Category Archives: History

Putin’s favourite song

This song will be blasting from Russian tanks when they enter Kiev:

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ISIS recruiting more German fighters

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Not only in James Bond

Some people still believe that James Bond books and films are fiction. How naive. I have just read Operation Mincemeat by Ben Macintyre, the true story of a British operation during World War II, in which a dead body was … Continue reading

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“… and the noble gesture of the German commander”

“If I hadn’t followed orders, I would have been shot myself” the culprits say, and their defense attorneys call it “acting under superior orders” when someone is indicted for crimes committed during World War II. A handy excuse, this alleged moral dilemma. Except that … Continue reading

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Is this the most beautiful cemetery in the world?

Macedonia is full of cemeteries. Or maybe I just got this impression because every larger town has more than one resting place for its ancestors, always at least a Christian, a Muslim and a Jewish one. The latter hardly have any … Continue reading

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We are so indipendent…

… that we can even ignore regular English spelling. Photographed in Vlora, where in 1912 the independence – or indipendence – of Albania from the Ottoman Empire was proclaimed. – To be fair though, throughout Albania I experienced a very … Continue reading

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Going West

17 July 2014. In the Albanian port city of Vlora (in which Albanian is merely a geographical description because Vlora is such a typical Mediterranean tourism and port city that it might as well be in Italy or in Turkey) I … Continue reading

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