ‘nationalize’ their youths. It talks about the various types of the pro-governmental organizations – from the illegal paramilitary kind to the official bureaucracy-ridden ones. The […]

A Dedication to my President

February the 1st. Boris Yeltsin’s birthday. It is now considered acceptable and even in good taste to pin the blame on him for every horrible, bad or just unpleasant thing happening in Russia. Putin’s government needs a scapegoat for explaining away their crimes, and the people are happy to accept that one. I predict that, […]

Le Charme horrible de l’Indonésie

Indonesia’s modern history was quite tempestuous – over the space of 70 years, the country had survived everything from decolonization to occupation, from a nationalism-cum-communism to an anticommunist military dictatorship and a quasi-democracy of sorts, “corrupt and nepotism-ridden” though it might have been. All these influenced its culture quite heavily; whether we talk of Indonesian […]