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This Happened — May 19: Harry And Meghan, The Big Day

Five years ago today, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, England.

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How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly met on a blind date in July 2016, set up by a mutual friend.

What was the significance of their wedding?

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was significant for several reasons. It was the first time that a member of the British royal family had married a person of mixed-race heritage in modern history. It was also seen as a modernizing step for the royal family, with Markle bringing a fresh perspective and a commitment to social justice causes.

Which celebrities attended Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding?

The wedding was attended by a range of celebrities, politicians, and members of the royal family, including Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and Kate Middleton, and Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. Other notable attendees included Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, and David Beckham.

What was the reaction to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding?

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was widely praised for its inclusivity and diversity, as well as for the couple's commitment to charitable causes. It was also criticized by some for its cost and extravagance, and for the intense media scrutiny surrounding the couple in the lead-up to the wedding.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

Russia Flirts With The End Of "Mutually Assured Destruction"

Retired Major-General Alexander Vladimirov wrote the Russian “war bible.” His words have weight. Now he has declared that the use of nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine is inevitable, citing a justification that consigns the principle of deterrence to the history books.

Russia Flirts With The End Of "Mutually Assured Destruction"

Rehearsal for the Victory Day parade on May 7, 2023, in Moscow, a Russian MIRV-equipped thermonuclear armed intercontinental ballistic missile.

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Slavoj Žižek

Updated on Sep. 19, 2023 at 4 p.m.


LJUBLJANANuclear war is the “inevitable” conclusion of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. That's the opinion of retired Major-General Alexander Vladimirov, from an interview he gave last week to the journalist Vladislav Shurygin, and reported by the British tabloid The Daily Mail.

The retired general and author of the General Theory of War, which is seen in Moscow as the nation's "war bible," warned: “For the transition to the use of weapons of mass destruction, only one thing is needed – a political decision by the Supreme Commander-in-Chief [Vladimir Putin].” According to Vladimirov, “the goals of Russia and the goals of the West are their survival and historical eternity.”

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That means, he concludes, that they will use all methods at their disposal in this conflict, including nuclear weapons. “I am sure that nuclear weapons will be used in this war – inevitably, and from this, neither we nor the enemy have anywhere to go.”

Recently, Christopher Nolan’s film Oppenheimer sparked outrage in India because it contained an intimate scene that made reference to the Bhagavad Gita. Many people took to Twitter to ask how the censor board could have approved this scene. A press release from the Save Culture, Save India Foundation read: “We do not know the motivation and logic behind this unnecessary scene on life of a scientist. A scene in the movie shows a woman making a man read Bhagwad Geeta aloud (during) sexual intercourse.”

My response to this scene is precisely the opposite: the Bhagavad Gita portrays cruel acts of military slaughter as a sacred duty, so instead we should be protesting that a tender act of bodily passion has been sullied by associating it with a spiritual obscenity. We should be outraged at the evil of “spiritualizing” physical desire.

Isn’t Vladimirov doing something similar in this interview? He is seeking to somehow elevate a (self-destructive, murderous) passion by couching it in obtuse terms such as “historical eternity.”

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