Wednesday, October 10, 2007

News You May Have Missed

In Iran, the former nuclear negotiator for the Islamic Republic, Hasan Rowhani, denounces President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hardline policies in a speech. It's reported in the Iranian press.

[UC asks: when will the Bush regime begin to realize that there's a functional Iranian opposition, and that an attack on Iran will essentially eliminate this and turn the entire country to the hardliners? Probably never.]

In Russia, President Putin recites poetry to Sarkozy, invoking the 'mysterious Russian soul:' "You can't understand Russia with your mind/Nor measure her by the ordinary acre..."

[UC observes: a Ukrainian friend suggested to us that when Russians begin invoking the "mysterious Russian soul," they are usually making excuses for their bad behavior.]

[To our readers: could someone identify the poem and poet? BBC mentioned it and covered it in its entirety, but I missed it. Nathalie?]

For the weekend, UC takes a quick trip to Montana to tackle the famous Le Grizz 50 mile ultramarathon. I'm going to break a jinx that's kept me from completing the last three 50 milers I've entered, and move one step closer to Ten Bears.

Back soon!

Ahh that is Tyutchev! NV
Спасибо, Наталя!
Vashimi molitvami,
Ф. И. Тютчев
«Умом Россию не понять...»


Умом Россию не понять,
Аршином общим не измерить:
У ней особенная стать –
В Россию можно только верить.
I believe that poem is "Ode to Rasputin". In fact, I'm certain it is.
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