Ukraine Independence Day 2022

August 24 marks the Independence Day of (modern) (День незалежності України), celebrating the 1991 Declaration of Independence (Акт проголошення незалежності України). This was adopted in the aftermath of the coup attempt in the Soviet Union on 19 August, when hardline Communist leaders attempted to restore central Communist party control over the USSR. In response (during … Continue reading Ukraine Independence Day 2022

Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion

The Monarchy Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, and the royal family is revered throughout the country. The previous King -- Bhumibol Adulyadej, better known in the West as Rama IX -- was especially beloved for his six decades of public service and humble demeanor. Following his death in October 2016, his son Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama … Continue reading Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion