A query to Facebook "Friends" (friends -- talk about an overused word-- if there ever was one -- by the essentially anonymous "social" media; true friendship of course goes far beyond exchanging messages on USA-controlled (?) cyberspace.
FYI, The main reason am on FB is to get news/comments -- in the Russian language, a language I've been trying to learn for some 50 years -- from perceptive Russian citizens (and yes, the Russian government as well) on their country and the world.
But in recent weeks on FB am no longer receiving the original Russian text from Russian "friends"/sources -- rather, in incredibly vulgar/idiotic machine (what else can it be labeled) "English" translations (without my ever asking for them) -- although I can click on to the original Russian text.
To FB, non-native Russian speakers admirers of the language of Pushkin having to endure "machine strangulation" -- Have you experienced the same kind of linguistic vulgarity (some hysterics would say "imperialism)?
A Princeton PhD, was a U.S. diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Central/Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. After leaving the State Department in order to express opposition to the planned invasion of Iraq, he taught courses at Georgetown University pertaining to the tension between propaganda and public diplomacy. For many years he shared ideas on the theme "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" with Eurasian/European delegates participating in the "Open World" program.
Brown’s articles have appeared in numerous publications. A recent piece is “Janus-Faced Public Diplomacy: Creel and Lippmann During the Great War” (published in Nontraditional U.S. Public Diplomacy: Past, Present, and Future; now online).
He is the author (with S. Grant) of The Russian Empire and the USSR: A Guide to Manuscripts and Archival Materials in the United States (also online). In the past century, he served as an editor/translator of a joint U.S.-Soviet publication, The Establishment of Russian-American Relations, 1765-1815.