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Straight from my mind to your screen—here’s a collection of my thoughts, from the heartfelt to the odd, and everything in between.

Noble Deeds Stand the Test of Time! Ukrainian Kids Honor Lidia Litvyak on Victory Day

Six years ago in San Diego, California, I met Lidia Litvyak (1921-1943) for the first time. Lidia, a feisty, diminutive, blonde teenager was the world’s first female fighter pilot -- and to this day, the most successful ever in terms of missions and solo kills. Not surprisingly, she became Hitler’s worst... Learn More

DATE: May.12.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

We Should Be Ashamed: Those With The Least Still Remember What’s Important

Determined East Ukrainians with no pensions, no banks, and few medicines remember what is important. Eastern Ukraine, May 9, 2015 In many cities of Russia, in Donetsk and Lugansk too, after the Victory Day military parade there was another parade of people with portraits of their relatives who perished during the Great Patriotic War.... Learn More

DATE: May.12.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Truth in Ukraine Ignored by the New York Times, et al!

EASTERN UKRAINE, MAY, 2015 The Saur-Grave monument is a part of a regional landscape park near Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. During the World War II, the Germans took the hill then built bulk bunkers and fortifications, arranged in tiers. The Soviet army lost 23,238 soldiers retaking the hill. To commemorate a moment when... Learn More

DATE: May.11.2015 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

It’s Now Official! The World Has Gone Completely Mad.

Seems as though every day in every news outlet, there is some unbelievable story. Since I've now written two books on international matters, I've decided to take the next step. I've started a Twitter campaign devoted strictly to making reasonable comments on news of substance from around the world. I’ve even given... Learn More

DATE: Jan.07.2015 | CATEGORY: On the rest of the world | COMMENTS:

China, Russia…and yes, the US…Lag in Free Press Study

Expected: Russia ranks #148 out of 180 Countries in 2014 survey "Reporting without Bias." Country rank unchanged from 2013. Surrounded by Myanmar, Bangladesh, Singapore, Philippines, Iraq, Turkey, Mexico and Pakistan. Unexpected: United States ranks #46 in the same study. Trails virtually the entire European Union (Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, U.K. etc.) and... Learn More

America. Time to stop talking, start listening?

[caption id="attachment_1811" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Source: New York Times Shell Oil Study[/caption] In 1970, there were three major cities with populations of 10 million people or more: New York, Tokyo and Osaka. So America represented 33% of the world’s major urban centers. By 2010, there were 23 such major urban centers. Two were American, New... Learn More

DATE: Dec.03.2014 | CATEGORY: On the rest of the world | COMMENTS:

“Unbelievable! Our Government kills its citizens, while Americans help us to survive.”

(EASTERN UKRAINE, NOV 2014). This is an actual quote in a very recent note from my friend and colleague in Eastern Ukraine. I had the good fortune to meet and live with these intelligent, gentle people in more peaceful times. This is also the first time in my life I have been... Learn More

DATE: Nov.23.2014 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Back by popular demand… I’ll be on air, again!

I'll be appearing on WSNR 620AM and online at, the most listened to Russian language radio station in the United States for the last 10 years. The name of the show is "The Beer Show" (the show is not about the beer, but just an instrument/metaphor​ for a relaxed conversation.) I'll... Learn More

DATE: Oct.09.2014 | CATEGORY: My Life, On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Sometimes, humor is anything but…

One picture can create decades of distrust. Decades of images creates mountains of distrust. Simply put, my generation has made a mess of the world order. And, we are not getting any better. But you young people around the world have a great opportunity to use social media for the greater... Learn More

DATE: Sep.16.2014 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

Eastern Ukraine: The People’s Side of the Story (Warning: Graphic Image)

A recent email from my friend, Yelena, living surviving in Eastern Ukraine. “Lugansk (our region center), Donetsk, Snezhnoye (a little town 5-10 km away from Krasny Luch) and some other places are severely bombed and shelled. I can hear explosions out of my window, as well as the roar of Ukrainian aircrafts. (The Ukrainian... Learn More

DATE: Aug.27.2014 | CATEGORY: On Russia & Ukraine | COMMENTS:

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