Links – April 24, 2015

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Some history of the nuclear power plants in the Tennessee Valley Authority. Graphic of the first Browns Ferry plant. Continue reading Links – April 24, 2015

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Putin’s Man In California: Steven Seagal

When I opened Twitter this morning, I saw this:

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Russia Roundup – April 19, 2015

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This week, President Vladimir Putin did his phone-in Ask Me Anything. Well, not quite anything. The questions are carefully selected. Here’s an analysis of the words he used in his answers. I’m not sure if the analysis used the Russian transcript or the English translation. In any case, seems a bit more conciliatory than he has been.  Continue reading Russia Roundup – April 19, 2015

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Links – April 17, 2015

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France’s nuclear supplier Areva is in deep trouble.

The strange trend of Mexican thieves stealing radioactive material by accident. Looks like some instruction for users of radioactive sources would be a good idea. Photo from here.  Continue reading Links – April 17, 2015

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Links – April 15, 2015

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Russia’s Kaliningrad – separated from Russia and wedged between Lithuania and Poland. I like this map better than the one in the article.

Looks like Russia is using a war monument as a wedge issue in Ukraine, as it did in Estonia in 2007. Continue reading Links – April 15, 2015

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Iran’s Supreme Leader On The Negotiations

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President Obama says that he’s not concerned that Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s speech is a spoiler for negotiations. Others say it is.

Public statements by national leaders often need to be decoded. Context matters. Continue reading Iran’s Supreme Leader On The Negotiations

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Links – April 11, 2015

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Kevin Drum is being treated for cancer. His editors have asked his blogfriends to contribute posts in his honor. Here’s mine. I tried to condense what I’ve been saying about Iran in a way that Kevin might. I see that I’m much more longwinded.

Russia is getting upset about Sweden’s and Finland’s getting closer to NATO. This is a machine translation; I usually try to get the general gist from a translation like this, but don’t trust details. The map is from the CIA collection, via Wikipedia. Continue reading Links – April 11, 2015

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Russia Roundup – April 10, 2015

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This is Easter weekend in the Orthodox Church. Continue reading Russia Roundup – April 10, 2015

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