Category Archives: Rule of Law

Rope-a-Doper, American Style: Don’t Do As I Do, Do As I Say

Before we get started, a moment of silence, please, for Mitt Romney, who collapsed and died on Tuesday following his fourth consecutive multiple orgasm of vindication, at A.R. Valentin’s restaurant in La Jolla, California. His dinner companions did not notice … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Lithuania can do for You…

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451 Hey, remember that annoying nineties phrase, “Don’t go there”? It … Continue reading

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European Gas Demand is Decreasing – A Dutch Fairy Tale

Gonna use my arms Gonna use my legs Gonna use my style Gonna use my sidestep Gonna use my fingers Gonna use my, my, my Imagination… The Pretenders, from, “Brass in Pocket” The remarkable thing about Brussels and Washington’s stubborn … Continue reading

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Hello; I’m From the European Council on Foreign Relations – I Hear You Have a Bridge For Sale.

Are you familiar with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR)? No? Well, have a look at their website. Not to be a spoiler or anything, but let me quote briefly from it: “Inspired by the role American think tanks … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Europe, Georgia, Government, Politics, Rule of Law, Saakashvili, Vladimir Putin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2,017 Comments

Navalny Hearts Trouble

Longtime readers will recall that Yalensis has sort of a thing about Alexei Navalny, and worked harder than any real journalist I know of to get to the bottom of the KirovLes timber scandal for which he was found guilty … Continue reading

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Godfather Putin Among the Grapes of Wrath

There’s something awkwardly touching about Robert Coalson’s enduring faith. Like a child closing her eyes and reciting “I do believe in fairies” three times, he is imbued with the certainty that Russia’s collapse is just around the next corner. And … Continue reading

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Kiev’s Apologists Don’t Think it Did Anything Wrong.

The Kyiv Post has always been pretty nationalistic, and never had too much time for Russia. It has an inconsistent record on the Ukrainian oligarchy, showing occasional flashes of frankness in which it castigates the idle rich, and depressing runs … Continue reading

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