Monthly Archives: October 2014

Thinking Aloud: “John Quincy Adams: American Visionary”

Oct. 31, 2014 by Darius  I recently read John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan.  Kaplan’s work is an exhaustive, but interesting, biography of America’s sixth president. John Quincy Adams was truly the last member of America’s founding generation.  … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Fighters Are Still Flocking to Syria”

“Fighters Are Still Flocking to Syria” The Washington Post, October 31, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/airstrikes-against-the-islamic-state-have-not-affected-flow-of-foreign-fighters-to-syria/2014/10/30/aa1f124a-603e-11e4-91f7-5d89b5e8c251_story.html “More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options,” Part III

Oct. 30, 2014 by Darius  [A few days ago, I attended a very interesting talk by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder entitled “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options.”  I shared some of Snyder’s remarks on Russia’s “postmodern” approach … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Congo Opening Its Doors to Agrobusiness”

“Congo Opening Its Doors to Agrobusiness” The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2014, p.C3 http://online.wsj.com/articles/congo-plans-to-lease-farmland-in-bid-to-bolster-food-productivity-1414506517 “The Democratic Republic of Congo plans to lease farmland covering an area larger than France in an attempt to attract capital and technology capable of boosting … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options,” Part II

Oct. 29, 2014 by Darius  [A few days ago, I attended a very interesting talk by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder entitled “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options.”  I shared some of Snyder’s remarks yesterday, on Russia’s “postmodern” … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Lithuania Offers Example of How to Break Russia’s Grip on Energy”

“Lithuania Offers Example of How to Break Russia’s Grip on Energy” The New York Times, October 28, 2014, p.B3 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/business/energy-environment/lithuania-offers-example-of-how-to-break-russias-grip-on-energy.html “The vast ship that eased into this misty seaport early on Monday was hailed by American and European officials as the … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options,” Part I

Oct. 28, 2014 by Darius  Yesterday, I attended a very interesting talk by Yale University professor Timothy Snyder entitled “Russia’s War, Ukraine’s History, and the West’s Options.”  I’ll share Snyder’s remarks more fully over the next day or two, but … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage”

“Serving Up Fries, for a Living Wage” The New York Times, October 28, 2014, p.B1 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/28/business/international/living-wages-served-in-denmark-fast-food-restaurants.html “On a recent afternoon, Hampus Elofsson ended his 40-hour workweek at a Burger King and prepared for a movie and beer with friends.  He had … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: The Abuse of Asset Forfeiture

Oct. 27, 2014 by Darius  The US likes to pride itself its commitment to the rule of law and, especially, the principle of “innocent until proven guilty.”  In the last decade, though, there have been a number of exceptions to … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Bloodbath in Syria Ignored, Tribe Says”

“Bloodbath in Syria Ignored, Tribe Says” The Washington Post, October 21, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/syria-tribal-revolt-against-islamic-state-ignored-fueling-resentment/2014/10/20/25401beb-8de8-49f2-8e64-c1cfbee45232_story.html “The cost of turning against the Islamic State was made brutally apparent in the streets of a dusty backwater town in eastern Syria in early August.  Over … Continue reading

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