Гибкость и прагматизм - вот, пожалуй, главные качества, которые пытается демонстрировать сейчас Барак Обама в сфере геополитики. В "перезагрузке" нуждаются не только российско-американские отношения, но и - пожалуй, даже в большей степени - отношения США с мусульманским миром. "Конфликт цивилизаций" способен резко дестабилизировать весь мировой порядок. А грубой военной силой, как уже показал опыт Ирака и Афганистана, невозможно снять накопившиеся противоречия. У оппонентов США всегда остается возможность для "асимметричных ответов", потенциальная опасность которых способна превзойти даже то, что случилось 11 сентября 2001 года. Поэтому в интересах США - попытаться создать новый имидж Америки как страны, не являющейся "заклятым врагом" мусульманского мира. Тема Израиля здесь, конечно, возникла отнюдь не случайно (...) Полный текст и обсуждение ЗДЕСЬ.
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Text books At our school we have mostly text books of American authors and editions. I have chance to compare them with Russian text books and European. Of course American editions have good and bad sides as any other editions.The good thing that I like about them is citing a lot of examples from real reality, meaning that the theory is usually linked to the reality, it makes things easier to understand. There are usually a lot of pictures and charts in them, so it helps as well. Another side of these books is that some of them really contain a lot of *water* as we say in Russian, meaning that a lot of information is really useless and senseless. Though it is probably the problem of writers. But still if we take books written in the USSR time (text books), there was usually only important information, that makes them so precious still in our days. Nowadays text books issued in Russia often have the same problem - a lot of useless information.
The funny thing about American books is that most of them (if not all)are dedicated to someone: *to Erik, my husband* or *to Ann and Tom, our nice children*. If the author adds something like... *to ..., without whom this book would never happen* or something like this, I usually imagine how they were writing this book together in the long winter evenings :))) It is not common for Russian text books to dedicate them to someone...
I wonder if there is a difference in the USA in the way of writing of new books if we compare them with old editions? In Russia this change is obvious, but it happened here because we are switching for capitalism and people make money by any means. What about the USA?
CCCP - Soviet Americans In the 1980's, when Gorbechov was opening Russia to the west, many changes were also happening in the USA. One of those changes was in our attitude toward the USSR. Most Americans liked Gorbechov and the changes he stood for. Yakov Smirnoff, a Russian comedian who defected to the USA, helped ease Cold War anxiety by supplying the USA with laughs. Something called 'Russomania' swept across the USA for a short time during 1985 and 1986.
USA Trucker Subculture 1950's - 1980's In the 1950's, pressure from police on the trucking industry, as well as the use of the CB radio by American truckers caused an interesting rivalry between the two groups. Truck drivers were seen by police as a criminal element, as many truckers engaged in nefarious activities such as smuggling of contraband, speeding, not paying tolls, and fudging log books. Truckers were also known for engaging in fist and knife fights. This gave them a reputation something like Hells Angels, The Outlaws, and other biker gangs, although they were organized through communication via CB radio rather than a specific gang leader. (CB stands for 'Citizens Band'.)
Notice two things in these video's: #1 - the interaction between the police and the trucks on the highway, and #2 - special slang used by the truckers. This slang was used to keep police from understanding who was doing what at any given time. (Very useful to smugglers!) The truckers slang also had a '10-Code', similar to the code police still use too alert each other to the specifics of crime.
So what happened to the police/trucker rivalry you ask? Well... In the early 1980's larger trucking companies took over inter-state hauling, and tougher legislation was enacted to cover crimes that occur in multiple states. Also, a government database connected police computers at the city, state and federal levels. You could no longer commit a crime and escape by running across the border to another state.
Bush Pardons Two Turkeys Thanksgiving Day is a holiday that celebrates the arrival of Europeans to the American colonies. As such, the USA is the only country that celebrates it. Traditional foods include corn, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, squash, and a baked turkey, among other things. It is also traditional for the President to pardon two turkeys on or before Thanksgiving Day, saving them from the dinner table. Bush Pardons Two Turkeys.
Here is a video from Day Watch movie (2005 or 2006?) with a scene of Moscow in ruins. This scene usually never appeared in Russian movies (except war movies of course) so it surprised me a lot when I saw that one dared to show it. Btw, the movie is about Dark and Light forces (people) - Night Watch and Day Watch. I posted it because this kind of scenes is very common for American cinema, now it comes to us too.It's really scary and I am sure that they should never show it, because it has a tendency to come true.
ooops! This is a video from a modern cartoon about Dobrynya Nikitich and Zmei Gorynych - famous personages of Russian epic and fairy tales. Compare to Cheburashka and Umka it looks very vulgar though it's pretty funny. But this kind of cartoons the generation of my sister watches...
In Russia we had two revolutions, the first was in the beginning of 20th century in 1905. But again (like in the USA :)) Navy was one of those forces who started it. These two videos are taken from the movie of Eisenshtein (1925). At that time it was a cinema without sound, but it was a very progressive movie in many senses; for example the first crowd scene - on stairs - appeared there).
Battleship "Knyaz Potemkin-Tavricheskiy" was one of the prides of the tsarist Russia. But in 1905 there happened a revolt of the crew against officers and the captain. To say the truth (though we believed in it a lot and it was one of the milestones of our history) the subject was actually made out of thin air. The official reason that pushed the crew to the revolt was a poor quality meat in the lunch of the crew. I really doubt that the crew of such a ship could be served bad (as I said, Tsarist government was proud of it, because it was a very sophisticated, innovated ship, and crew (731!) was selected especially for it). The thing was in one person of the crew (Vakulenchuk) who was a member of communist organization and they were preparing the revolt. So 14.06.1905 the ship was proclaimed as a ship of Revolution; part of officers with the captain killed, others - arrested.The same day the ship did few war shots at military on the shore of Odessa. Tsar Nikolai II was afraid that Potemkin will sail in the open Black sea with the red flag of revolution and he sent 11 battleships to manage Potemkin, but they broke the ring around the ship and went in the sea. Soon water and food was over on Potemkin and they had to come to Romania from where they were handed over to the Tsar government. The crew proclaimed themselves political emigrants and stayed in Romania; part came back to Russia later and was arrested; part came back after the February revolution (this is how we call revolution of 1905). The ship changed few times the name; at the end she was exploded by anglo-french invaders in Sevastopol in 1918.
So Aurora was not really the first one. Any comments?
I am still about art (especially cinema) of my childhood :) But I guess that it can be interesting for both: foreigners - to learn about it and Russians - to remember how it was. This is one of the favorite movies of children in the USSR - Adventures of Buratino of Alexei Tolstoi (kind of Russian Pinoccio). It's a final song of the movie.
Did American children have something similar, or I mean maybe they had some other mvies or cartoons taken from European books and personages?
1812 The American revolution did not end in 1776. The war went on until 1789. 1776 was when we officially declared independence, but the revolution had just begun. The American troops were badly outnumbered, and ill equipped to do anything, especially fight a war. With the aid of France and some Native American tribes, we finally ended up fighting the British off.
We had to fight them again in 1812, again with a very ill equipped and un-experienced military. At the Mississippi delta, General Jackson fought off the British forces with a ragtag force composed of a handful of military troops, pirates, and local citizens. The British over-ran our capital, and forced President Madison out of the White House. When our own forces failed to keep the enemy at bay, Mother Nature, or God if you prefer, intervened and drove them out in the form of a massive tornado and electrical storm.
Here's a music video about Jacksons battle at the Mississippi delta:
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