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Portraits of Dogs Enjoying Bath

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Sophie Gamand, a French photographer has created an awesome photo series of dogs enjoying baths. The pictures of this series is really fun to see. Photographs

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Dogs are  cooler than cat thing

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Geoff Flemming's curator insight, January 12, 10:21 PM

Is this the way your customers look when your restaurant air conditioning is not working? 

Alexander Abramov's curator insight, January 18, 10:43 PM

Do not growl at your dog ;-)

Lorraine Elvire Wagenaar's curator insight, June 20, 5:05 AM

Wat een koppie!!!!

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The World Through The Eyes Of Russian State Television

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Russia's state-controlled television has been accused of "zombifying" the Russian population with pro-government nationalism and a decidedly Kremlin-friendly take on history and global affairs. RFE/R...

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, April 5, 10:35 AM

March 31 was a relatively staid day on Rossia-1. None of Russia's most aggressive spokesmen -- Dmitry Kiselyov, Aleksei Pushkov, Aleksandr Dugin, for example  -- was anywhere to be seen. Even President Vladimir Putin was only fleetingly present.
Nonetheless, certain themes and moods ran through the entire day: Russia is an oasis of calm good governance in a world of chaos. Fascism is on the march in the world and Russia must be vigilant. The motif of "Europe in flames" plays out repeatedly through the day.

In the early evening, there is an hourlong, nonjournalistic talk show called "On Air Live" devoted to events in Ukraine. A range of guests representing positions from the rabidly anti-Maidan to the extremely rabidly anti-Maidan argued on the theme of "the morals of the new Ukrainian elite" while behind them large screens played loops of the burning tires of the Kyiv demonstrations last month.

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Vladimir Putin: The rebuilding of ‘Soviet’ Russia

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Putin has succeeded in building a version of the country of his childhood, one that can act independently in the world, and one where dissent is controlled and the Kremlin's power unchallenged. But that is a double-edged sword, because the Soviet Union collapsed for a reason, and a Russia recreated in its image risks sharing its fate.

 

According to Vladimir Bukovsky, a dissident who spent a decade in Soviet prisons before his exile to the West in 1976, Putin is totally genuine when he says the disintegration of the Soviet Union was a "geopolitical catastrophe".

"He does not understand that the collapse of the Soviet system was predetermined, therefore he believes his mission is to restore the Soviet system as soon as possible," he says.


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Just a bit different - with oligarhs

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▶ The future of NATO after Crimea - YouTube

Published on Apr 1, 2014

NATO members are meeting for the first time since Russia's annexation of Crimea. The meeting in Brussels comes as Russia raised the price of gas it supplies to Ukraine by 40 percent. The 28 member organisation is expected to discuss its response to the events in Ukraine and some analysts say the crisis highlights why the alliance is still relevant


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Crimea 2014 is not Sarajevo 1914 | Daily Maverick

Crimea 2014 is not Sarajevo 1914 | Daily Maverick | Real art | Scoop.it

Fuelled by the First World War's centenary, there are growing rumbles that Crimea could be the newest version of the events that unleashed World War I. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a long look backwards to see if the metaphor misleads more than it clarifies.


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What's Going On in Ukraine? An Up-to-Date Guide

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An up-to-date guide on what's happening in Ukraine for Thursday, March 6, 2014. 


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Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, March 7, 8:15 AM

This seems to be a fairly clear and current summary of the situation in the Ukraine with video.

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Ukraine and Russia: A Troubled History | History Today

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It is the issue of Russian identity, rather than strategic or economic importance, that lies at the heart of the Crimean crisis, argues Alexander Lee


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Through The Crimean Prism: Five Things We've Learned About Russia

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Every time Vladimir Putin opens his mouth, the goalposts seem to move.

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Obama's mouth is worse

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 14, 9:30 AM

Alarming Developments

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Most Russians believe the Crimea is theirs – Putin has acted on his belief

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Masha Gessen: Most Russians believe the Crimea is rightfully theirs – Putin has chosen to act on his belief

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Yes .. Crimea is very Russian

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 11, 6:17 AM

 "I can be reasonable about everything, but I cannot give up the Crimea," was a line from the late Galina Starovoitova, who as Boris Yeltsin's adviser on nationalities policy, oversaw Russia's first attempts at releasing its colonies.

She meant that, like just about every Russian, she felt the Black Sea resort area was part of her birthright, whatever the maps may say. Most, if not all, Russians harbour this Crimean exceptionalism, even if they belong to the minority that otherwise rejects Soviet nostalgia.

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Putin Doesn't Know What He Wants in Ukraine

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There is no method to his madness.

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He knows very well

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 4, 10:33 AM

There is a Russian proverb: “To spite mom, I will freeze my ears off.” It refers to a child who won’t wear a hat in the cold simply for the sake of disobeying his mother. Russian foreign policy function exactly in this way: again and again, Moscow makes decisions that are most detrimental to Moscow itself. Elegantly juggling various principles of international law, the Russian government has been steadily spoiling its relations with its international partners.

