Politics

Elections in Russia and Trash Media

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Mass media has littered the public sphere this week regarding the Russian Duma elections with titles similar to that of the New Yorker: Russia’s Election: Every Choice Was a Bad One. Looking past the disgustingly subjective style of writing; past the superficiality (not to say lack of knowledge) with which the Russian political space was treated; the articles managed to convey one information well – United Russia won. The result returns Russia to ‘business as usual’, as the Duma has…

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TV Series: The Night Of

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A new TV series emerging I haven’t had all that much time for the blog recently. I’ve been split between work and academia. However, I’ve been able to squeeze in a few episodes from a fantastic TV series: “The Night Of”. What struck me immediately was the reality and actuality of the plot. The politico-religious conflict (inner and outer) that citizens in the US struggle with on a daily basis. The almost subtle narrative is paired with puzzles and drama,…

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New York: Rediscovering America

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I have just returned from a trip to the United States.  I must say, it was full of surprises. New York and Washington are absolutely fantastic cities, filled with great energy, life and extraordinary monuments and events that offer sublime experiences. Corina, as my trusted companion, has been planner and guide for this journey to rediscover America. After 16 hours of travel, the journey on the new continent began with Shake Shack. The burger was my first encounter with the…

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Politics

How To Organize A Military Coup

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Coordinating a military coup is very difficult and takes a great deal of planning. It is almost impossible to determine how long it would take to organize one, as it depends on various factors and how fast organizers can secure them. Here are the principal factors: The organizer must be sure that their actions will gain the support of many political actors and a large part of the population. The organizer must gain allies within the military elite, police and…

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Politics

ISIL Terrorist Attacks 2016

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Libya, Egypt, Turkey (multiple times), Indonesia, Saudi Arabia (multiple times), Syria (terribly), Belgium, Iraq (tremendously), Bangladesh (twice), Kazakhstan, United States, France (twice). No, this is not the list of great holiday destinations, but the countries that have suffered from ISIL terrorist attacks in 2016. More than 840 dead (people, not just numbers), more than 1800 injured. The victim count keeps on rising and it appears that nobody is doing anything about it (or rather, the approach taken by authorities is…

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Game of Thrones

Psychological Analysis of Tyrion – GoT

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HERE BE SPOILERS! I think I’ve just written my favorite post on Quora. So here, I’m sharing it with you: I’d like to dissect Tyrion for a while. One thing I have in common with Martin (as well as our love for fantasy and writing) is that Tyrion is our favourite character in Game of Thrones. Tyrion has experienced a terribly abusive childhood. He had no part of love from his parents (mother died at birth and his father blamed…

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Politics

Brexit & The Storm To Come

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Brexit could very well be the ‘beginning of the end’ and all at the hands of scheming, conniving and lying politicians, but also of uninformed citizens. Before going into the cons of the UK leaving the Eurozone, let’s look at the some of the propaganda figures used. It was said that the UK bears the burden of Europe by contributing 20% of its budget. Well, that’s false according to 2015 statistics of contributions made by Member States to the EU…

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Blogging

The Blogger’s Creed

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I have created the Blogger’s Creed. I know, it seems funny at first, but I’ve started to see that this is how things truly are with many bloggers. I’ve used the Riflemen’s Creed to forge my piece. This is not to be taken too seriously. Marine Corps Riflemen’s Creed This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me my…

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Lin-Manuel Miranda – Hamilton

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Eye-opening. Jaw-dropping. Breath-taking. Astounding. Shocking. Flabbergasting. Overwhelming. Stunning. Astonishing. Startling. Staggering. Wondrous. Simply Marvellous. These are but few of the adjectives that I attribute to Lin-Manuel Miranda, an American actor, writer, composer and rapper. His Broadway Musical, Hamilton is a MASTERPIECE which won Best Musical Awards and got him a Tony. The deep respect that I owe this man is not only for what he has accomplished. Lin-Manuel is an inspiration, to all writers and poets. His creativity is refreshing…

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STORYTELLING: 8 TIPS TO KILL YOUR INSTINCT AND WRITE A GREAT STORY

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Storytelling is manipulation. Manipulation of facts. Manipulation of time. And most importantly, manipulation of context. Storytelling is the single most important device that human beings have used throughout our species’ short existence. Moreover, storytelling is what distinguishes us from animals. Stories have the ability to grab attention and not let go. They can be told with words (movies / books / music) or without them (art / photography / images / music). Storytelling has the power of provoking overwhelming happiness…

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