Russia: neither powerful nor important

I agree with Tom on this:

Russia, as I pointed out in the last column, simply isn’t that powerful or important.

via No es problemo with Russia (Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog).

This is the line I’ve been advocating since August. Of course, the purpose of the spin is still the same – support Gazprom’s interests — but at least there is less Cold War thinking here than before.

Short Review of “The Inheritors” by William Golding

Today I finished The Inheritors, by William Golding (also author of Lord of the Flies). The story centers on a group of Neanderthals and their interaction with early modern humans. Events are told from the Neanderthals perspective, which give greater depth to some events (when a thing is smelt, each layer of smell is discussed, which gives historical meaning to otherwise familiar objects) and confuses others (complex scenes are confusing, and details the narrator relates may not clarify, or even confuse, the reader).


Wikipedia has a spoiler-filled summary of the book. I’m not sure if I agree with its interpretation of the story (as I mentioned, many aspects are confused and purposefully ambiguous). The book is very well written. It is framed twice, once by the opening and closes chapters of the book, and again (at the beginning) by the exceprt from H.G. Well’s The Outline of History and (and the end) by the impression of the book as a whole.