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He knows very well

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Boris Akunin's rules of life in a police state - HRO.org in English

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Russia's premier human rights website in English

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Now this is not important

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 5, 9:39 AM

I am no political scientist, but this sudden surge in Putin’s militarism strikes me as a bluff. It may just be, of course, that Putin has moved into the interior of a Potemkin village once and for all and doesn’t have a clue about the state of the Russian army. And that state, thanks to Putin’s plunderers, is pathetic – nothing is taking off, nothing is exploding, gifted officers have no way of getting to the top. If Russia is capable of placing a limited military contingent onto the territory of another big country, this contingent will have to be very limited indeed. 

And what is happening already is a move from a plutocratic autocracy to a police state and a dictatorship. This is the true meaning, I believe, behind Putin’s demarche. 

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Ivan Krastev | Russian President Vladimir Putin's Plan For Overturning the European Order | Foreign Affairs

Ivan Krastev | Russian President Vladimir Putin's Plan For Overturning the European Order | Foreign Affairs | Real art | Scoop.it
Russia’s willingness to violate Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty is the gravest challenge to the European order in over half a century. The conflict pits a vast nuclear power against a state equal in size to France, an autocratic regime against a revolutionary government.

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And that's OK

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 6, 2:53 AM

Russia’s aggression in Ukraine should not be understood as an opportunistic power grab. Rather, it is an attempt to politically, culturally, and militarily resist the West. Russia resorted to military force because it wanted to signal a game change, not because it had no other options. Indeed, it had plenty of other ways to put pressure on Kiev, including through the Russian Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian city in which the force is based; playing with gas prices; demanding that Ukraine start paying off its government debt to Russia; and drumming up anti-Ukrainian sentiment among Ukraine’s sizeable Russian population. 

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Next, Putin Will Seize Donetsk and Kharkiv

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It is often said that with Russia is an empire as long as Ukraine is in its camp, but without it, Russia is just another regular country. The reality is that for centuries, Russia has been an empire, and an expansionist one at that. While we can debate the reasons for this, the reality is that Russia has never seen itself as just a regular country, and for that reason Russia will always ensure that Ukraine is firmly within its orbit.


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Would be right thing to do !

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Haunting Unedited Footage of the Bombing of Nagasaki (1945)

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Here’s a silent film showing ”the final preparation and loading of the ‘Fat Man’ bomb into ‘Bockscar,’” the plane that would drop a devastating bomb on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The footage from the Los Alamos National Laboratory is raw, except for the helpful annotations added by Alex Wellerstein, who runs Nuclear Secrecy: The Restricted Data Blog. Eventually, toward the 8 minute mark, the video shows “the Nagasaki explosion from the window of an observation plane.” 


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Never again

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Edward Lucas: Warning: don’t use the Kremlin’s loaded lexicon

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JOURNALISTS like nice simple categories and descriptions. So Ukraine is divided between “Ukrainian-speakers” and “Russian-speakers”. Crimea is “historically Russian” and in the recent “referendum result”, Russia’s “compatriots” on the peninsular gave an “overwhelming majority” for “reunification” with Russia. The “large Russian ethnic minorities” in the Baltic states may have similar sympathies, writes Edward Lucas for the Lithuania Tribune.

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, April 3, 10:47 AM

For a start, nobody should accept the idea of “Russian-speaker” as a political label. I am a Russian-speaker, as are many (though sadly not all) foreigners who deal professionally with Russia. Most people over 40 in the former Soviet empire speak at least some Russian. In some countries (Ukraine is an example), educated people of all ages know the language. But none of these “Russian-speaker” categories means any particular political affiliation, let alone pro-Kremlin sympathies.

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▶ France to hold landmark Napoleon auction - YouTube

Published on Mar 22, 2014

France will hold something of a landmark auction this weekend - when Napoleon Bonaparte's belongings go under the hammer. Items include the shirt the French emperor wore on his death bed, and even a lock of his hair - all of which are expected to fetch thousands.


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What's Going On in Ukraine? An Up-to-Date Guide

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An up-to-date guide on what's happening in Ukraine for Thursday, March 6, 2014. 


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Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, March 7, 8:15 AM

This seems to be a fairly clear and current summary of the situation in the Ukraine with video.

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Ukraine and Russia’s History Wars | History Today

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Not so long ago, looking for a history of Ukraine in a London bookstore, I was offered the following memorable advice: “Look under Russia”. I did. And between shelves groaning with the glories of Russian history I found two thin volumes on Ukraine, a country of some forty six million people. I bought both. I doubt very much they were immediately replaced. ‘Looking under Russia’ is perhaps an appropriate metaphor for Ukrainian history.


