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Friday, August 08, 2008

August 8, 2008 -- Contents


(1) EDITORIAL: Russia, Imploding Once Again

(2) Russian Society: As Sick as it Can Get?

(3) Latynina on Putin and Mechel

(4) Pasko on Solzhenitsyn

(5) Browder Speaks

(6) Vladimir Putin, Crybaby

NOTE: We apologize to readers who attempted to access this blog over the past two days or so and found it was impossible. The fault lies entirely with Google/Blogger, our host. A week ago, it shut down thousands of blogs which had been improperly identified as "spam" by its logarithms. We luckily avoided the first wave, but got caught in the second after the so-called "fix" was applied. Google/Blogger was notified with dozens of complaints in its forum early Thursday morning, but it took 12 hours to even acknowledge the issue, as you can see here. It then required 24 more hours to fix the problem. As a consequence, we have no alternative but to conclude that we cannot rely on Google/Blogger, and we are moving to Wordpress, where we have a backup blog ready and waiting for just such an occasion. We will continue to post content here for a short time and then we will divert your browsers to our new address automatically. We have two days of content pre-loaded onto this blog which we must publish first and then upload to Wordpress before we can finalize the switchover. Obviously, we are very disappointed by the shockingly unprofessional behavior of Google/Blogger, as are many of our colleagues. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience that has been caused.

NOTE: Our new blog on Wordpress contains content not available here, including our editorial on Russia's outrageous imperialistic invasion of Georgia, an essay by scholar Richard Pipes exposing the fundamental fraud that was Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, a brilliant piece of reporting from the Moscow Times illustrating Russia's worsening class warfare and a book review from the Economist on remembering the horrors of Soviet Russia. Wordpress offers us many benefits, including the ability to divide posts using jump pages, a cleaner, sleeker design and the ability to use both categories and tags for post organization. We expect to be quite safe and happy in our new home once we get all moved in and look forward to seeing you all over there.

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