Author: Matt Rubenstein
Matt Rubenstein is a classical pianist living in Berlin. He has recorded the works of modern German composers for the Berlin Classics, cpo and Toccata Classics labels.

The first X-Men movie (2000) begins with a remarkable scene of aborted sci-fi wish-fulfilment. In an unnamed German concentration camp, a boy is seen being violently separated from his parents. (More…)

Nothing unusual here. The Taliban have been killing NATO troops in Afghanistan for nearly two decades. But this story was a little different. According to the New York Times, recent attacks on US and British forces have been partially sponsored by Russia. (More…)

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