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Don't know much about history

Predictions that the United States is on the verge of collapsing like the Roman Empire are pretty old hat, usually among the kind of people… 1,042 more words

Brawndo's Got Electrolytes

Talking Turkey at LobeLog

I have a new piece up today on the Turkey-Koboni-Kurd saga. Turkey has no interest in lifting a finger that might help the Kurds, which puts them ( 496 more words


The only deserving candidate for this year's Nobel Peace Prize

Joshua Keating at Slate has figured out who it is:

This year the prize committee could best serve its mission by giving the prize to the person who most deserves it: nobody.

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If I Had A Hammer

The trouble with definitions

The glaring problem with newly adopted UN Resolution 2178, dealing with the movement of “foreign terrorist fighters” around the world, is the same problem that’s plagued the “War on Terror” since its inception: we (the US, or the US and its allies if you like) can’t or won’t really define what constitutes “terrorism” or “terrorist acts.” Given that this is a UN resolution and therefore, “binding” or not, has about as much weight behind it as a cease and desist letter from Lionel Hutz, 984 more words


Obama chairs Security Council meeting (live, until it's not)

I’ll put up a link to the text of Resolution 2178, which passed unanimously at the start of the session, once I find it ( 267 more words


Airstrikes happening in Syria

US and supposedly other coalition aircraft are striking Daesh (there, that’s better) targets in Syria. Here’s the official Pentagon statement:

“I can confirm that U.S.

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