Monday, October 20, 2014

Faces in History: Some Great, Beautiful, Some Not So Hot

Head of Helen. Attic red-figured krater, c. 450–440 B.C. - Marie-Lan Nguyen/Wikimedia Commons.
Helen of Troy *
In Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" (1604), Faust conjures the shade of Helen of Troy. Upon seeing Helen, Faustus speaks the famous line: “Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, and burnt the topless towers of Ilium.”

Russian President Vlad Putin **

**(Is this the face who could launch a 1000 nukes)


The face of anger for sure, but how far will/would he go about this issue and headlines:

Russia warns of 'prolonged' period of cold relations with U.S.

Story here (Fortune.com) - highlights:  

Frustration at Western hectoring boils over after Milan meeting brings no progress. The Ruble near all-time lows again after Moody’s cuts sovereign debt rating and thus: Russia lashed out at the U.S. again Monday, predicting a long period of cold relations and saying that Moscow won’t agree to any conditions for the lifting of sanctions on it.  

The E.U. made a decision to fall in with U.S. policy on Ukraine and join it in applying sanctions has angered Moscow, which had counted on the importance of their bilateral trade relations –especially in energy – to protect it. Instead the E.U., like the U.S., has banned Russia’s largest banks from its capital markets and limited sales of high-tech goods to its crucial oil sector.  

Stay tuned … one thing to keep in mind… hurting a major power by hitting them in the wallet can be a tough call and that in turn can also make those inflicting the economic pain go on guard to be prepared to take whatever is thrown back at them – possibly in spades as they say …  

Stay tuned as they also say.

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