Odessa, Ukraine — Common Sense and Whiskey

Lovely story, Odessa in Decay: Romantic, Tragic at Literary Hub. Meanwhile, life has been quiet where we’re spending a couple months here at our mökki on the lake in Finland, but we’ll shake things up with a flight to TXL tomorrow. No firm plans until we return in a week. We’ll see what happens.

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Ukraine Through Personal and Political Lenses — What’s Nonfiction?

Book review: In Wartime, by Tim Judah (Amazon / Book Depository) As we came closer to the coast, birds skimmed and whirled. The coastline is always changing here. Sediment and sand constantly form new low islands and sandbanks. Finally, we came to where this branch of the river flows out to the sea. A monument […]

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The Spirit of Ukraine — What Next?

We did a 26 kilometer round trip on our bicycles on Monday to visit the Ukraine Pavilion at Folklorama. Our friends Brian and Merle had invited us to join them to watch their grandson perform. He is part of the Zoloto Ukrainian Dance Ensemble. We started our visit to the pavilion by sharing a typical […]

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Chernobyl to Become Official Tourist Attraction, Ukraine Says — WNEP.com

Chernobyl, the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster which resulted in thousands of deaths, is to become an official tourist attraction, Ukraine’s president has announced. Once at the centre of a 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone, Chernobyl has seen a sharp rise in visitors since an HBO mini-series about the tragedy aired earlier this year. And according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, it is now time for a different narrative surrounding the site. “We must give this territory of Ukraine a new life,” […]

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Putin and Macron to discuss situation in Ukraine — Ukraine Today

Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit France on August 19 to hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on a wide range of topics, including the situation in Ukraine, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said. “Preparations are underway for a working visit by the Russian president to France on August 19. It […]

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New Book (4): Armies of Russia’s War in Ukraine — In Moscow’s Shadows

It’s actually been out a couple of weeks now, but a quick note that my latest Osprey book, on this dismal, running conflict, is now out. The usual Osprey approach: some history, some analysis, orders of battle (I was quite pleased with the listings of forces on both sides that I compiled, although given how […]

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Wonderful Day Trips from Kiev – Explore Ukraine — Travel With Me 24 X 7

Kiev or Kyiv – the capital of young and vibrant Ukraine is full of colorful cathedrals, parks, funky cafes, colorful street art, and exotic nightlife. Apart from enjoying Kiev city tour, let’s go for wonderful day trips from Kiev – Explore Ukraine. There are many wonderful day trips which suit all tastes and ages. Like […]

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Beautiful Damascus streets, filmed over the days of Eid — Tish Farrell

Originally posted on In Gaza: As charming as these scenes are, I’ve had many tell me over the years, including recently, that holidays are tainted with massive sadness for those martyred and maimed by terrorists and in the fight against terrorism and to restore peace to Syria. I always feel the need to note that…

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Faith Challenge! — Pure Glory

by Hazel Straub Most of us face faith challenges, at some point in our lives. If we meet the challenge, we end up much stronger. The Prophet Elisha, in ancient Israel, was dying. King Jehoash (God has grasped you) came to visit. Elisha instructed the king to first shoot an arrow through the window. He […]

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The BeeKeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri — Pirate Patty Reviews

The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their survival as they undertake the Syrian refugee trail to Europe. A beautiful and haunting tale of Syria and the families who lost so much and fought so hard to stay in their home country, only to be driven […]

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