ARIZONA “MARCH MADNESS:” GOVERNOR DECLARES GOLF “ESSENTIAL SERVICE”

"March madness" normally refers to one of our national pastimes - the playoffs of the best college basketball teams. This year, however, with "social distancing" shutting down sporting and cultural events across the U.S. and around the globe, the expression seems to apply to the state of mind of the Arizona state governor.

WE CAN LEARN FROM CHINA HOW TO CONTAIN CORONAVIRUS, NOT BLAME IT FOR IT

Some people are blaming China for the coronavirus crisis, claiming they are using it because they want to "rule the world." Certain American politicians, Donald Trump among them, are helping incite hatred against the Chinese calling by calling COVID-19 the "China Virus." Instead, there is much to be admired about how bravely and wisely the Chinese confronted this invisible enemy which attacked them first. And now, while the rest of the world is gripped in fear, the Chinese are sending planeloads of medical materiel and lending their own expertise to countries like Italy, France, Belgium, USA and others.

JUST 8 “BLUE” STATES ACCOUNT FOR 72% OF ALL U.S. CORONAVIRUS CASES

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - Mar 18, 2020 - The world is in the middle of the worst pandemic of our time. Statistics pour in every hour from across the nation and around the world showing that the coronavirus seems to be spreading faster than a wild fire. Markets are crashing. People are losing jobs and businesses. …

AN AMERICAN IN SERBIA: WHAT LIVING IN BELGRADE IS LIKE AFTER 50 YEARS

Buying a car in Serbia: NIGHTMARE ON FOUR WHEELS About one year ago, I arrived in Serbia. The idea was to see what living in my native city for about six months would be like after spending nearly half a century in America. Well, best laid plans of mice and men... Three months after my arrival, I married my landlady. A temporary living arrangement became a permanent wedlock. I grew a beard. I still wear it. I lost some weight. Healthier food and lifestyle, I suppose. Those were some of the good things. The rest... well, it was a culture shock. So much rudeness. So much intolerance. So much senseless bureaucracy. So much paper. So many loose cats and dogs. After seven months in Belgrade, my wife and I went back to Arizona. We spent four months at our Scottsdale home. This time, it was my wife's turn to experience a reverse culture shock - that of kindness with which everyone treated her. And how neat and clean everything was. Now we are back in Belgrade for the summer. And the culture shock continues for me.

I HAD QUIT (FB, Twitter) OVER CENSORSHIP; INFOWARS NOW BLOCKED

NOTE FROM EDITOR: Today's RT.COM OpEd elicited my response which was also published at their website (see below). I am also republishing here my Feb 3, 2018 editorial about quitting Facebook and Twitter (in 2016). Chilling precedent? InfoWars block exposes Big Tech as no friend of free speech (RT.COM, Aug 7)  Excellent OpEd! Kudos to Nebojsa …

SERBIA REMEMBERS NIKOLAI II… AND HONORS RUSSIAN CZAR AND HIS FAMILY, SLAIN 100 YEARS AGO

An exclusive special video news report from the streets of Belgrade
When I went to Saint Marko cathedral on July 12 to light a candles for my father and brother, as I usually do, I also stopped at the nearby Russian Holy Trinity church. A sign on the door said that there was going to be special liturgy on July 17 at 11:00 to commemorate the last Russian Csar, Nikolai II.

PUTIN SLAMS AUSTRIAN INTERVIEWER IN GERMAN FOR BADGERING HIM

Russian president offers a lesson in belligerent media handling Trump could learn from Vladimir Putin's interview with Armin Wolf, a reporter with the Austrian state ORF TV channel, in advance of the Russian president's today's visit to Austria, was a work of art. As if to justify his last name, the reporter attacked Putin like …