Tag Archives: Russia

Let Them Play #EngCro #FifaWorldCup #QueLesMeilleursGagnent #AllezLesBleus

Let them talk !

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Mammy Blue says : “Allez Les Bleus !”

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Mrs President says : “Allez les Bleus !”

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Everybody says : “Que les meilleurs gagnent !”

Let them all say : “Allez les Bleus” (which in French is : “Que les meilleurs gagnent”, of course).

RF – July 11th-15th, 2018

It’s (Russian) Diplomacy, Stupid ! #Ukraine #Crimea #BraveRealWorld

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Talk(er)s not walking/working, pretending to work/walk – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell : a place somewhere in Orthodox Catholic East-Central Europe (not far from the famous “Balkans”) is called “Ukraine” (formerly part of Soviet Union) ; the place East of Ukraine (and West of Alaska, North of Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, China …)  is called “Russia” (formerly heartland of Soviet Union) ; a place with sandy beaches and a good harbour somewhere South of both Ukraine and Russia (not enormously far from the skiing resort Sochi) is called “Crimea” (formerly part of Russia, then of Soviet Union, then of Ukraine, now of Russia again).

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Ukraine – Credits : internet / press

Ukraine says Crimea belongs to Ukraine, like California or Louisiane belong to the USA (since they were taken over and/or bought from Mexico and France by the people who had taken over America from the Brits and Native Indians), or Greece belongs to Europe.

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Real talk(er)s walking – Credits : internet / press

Russia says Ukraine is like Panama or England, and Crimea is like Alaska or Hawaï, but they don’t mind about Alaska and Hawaï, and don’t ask Panama or England to be really independant. Yet.

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The Russian Boxer Nikolay Valuev in CRimea C) Reuters – Credits : internet / press

Lots of people talk, twit and post about it.

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Official talk(er)s pretending to work … – Credits : internet / press

That’s Diplomacy.

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Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

There was a vote, in Crimea, and over 90% of local citizens said they wanted to (re)become Russians, rather than stay Ukrainians.

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It’s democracy, Stupid ! – Credits : internet / press

That’s (not increased) reality.

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Master and Commander, or vice-versa – Credits : internet / press

Some walk their talk.

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Official and Real Talker and Walker – Moscow 2014 – Credits : internet / press

That’s Russia.

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“Steak tartare as a starter”, says smiling Putin – Credits : internet / press

Now, the game seems to be over (and Russia won this one).

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Not everybody outside of Crimea (and Russia) seems 100% happy about it all (by the way, it seems some people in Eastern Ukraine are jealous and would also like to be Russians …), but who knows what’s Diplomacy and what’s reality ?

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Franco-Russian Diplomacy – Credits : internet / press

Anyway, that’s the way it is, there (in Europe) and now.

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European Diplomacy … – Credits : internet / press

In a nutshell, it’s like a football game : some players win (and usually, the Germans), some lose (not always the same), trainers and managers call their lawyers, supporters shout, journalists talk, so called “experts” sell their comments at tv shows, twittos twit, facebookers post, activists walk in the streets, politicians talk among politicians and on TV, but nobody can do nothing but laugh, cry, shout, put their flags back in the garage, and go back to work or watch something else on Google’s Youtube, Apple TV, or Netflix, when the game, Olympic or not, is over.

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Good (Olympic) Game – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Ukraine.

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

Good game (and good luck), Europe & Co.

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The “Winner takes all” Game – Credits : internet / press

Good joke (and good luck), Brussels !

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Europe … Credits : internet / press

Good luck, Brave New World, and good luck, citizens of here and now.

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Crimea / Airport 2014 – Credits : internet / press

The trouble is, from a Western viewpoint (China, which incidentally took over Hong-Kong and Macao in the recent past without much noise in the West, doesn’t seem to care that much, as it is busy with it’s own real economic, environmental, social, politic and other issues), there’s plenty of communists and other nasty people, plus gas, oil, unemployment, social unrest and religion turmoil around …

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Crimea 2014 – Credits : internet / press

But the game is over in Crimea, let’s play and watch another one.

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The Players – Credits : internet / press

What, who, where next ?

The (win-win, lose-lose or whatever good else) Game – Credits : internet / press

More about it (and other issues) in French (but with pictures & internet links) : http://cestalire.wordpress.com/2014/01/21/un-e-cafe-suspendu-au-hasard/

Renaud Favier – March 20, 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

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Angry Birds West of Ukraine … Hungry Bear East of Crimea

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OK, Angela, let’s do it your way, if Vladimir is OK

Nobody knows what is happening in Ukraine, or Crimea, which are somewhere near Sochi, the last Russian Winter Olympic Games place, but frankly, who cares about what European language the local people speak there, or elsewhere in Europe ?

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Angry Birds West, Hungry Bear East …

More about it (in French, but with pictures and multimedia links) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/03/ukraine-speculation-sur-le-rouble-promotion-pour-merkel-crimee-chatiment-pour-paris/

Renaud Favier – March, 3 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

The Voice (s) about Ukraine

Some talk …

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Some don’t talk

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Some bleed.

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Who knows ?

More about talks over Ukraine (in French) http://renaudfavier.com/2014/03/02/the-voice-s-sur-lukraine/

Renaud Favier – March, 2 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Real cow-boys watch cows, or wolves, not trains !

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Please click on link or pictures if U wanna read mode (not mostly in French this time, and with pictures and net-land-arted multimedia) about it :

http://renaudfavier.com/2014/02/24/two-cows-deux-vaches-pour-les-francophones-integristes-matthias-varga/

http://renaudfavier.com/2014/02/24/cette-revolution-a-kiev-cest-flou-esperons-que-les-loups-dukraine-sont-inoffensifs-ou-reniflent-ailleurs/

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Renaud Favier – Feb, 24th 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

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Same “good old shoe” story, or revolution in Ukraine ?

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Many people died in Kiev. It’s not a “wag the dog” story, but a dangerous mix of “civil” and economic war. The big guys in and around Ukraine have played strange, wicked games, over the last months, or years. Ukrainians pay a high price.

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Less dramatic, if not good, news about “good old shoes” in Europe (in French) : http://renaudfavier.com/2014/02/21/ff-genres-baskets-charentaises-godillots-tongs-gros-sabots-et-autres-francaises-a-cote-de-leurs-pompes/

Renaud Favier – Feb, 21th 2014 – Facebook Compétitivité – LinkedIn – English

Frenchonomics     Compétitivité 2012 couverture

Vive la France !

My goodness ! France at war against talent, now ?

la-une-choc-des-inrocksIs France killing art and passion ? Fighting against its own artists and talented people ? Read more about it here : http://renaudfavier.com/2013/01/16/si-armstrong-balance-a-la-tv-faudra-til-delocaliser-le-tour-de-france-comme-depardieu-renault-ou-le-dakar/

Renaud Favier – January 26th, 2013 – http://bonneannee2013.wordpress.com/

Bonus : but it looks like it, doesn’t it ?