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A week ago or so an European music contest gave its first prize to an Austrian drag queen. It’s a very simple thing, no reason at all for any kind  of unrest – let alone public protests and diplomatic notes, isn’t it?
Well, it looks like this is enough. Austria was criticized for its decision to select such a candidate for the contest, a massive number of negative considerations / comments flew thru the social media and, after the drag queen’s victory of the final round of the contest, an official note from Russia’s foreign minister was sent to the media – expressing deep concern for such a frivolous matter.

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Russia_2837 – Tsar Cannon (Photo credit: archer10 (Dennis))

It’s almost scary to see what’s going on the media in Germany about the Ukrainian crisis. While the news coverage is good as it gets usually you may see some of the most important men of the country taking as many distance is possible from a direct involvement of the Germany in the crisis – they take side with Putin to Hell and beyond.

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The recent struggle between Ukraine and Russia underlined once more a lot of misconceptions about Vladimir Putin, Russia’s foreign policy and the ways to confront in a workable way acts like the invasion of Crimea. The basic idea of portraying Putin like an old-style russian hard case, somebody who will try to set a new USSR, is so deeply wrong to be almost humoristic. Almost.

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At the last Davos meeting the CEO of the Coca-cola company finally showed us the reason why somebody will do something for real in order to stop climate change in the future. No, I’m not joking. The issue is so serious that the space for joking is over.

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isla san jose

I was researching a bit for a new story I have in the making when I stumbled upon an intriguing tale. It’s the story of a marvelous island, a tropical paradise named Isla San José, Panama.

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Happy New Year!

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The New Year’s Eve madness is already begun worldwide, so it’s time for me to add my personal message for today.

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Xmas 2013

Under Santa's watch: C-17 delivers fuel to remote bases in Afghanistan

It’s been a while since the last time I’ve posted an entry on this blog, my apologies to the readers. I’ve been quite busy with the science fiction blogzine “Il futuro è tornato” (The Future Is Back) that I run with an bunch of friends and with all the complications of italian politics (yeah, I still believe in the system so sue me and bla-blah-blah).

Now it’s Xmas time, isn’t it? I don’t like this kind of stuff but with a six-year old son I’ve got to celebrate, the little guy get his rights oh-ho-ho. So it’s high time for all of you to get a full payload of season greetings from Italy and watch out for what it comes down from the sky!

Image by Staff Sgt. Nathanael Callon, USAF.

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