Meet the Team

Tsarizm Staff

Tsarizm Staff

 Staff Writers, Tsarizm

  • Bio
  • L Todd Wood

    L Todd Wood

        Editor-in-Chief    

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    L. Todd Wood, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, flew special operations helicopters supporting SEAL Team 6, Delta Force and others. After leaving the military, he pursued his other passion, finance, spending 18 years on Wall Street trading emerging market debt, and later, writing. The first of his many thrillers is “Currency.” Todd is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and has contributed to One American News, Fox Business, Newsmax TV, Moscow Times, the New York Post, National Review, the Jerusalem Post, Zero Hedge and others. He is also editor-in-chief of Tsarism.com. For more information about L. Todd Wood, visit LToddWood.com.

  • Mariam Gogolishvili

    Mariam Gogolishvili

     European Bureau Chief 

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    Mariam is from Tbilisi, Georgia. She’s a graduate from the Free University of Tbilisi, where she studied governance and social sciences. She worked for several news agencies as a reporter specializing in international politics.

    Other than that she’s a devoted liberty activist and works with NGOs, activist groups, and grassroots movements in the South Caucasus region and throughout Europe. From 2015 she has been an organizer of a civic campaign which has been launched to counter the rise in anti-western messages and propaganda in the Caucasus region.

    She speaks English, Russian and French and is passionate about philosophy, biotechnology and the future of Artificial Intelligence.

  • Baruch Pletner,PhD,MBA

    Baruch Pletner,PhD,MBA

      Columnist,  Tsarizm  

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    The Hi-Tech Traditionalist – Baruch Pletner is an entrepreneur, a scientist, an inventor, and a private pilot. He is passionate about education, the outdoors, and the war on globalism. Baruch holds a PhD degree from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and an MBA from Northeastern University in Boston.

  • Irena Shabani

    Irena Shabani

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    IRENA SHABANI Is an Albanian freelance journalist and human rights activist specialising in investigative journalism. She co-founded Panorama, the leading newspaper in Albania, where she served as managing editor from 2002 to 2003. Prior to Panorama she was a journalist at Shekulli and Gazeta Shqiptare and has been part of the Albanian Human Rights Group from its beginning. She has collaborated on programmes for the International Research and Exchanges Board, investigating topics involving crime and political corruption and continues to collaborates with foreign organisations and local media focused on social problems and minority rights.

  • Kozeta Çika

    Kozeta Çika

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Kozeta Cuadari Cika is an English teacher and translator in Tirana Albania. She was teaching at Tirana University from 1996-2012 and has been working as a translator for The Albanian Center for Economic Research (ACER) since 1998. Now she teaches at Cambridge Private Center.
    She is also Albanian Rep for Liberty International (ISIL) since 2006. Sha has reported news for various projects and translated and published libertarian literature since 1999 and on. She was organiser of WalkForCapitalism for Tirana during 2001-2002.
    In 2014, she was co-organizer of Libertarian world conference (ISIL) in Tirana.

  • Seth Frantzman

    Seth Frantzman

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Dr. Seth J. Frantzman is researcher and journalist based in Jerusalem. He has a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is the Oped Editor of The Jerusalem Post. For several years he lectured in American Studies at Al-Quds University. He has published widely and made three short documentaries about the war on ISIS in Iraq and European refugee crises. He was born in Maine. @Sfrantzman and sethfrantzman.com

  • Qeti Ka

    Qeti Ka

      Contributor,  Tsarizm

  • Bio

    Autor: Qeti Ka.

    Qeti Ka is pseudonym of Ketevan Kapanadze. Qeti is from Tbilisi, Georgia. She graduated from Caucasus University, where she studied Journalism and Mass communications. Today, she works in Georgian Public Broadcaster as a TV Show Producer.

    Before Qeti Ka worked as a journalist for several Georgian medias, including Radio and Web magazines. Now she is writing a book and soon is going to open her own bookstore.

    She speaks English, French and Russian and loves Flora and Fauna and everything related to literature.

  • Vagabond Gal

    Vagabond Gal

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Vagabond Girl can’t use her name for business reasons. However, she travels extensively through the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe and writes gloriously intelligent travel articles.

