Tuesday, March 4, 2008

A Finer Focus: DMITRY 'The Bear' Takes the Plunge...

If Russia elects (loosely put) a President during an election year in the United States, does anyone hear it??? Dmitry Medvedev, the handpicked heir to Vladimir Putin's old post is now the guy at the other end of the 'red phone.' A 1987 graduate of LSU (No! Not that one...Leningrad State University), Medvedev has a PhD in Private Law: In short, an impressive dude, great political pedigree.

Chess savant Gary Kasparov might, however, have something to say about that. Odd that Kasparov wasn't able to rent a meeting hall where at least 500 supporters could congregate to witness his announcement for office, as is required by law for one to be able to run for President. What? Seems that not many hall owners were willing to rent Kasparov a place to stump. Hmmm.

So, it's now Medvedev. Before him is the task of riding the wave of Russia's new found oil might and mending dachas with NATO. A great way to keep up with the world, getting quality news from quality sources like the Economist, Foreign Affairs, transcripts from National Public Radio programs like "All Things Considered." You may access all of these publications - and many more- by going to "EBSCOHost," accessible through the Find Articles/Databases link on the Sacramento Public Library homepage (http://www.saclibrary.org/), then by going to General Articles on the next page. At this point, you may enter your library card number and PIN to access this great content.

The other day when Medvedev was offered tea during a meeting, he said 'da,' but it would have to be with honey because he is, as he put it...the Bear; in actuality, the meaning of his name in Russian.

To grab further biographical information on 'the Bear,' you may explore the "Biography Resource Center," a great place to grab current bio-data on lots of interesting people. You may get there, by following the same path as above, yet our Biography options are located near the bottom of the database page.

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