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Kronstadt and the End of the Revolution

A Re-Post from March 2015 It was the first weeks of March, 1921 in the new Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Kronstadt was and still is a naval fortress on an island in the Gulf of Finland. It served … Continue reading

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The Destruction of the Aral Sea

Once upon a time when I was a young man in 1960 there was a lake – one of the four largest bodies of fresh water on earth. It was so large it was called a “sea” – the Aral … Continue reading

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Lenin’s Wife

Everyone knows of Lenin.  His body is still on display in the great Kremlin square, once known as Red Square, for those with a bit of ghoulishness in their souls to see.  His name and statues have been taken down … Continue reading

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La Pasionaria

Dolores Ibarurri – 1895-1989 La Pasionaria bidding farewell to the International Brigades in Barcelona – 10/17/1938 before 13,000 foreign volunteers. “It is very difficult to say a few words in farewell to the heroes of the International Brigades, because of what they … Continue reading

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The “Red Years” and the Murder of Matteotti

A re-post from a year and a half ago Giacomo Matteotti Italy was at war – the First World War. By 1918 Italy had been at war for more than three  grueling years.  By the end of the war, Italy would … Continue reading

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Victory Day – May 9, 1945

Soviet soldier waving the red banner over central Stalingrad – February 1943 May 9 is celebrated in Russia as Victory Day; the 70th anniversary of the of the Soviet Union’s victory over the Wehrmacht.. Four years earlier the greatest land struggle in … Continue reading

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Kronstadt and the End of the Revolution

It was the first weeks of March, 1921 in the new Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Kronstadt was and still is a naval fortress on an island in the Gulf of Finland. It served as headquarters of Russia’s Baltic … Continue reading

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