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Latest Stalin Items
"Between Shades of Gray" (Philomel), by Ruta Sepetys: In 1941, the lives of 15-year-old Lina Vilkas, her brother and their mother are turned upside-down when they are forced from their home in the middle of the night. Deemed "enemies of the people," they are expelled from Lithuania and forced to work in a Soviet labor camp in Siberia, where prisoners are routinely starved, brutalized and killed.
The recent bloody riots in Tunisia, Egypt and Algeria are only the beginning of a wave of instability — not only in Arab lands but across the whole so-called "developing" world.
With regard to Phelim Kine's Tuesday Commentary column, "Hu's missing": If the Chinese weren't able to exert so much economic influence on the world, there would be more prominent voices raised in opposition to the thuggery of the Chinese government.
"Geography" is as much a question of cultural distance as it is mileage on a Mercator projection.
This is a story not previously available in English about Polish airmen in England at the time of the Battle of Britain. It's a story well known by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and those in England at the time who were literally saved from German invasion by them, but now mainly lost in the more popular histories of World War II.
Ken Follett is an acquired taste that I had not acquired; however, when I heard that he had written an epic novel about the roots and consequences of World War I, I volunteered to review it. I'm glad I did. World War I has largely faded from popular memory; it is the only war that has no major monument in Washington. That is tragic because it was the root of everything that followed in the 20th century, and much of what we now live in the new millennium.
Virtually every adult in the Western world is by now aware of the barbarities committed by Hitler's Germany. A smaller number recognize that Stalin also was guilty of many atrocities. What Yale professor Timothy Snyder has now provided is a detailed recounting of the massive bloodletting in the lands between Germany and the Soviet Union before and during World War II.
"Clearly, some bad scientists are just greedy opportunists who care about only their own well-being. But those who fervently believe their own rhetoric about saving humanity may be even more dangerous," writes John Horgan at the Scientific American blog Cross-check.
"You may wonder why the incessant harping on whether Hitler was an atheist, or why it doesn't matter that Stalin was, or that there is no correlation between atheism and acts of wickedness. [Richard] Dawkins goes through this so often, and so intensely, that it is not hard to speculate on whom he is really trying to convince," writes "The Venerable Bede" at Venerable Beads.