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Trailer for Ukraine's Uprising Stars Will Smith and Sylvester Stallone

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Looking for a way to pay tribute to the courage of protesters in Kiev, who refused to be dislodged from Independence Square over the past three months despite violent attacks from the security forces, a Ukrainian video blogger found the words he needed in dubbed versions of two Hollywood action movies.


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Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, March 12, 9:34 AM

This is a really stirring production which might be interesting to look at from the perspective of propaganda and the use of various images and inspirational films to achieve that effect. The New York Times article includes links to lots of the resources used. Topical and useful, methinks?

Andrew van Zyl's curator insight, March 12, 9:38 AM
This is a unique piece of media in that
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Михаил Горбачев - Виталию Третьякову: Предлагаемая Вами роль «просителя» мне не подходит

Михаил Горбачев - Виталию Третьякову:  Предлагаемая Вами роль «просителя» мне не подходит | Real art | Scoop.it
13 марта в «Комсомольской правде» было опубликовано открытое обращение политолога, декана Высшей школы телевидения МГУ Виталия Третьякова к экс-президенту СССР Михаилу Горбачеву

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 13, 3:57 PM

March 13 in "Komsomolskaya Pravda" published an open letter from the political scientist, Dean School of Television MSU Vitaly Tretyakov to former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev

The letter reads in part: "Now, in my opinion, it is time for you, who has done so much for German unification, to ask German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to all German politicians, to the German people and asking advice not to disturb the peaceful reunification Crimea and Sevastopol to Russia. Did you put on yourself to help the reunification of the German people and has achieved this not ask the German people not to interfere with the reunification of the Russian people, to whom do you belong? .. Do not ask? "( Full text of the letter )

On the same day, Mikhail Gorbachev sent to our office response to this appeal.


Gorbachev makes a good case for himself!

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Snubbing Putin at Sochi Did Not Help Ukraine | Standpoint

Snubbing Putin at Sochi Did Not Help Ukraine | Standpoint | Real art | Scoop.it
Standpoint magazine

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Что они думают ?

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 14, 9:48 AM
Russia is a country acutely sensitive to "lack of respect", and the West seems to have got into the habit of almost routinely neglecting such respect. Even before the Sochi scuttle there was Condi Rice's condescending willingness to "forgive Russia" after the disagreements over the 2003 Iraq war; the appointment in 2009 of a US ambassador with a long history of published academic works strongly critical of Russia; the glib way all Western governments instantly (and erroneously) blamed Russia for the start of hostilities with Georgia in 2008; and the casual and public way President Obama cancelled his planned summit with Putin in 2013 because there was "nothing to talk about". Russia of course faces its own charge sheet-attacks on Western business and NGOs, Litvinenko, Edward Snowden-but it is hard not to feel that, for many Western politicians, Russia has become a country to profile themselves against rather than try seriously to work with. For a long time there was not much Russia could do about all this. It was too weak, and too distracted by internal problems. But the humiliation did play into Yeltsin's search in 1999 for a successor who would stand up to the West. He found Vladimir Putin. 
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'What he dreams of at night he can carry out in the morning' - Independent.ie

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We owe an incalculable debt to Russia. In modern times, that great nation has saved Europe not once but twice.

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That's true

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 9, 2:08 PM

Russians are supportive of their country exercising hegemony in what they and their diplomats consider their "sphere of influence", a term western European powers long ago abandoned as a relic of more bellicose times.

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Latest Videos - TIME.com

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RUSSIAN ROAD TRIP - travel video


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Great country

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Window on Eurasia: Russia Again Living by Lies, Ukrainian Philosopher Says


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Will see

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 5, 3:50 PM

What is happening in Crimea now is “the direct continuation of the information war of Russia against Ukraine, a ‘war of nerves’ which seeks to provoke Ukraine into making a harsh responsible so that Russia can unleash a full-scale war.” If before the existence of this information war was a matter for regret, now it has become “mortally dangerous.”

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Different Chapter, Same Book

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What Crimea’s history can teach us about Crimea’s future.

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Crimea is Russian ! Forget about it dear Westerner and Ukrainian

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 1, 12:35 PM

The triumph of conquest, in other words, was marred by the disgrace of imperialism, ironically undercutting the nationalism that had propelled the invasion in the first place.

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Putin Doesn't Know What He Wants in Ukraine

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There is no method to his madness.

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He knows very well

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Erin Bouma's curator insight, March 4, 10:33 AM

There is a Russian proverb: “To spite mom, I will freeze my ears off.” It refers to a child who won’t wear a hat in the cold simply for the sake of disobeying his mother. Russian foreign policy function exactly in this way: again and again, Moscow makes decisions that are most detrimental to Moscow itself. Elegantly juggling various principles of international law, the Russian government has been steadily spoiling its relations with its international partners.

Хомяк Лариса's curator insight, March 6, 4:19 AM

He knows very well