Press Release: Georgian Dream is creating an authoritarian nightmare, according to new report

“Bidzina’s Law,” the latest White Paper by Robert Amsterdam, details the sham prosecution against his client George Bachiashvili and the state capture of the country’s institutions by the oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili. The report, “Bidzina’s Law: The State Capture of Georgia,” written by international lawyer Robert Amsterdam, warns against the malign influence of former Georgian Prime […]

Departures Podcast Featuring Christopher Miller, author of ‘The War Came to US’

Among the slew of books that have come out recently on the war in Ukraine, there are few which take as broad a scope of the human experience of the soldiers, victims, and communities living on the front than the latest entry written by the war correspondent Christopher Miller. In his book, “The War Came […]

Departures Podcast featuring Richard Cockett, author of ‘Vienna: How the City of Ideas Created the Modern World’

From the late-nineteenth century until the mid-1930s, Vienna was Europe’s undisputed powerhouse of ideas. But along with the exhilirating achievements of Freud, Wittgenstein, Mahler, and Klimt, there were also darker forces emerging in parallel which have had their own negative impact on modernity, from organized anti-Semitism to ethnonationalism ideologies. These complex tensions are explored in […]

Departures Podcast featuring Volodymyr Ishchenko, author of ‘Towards the Abyss: Ukraine from Maidan to War’

The tremendous velocity of history that Ukraine has experienced since independence to the Maidan revolution to the catastrophic war brought on by Russia’s aggression often tends to be sold and told in neatly packaged narratives to the West – a heroic tale of a plucky democracy breaking from from the yoke of an authoritarian past. […]

Departures Podcast featuring CY Huang

It was just three years ago when the Economist magazine ran a cover story on Taiwan, describing it as “the most dangerous place in the world.” With intensifying competition with China and deteriorating global security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, there are many arguments that continue to support that negative outlook. But that’s not the […]

The Slings and Arrows of Defending a Church in Wartime Ukraine

It’s probably not a good use of time responding to Twitter users such as @officejjsmart @JayinKyiv et al., but these people are simply not telling the truth. Lies and dishonesty sometimes should be confronted instead of ignored. I’m no “pal” of Tucker Carlson. The ony time I’ve ever spoken with him was during that interview. […]