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'Battleship Potemkin': A Gift for Violence

I watched ‘Battleship Potemkin’ again the other day, on streaming video, after – well, a very long time.  This 1925 communist propaganda film by Soviet director Sergei Silvrback blog imageEisenstein draws loosely on historical events, the mutiny aboard a ship of the Russian imperial navy, during the failed 1905 revolution against the . . .

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February 08, 2018

Women soldiers of the Afghan National Army

Silvrback blog imageAdmirable women trainee soldiers of the Afghan National Army ... photos from the Boston Globe's 'Big Picture' site.

'Kabul’s military training academy is churning out classes of enthusiastic women to serve in Afghanistan’s army, but the realities of rising violence and a conservative society make the future for the young . . .

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December 18, 2017

I want to be Swiss in my next life

It’s too late for this lifetime, but in the next I’ll start early on the project of migrating to Switzerland.

Silvrback blog imageNot that the Swiss will make it easy for me.  In a 2014 referendum they exercised their national sovereignty by voting to introduce quotas on immigration, a move at odds with an earlier agreement with the European . . .

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December 15, 2017

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