- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with This year 2024 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of my first two books in New York in 1974. To contemplate what to scribble next, I’m taking a few days of May break.

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with A senior Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) officer, who is the Assistant Chief of Staff at the NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), faces court martial, “dismissal with disgrace”, and loss of his military pension for having disagreed with Canadian, American, and British military planners of  Ukrainian battlefield operations against Russia. His […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Following yesterday’s publication  on the work of Lawrence Freedman (lead image, left*), he was sent a request that “in the event you detect error of fact or interpretation in this piece, please inform me at once so that the appropriate remedy may be taken”. A reply signed by Freedman has been […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The kings of Europe used to pay clever men to pretend to be fools in order to make jokes to amuse the monarch and his court. They were called jesters. A man who pretends to be cleverer than he is, and who tells jokes in order to fool others into making […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Every spring, when it’s certain no more snow will fall on Moscow, it helps to remember what the celebration stands for, and look forward with hope.   Hope doesn’t come cheaply. In English and many other languages including Latin, May Day meant the return of fecundity, flowers, food harvests, and so hopefulness […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The first Dance with Bears appeared twenty-two years ago.  It began as a short commentary appearing once or twice a week. The title came from Astolphe de Custine, the greatest observer of Russia ever to be obliged to conceal what he was writing inside his hat, as the Russians he was […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Ice cream is ancient enough to have been demanded by at least three well-known emperors – Alexander the Great of Greece, Nero of Rome, and Charles I of England, all of them ill-fated. Ice cream, as we know it, doesn’t become easy to eat until it ceased to be plutocratic.  Refrigeration […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with The electric war, which in its first phase commenced in September 2022,  has now entered its second and final phase – final, that is, for the Ukraine. This is strategic; war has never been fought like this in Europe. The US and NATO general staffs and politicians have been taken by complete […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with Grief, anger, recriminations, media moneymaking, and political ambition make a highly  inflammable combination whose smoke and heat —  on both sides of the war against Russia —  distort what caused the Crocus City Hall attack – and what will happen next. Methodical analysis of cause of death and of culpability in […]

- Print This Post Print This Post

by John Helmer, Moscow   @bears_with In his election victory speech on Sunday night,  President Vladimir Putin has accepted the 87% Russian voter mandate to finish the war by securing the Novorussian territories east of the Dnieper River, and converting western Ukraine into “a certain sanitary zone in today’s territories subordinated to the Kiev regime.” In military […]