OP-ED: If Lithuania Entered the War in Ukraine

*Update 1: 12.11.2014: For the record, I don’t actually believe Lithuania would go into Ukraine, in spite of strong political rhetoric, outside of the Lithuania-polish-ukrainian brigade. I was just ruminating. Article is now available in Lithuanian on Lrytas.lt and 15min.lt. Vilnius, Lithuania – There has been a lot of strong rhetoric from the Lithuanian government…

MOLDOVA: Monestaries in Photos

The Soviet era wasn’t kind to the historic Monasteries. Therefore, restoration of these monasteries have taken time and effort.

OP-ED: The Deteriorating Ideal of Europe (the European Union)

[weglot_switcher] “Foreign and defense policy, in judicial and internal affairs, and in the creation of an economic and monetary union – including a common currency.” – The European Union If the Italians are an expert in the art of La Dolce Far Niente (“the sweetness of doing nothing”) then the French are an expert in…

DONBAS UNFILTERED: Just don’t Call it “the Ukraine”

DRAFT EXCERPT I am, as promised, in the midst of writing a book on media perceptions of the separatist territories – the myths, the legends and how they compare to the reality. I spend a lot of time talking about legal definitions, working definitions and law (with the help and input of people much smarter…

AMA: On Russian and Western Media bias

Over the weekend, I asked my Facebook friends if they’d like to ask me anything (#AMA). Here’s in reference to one of the first questions asked about media bias.  The key difference between Russian media and western media is this: one is backed by an official government, and the other is backed by advertisers and…

UKRAINE: The New York Chetnik fights for Donbas

On the 5th of May, the Donetsk People’s Republic armed forces were rehearsing on the main street for the Victory Day. The parade would happen four days afterwards. At the invitation of the self-proclaimed government, old veterans and current members of the rebel militia wore their uniforms pinned with all the lavish awards and medals….

UKRAINE: Two Americans fight for Pro-Russian Rebels

An article I pitched to news outlets, but failed to sell ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Though the third and most recent ceasefire agreement began at the stroke of midnight 15 February, the sound of Ukrainian incoming and pro-Russian outgoing artillery fire can still be heard through the populated city center of the rebel-controlled Donetsk. Two Americans stay in…

UKRAINE: The Viking of Donbas

He carries a battle-axe into combat. He never wears body armor, and laughs at the idea of wearing a helmet. When it’s hot, he wears a tank top and a kilt. He keeps his hair and beard long, sometimes pulled into braids. When it’s time to assault, he runs with the fury of a madman….

UKRAINE: and the naivete of Soviet Tactics

I have mentioned that some of the equipment used in this war might date back to the World Wars. But I don’t think I’ve ever spoken about the tactics used on the ground, and how supplying them with more advanced weaponry would lead to a massacre not just because of the scale of the weaponry,…