Controlled Political Mythology and Blame Games

The concept of “enemy image” dates back to the very beginning of ancient state formation. However, it was not until many centuries later that the term came into wide usage within the political context, when German political theorist Carl Schmitt published The Concept of the Political in 1932. Schmitt described the “friend-enemy” distinction as an … Continue reading Controlled Political Mythology and Blame Games

A Glass of Shampanskoye- Don’t You Forget About the Tsar

As a new Russian law changing the labelling of French bubblies went into effect last month, one must not forget the real message sent by the Kremlin: Putin is still able to get into Western leaders’ heads. Figure 1:Photograph: Itar-Tass/Alamy To the dismay of oenologists and oenophiles around the world, the Russian government decided to … Continue reading A Glass of Shampanskoye- Don’t You Forget About the Tsar

The Planet is Running out of Time and Greenland Reminds us of This

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has left no doubts on the fatal outcome of climate change if there is no decisive change of course to the current situation. Little progress has been made with regard to CO2 emissions and air quality, but unfortunately improvements will be slow, and it will take decades to … Continue reading The Planet is Running out of Time and Greenland Reminds us of This