Was Stalin an Ossete?

Every killing is a treat, for the barrel-chested Ossete — Osip Mandelstam, 1933 For a Westerner raised during the Cold War the figure of Joseph Stalin is most often associated with state terror under a brutal dictatorship. It can therefore be surprising to see his image today all over Ossetia, both North and South, andContinue reading “Was Stalin an Ossete?”

South Ossetia is a Country

In the medical profession there is a term for one who refuses to accept reality and tries to behave as if things were otherwise: it is called “denial”, and it is considered a pathological condition. Geopolitics, unfortunately, is rife with it. To cite but one of many possible examples, South Ossetia (official name: Republic ofContinue reading “South Ossetia is a Country”