Eric Alexiev

Eric Alexiev is chairman of the Center for Balkan and Black Sea Studies (CBBSS). He could be reached at Eric.alexff@protonmail.com.
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  On October 20th, 1981 Kathy Boudin, a member of the far-left domestic terrorist group “Weather Underground”, dropped her one-year old son off at a babysitter’s house. From there she drove her rented moving van to a parking lot adjacent to a nearby mall in Nyack, New York. The parking lot offered a good vantage point of the events that were about to unfold. More importantly it offered a reliable escape route. Within an hour, the father of her baby, David Gilbert, would join local Black Panthers and fellow Weather Underground terrorists in the armed robbery of a security truck that was parked out front of the mall waiting to receive the mall’s cash profits.   After killing one security guard and stealing $1.6 million in cash, Gilbert and his

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  The first round of Ukrainegate impeachment proceedings drew an audience of 13.1 million viewers in the United States. While not an insignificant figure, it’s important to note that this is down 32 percent from the 19 million viewers that tuned in for James Comey’s testimony during the nascent stage of the Russiagate proceedings.   It seems more likely than not that this difference in viewership is partially due to an American public that is getting tired of the immutable disdain the left has for President Trump and anything he touches. The left regards Trump as evil incarnate. There is no doubt Impeachment would result in an immense amount of compensatory satisfaction in the minds of those who were severely let down in 2016.   However, even if impeached by

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elections 2020

  Democratic presidential hopefuls in the United States are finally beginning to get serious. By serious I mean they’re starting to drop out. The crowded field that featured over 20 candidates at the beginning of the year lost five in the past two months due to inadequate support and inability to reach necessary donor requirements to appear in the democratic primary debates. This is the only measure of the party getting serious however, the candidates who still believe they have a chance at running against Donald Trump continue to make normal people scratch our heads with bizarre stories about run ins with gang leaders like “Corn Pop”, praise for parents who use a nine year old transgender child to virtue signal, promises to “tell the public about aliens,” and claims

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“Without meaning to say that the foreigners harbor such destructive intentions in their hearts, we yet positively assert that from their inordinate thirst after gain, they are perfectly careless about the injuries they inflict upon us! And such being the case, we should like to ask what has become of that conscience which heaven has implanted in the breasts of all men?”   The full text of Lin Tse-hsu impassioned open letter to Queen Victoria imploring her to intervene in the illegal smuggling of opium onto the shores of mainland China is a profound plea to morality. Delivered in 1839 in the months preceding the escalations that would result in the first Opium War, the letter fell on deaf hears by the time it was received in England. However, 180

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  The 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit will be held in New York on September 23rd. In attendance will be 16 year old Swedish environmental diva Greta Thunberg, who recently sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a state-of-the-art “carbon neutral” sailboat in order to protest air travel. Her presence is so highly anticipated that on media attendance lists she is the only one mentioned by name. The guest lists look something like this, “Presidents, Prime Ministers, leading environmental scientists and Greta Thunberg!”   Who is Thunberg? A superstar in environmental circles. And the rise of her star has been an extraordinary thing to witness. In 12 short months she went from an impeccant looking teenager skipping school on Friday outside the Swedish parliament building with her famous “School strike

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Somebody should remind him why he won in the first place. The recent bout of mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas and Daytona, Ohio have further illuminated the depths of Donald Trump’s disloyalty to his own constituency. In the aftermath of the two mass shootings Trump addressed the public and called for increased tech censorship as well as the implementation of a nationwide red flag gun law, an interesting strategy for a president who won a majority vote with gun owners in 49/50 states.   Red flag gun laws can vary depending on what county and state you’re in, but the general idea is to give family members and close acquaintances the ability to petition a judge to temporarily remove the firearms from a person that they

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kofite

  Despite ample evidence to the contrary, environmentalists are certain the planet is on its death bed sweating out its final breathe while humans turn up the thermometer. Although their estimation for exactly how much longer we have seems to change every time we reach their previous projection unscathed, the certainty grows. Decades of blatant misrepresentations of data should arouse anyone’s suspicion regarding the shrill of environmentalist propaganda, but lies are best served with a short-term memory and this time your imminent demise is really coming. In fact, according to controversial US freshman lawmaker Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, “the world is gonna [sic] end in 12 years.” In typical neoliberal “clown nose on, clown nose off” fashion she later professed that anybody who actually believed what she said had the intelligence of

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Zoomers

  The European Parliamentary elections in May revealed an interesting trend in the changing political landscape of Europe. The first and most obvious indicator of an increasingly febrile continent was the high voter turnout. Since 1979 when nearly 62% of EU citizens voted in Parliamentary elections, the turnout has steadily declined, reaching a record low of 43% in 2009 and increasing by a meager 0.9% in the subsequent 2014 elections. The 2019 election is reported to be 50.9% which would make it the highest turnout in twenty years.   This is significant for several reasons, chiefly that the EU parliamentary elections have largely become a method for European citizens to voice the more ardent of their ideologies and political beliefs. Most understand that while they may not agree completely with

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  On April 15th 2019 the new far left extremist group Extinction Rebellion (XR) will begin the next phase in its Civil Disobedience program aiming to paralyze London. The group’s call to action specific to the 15th asks participants to gather in Parliament Square in London with tents and food and the goal of “blocking road access to the center of the city” in the hope of shutting down the city center.   An offshoot of the failed Occupy movement, XR would necessitate no special coverage were it not for promotion by Russia Today, Putin’s main propaganda organ in the West, and that violence appears to be its thinly veiled approach to achieving its goals. The extremist group’s so-called “Guide for Participants” claims XR is “peaceful, alcohol and drugfree” though