Monthly Archives: January 2014

Quick Thought to Amuse and Edify

This finding goes into the category of “obvious things confirmed by science.” “Russian men who down large amounts of vodka — and too many do — have an ‘extraordinarily’ high risk of an early death, a new study says.  Researchers … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Merger Puts New Face on Opposition Election Bid in South Africa”

“Merger Puts New Face on Opposition Election Bid in South Africa” The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2014, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/world/africa/anti-apartheid-figure-joins-south-african-opposition.html?_r=0 “Opponents of South Africa’s governing African National Congress drew battle lines on Tuesday for national elections, announcing a merger that will give … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Lincoln Deception”

Jan. 30, 2014 by Darius With the possible exception of John F. Kennedy, US presidential assassinations are considered “solved.”  But are they?  In his new novel The Lincoln Deception, lawyer, historian, and author David O. Stewart examines the assassination of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Syria Opposition Makes Overture to Russia”

“Syria Opposition Makes Overture to Russia” The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 28, 2014, p.A6 http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304691904579347050669324682 “Syria’s opposition is trying to drive a wedge between the regime and its most powerful foreign backer by assuring Russia that if it backs a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “102 Days of War”

Jan. 29, 2014 by Darius I recently saw Yaniv Barzilai talk about his new book 102 Days of War: How Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda, & the Taliban Survived 2001 about the escape staged by Osama bin Laden and al … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Coinages in the Financial Realm: After BRIC’s Fall, the ‘Fragile Five'”

“Coinages in the Financial Realm: After BRIC’s Fall, the ‘Fragile Five’” The New York Times, Jan. 29, 2014, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/29/business/international/fragile-five-is-the-latest-club-of-emerging-nations-in-turmoil.html?_r=0 “The long-running boom in emerging markets came to be identified, if not propped up, by wide acceptance of the term … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Arms to Syria, Secret From Whom?

Jan. 28, 2014 by Darius Yesterday it was revealed that the US has been sending small arms to “moderate” Syrian rebel factions since December.  The deliveries were approved by a secret vote of the US Congress.  The question is, who … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Mexico to Integrate Vigilantes Into Security Forces”

“Mexico to Integrate Vigilantes Into Security Forces” BBC News, Jan. 28, 2014 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-25924386 “Mexican vigilante groups in western Michoacan state have agreed to join the official security forces after weeks of taking the law into their own hands.  The ‘self-defence’ … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Three Cheers for Tunisia

Jan. 27, 2014 by Darius Yesterday witnessed a huge, if under-reported, event in the Middle East: in Tunisia, the National Constituent Assembly officially approved the country’s new constitution by an overwhelming margin: 200 of the 216 parliamentarians voted in favor … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “The Franchising of Al Qaeda”

“The Franchising of Al Qaeda” The New York Times, Jan. 26, 2014, p.SR4 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/26/sunday-review/the-franchising-of-al-qaeda.html?_r=0 “In formal prose and numbered lists, Ayman al-Zawahri, the leader of Al Qaeda, directed one of the group’s affiliates in Syria to withdraw to Iraq and leave operations … Continue reading

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