Saturday, 29 April 2006

"Kuda mne devat'sia? S obshchestvennost'iu tak s obshchestvennost'iu"

Yeltsin meant to create a pure pyramid of power
-Lilia Shevtsova, 'Yeltsin's Russia: Myths and Reality'

Thus, Putin did not inherit a superpresidential order, he sought to build one.

Eugene Huskey, 2001

It's a scandalous thing when - just think about the figures - a fifth of the legal acts adopted in the regions contradict...basic law
Putin Announces Major Revamping of Senate, Rossiyskaya gazeta, 19/05/2000

Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Tuesday, 18 April 2006

- how do you spell distortion?

the conservative and populist press seem to be almost relishing the chance to editorialise about the possibility of some disillusioned Labour voters switching to the BNP, noting Labour have only themselves to blame.

gripes about the scale of migration, housing, and who pays for what are wrong when they home in on scapegoating, and don’t sit too easily alongside protestations that these critics are kindly types who have the interests of immigrants at heart (obvious innit, why those chattering classes want freer borders, they trumpet).

there again, these are – you suppose – those sections of the media that are tirelessly arguing against the tagging of asylum seekers.

oh, no, wait a minute.

Sunday, 16 April 2006

RIP Muriel Spark

Wednesday, 12 April 2006

Saturday, 8 April 2006

There is nothing to justify this act

Jalal Eddin al-Sagheer

Tuesday, 4 April 2006

whatever the truth of the status quo or no heat and light, it can’t be denied that M. de Villepin enjoys a bit of shabby economic nationalism.