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I hesitate to comment for my sentiments run from 'me, too' through 'clever!' to 'ehm... OK'. Doomed to this mediocrity, I refrain. As I am dealing with a monster who has declared war on it. But, two things to add:

Another week, another number of very concerned Economist articles and posts on Russia (mediocre!). It seems the last relates to the Czechs getting their oil slower.

Czech mate? | Certain ideas of Europe | Economist.com

THE Czechs have plenty of experience with Russian hard-ball tactics, so their latest suspicions are worth considering. Just days after signing a deal with America to host a tracking radar for an antiballistic missile system (which Moscow strongly opposes), officials in Prague say the flow of oil to their country from Russia is slowing.

Although they declined to formally point the finger at the Russian government (technical problems could be to blame), Czech officials made their suspicions clear. They have two good reasons to think this way.


And it goes on...

Second, thanks for linking to the Russia blog series. Also popped up on Thomas P.M. Barnett's blog -- Barnett seeming to be a major influence for the author. Which makes me wonder. Barnett is very interesting, but sometimes wacky. The Russia blog author himself thinks his thesis is 'almost like a big poem'. Could be great!

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Jul 12th, 2008 at 04:04:14 PM EST
I'm curious to know which parts you related to, thought were clever or ... "ehm OK".

Also, you have a lotta nerve coming here and posting Economist articles! ;)

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Mon Jul 14th, 2008 at 07:01:51 PM EST
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