  • Dick Morris

    Dick Morris

      Columnist,  Tsarizm  

  • Bio

    Dick Morris is President Clinton’s former strategist and a commentator on public affairs. He has consulted on the campaigns of more than thirty Senators and Governors and fourteen heads of state throughout the world

  • Yaël Ossowski

    Yaël Ossowski

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Yaël Ossowski is a journalist and informational entrepreneur. He’s currently deputy director at the Consumer Choice Center, and senior development officer for Students For Liberty. He was previously a national investigative reporter at Watchdog.org. He is currently seeking a Master’s Degree in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) at the CEVRO Institute in Prague. Born in Québec and raised in the southern United States, he currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

  • J Froebel-Parker

    J Froebel-Parker

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    J (Johannes) Froebel-Parker, currently ENL teacher for adults, retired New York State ENL (English as a New Language) teacher k-12: author of Ahnentafel Series Books, based on genealogy and historical research concerning characters from his maternal and paternal family trees including Friedrich Froebel, founder of Kindergarten.

  • Liza Katsiashvili

    Liza Katsiashvili

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Liza is a last year student of Business Administration at Agrarian University, Tbilisi. She works as a Local Coordinator for International NGO Students for Liberty in Georgia. She has blogging experience and is involved in many activist groups regarding a variety of problematic issues in the country. Her main fields of interest are economics, human rights, drug policy reform, Russian occupation etc.

  • Josh Friedman

    Josh Friedman

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

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    Josh Friedman is an American journalist currently based in Bulgaria. He reports for the investigative news publication CalCoastNews and is an editor and correspondent for Bulgaria Analytica, as well as the publisher of the site FreeManPost.

  • Octavian Bodorin

    Octavian Bodorin

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

  • Bio

    Octavian Bodorin is a freelance conference interpreter and translator based in Moldova. He is providing high quality interpretation and translation services on a highly competitive market to various customers among which are the World Bank, IMF, UNDP and others. His areas of translation expertise include among others, energy, finance, banking, justice, education.

  • Keti Diasamidze

    Keti Diasamidze

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

  • Bio

    Keti was born in Batumi, Georgia, but lives in Tbilisi. She graduated from the Arts faculty of Tbilisi State University, as well as from the film directing faculty at the Belgium Film Academy. Today she works at the Public Relations Department of the Georgian National Museum which is a union of museums through the country. She is a devoted player of intelectual “What? Where? When?” games. She enjoys writing and runs her personal blog which is dedicated to the influence of music.

  • Yuri Vanetik

    Yuri Vanetik

     Contributor,  Tsarizm 

  • Bio

    Mr. Vanetik is a private investor, attorney, and business and political strategist. 

    In the past, he served as executive within the financial sector, and advised boards and principals of public and private companies on capital formation, securities offerings, marketing, acquisitions and dispositions, and other strategic planning matters. Presently, he continues to serve on corporate boards, boards of non-profits, and political organizations.

    Mr. Vanetik began his legal career, practicing corporate law with K & L Gates. Subsequently, he served as founding partner of Iger, Koehler & Vanetik, LLP.

    Mr. Vanetik received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley with Highest Honors, (Phi Beta Kappa) and is an executive graduate of the Anderson Business School at UCLA. Completing further graduate research at Oxford University where he was a researcher in political philosophy, Mr. Vanetik earned his J.D. from the University of California San Francisco, Hastings.

    Mr. Vanetik has had a distinguished political finance background that spans over 17 years in local, state, and national politics and policy, and includes service in the law enforcement.  An experienced political coalition builder, Mr. Vanetik served as State of California Co-Chair for the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign, and as All American Vice Chair for Rudy Giuliani Presidential Campaign. He was in the state finance leadership for Senator John McCain’s Presidential campaign, and was a member of Senator McCain’s Kitchen Cabinet. He led finance and leadership teams for numerous political campaigns including that of Meg Whitman’s race for Governor, Mitt Romney’s local political finance team, and many others. He served as the Finance Chair for Congressman Dana Rohrabacher.

    In 2006, Mr. Vanetik has been appointed to the Homeland Security Council for Region 1, and serves there on the Board of Governors. 

    In 2007, Mr. Vanetik became Trustee for the Kennedy Center National Symphony. In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Mr. Vanetik to serve on the California Criminal Justice Council; In 2010, The California Governor appointed Mr. Vanetik to serve as the California Lottery Commissioner, and in 2011 the State Senate appointed him to the California Economic Strategy Commission.

    In 2008 Mr. Vanetik joined the Board of Directors of American Red Cross, where he currently serves on the Executive Committee. The same year, Mr. Vanetik had been appointed to the National Board of Gen Next, and to the Advisory board of UC Irvine’s Center for Unconventional Security Affairs. He also serves on the board of the Gen Next Foundation, and on the Political Committee of the New Majority. In 2009, Mr. Vanetik became Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, a national think tank for the study of politics and statesmanship. Mr. Vanetik is also on the Advisory Board of the Pacific Research Institute and CalWatchDog.org