Cathedral Foreign Policy: My NRx Podcast with Surviving Babel and Nick B. Steves

Artwork by Vsevolod Ivanov. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of participating in an “Ascending the Tower” podcast produced by neoreactionary luminaries Surviving Babel and Nick B. Steves. We talked about foreign policy, especially as it pertains to Russia, modern European and American history, the rise of Western universalism, neocons, and the Ukrainian Conflict in […]

Boomerang Babitsky

The Guardian’s Shaun Walker reports on the latest activities of Andrey Babitsky, the anti-Putin journalist who was fired from RFERL close to a year ago amidst a conspiracy of silence. In an office just off Lenin Square in Donetsk, a small group of journalists is plotting the launch of a new television channel, to be based […]

Gessen, NYT, Cheese

Masha Gessen, the androgynous Tsarnaev sympathizer who shares her children with three mothers and five fathers (or something like that, not that I actually keep track), and stalwart enemy of the bloody Putin regime(TM), writes in the NYT: It is cheese that Russians write home about when they go abroad. “It’s my first time in Europe after […]

Kiselev Wants to Take You to a Gay Bar

A few days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage throughout the US, a fairly (in)famous Russian TV presenter expressed his support for gay civil unions on the nation’s second biggest TV channel in front of a big projector screen blaring out “Love Works Miracles.” No, he was not beaten up by skinheads with iron bars […]

Africa and Cognitive Colonialism

Chanda Chisala’s article on black/white IQ differences has been making quite the stir in the HBDsphere. It is well worth reading in its entirety, as some of the points he makes – e.g., the evidence for high IQ amongst certain African ethnic groups such as the Igbo – are quite compelling and novel even to […]

Why Armenia Isn’t Ukraine (Probably)

In recent days, some Armenians have been up in arms over increases in electricity tariffs by the evil Russian-owned electricity monopoly that will bring them up to… well, a level slightly higher than in Russia and about 2-3x lower than in most EU countries (don’t you love comparative context?). Discourse in both Russia and the West has […]

Novorossiya Sitrep June 12, 2015

The second one in my new series. This one is substantially shorter, as will be most consequent sitreps. Gallup Has conducted a very comprehensive poll about attitudes in the EU, Russia, Ukraine, and the US to various aspects of the Ukrainian crisis. Here is the link to it. I will highlight the most important findings. […]

Reading Ebooks

I am basically at the stage where I find reading paper books to be almost physically painful. I can do it if I have to but given the choice I’d much rather do in my tablet’s Kindle app or even as a PDF file. I’d positively hate to be in an non-cyberpunk apocalypse by now. Apart […]

Novorossiya Sitrep June 5, 2015

This is the first post in a new series that I intend to do in 1-2 week intervals every Friday. Just like Patrick Armstrong does with his RF Sitreps on Russia Insider, these sitreps are intended to cover both developments in the ongoing War in the Donbass. Assassination of Alexey Mozgovoy On May 23, the cortege of Mozgovoy, […]

Saakashvili’s Legend, A Con for the Ages

In the latest news from the ongoing comedy skit that is Ukrainian politics, we learn that Mikheil Saakashvili has been appointed governor of Odessa oblast. Who is Saakashvili? The son of Soviet apparatchiks with ties to the diplomatic service, which was dominated by Georgians in the late USSR, this onetime university dropout enjoyed a great deal of […]

Russia Still Doesn’t Have An AIDS Apocalypse

The Guardian writes: Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the federal Aids centre in Moscow, predicted this month that at least two million Russians are likely to be officially registered as HIV-positive within five years, and a total of three million will have the virus. All pretty worrying, except when we stop to consider that he also […]

Moscow Victory Parade 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE023IHaCyE Alternate link.