Monthly Archives: July 2015

Thinking Aloud: “The Water Knife”

July 31, 2015 by Darius  California is currently in the midst of a three-year drought.  What if that drought stretched for decades and impacted the entire American Southwest?  That idea is the premise of Paolo Bacigalupi’s excellent new science fiction … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

“Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?” Foreign Policy, July 29, 2015 https://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/29/whos-in-charge-of-the-taliban/ “Two days before the second official meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban is scheduled to take place, fresh rumors are swirling that Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Yemen’s Turning Point That Wasn’t

July 28, 2015 by Darius  Last week, Saudi-backed forces ostensibly loyal to Yemen’s last president, Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, seized most of the southern city of Aden from Houthi fighters and soldiers loyal to Hadi’s predecessor, Ali Abdullah Saleh.  It … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Sway Election”

“Exodus From Puerto Rico Could Sway Election” The Washington Post, July 27, 2015, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/exodus-from-puerto-rico-could-upend-florida-vote-in-2016-presidential-race/2015/07/26/d73bc724-3229-11e5-8353-1215475949f4_story.html “Puerto Rico’s economic crisis meant Jeffrey Rondon, 25, struggled to find even part-time work, so he recently joined the growing exodus from his Caribbean island … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Obama’s Misguided Ethiopia Trip

July 22, 2015 by Darius  This Friday, President Obama is set to begin a tour of several African countries.  Among the countries Obama is scheduled to visit is Ethiopia; Obama’s trip will be the first time a US president has … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel”

“Iran Nuclear Deal: Satirical Website The Onion Accidentally Breaks Story About the US Offering Missiles to Israel” The Independent, July 22, 2015 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/iran-nuclear-deal-satirical-website-the-onion-accidentally-breaks-story-about-the-us-offering-missiles-to-israel-10404684.html “A satirical website has accidentally broken a real news story – by revealing that America offered Israel ‘a … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Cause of All Nations”

July 20, 2015 by Darius  In his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, historian Don Doyle seeks to destroy the notion that the American Civil War was a purely domestic affair.  Instead, … Continue reading

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