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    Psychedelic Socialism: LSD in Czechoslovakia

    Before we get to psychedelic socialism, some context. The 1960s were a turbulent and exciting time in pop-culture, most notably in the western world. The counter-culture movement was tearing up the worlds of music, fashion and ideology only to rebuild them again in another image. For a bright moment in this, the psychedelic movement gripped […] More

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    MUSIC ON RIBS: A Brief History of Soviet X-Ray Records

    As reported by USA Today, the Recording Industry Association of America has released a report confirming that in the first half of 2020 vinyl records outsold CD’s for the first time since the 1980s. While this may be surprising to some older folks who tossed their cumbersome record players when CDs became the leading format, […] More

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    How to get out of Europe during COVID

    The 2020 COVID pandemic has caused most countries around the world to close off their frontiers to tourists. Typically allowing only residents and freight can come in and out. An exception to this is most of Europe, where close integration means that it was simply not feasible to keep the borders closed. Europeans wanting to […] More

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    China has a coronavirus vaccine – and it might actually work

    A few weeks ago I was on a call to a Chinese friend who informed me that China had a vaccine that would probably be ready by October and that “important” people such as the military and medical staff were already receiving it. I took said information with a very large grain of salt, but […] More

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    A border dispute in Western Europe?

    Apart from a little pushing and shoving between France and Germany, the map of western Europe has looked pretty similar since the days of Napoleon. The border between Portugal and Spain is in fact the oldest frontier in Europe, dating back to the 1300s when the kings of both countries, who were cousins, tired of […] More

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    Strasserism – the alternate Nazi’s

    You’ll see many a right-wing communist hater declare that because the National Socialist Party, the Nazi’s has socialism as part of their name it means they are one and the same. Now whilst sane thinking people obviously know this is ridiculous, sticking feathers up your arse does not make you a chicken after all, there […] More

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    What Is Nagorno-Karabakh and Why Are They Fighting Over It?

    Introduction As an all-out war seemingly looms between Azerbaijan, backed by Turkey and Armenia, backed by Russia over Nagorno-Karabakh, much the world is asking where Nagorno-Karabakh is? We are happy to answer that question! What is Nagorno-Karabakh? Nagorno-Karabakh is a breakaway state sandwiched between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It was formerly an autonomous part of the […] More

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    Will there be a full-blown war between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

    Whilst things during Soviet Union times were largely a great love fest since the fall of the good old CCCP, relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan have gone south somewhat. There’s a lot of reasons why they don’t get on so well, going all the way back to the Armenian Genocide and then there is the […] More

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