RKS Film: “When Flowers are Not Silent”: No Need for a Ukraine in Belarus at Least not Yet

What is worse than an autocrat shoving repression down the throats of the population? It is an autocrat ruling within a weakened regime that becomes even more repressive to hang on to power. Such is the story of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenka who maintained power in what is widely regarded as a riggedContinue reading “RKS Film: “When Flowers are Not Silent”: No Need for a Ukraine in Belarus at Least not Yet”

“Andrij The Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” : Chapter 12: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

As I sit in the cockpit of the US Navy jet taking me to Buffalo New York, I have time to ponder many things. First and foremost is the attack of autocrat Tsar Putin on my country very much like Hitler attacked Poland in 1939. He is ordering the murder of civilians. His sophisticated missilesContinue reading ““Andrij The Orphaned Ukrainian Rescue Dog” : Chapter 12: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!”

“Ostrov – Lost Island”: Misery and the New Tsardom: Toronto Hot Docs

The Russians have perfected the art over the last hundred years of criticizing authoritarian power through allegory in literature and poetry. Sometimes they get away with it but sometimes with novels from Solzhenitsyn like “Cancer Ward” or “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” it goes too far for the authorities to tolerate. InContinue reading ““Ostrov – Lost Island”: Misery and the New Tsardom: Toronto Hot Docs”