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Thinking Aloud: J.S. Mill and Today’s Headlines

Mar. 26, 2015 by Darius I recently read John Stuart Mill’s 1859 essay “A Few Words on Non-Intervention.”  Although I wanted to like the essay, I found most of it to be a racist rationalization of the British Empire.  However, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Much Ado About Nothing, the Israeli-Palestinian Authority Edition

Jan. 5, 2015 by Darius Last Saturday, Israel cut off the transfer to tax revenues to the Palestinian Authority.  Again.  The Israeli tax freeze came in response to the Palestinian leadership’s decision to seek membership in the International Criminal Court to … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Lessons From King Lear

Sept. 20,  2014 by Darius  Last night, I saw a performance of Shakespeare’s tragedy King Lear, the story of a British king’s descent into madness and his treatment at the hands of the malicious daughters to whom he leaves his kingdom.  … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Russia’s Foreign Fighters

August 6, 2014 by Darius The fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government continues.  Many of the rebels, though, aren’t Ukrainian at all, not even ethnically Russian Ukrainians.  Instead, hundreds or thousands of Russian nationals have … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “How the U.S. Got Mixed Up in a Fight Over Kurdish Oil”

“How the U.S. Got Mixed Up in a Fight Over Kurdish Oil” The Washington Post, August 5, 2014, p.A1 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/how-the-us-got-mixed-up-in-a-fight-over-kurdish-oil–with-a-unified-iraq-at-stake/2014/08/04/4a00a6e2-1900-11e4-9e3b-7f2f110c6265_story.html “Sixty miles off the coast of Texas sits a crude-oil tanker fully loaded with years of antagonism between the Kurdish … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Poised to Gain in Iraq Crisis, Kurds Face New Barriers to Autonomy”

“Poised to Gain in Iraq Crisis, Kurds Face New Barriers to Autonomy” The New York Times, July 5, 2014, p.A4 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/05/world/middleeast/poised-to-gain-in-iraq-crisis-kurds-face-new-barriers-to-autonomy.html?_r=0 “Gasoline stocks in the Kurdish region are running low, requiring rationing and hourslong waits for a fill-up.  Hundreds of … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “Bosnia Floods Create New Land-Mine Risk in Balkans”

“Bosnia Floods Create New Land-Mine Risk in Balkans” The Associated Press, May 18, 2014 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/bosnia-floods-create-new-land-mine-risk-in-balkans/2014/05/18/c15aeec2-de73-11e3-9442-54189bf1a809_story.html “Record-high floods and landslides have swept away people, homes and roads in the Balkans over the past week, but in Bosnia another deadly menace is … Continue reading

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