Religion and the state

Filed under Religion on August 16th, 2009

A great nation—and optimistically speaking, any nation—is supposed to represent all its inhabitants, equally and without discrimination. It shouldn’t see a difference between people of different sexual orientations, between people of different races, between the personal beliefs of its citizens. And yet, in many countries—commonly third-world and second-world ones, but unfortunately often also in first-world […]

The G(r)ay Lady opposes Prop 8

Filed under History on September 29th, 2008

Of all news sources available in the world, I appreciate and value The New York Times the most. Their reporting is accurate, follows my own ethnical and social principles, and the overall quality of the Times keeps it at the top of the industry. For California Proposition 8, or “Eliminates Right of Same-Sex Couples to […]

Russian precedent has been set

Filed under History on September 10th, 2008

International recognition of Kosovo has set precedent, whether the recognizing countries want it or not. They say Kosovo is a “sui generis” case, but it isn’t. Russia has used it to recognize South Ossetia and Abkhazia (while still not recognizing Kosovo), which has upped the precedent even more. This time not such much for the […]

South Ossetia and Abkhazia today, Kosovo tomorrow

Filed under History on August 26th, 2008

I’m not planning on making this into a long post. In all my previous articles about the 2008 South Ossetia War I have already made my position clear. I don’t perceive Russia as the bad guy in this situation and am wishing for the independence (or even Russian annexation) of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It’s […]

Looking for a more balanced approach on Russia

Filed under History on August 15th, 2008

Everyone is putting blame on Russia for the on-going South Ossetia War. An easy target, the nation and its prime minister are painted as the descendants of pure evil. “Georgia’s sovereignty must be guaranteed,” writes a pro-American New York Times editor, while further suggesting that Russia should be put in the political corner wearing an […]

NASA lacks the wherewithal for greater space

Filed under History on August 12th, 2008

NASA wants to go back to the Moon, they want to land people on Mars and other extraterrestrial bodies. Big dreams are necessary when you’re the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the world biggest aeronautical organization. What does NASA need for those big dreams? New spaceships, excellent astronauts, the best and newest technology, probably some […]