Woman banned from USA because of her name

America’s clumsy efforts to make herself safe continue to reach ridiculous proportions,  making enemies instead of friends.  Last April The Daily Sabah ran a story about a woman who was barred from entering the USA because of her name.  The 33 year old French citizen, Alic Aida was told at the airport in Geneva thatContinue reading “Woman banned from USA because of her name”

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Roundabouts: Who has the right of way?

Roundabouts in America: Who has the right-of-way? My wife is French and close to half of all roundabouts in the world are on French roads, so we were pleasantly surprised to see them popping up on the American landscape, especially now in Maryland and Virginia.  The problem is a total lack of understanding for mostContinue reading “Roundabouts: Who has the right of way?”

Astana: World’s most beautiful city

Astana: The most beautiful city in the world Not since 1703, when Peter the Great raised up his glorious re-incarnation of Venice on the cold Baltic Sea of the Russian north has a more magnificent city ever appeared by the will or inspiration of one man.  President Nursultan Nazarbayev, of Kazakhstan, commissioned and directed muchContinue reading “Astana: World’s most beautiful city”

Russia: Land of Opportunity

by Doug Wead What country’s individual tax rate tops out at 13%? Hint.  It isn’t the USA where federal and local taxes in New York are projected to reach a 57% bite.  If you are rich? Move to Florida or Nevada to avoid State Income Tax.  If you wanna be rich?  Move to this newContinue reading “Russia: Land of Opportunity”

My visit to Kazan, Russia

Kazan, the capital of Tartarstan, is a city of 1.2 million, four hundred miles east of Moscow.  It was a persistent thorn in Russia’s side until 1552 when the famous Czar, Ivan the Terrible, put this irritant to rest with his massive invasion.  Ivan expertly laid siege to the fortress walls.  The great story isContinue reading “My visit to Kazan, Russia”

Why do they pass on the right in Arizona?

Recently, I visited the Valley of the Sun, Scottsdale and Phoenix. It was a great feeling. Arizona has been my home as much as any place in recent years. I have lived there twice in my life. But this was the first visit in a few years and it was fun to get back. TheContinue reading “Why do they pass on the right in Arizona?”

Is the economic crisis really a conspiracy?

There was a fire at the Hyatt Regency in Kiev recently. It was a Sunday night, March 8, 2009. And the reaction in the lobby was like the reaction of many of us in this the Second Great Depression. It was surreal. People were in denial. They could sense the overpowering smell of burning plastic,Continue reading “Is the economic crisis really a conspiracy?”

My trip to Stalingrad

If you haven’t visited Volgograd you haven’t visited Russia for if Moscow is its headquarters, this is surely its heart.  The name was changed from Stalingrad to Volgograd in 1961 as part of the de-Stalinization program of Nikita Kruschev but the spirit of the heroics of this battle hang over the city.  Everyone here has storiesContinue reading “My trip to Stalingrad”

My trip to Khabarovsk, Russia

When I checked the internet before my last trip there wasn’t much on Khabarovsk so to help the next earnest traveler, I’ve decided to offer a little travelogue of my own. This is a beautiful city of rolling hills and tree lined avenues with tall, ornate street lamps, each with seven globes.  The Cathedrals areContinue reading “My trip to Khabarovsk, Russia”