Author Daniel Silva says Putin is taking pages from Hitler’s playbook

Turn the page on Vlad

Daniel Silva – author of ‘The Improbable Spy’, ‘The Cellist’, ‘House of Spies’ – and called our best writer of international best-selling spy stories:

“I can’t make note cards or legal notepads. I have to write sentence by sentence. Each sentence informs the next, each scene informs the next. I study everything.

“Like Putinism. It’s just fascism. All fascist governments come into conflict at some point. So goes the story. Too many authoritarian fascist governments in the world at the same time. I wrote about it in one of my novels. Naive to think that we would get through this first half-century without major conflict.

“People don’t realize that the invasion of Poland started with a provocation from the Nazi scene. It’s straight out of Hitler’s playbook. It is the beginning of a reorganization of the world order. He sees himself as the leader of the Slav bloc.

“I have done a lot of research and writing about Russia. With my negative opinion of Putin, I was always afraid that something would happen. But I never thought it would be ethnic cleansing akin to genocide.

“He will try to bring all these countries under his control.”


Hold All Kards

The Kardashians have gathered on Hulu. James Corden’s company is executive producing. No scripts, allegedly. A rehearsal box, perhaps.

KK: “We are told that no sitcom can be written like what happens in our family. By filming your life, we have no idea what will happen tomorrow. We are very talkative. We like it. If children are involved, there are things we won’t share. But we film everything. Boundaries change so, as producers, we can always change our minds.

For season 1, they traveled the world. Drone cameras. Frequent flyer miles. Fried onion rings dipped in mayonnaise actually got a close up.

Even “SNL” is on the show. Even Pete Davidson’s behind – which apparently stores a cockroach’s energy – squeezes on it. So if you’re locked up at home ironing your husband’s drawers, what could be more exciting?

Kim Kardashian at the premiere of the new Hulu show "The Kardashians."
Kim Kardashian at the premiere of Hulu’s new show ‘The Kardashians’.
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The government is pushing

2008. Spitzer leaves the Albany executive mansion. Lieutenant Governor David Paterson ascends. He needs a lieutenant governor to break any ties. Less precedent for a sitting New York City chief executive to appoint his own lieutenant governor, Paterson nominated Richard Ravitch. The New York Court of Appeals approved it.

Now, with Kathy Hochul’s lieutenant governor being a real bad boy, she needs a No. 2 rookie. And “due diligence” might mean more than consulting Sharpton.


crazy bark

Dog lovers are completely upset with the dog’s owner, Caroline Kennedy.

There is a Central Park patch, kept wild, where leashed dogs can play. This week, 6 p.m., released two raging dogs. One brown, one white. One big, one less big. They raced. They rushed right next to it.

The owner? Caroline Kennedy. “Shame on her,” barked the complaining animal lover. “How dare she do that?” We called and she didn’t pay attention. She thinks she has so much right.

Eastern Europe, Putin. Central Park, Pooches. Can’t we all play nice?


Definition of a politician: someone who has never been caught.

Only in this hemisphere, children, only in this hemisphere.

Calvin W. Soper