Potemkin village


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Potemkin village

false fronts constructed to deceive. [Russ. Hist.: Espy, 339]
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To cap off the fraud of our Iraqi Potemkin village, President Obama's much-vaunted announcement of a "mission change," the slow-motion "withdrawal" of troops is more than compensated for by the influx of mercenaries.
"Building a Potemkin Village: A Taliban Strategy to Reclaim the Homeland"
"Potemkin Village: Ars Poetica": Verisimiltude requires/a homeless man's feet/protruding from a dark/vestibule.
He was completely taken in by the Potemkin village of a relief camp the district administration of Mianwali prepared for his visit.
In its eagerness to attract football fans in the teeth of a global recession, South Africa has been afflicted by a kind of Potemkin village mentality.
The one genre in which the regime did return to focus on the Jews was in two "Potemkin village"-type documentaries made by the SS (214).
Imagine a cross between a squalid Potemkin village and a planned retirement community in Florida.
In a Boston Globe column titled "When kooks take the state," Scot Lehigh said he was amused by "wild-eyed rants at town meeting halls" and "conservative attempts to portray those snarling sentiments as genuine mainstream anger." He questioned whether the "country is dopey enough to mistake microwave mobs staging Potemkin Village protests as accurate expression of true American opinion." He referred to "agitated kooks" and "right-wing media types." While I'm not sure which one of those descriptions I would fit, let me say this: I have firsthand experience with government-controlled health care and do not wish it on the American people.
Britain is like a Potemkin village, those ersatz town frontages built for the Russian Tsar to gaze upon from his barge as he sailed by, apparently oblivious to the truth that there was nothing behind the facade.
But our public-private framework of economic security has decayed, leaving advocates of the existing policies increasingly defending a Potemkin village of hobbled and out-of-date protections.
If they leave their isolated enclaves at all, it's a guided tour to a Potemkin village."
Some of the claims made by Tel Aviv and its virtual army of court scribes, often mistakenly referred to as journalists, are so utterly preposterous they wouldneIUt look out of place in a Monty Python sketch if they wereneIUt so deadly serious.E[sz] Take for instance the endlessly repeated mantra that Israel, a nuclear-armed state bristling with F-16eIUs, Merkava tanks and Apache helicopter gunships, must defend itself from the existential threat posed by home-made rockets that carry 4 kilograms of explosives and are in fact little more than glorified firecrackers.E[sz] Claims such as these, the balsa wood struts that hold together the Potemkin village image Israel presents to the world, are now beginning to collapse before our eyes.