As this week some will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bolshevik revolution, I decided to celebrate the end of it .
So… This week Eagle in the Fridge is on Amazon Countdown deal, only .99c!
Eagle in the Fridge is the story of the breakup of the Soviet Union, for anyone who wants a behind the scenes look at life on the other side of the Iron Curtain. It’s a testament to courage of everyday people under extraordinary conditions. It’s the reminder that history isn’t made by generals. It’s made by everyday people living everyday lives.
The pro-independence crowd outside the parliament followed the session vote by vote. The crowd met every “Yes” vote with a cheer – and every “No” with a boo. At the end of the vote, there was a huge cheer…
On May 4th, 1990 I stood in such a crowd, my heart skipping to every “Yes” vote and sinking with every “No”. My little Latvia was bravely breaking away from the Soviet Union. Today it was Catalonia, declaring independence. And I felt the same emotions, again. Go, Catalonia, go! My heart goes with you! Continue reading
Two Catalan independence leaders – Jordi Sanchez of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural – were sent to prison by Spain’s National Court. They are held without bail while they are investigated for alleged crimes of sedition (Sic!), which carry a sentence of up to 15 years in prison. Congratulations, Spain!
After the Brexit vote European future will be challenged again on October 1st in the little Catalonia. Catalonians want independence referendum, Spain stands strong, calling it illegal and banning it. There is no constructive dialogue between both sides, and that can only end up in a huge disruption, sooner or later. Continue reading
THIS is a long, detailed and very interesting story from a far-faraway country about the far-faraway people. Journalists, actually. Trying to do their job. Oh, wait a minute… Actually it is a story about USA and Europe helping these journalists… or not? Read it and next time, when you, you personally, donate your hard-earned dollars, euros, bitcoins (or whatever currency you prefer) to a charity, do your homework first.
Fortress Swallow’s Nest Castle Crimea Black Sea
My friend Joe has this really nice property that ends at a beautiful lake in Texas. It’s about three acres, wooded. Across the road from his place are some other, less lucky owners. I mean, their properties are big, 10 acres and more, but they don’t have a lakefront. In fact, his neighbor Tony talked Joe into letting him set up a barbecue pit on the beach. Tony’s always telling Joe what a great property he has, even though Tony has more than three times the acreage. Sometimes Tony’s beach parties get a bit rowdy, but he always invites Joe and his wife to join in, so Joe doesn’t mind, even when they don’t. Tony makes a point of telling Joe what a babe his wife is, too, which Joe doesn’t mind, because Tony is a paunchy, balding 59 year-old who likes to walk around bare-chested and flex his muscles. Joe’s wife just laughs when he does that. Sometimes when he’s drunk, he waves his Luger around and fires the occasional shot into the air, which the kids think is very cool.
Then one day, Joe comes home from work to find his neighbor Tony sitting at the kitchen table, Luger in his hand, Continue reading
On August 7, the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation announced the temporary closure of the international straits as part of construction efforts to build a bridge connecting Russia to the occupied territory of Crimea. On August 9, between 06:00 to 18:00, this waterway was closed to all maritime traffic except for Russian naval vessels. Continue reading
Interested how it was, how it really was to live under the Soviet rule? I’ll be on reddit later today to answer your questions (and plug my book). See you there!